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

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
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 Credits37-48

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.