Ocean Engineering Major B.S.

Ocean engineering students on boat
Ocean Engineering Major B.S.

The BSOE curriculum provides students with a solid engineering core and prepares students for professional engineering careers or for graduate study, starting with foundational classes in math, physics, chemistry, and engineering computing, along with introductions to ocean engineering through seminars and oceanography coursework. Students develop their engineering acumen through coursework and laboratory studies that are focused on analysis, experimentation, and design and proceed to increasingly advanced coursework in ocean instrumentation, waves and tides, the design of ocean structures, coastal engineering, ocean measurements, and ocean acoustics. Opportunities exist for at least four technical electives, which help students gain further competence in an area of their choice. Students finish their curriculum with a two-semester senior capstone design project. Opportunities exist for dual majors and minors in environmental, electrical or mechanical engineering, oceanography, international affairs, sustainability or marine biology.

Program Overview

What is a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering?

This degree program is tailored to students interested in solving engineering challenges associated with the ocean by studying the future technology, infrastructure needs and exploration methodology for the changing environment. It prepares students for careers in industry or government and provides a foundation for graduate studies. This program emphasizes ocean engineering fundamentals while offering interdisciplinary opportunities for focused study in civil, electrical, environmental or mechanical engineering and marine sciences.

Why study ocean engineering at UNH?

Ocean engineering students are immersed in the exploration and utilization of the marine environment from the first semester. They study in an interdisciplinary field rooted in a variety of engineering and physical science disciplines. Students conduct hands-on research in our recently expanded Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, on our vessels, in our estuaries and in our coastal ocean. They use emerging technologies to interrogate the ocean environment, map the ocean floor, design ocean structures and address the dynamic forces that lead to coastal erosion.

Potential Careers

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Consulting firms
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Navy laboratories
  • Ocean mapping industry
  • Ocean technology companies
  • Offshore energy industry
  • Research institutions

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  • "Ocean Engineering at UNH provides interesting research and engineering opportunities for its students, including initiaitives that impact our local communities and the globe. I had a unique opportunity to collaborate with researchers in The Netherlands to study one of the biggest coastal...
    "Ocean Engineering at UNH provides interesting research and engineering opportunities for its students, including initiaitives that impact our local communities and the globe. I had a unique opportunity to collaborate with researchers in The Netherlands to study one of the biggest coastal...

Curriculum & Requirements

Ocean engineering is a field of study that seeks to solve engineering problems associated with the ocean, including those problems associated with the sustainable utilization of ocean resources and the scientific exploration and study of the ocean environment. Ocean engineering is an interdisciplinary field with roots in mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering, with strong ties to physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography. Students of ocean engineering are best served when they are formally trained inside a framework that fuses the expertise of these often-disparate fields.

The BSOE curriculum provides students with a solid engineering core and prepares students for professional engineering careers or for graduate study. The BSOE starts with foundational classes in math, physics, chemistry, and engineering computing, along with introductions to ocean engineering through seminars and oceanography coursework. Students develop their engineering acumen through coursework and laboratory studies that are focused on analysis, experimentation, and design. Students proceed to increasingly advanced coursework in ocean instrumentation, waves and tides, the design of ocean structures, coastal engineering, ocean measurements, and ocean acoustics. Opportunities exist for at least four technical electives, which help students gain further competence in an area of their choice. Students finish their curriculum with a two-semester senior capstone design project. Elective courses in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences are included to provide a well-rounded education.

Students work with an adviser to plan a program that is based on the courses shown in the ocean engineering degree plan below that totals not less than 128 credits. The degree plan is considered a guideline and may be modified to suit student needs and desires within the constraints of meeting minimum credit hours, course pre-requisites, and non-major elective course requirements. Some ocean engineering elective courses may not be offered every year.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MATH 425 Calculus I 1 4
OE 400 Ocean Engineering Seminar 1
PHYS 407 General Physics I 2 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits17
Spring
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 3 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
OE 401 Ocean Engineering Seminar 1
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers (Or ) 2 4
CHEM 403
& CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II 2
 
ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography (satsifies the Discovery Inquiry requirement) 4 4
MATH 528
or MATH 525
Multidimensional Calculus 5
or Linearity I
4
ME 525 Statics 3
 Credits15
Spring
IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing 4
MATH 527
or MATH 526
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 5
or Linearity II
4
ME 503 Thermodynamics 3
ME 526 Mechanics of Materials 3
OE 690 Introduction to Ocean Engineering 4
 Credits18
Third Year
Fall
ECE 537 Introduction to Electrical Engineering 4
ME 608 Fluid Dynamics 3
ME 627 Dynamics 3
OE 754 Ocean Waves and Tides 4
 Credits14
Spring
OE 610 Ocean Instrumentation Lab 4
OE 757 Coastal Engineering and Processes 3
OE 758 Design of Ocean Structures 3
Technical Elective 6 4
 Credits14
Fourth Year
Fall
OE 710 Ocean Measurements Lab 4
OE 765 Underwater Acoustics 3
TECH 797 Undergraduate Ocean Research Project 2
Discovery Program Elective 4
Technical Elective 6 4
 Credits17
Spring
TECH 797 Undergraduate Ocean Research Project 2
Technical Elective 6 3-4
Technical Elective 6 3-4
Discovery Program Elective 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits16-18
 Total Credits128-130

Technical Elective Requirements:

The ocean engineering program curriculum requires four technical electives that are CEPS 600-level or higher courses that have been approved by the OE undergraduate curriculum committee. Sequences have been identified that will provide students more in-depth opportunities in one of the ocean engineering sub-areas.

Discovery Program Requirements:

Students must satisfy the University's Discovery Program requirements. The following features are unique to students in the Ocean Engineering program:

As is the case across the University, all students are required to take an Inquiry course or an Inquiry Attribute course during their first two years. This is satisfied with ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography. The Discovery Environment, Technology, and Society category requirement is met upon receiving a B.S. degree in ocean engineering. The Discovery Social Science category must be satisfied with either ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro) or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives. The Discovery senior capstone experience is satisfied with TECH 797 Undergraduate Ocean Research Project.

Grade-Point Average Requirements:

In order to graduate with an ocean engineering B.S. degree, students must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average in all engineering and science courses, including required technical electives, normally taken as department requirements after the start of the junior year as defined in the degree plan below.

Predictor courses: To enter the sophomore year, students must achieve a greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 GPA in PHYS 407 General Physics I and MATH 426 Calculus II with no grade below a C.

To enter the junior year, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 in ME 525 Statics, ME 526 Mechanics of Materials, and ME 503 Thermodynamics with only one C- grade allowed and no grades below C-.

Students are allowed two repeats of these predictor courses to achieve the predictor rule requirements before being removed from the Program. This can be a single class repeated twice or two classes repeated once. Students are also removed from the program if they obtain a semester GPA <1.5 three times. Students may petition to be reinstated after one year out of the program.

Transfer Policy for UNH Students into the Department of Mechanical Engineering:

CEPS Students: To transfer into the freshman or sophomore year, students must earn a combined GPA greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 in PHYS 407 General Physics I and MATH 426 Calculus II with no grade below a C in these two courses.

If students are enrolled in ME 525 Statics (or CEE 500 Statics for Civil Engineers), ME 526 Mechanics of Materials (or CEE 501 Strength of Materials), or ME 503 Thermodynamics, they must earn a combined GPA of 2.00 with no grade below a C- in two of these courses with only one C- grade allowed to transfer in and advance to the junior year. Note: a combined GPA greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 in PHYS 407 General Physics I and MATH 426 Calculus II with no grade below a C is also required.

Non-CEPS Students: To transfer into the Department of Mechanical Engineering from another college at UNH, students have to satisfy the CEPS college transfer policy as well as the Department of Mechanical Engineering transfer policies listed above according to status.

List of Required Courses:

CHEM 405Chemical Principles for Engineers4
or CHEM 403
& CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
ECE 537Introduction to Electrical Engineering4
ESCI 501Introduction to Oceanography4
IAM 550Introduction to Engineering Computing4
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 525
& MATH 526
Linearity I
and Linearity II
8-12
or MATH 527
& MATH 528
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
and Multidimensional Calculus
ME 503Thermodynamics3
ME 525Statics3
ME 526Mechanics of Materials3
ME 608Fluid Dynamics3
ME 627Dynamics3
OE 400Ocean Engineering Seminar1
OE 401Ocean Engineering Seminar1
OE 610Ocean Instrumentation Lab4
OE 690Introduction to Ocean Engineering4
OE 710Ocean Measurements Lab4
OE 754Ocean Waves and Tides4
OE 757Coastal Engineering and Processes3
OE 758Design of Ocean Structures3
OE 765Underwater Acoustics3
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
TECH 797Undergraduate Ocean Research Project4
Technical Electives: 600-level or higher, choose four electives, at least one of the four courses must be 4 credits.

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