Ocean Engineering (Minor)

Ocean Engineering (Minor)
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What is ocean engineering?

The ocean engineering minor will introduce you to engineering pertaining to the ocean and the coastal zone through the study of the geology, physics, chemistry, and life of the oceans. With foundational classes in math, physics, chemistry and engineering computing, you can explore ocean instrumentation, waves and tides, the design of ocean structures, coastal engineering, ocean measurements and ocean acoustics. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a two-semester research project on contemporary ocean-related problems. Combine this minor with majors such as environmental, electrical or mechanical engineering, oceanography, international affairs, sustainability,or marine biology to enhance your career or further studies.

Why study ocean engineering at UNH?

At UNH, you’ll be immersed in the exploration of the marine environment while studying an interdisciplinary field rooted in a variety of engineering and physical science disciplines. You’ll conduct hands-on research in our recently expanded Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, and on vessels in our estuaries and ocean. You’ll 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. The program emphasizes principles for innovation throughout the entire minor.

Potential career areas

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Environmental consulting
  • Marine biology research
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Navy laboratories
  • Ocean mapping industry
  • Ocean technology companies
  • Offshore energy industry
  • Policy development
  • Research institutions

Oceanography Graduate Coordinator & Ocean Engineering Undergraduate Coordinator
Office: Earth Sciences, Chase Hall Room 121B, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The ocean engineering minor allows undergraduate engineering students to acquire a nucleus of knowledge about engineering pertaining to the ocean and the coastal zone.

Students wishing to take the ocean engineering minor should indicate their interest to the ocean engineering minor advisor, Tom Lippmann, (603) 862-4450 or no later than the beginning of the junior year and file an intent to minor form. During the final semester, students must complete a completion of minor form for it to appear on their transcript.

Students must complete a minimum of five courses from the following list for the minor.

Select five of the following:
ESCI 501
Introduction to Oceanography
ESCI 720
Ocean Measurements Lab
ESCI 752
Chemical Oceanography
ESCI 758
Introductory Physical Oceanography
ESCI 759
Geological Oceanography
OE 490
Introduction to Ocean Engineering
OE 754
Ocean Waves and Tides
OE 757
Coastal Engineering and Processes
OE 765
Underwater Acoustics
OE 771
Positioning for Ocean Mapping
OE 795
Special Topics
CEE #722
Introduction to Marine Pollution and Control
TECH 797
Undergraduate Ocean Research Project

Students typically take ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography, TECH 797 Undergraduate Ocean Research Project, and OE 490 Introduction to Ocean Engineering plus two additional engineering courses from the above list to complete the minor.

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Minor Forms

Students interested in pursing a minor in ocean engineering should refer to the undergraduate course catalog and meet with the Ocean engineering minor supervisor to comple the inent to minor form.

During the final semester of the student's senior year, student's must complete a completion of minor form in order for the minor to appear on their transcripts.



For more information please visit the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering website.

Ocean engineering student interested in pursuing a minor in another discipline should refer to the UNH undergraduate catalog for minor requirements.

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