Courses and Core Curriculum

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The curriculum is divided into three groups. The first group of four core courses (12 cr) provides an introduction to the field, as well as analytical tools and theoretical background in the fundamental areas of fluid dynamics and wave propagation.

Requirements for those students entering this program without an engineering background are three terms of Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Physics II, Statics and Dynamics.

The initial semester of the program is designed to introduce students to the different subjects encompassed within modern Ocean Engineering and to provide the fundamental knowledge in oceanic applications of mathematics and fluid mechanics necessary to excel in the later courses.

OCE 608:   Intro to Ocean Systems Engineering
OCE 701:   Mathematical Methods in Marine Physics
OCE 676:   Wave propagation in the ocean environment
MAE 612:    Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
OCE 675:    Fluid Mechanics

The student then elects one course (3 cr) from a group focusing on computational (numerical) methods and one course (3cr) from a group focusing on experimental methods. These courses give the student the additional tools needed in the profession.

Choose one of (3 credits):

MAE 714:  Computational Fluid Dynamics
OCE 762 or MPO 762:  Computer models in fluid dynamics
OCE 764 or MPO 764:  Atmospheric and Oceanic Turbulence

And one of (3 credits):

OCE 631:   Ocean Data Analysis
ECE 738:   Computer Vision
MAE 706:   Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics
OCE 764 or MPO 764:  Atmospheric and Oceanic Turbulence

Finally, students choose four courses (12 credits) from one of two tracks.