OCSE Program

Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering (OCSE) is ABET-accredited in Ocean Engineering and has a curriculum that effectively synthesizes ocean engineering, civil engineering, and naval architecture to the design of ocean systems and structures.

The program is best known for design of large deep-water offshore structures typical of those used in offshore production of oil and gas. Many students come to us in pursuit of a career in this exciting and lucrative area, and many industrial companies regularly seek to hire our graduates. Study related to deep-water offshore engineering area of study addresses the design of marine structures and includes wind and wave forces, hydrodynamics, and ocean other aspects of ocean-related engineering including courses in areas such as Naval Architecture and Subsea Pipelines.

The program also includes instruction in Coastal Engineering. This part of the curriculum addresses the design of coastal structures such as breakwaters, seawalls and bulkheads, and well as coastal processes and projects such as beach nourishment and protection; and near-shore hydrodynamics. Employment opportunities exist with private industry, consulting firms and various government agencies.

Engineering Accreditation Commission The curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

This program was previously known as Maritime Systems Engineering and has been graduating students into this exciting field for 40 years.


The OCSE curriculum includes courses in written communication skills, humanities, social sciences and American heritage to ensure a well-rounded education.  Courses that directly apply to maritime systems engineering include, but are not limited to: fluid mechanics, naval architecture, ocean wave mechanics, underwater acoustics, reinforced concrete wave mechanics, structural steel design, hydrodynamics of offshore structures, dynamics and vibrations,  finite-element analysis in engineering design, introduction to coastal engineering, marine structures design and measurements in the ocean laboratory.

See curriculum map (merely to be used as a guide) for sequence of courses.  Note:  if there are any discrepancies between the curriculum map and the current catalog prerequisite requirements, the catalog takes precedence.

The OCSE Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the OCSE program is to produce graduates who can work as engineers in the nearshore and offshore environments.  In particular, our objectives are to produce students who:

  • an practice engineering pertaining to offshore and coastal structures and associated marine systems (e.g. platforms, pipelines, harbors, terminals, etc.) in support of local industry and government agencies, in particular, to plan, design, construct, and maintain engineering works intended to: advance the extraction and transport of oil and gas products, protect the coastal environment from natural hazards as well as human/industrial influences, and to develop facilities for marine transportation; and
  • are well-prepared to engage in lifelong education and professional development, including advanced study.

OCSE Student Program Outcomes

Each OCSE graduate shall demonstrate the following before graduation:

  1. sufficient knowledge of fundamental scientific principles and computational techniques for application to offshore or coastal engineering situations
  2. ability to analyze, model, and solve complex problems in marine structural engineering and hydrodynamics
  3. ability to design comprehensively either offshore or coastal systems or components with realistic constraints in a team setting
  4. ability to effectively present design/project reports or other technical material to clients or other expert or non-expert audiences
  5. an appreciation of the socioeconomic, geopolitical, ethical, and environmental issues that surround engineering in the oceans and the coastal zone
  6. an appreciation for the value of advanced study or professional development.