Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017
This program is offered in Durham.
Degrees Offered: M.S., Ph.D., Certificate in Ocean Mapping
Ocean engineering (OE) offers programs leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degree in ocean engineering. Programs in OE are by definition interdisciplinary and require students to interact with the ocean science community, as well as the traditional engineering disciplines. Students are exposed to the broad-based issues of working engineering problems in the ocean environment, as well as discipline specifics. In these programs they will be trained to develop responsible solutions to problems that will lead to sustainable activity and life in the ocean.
A master of science in ocean engineering with an option in ocean mapping is available. There is a more structured path through this program, which is approved by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and incorporates all aspects of hydrography as required by the IHO. Focus is on the engineering aspects of hydrography. The general purpose of these programs is to prepare engineering students for professional careers in ocean-related fields.
Additionally, a graduate certificate in ocean mapping is offered.
Applicants should have completed a baccalaureate degree in either chemical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering, or have an equivalent background.
M.S. Degree Requirements
Each student is required to take one oceanography course: ESCI 858, Introductory Physical Oceanography; ESCI 859, Geological Oceanography; or ZOOL 850, Biological Oceanography; as well as OE 990 & 991, Ocean Engineering Seminar I & II.
In addition, each student must select three of the following core courses: OE 810, Ocean Measurements Laboratory; OE 854, Ocean Waves and Tides; OE 871, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping; OE 874, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping I and OE 875, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II; or OE 865 Underwater Acoustics. Students are also required to take a minimum of 12 credits of additional coursework and complete a master's thesis for 6 credits (OE 899).
Ocean Mapping Option
This option is offered in conjunction with the Joint Hydrographic Center/Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. Each student is required to take these core courses: OE 810, Ocean Measurements Lab; OE 865, Underwater Acoustics; OE 871, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping; OE 874, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping I; OE 875, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II; OE 972, Hydrographic Field Course; OE 990, Ocean Seminars I; and OE 991, Ocean Seminars II.
In addition, each student must select at least four additional approved credits, including one course from these electives: OE 854, Waves and Tides; OE 857, Coastal Engineering; OE 895, Time Series Analysis; or ESCI 858, Physical Oceanography.
Students are also required to complete a master's thesis for 6 credits (OE 899).
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 admitted to this 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.
One course in oceanography or ocean science: ESCI/ZOOL 850, Biological Oceanography; ESCI 858, Introductory Physical Oceanography; or ESCI 859, Geological Oceanography
Three core courses in ocean engineering: OE 810, Ocean Measurements Lab; OE 854, Ocean Waves and Tides; OE 857, Coastal Engineering and Processes; OE 865, Underwater Acoustics; OE 871, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping; OE 874, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping I; or OE 875, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II.
Two courses in advanced OE topics (two at 900 level): OE 937, Advanced Hydrodynamics; OE 956, Dynamics of Moored Systems; OE 965, Advanced Underwater Acoustics; OE 972, Hydrographic Field Course; OE 973, Seafloor Characterization; OE 995, Coastal Sediment Transport
Two courses from the following (one at the 800 level; one at the 900 level): MATH 845, MATH 846, Foundations of Applied Mathematics; MATH 853, Introduction to Numerical Methods; MATH 856, Principles of Statistical Inference; MATH 888, Complex Analysis; MATH 896, Mathematics for Mapping; MATH 931, MATH 932, Mathematical Physics; ME 886, Introduction to Finite Element Analysis; or ME 986 Advanced Finite Element Analysis
Four electives (two at 800 level; two at 900 level): ME 807, Analytical Fluid Dynamics; ME 886, Introduction to Finite Element Analysis; ME 906, Convection Heat Transfer; ME 909, Viscous Flow; ME 910, Turbulence; ME 827, Advanced Mechanics of Solids; ME 824, Vibration Theory & Applications; ME 877, Computer Aided Engineering; ME 927, Theory of Plasticity; CIE 860, Foundation Design I; CIE 861, Foundation Design II; CIE 862, Introduction to Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering; CIE 866, Geo-Environmental Engineering; CIE 946, Advanced Bioenvironmental Engineering Design; ECE 814, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing; ECE 857, Fundamentals of Communication; ECE 860, Introduction to Fiber Optics; ECE 939, Statistical Communication Theory; ECE 940, Information Theory; ECE 941, Digital Signal Processing
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 must-know 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.
Certificate in Ocean Mapping
The program goal is to provide advanced graduate training to working professionals in the area of ocean mapping. These professionals will come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from earth science, geology, and biology to engineering. The graduate certificate in ocean mapping is awarded for completion of the core courses and associated practicum. The graduate certificate program fulfills the Category A International Federation of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization/International Cartographic Association (FIG/IHO/ICA) Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors.
Please visit the Graduate School website for instructions about applying to the certificate program.
ESCI/OE 871, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping (4 cr.)
ESCI 872, Research Tools for Ocean Mapping (3 cr.)
MATH 896, Math for Mapping (3 cr.)
ESCI/OE 874, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping I (4 cr.)
ESCI/OE 875, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping II (4 cr.)
ESCI/OE 972, Hydrographic Field Course (4 cr.)
OE 677, Seamanship & Marine Weather (P/F)
ESCI 896, Coastal Remote Sensing (3 cr.) for the optional Remote Sensing specialty