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Master of Science in Ocean Engineering

The curriculum is designed to allow the ocean engineer to broaden professional expertise in preparation for a challenging career in industry or for further graduate study. Although emphasis is placed on a core of required courses, the student is encouraged to concentrate efforts in one of several areas of interest through a choice of elective courses. Both thesis and nonthesis tracks are available.

The Master of Science in Ocean Engineering can be earned on either a full-time or part-time basis. Although a full-time student may complete coursework within two or three semesters, thesis activities normally involve a further one or two semesters of study. Graduate student assistants normally require additional time. A student can start graduate studies in either the fall or spring semester, but fall semester is recommended.

Admission Requirements

An applicant should normally have an undergraduate degree in some field of engineering or in one of the physical sciences. Every applicant should have a mathematics background through differential equations along with introductory courses in physics, chemistry and computer programming. A student who has graduated from a nonengineering program will be required to complete additional coursework as part of the master's degree program. Although not required for admission, an on-campus interview is highly recommended. Applicants must submit GRE General Test Scores for evaluation.

Applications from international students are invited and will be evaluated with consideration given to academic standards in the country where baccalaureate studies were taken.

General admission requirements and application procedures are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Science in Ocean Engineering is conferred on students who have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (including thesis) of required and elective coursework. Thesis work may be primarily analytical or experimental in nature, or a comprehensive design study, or a computational investigation involving state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques. The thesis may be replaced by three courses (nine credit hours) following approval of a written petition to the program chair. The nonthesis track requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, an oral final program examination and a technical paper. A thesis is usually required for any student receiving financial support through the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems.

Curriculum

   CREDITS
MTH xxxx Mathematics 3
OCE 5515 Materials for Marine Applications 3
OCE 5570 Marine Hydrodynamics and Wave Theory 3
OCE 5990 Ocean Engineering Seminar (each semester) 0
OCE 5999 Thesis Research* 6
OCN 5401 Principles of Physical Oceanography 3
  Subject Area Courses 9
  Elective 3

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 30

*May be replaced by nine credit hours of coursework and a major paper. 

Recommended Electives

An additional course to meet the minimum total requirements for the degree can be selected from the following list of recommended electives. Other courses can also be selected with approval of the student advisory committee.

CVE 5025 Foundation Design
ENS 5701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
MAE 5610 Advanced Dynamics
OCE 4575 Design of High-Speed Small Craft
OCN 5204 Marine Pollution
OCN 5210 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
OCN 5405 Dynamic Oceanography
OCN 5409 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
ORP 5041 Reliability Analysis
ORP 5042 Reliability, Availability and Maintainability

Areas of Specialization

The subject area requirement is met by taking at least three courses from one of the following groups:

Aquaculture Engineering
BIO 4620 Fish Aquaculture and Management
OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
OCE 5575 Applied Marine Hydrodynamics
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis

 

Coastal Engineering and Processes
OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
OCE 5525 Coastal Processes and Engineering
OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
OCE 5563 Port and Harbor Engineering
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis

 

Hydrographic Engineering
ECE 5245 Digital Signal Processing 1
ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
OCE 5550 Bathymetry
OCE 5571 Naval Architecture
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
OCN 5704 Oceanic Remote Sensing

 

Materials and Structures
MAE 5050 Finite Element Fundamentals
OCE 4574 Structural Mechanics of Marine Vehicles
OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures

 

Naval Architecture
OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurements Analysis
OCE 4572 Structural Design of Marine Vehicles
OCE 4573 Ship Design
OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
OCE 5571 Naval Architecture
OCE 5573 Dynamics of Marine Vehicles
OCE 5575 Applied Marine Hydrodynamics
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
OCE 5590 Design of Marine Propulsion Systems

 

Ocean Energy
ECE 4681 Introduction to Electrical Power Systems
ECE 5683 Power Systems Operation and Control
ECE 5684 Power System Reliability and Planning
ENS 5300 Principles of Renewable Energy
OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurements Analysis
OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
OCE 5575 Applied Marine Hydrodynamics
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis

 

Ocean Instrumentation
MAE 4014 Control Systems
MAE 4318 Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
MAE 5316 Mechatronics
OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis

 

Ocean System/Underwater Technology
OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
OCE 4572 Structural Design of Marine Vehicles
OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
OCE 5573 Dynamics of Marine Vehicles
OCE 5575 Applied Marine Hydrodynamics
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis