Ocean Engineering: Ocean Mapping (M.S.)


Ocean Mapping Option

This option is offered in conjunction with the Joint Hydrographic Center/Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. Students follow a more structured path through this program, which incorporates all aspects of hydrography as required by the Interntational Hydrogrpahic Organization (IHO). 

Core Courses
OE 990
OE 991
Ocean Seminars I
and Ocean Seminars II
ESCI 820Ocean Measurements Lab4
OE 865Underwater Acoustics3
OE 871Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping4
OE 874Integrated Seabed Mapping Systems4
OE 875Advanced Topics in Ocean Mapping4
OE 972Hydrographic Field Course4
Select at least 3 additional credits from the following electives:3-4
Ocean Waves and Tides
Coastal Engineering and Processes
Spectral Analysis of Geophysical Time Series Data
Special Topics
Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Applied Physical Oceanography for Hydrographic Surveyors
Marine Geology and Geophysics for Hydrographic Surveyors
Complete a master's thesis for 6 credits
OE 899Master's Thesis6
Total Credits34-35

Students may fulfill the Category A (professional) International Federation of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization/International Cartographic Association (FIG/IHO) Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors by completing, in addition to the core courses, some additional specialized requirements. For more information, please visit the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping website.

Students graduating with a MS or MEng in Ocean Engineering should be able to :

  • Use their ocean engineering graduate education for success in technical careers in industry, academia, government, or for advanced ocean-related research in engineering and the physical sciences.
  • Rigorously apply fundamentals of science and engineering to professional practice that enhances our understanding of and/or contributes to the sustainable development of the oceans.
  • Contribute their ocean engineering problem solving skills to society through participation and leadership in groups dedicated to serving both professional associations and the public interest.