First Year Undergraduate Curriculum

Freshman year curriculum is identical for most engineering undergraduate degree programs. Undergraduate students are admitted to the College of Engineering with a preference for the major noted on their admissions application and follow the same first-year engineering curriculum. The entry-to-a-major (ETAM) process is designed for students to take ownership of their future to identify at least three majors that are a good match for their career goals and academic performance.

Learn how to enter a major

The ocean engineering curriculum includes courses in written communication skills, humanities, social sciences, and American heritage to ensure a well-rounded education. Courses that directly apply to ocean engineering include: coastal engineering, dynamics of ocean systems, engineering design of offshore and coastal systems, fluid mechanics, marine hydrodynamics, naval architecture, numerical methods, ocean engineering laboratory, ocean wave mechanics, oceanography, offshore and coastal structures, underwater acoustics, and underwater and moored system design. A number of approved technical elective courses are also required.

View Current Program Requirements


The Department of Ocean Engineering offers a large number of undergraduate courses for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.

Several of the core requirements courses (e.g. ENGR 111 or CVEN 305) are also taught from within the Look College of Engineering or the ocean engineering department. 

Core Curriculum Electives

Breadth courses are to be selected from the university core curriculum. Of the 18 hours required as university core curriculum electives, three must be from visual and performing arts, three from social and behavioral science, six from U.S. history, six from POLS 206 and 207, and six from international and cultural diversity. The international and cultural diversity requirement may be met by courses satisfying the visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

Writing Skills Elective

The technical writing elective must be selected from ENGL 210 or 301. In addition, students are required to take writing intensive courses (W-Courses) in their major discipline. The current W-Courses in the ocean engineering curriculum are OCEN 410 Ocean Engineering Laboratory and ENGR 482 Engineering Ethics.

Technical Electives

Several technical electives must be selected from the approved Technical Elective List. Students who wish to take technical courses not on the list may do so with approval by the Ocean Engineering program head or the undergraduate advisor.

Grades and D-Waiver

The ocean engineering program designates a minimum passing grade of C for several courses in the curriculum. The exact list of courses requiring a C to pass varies by catalog and is specified in each year's degree plan. During the senior year, students will be allowed to pass one of these courses with a grade of D as long as it is the first time the course is attempted and the student is in otherwise good standing with the university. For the purposes of this policy, the senior year is defined as the 12-month period leading up to graduation.

The justification for this waiver is that many of the courses designated as C or better to pass are offered once per year, and repeating a failed course would delay graduation by an unacceptable period. This one-course waiver is designed to help students who are otherwise well-prepared academically.

This adjustment will be applied to the degree evaluation in the graduating semester and requires a memorandum signed by the senior associate dean for academic programs. The memorandum will be submitted by the undergraduate advisor and is not the responsibility of the students. This policy will not change the student's grade; students will be required to meet all other academic standards with the grade of D factored in the GPA.