Bachelor of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne

Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering

The Department of Marine and Environmental Systems combines the expertise of both scientists and engineers. The ocean engineering faculty includes highly qualified researchers engaged in the study of port and harbor facilities, the modeling of estuarine environments, the design and construction of marine vehicles, the impact of waste disposal in the sea, the effects and prevention of coastal erosion and sediment transport, offshore engineering, hydrographic surveying and corrosion in the marine environment. In addition to these studies, various scientific investigations in the bioenvironmental, chemical, physical and geological oceanographic fields incorporate ocean engineering expertise.

Educational Objectives

The ocean engineering major offers education that is unique among engineering disciplines in providing an intimate and practical knowledge of the environment in which the graduate will operate. The result is a diverse curriculum with a strong foundation in all relevant engineering fields as well as in oceanography. The educational objectives of the program are:

Academic fundamentals: Graduates will have sufficient mastery of the academic fundamentals that underpin a successful career related to ocean engineering. These fundamentals include knowledge of chemistry, calculus-based physics, advanced mathematics, engineering sciences, humanities, social sciences, information technology and experimental methodologies.

Engineering practice: Graduates will have sufficient competence in the application of engineering skills for the practical solution of problems related to the ocean engineering profession. These skills include systematic problem formulations, techniques for their solutions, and methodologies for designing systems in the main stems of Florida Tech ocean engineering: coastal processes, hydrographic engineering, materials and structures, instrumentation, and naval architecture and ocean systems/underwater technologies.

Teamwork and communication: Graduates will possess confidence and ability to work both independently and as productive members of a team. Graduates are to attain a mastery of technical communication, and practice the interpersonal and organizational skills required to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.

Professional development: Graduates will be instilled with the desire to contribute to the profession and to society on a continuing basis. They are encouraged to pursue various options consistent with lifelong learning, maintain ethical professional conduct, have knowledge of contemporary issues, participate in professional organizations and contribute to diversity in the community.

The first two years of study are devoted to developing a foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, computer programming and humanities. During the junior year, the ocean engineering major acquires knowledge of ocean science and the basics of engineering analysis. The fourth year is oriented toward the application of these basic techniques to ocean engineering problems. All ocean engineering majors are required to obtain firsthand field and sea experience during the marine field projects held during the summer between the junior and senior years. These projects encourage the student to learn to analyze, design, construct, install and operate equipment in the marine environment for a particular designated task. The university operates several small boats and charters a well-equipped vessel for offshore, estuarine and river work.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum.

For definition of electives for engineering programs, see the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Freshman Year

ASC 1000 University Experience 1
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4
OCN 1010 Oceanography 3


BUS 1301 Basic Economics or Social Science Elective 3
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
OCE 1001 Introduction to Ocean Engineering 3
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
PHY 2091 Physics Lab 1 1

Sophomore Year

HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics 3
MTH 2001 Calculus 3 4
OCE 2002 Computer Applications in Ocean Engineering 1  or Restricted Elective (CSE) 3
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
PHY 2092 Physics Lab 2 1


MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics 3
MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra 4
OCE 3011 Engineering Materials 3
OCE 3012 Engineering Materials Lab 1
   Humanities Core Course* 3
   Restricted Elective (OCN) 3

Junior Year

COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials 3
OCE 3030 Fluid Mechanics 3
OCE 3033 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1
OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography 3
   Free Elective 2


ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits 3
MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics 1 3
OCE 3521 Hydromechanics and Wave Theory 3
OCE 3522 Water Wave Lab 1
OCE 4541 Ocean Engineering Design (Q) 3
OCE 4571 Fundamentals of Naval Architecture 1 3


OCE 4911 Marine Field Projects 1 (Q) 1
OCE 4912 Marine Field Projects 2 (Q) 2
OCE 4913 Marine Field Projects 3 (Q) 3

Senior Year

CVE 3015 Structural Analysis and Design 3
OCE 4518 Protection of Marine Materials 3
OCE 4525 Coastal Engineering: Structures 3
OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics 3
   Restricted Elective (OCE)** 3


CVE 4000 Engineering Economy and Planning 3
OCE 4561 Fundamentals of Offshore Engineering 3
   Humanities Elective 3
   Restricted Elective (OCE)** 3
   Technical Elective 3


*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332   American History: From Reconstruction to the Present  

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.

**At least two restricted electives from the following
OCE 4522 Coastal Engineering Processes and Shoreline Design
OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
OCE 4542 Ocean Engineering System Design
OCE 4563 Port and Harbor Design
OCE 4573 Ship Design
OCE 4575 Design of High-Speed Small Craft

Note: Lists of recommended elective courses are available from the department office.