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.

The course requirements to obtain a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering are specified in the undergraduate student catalog. The following PDF files contain a list of required courses with a flowchart detailing pre- and co-requisites and timing for courses offered once per year. You should use these tools as a guide for selecting courses each semester:

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.


The ocean engineering department offers several undergraduate courses for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering.

Core Curriculum Electives

Breadth courses are to be selected from the University Core Curriculum. The University Core Curriculum includes: 3 hours from ENGL 104, 3 hours from either COMM 205 or ENGL 210, 3 hours from Creative Arts, 3 hours from Social & Behavioral Sciences, 6 hours from American History, 6 hours from POLS 206 and 207, and 6 from International & Cultural Diversity (ICD). The ICD requirement may be met by courses satisfying the Creative Arts, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and American History requirements if they are also on the approved list of ICD courses.

Writing Skills Electives

Students are required to take two 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 - Ethics in Engineering.