Ocean Engineering Major

7084
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7084 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

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 achieved 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 have obtained confidence and ability to work both independently and as productive members of a team. Graduates 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.

Freshman Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (18 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 1001 Introduction to Ocean Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Select one course:
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year

Fall (18 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Select one course:
  • OCE 2002 Computer Applications in Ocean Engineering 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (CSE) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3011 Engineering Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3012 Engineering Materials Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (OCN) Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3030 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3033 Fluid Mechanics Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3521 Hydromechanics and Wave Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3522 Water Wave Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4541 Ocean Engineering Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4571 Fundamentals of Naval Architecture 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Summer (6 credit hours)
  • OCE 4911 Marine Field Projects
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4912 Marine Field Projects
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4913 Marine Field Projects
    Credit Hours: 0
Senior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • CVE 3015 Structural Analysis and Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4518 Protection of Marine Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4525 Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (OCE) Credit Hours: 3*
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • CVE 4000 Engineering Economy and Planning
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4561 Fundamentals of Offshore Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (OCE) Credit Hours: 3*
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 135

*At least two OCE restricted electives must be chosen from the following:

  • OCE 4522 Coastal Engineering Processes and Shoreline Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4542 Ocean Engineering Systems Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4563 Port and Harbor Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4572 Structural Design of Marine Vehicles
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4575 Design of High-Speed Small Craft
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4576 Hydrodynamics in Ship Design
    Credit Hours: 0

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