Ocean Engineering Major

7084
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code:  7084 Degree Awarded:  Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction:  N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
Stephen L. Wood, Ph.D., P.E.

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)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys oceanography including biological, chemical, geological and physical processes in the ocean. Includes field trips.
Spring (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • OCE 1001 Introduction to Ocean Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applications of engineering methods to ocean engineering design case studies and problem solving, which involve the computer as an aid. Includes individual and team approaches and student presentations of case studies.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Select one course:
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces basic macro- and microeconomic concepts. Includes the economic role of government, business and individuals. Seeks to acquaint the student with sufficient material to understand major concepts and terminology used in our economy and the global community.
    Requirement(s):
    College of Business majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year

Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the elements of statics in co-planar and three-dimensional systems; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; simple structures, centroids and center of gravity; beam shear and bending moment; friction; and virtual work.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Select one course:
  • OCE 2002 Computer Applications in Ocean Engineering 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces state-of-the-art technologies, tools and methods used in ocean engineering and the marine sciences. Includes computer tools for planning, developing and designing. Introduces modern and classical methods of design, statistical analysis and evaluation along with associated computer tools.
  • Restricted Elective (CSE) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Discusses absolute and relative motion approaches. Employs force-mass-acceleration, work-energy and impulse-momentum methods.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • OCE 3011 Engineering Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces engineering materials. Studies atomic structures, controlling microstructure and mechanical properties of materials such as ferrous and nonferrous alloys, polymers, composites, concrete, wood and asphalt.
  • OCE 3012 Engineering Materials Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Measurement techniques, materials testing and engineering applications.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (OCN) Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stress and strain; mechanical properties of materials; Hooke's law; axial, torsion, pure bending and transverse loading of members; transformations of stress and strain; failure criteria; strain measurements; thin-walled pressure vessels; design for strength; energy methods; design for impact; column buckling and stability.
  • OCE 3030 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the basic properties of fluids; statics and kinematics; integral expressions for the conservation of mass, momentum, angular momentum and energy; dynamic similitude and dimensional analysis; boundary layer principles; pipe flow; lift and drag.
  • OCE 3033 Fluid Mechanics Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics. Includes viscosimetry, stability of floating objects, vorticity, gravity waves and Reynolds experiment; experiments in applied fluid mechanics; open-channel flow and pipe flow; and the drag on plates and hulls.
  • OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies water structure and circulation of the world ocean and local areas by simple dynamical and descriptive models; and tides, wave motion and coastal processes.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies circuit theory for nonelectrical engineering students; transient and steady-state behavior of passive linear-lumped-parameter electric circuits; and AC circuit theory, network equations, network theorems; transfer functions and equivalent circuits.
  • MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the conservation of energy and mass in closed- and open-flow systems. Includes the physical properties and equations of state for pure substances; the first and second laws of thermodynamics; and reversible processes and Carnot cycle.
  • OCE 3521 Hydromechanics and Wave Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces hydromechanics and linear wave theory. Includes derivation of basic equations for time-dependent flows, development and solutions of the linear boundary value problems for water waves and engineering application results.
  • OCE 3522 Water Wave Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Students make measurements of fluid kinematic and dynamic properties of water waves and compare results to linear wave theory. Includes experiments conducted in lab wave channels and the local coastal ocean.
  • OCE 4541 Ocean Engineering Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the engineering design of equipment to be used in the ocean. Uses a project approach covering the integration of weight and buoyancy calculations; corrosion, fouling and selection of materials; pressure hull design; and life support and power for an ocean system.
  • OCE 4571 Fundamentals of Naval Architecture 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the theory of ship calculations. Includes loading and hydrostatic analysis, inclining experiment, subdivision and damaged stability.
Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • OCE 4911 Marine Field Projects
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field-oriented programs including both classroom and laboratory work, involving biological, chemical, physical and geological oceanography, and coastal engineering. Approximately one semester involves a group engineering project.
  • OCE 4912 Marine Field Projects
    Credit Hours: 2
    Field-oriented programs including both classroom and laboratory work, involving biological, chemical, physical and geological oceanography, and coastal engineering. Approximately one semester involves a group engineering project.
  • OCE 4913 Marine Field Projects
    Credit Hours: 3
    Field-oriented programs including both classroom and lab work, involving biological, chemical, physical and geological oceanography, and coastal engineering. Approximately one semester involves a group engineering project.
Senior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CVE 3015 Structural Analysis and Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces modeling of structures; elastic analysis of statically determinate trusses, beams and frames; influence lines for determinate and indeterminate structures; deflections by the method of virtual work and other methods; analysis of indeterminate structures.
  • OCE 4518 Protection of Marine Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the factors affecting the corrosion with regards to electrode potentials, polarization and passivity. Students learn designing to minimize the deleterious effects on metals, concrete and woods.
  • OCE 4525 Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 3
    The design of nearshore and shorefront structures including seawalls, rubble-mound structures and beach nourishment. Also included is the study of bay inlet systems and dredging technology.
  • OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
    Credit Hours: 3
    The theoretical study of the fundamental relations of energy transmission in the ocean. Includes detailed coverage of components of stress, strain and motion, waves of finite amplitude, ray characteristics, refraction of dispersive wave train, boundary conditions, ray solutions and surface image solutions.
  • Restricted Elective (OCE) Credit Hours: 3*
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CVE 4000 Engineering Economy and Planning
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents economic evaluation of engineering alternatives. Includes time value of money, replacement alternatives, benefit/cost analysis, minimum cost analysis, depreciation, taxes and inflation.
    Requirement(s):
    Junior standing
  • OCE 4561 Fundamentals of Offshore Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes fixed and floating structures and their interactions with the ocean environment, buoy systems and their dynamics, cables and mooring systems, dynamic positioning and model testing of offshore structures.
  • 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: 3
    Introduces engineering design in the dynamic coastal zone. Focuses on shoreline design and management, the physical processes of sandy beaches, coastal sediments, surf zone dynamics, beach profiles, cross-shore and alongshore sand transport, reaction of beaches to storms, coastal structures and sea-level rise.
  • OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Broadly introduces geophysical instrumentation design and analysis, including simple DC and AC circuit designs, use of transducers common to geophysical monitoring, and the basic principles of digital data logging and microcontroller programming.
  • OCE 4542 Ocean Engineering Systems Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    The engineering fundamentals that are applied to the design of ocean-related systems, including a study of the design process and related topics, such as optimization techniques, reliability predictions and simulation techniques.
  • OCE 4563 Port and Harbor Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    The design of port and harbor facilities, including navigation channels, dredging and mooring, and berthing structures for large ships. Includes considerations of vessel characteristics, facility types, inlet and harbor hyrdrodynamics, and environmental and operational design loads on marine structures.
  • OCE 4572 Structural Design of Marine Vehicles
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides a working knowledge of ship hull girder, longitudinal bending in still water and waves, and simple bending theory as it applies to ship structure. Culminates in the design of a mid-ship section to classification society rules. Covers concepts that predict bending moment in irregular waves and analyzes local and transverse strength.
  • OCE 4575 Design of High-Speed Small Craft
    Credit Hours: 3
    Students learn to design features for small, high-speed hulls; requirements for preliminary design study; selection of hull type and proportion; space; layout; weight estimates; layout of the lines; powering calculations; and hydrodynamic considerations.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 4576 Hydrodynamics in Ship Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an understanding of resistance and powering calculations of different types of vessels. Explains the principles of propeller design and its performance analysis. Introduces the behavior of a vessel in a seaway and determines the significant motions in an irregular seaway.

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