# Ocean Engineering (Ph.D.)

Students admitted to the ocean engineering Ph.D. program come from traditional engineering degree programs including physics, mathematics, computer science, and in some cases, marine science programs. Those entering the Ph.D. program with a B.S. degree from an engineering program should be prepared to begin the Ph.D. program directly. Those coming from a B.S. in physics, mathematics, or computer science will have their transcripts more carefully reviewed on an individual basis, as additional courses may be required.

A student in the ocean engineering Ph.D. program will be expected to take a minimum of 12 courses (exclusive of dissertation research) beyond those required for a B.S. degree.

## Required Courses

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

Select one of the following courses in oceanography or ocean science: | 3-4 | |

Biological Oceanography | ||

Chemical Oceanography | ||

Introduction to Physical Oceanography | ||

Geological Oceanography | ||

Select three of the following core courses in ocean engineering: | 10-12 | |

Ocean Measurements Laboratory | ||

Ocean Waves and Tides | ||

Coastal Engineering and Processes | ||

Underwater Acoustics | ||

Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping | ||

Integrated Seabed Mapping Systems | ||

Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II | ||

Select two of the following courses in advanced OE topics (two at 900 level): | 6-8 | |

Advanced Underwater Acoustics | ||

Hydrographic Field Course | ||

Seafloor Characterization | ||

Graduate Special Topics | ||

Select two of the following courses (one at the 800 level; one at the 900 level): | 6-8 | |

Foundations of Applied Mathematics I | ||

Foundations of Applied Mathematics II | ||

Introduction to Numerical Methods | ||

Principles of Statistical Inference | ||

Complex Analysis | ||

Topics in Mathematics and Statistics | ||

Mathematical Physics | ||

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis | ||

Advanced Finite Element Analysis | ||

Select four of the following electives (two at the 800 level; two at the 900 level): | 12-16 | |

Analytical Fluid Dynamics | ||

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis | ||

Viscous Flow | ||

Turbulence | ||

Advanced Mechanics of Solids | ||

Vibrations Theory and Applications | ||

Computer Aided Engineering | ||

Introduction to Marine Pollution and Control | ||

Introduction to Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering | ||

Geo-Environmental Engineering | ||

Foundation Design I | ||

Foundation Design II | ||

Advanced Bioenvironmental Engineering Design | ||

Introduction to Digital Signal Processing | ||

Fundamentals of Communication Systems | ||

Introduction to Fiber Optics | ||

Statistical Theory of Communications | ||

Information Theory | ||

Digital Signal Processing | ||

Total Credits | 37-48 |

**The general progress of a student through this program is expected to follow the time frame listed:**

**Year 1:** Coursework, qualifier at the end of the year

**Year 2:** More coursework, thesis proposal presentation at the end of the year

**Year 3:** Research

**Year 4:** Research/thesis defense

**Year 5:** Research/thesis defense

The course selection and sequencing will be established in consultation with the student's guidance committee. There will be a qualifying examination on the student's specific area of interest after the first year, but no later than the end of the second year. The goal of this exam is to test the breadth of a student's knowledge in topic areas essential to ocean engineering and the student's area of interest. For each student there will be a list of mustknow topics; e.g., physical oceanography, underwater acoustics, fluid dynamics, mathematics. A formal Ph.D. proposal will then be written and presented in a seminar, which constitutes an oral exam. After successful completion, the student will be advanced to candidacy and work on the dissertation. The dissertation will be defended in a public forum when completed.