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Ocean Engineering

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Ocean Engineering

Why Ocean Engineering at USM?

The School of Ocean Science and Engineering offers the only ocean engineering degree in the state of Mississippi and one of only 10 such programs in the nation. This program features interdisciplinary coursework that integrates multiple engineering fields (e.g., mechanical, civil, electrical, computer, environmental). Collaboration between ocean engineering and other oceanographic disciplines allow our students the opportunity to engage in other marine related fields of study.

The ocean engineering program is housed at the University’s Gulf Park campus. The pre-engineering components of the program will be available at both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses during freshmen and sophomore years. During junior and senior years student will be at the Gulf Park campus. This will give students a unique opportunity to access laboratory facilities in Stennis Space Center as well as at the Marine Research Center in Gulfport.

Designed to meet ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation requirements.

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18ksq-ft Marine Research Center in Gulfport
2Summer Internships building career connections
135ft research vessel R/V Point Sur

What Will I Learn?

  • Engineering design process
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Computer programming
  • Field methods
  • Data analysis
  • Ocean instrumentation
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Coastal processes
  • Underwater sensing and communication
  • Marine infrastructure

Students will work with marine science faculty to gain hands-on experience with AUVs, gliders, ROVs and other sensor systems in the lab or in the field from USM vessels, such as R/V Point Sur.

Ocean Engineering program has 6 credit hours of summer internship in the curriculum. Internships provide students with valuable work experience and allow them to connect with employers in the region at federal agencies and engineering firms in the area.

Engineering learning continues outside the classroom and Ocean Engineering students will get the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired through coursework before they graduate and will be stronger candidates for employers because of it.

USM is at the forefront in developing and implementing new capabilities to use autonomous platforms to explore the ocean. Our students have access to unique assets like an 18’ Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) (C-Worker 5), a 100” Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) (Iver3), an explorer class AUV rated for 2000m, among other systems.

Senior Ocean Engineering students will take project and design and capstone courses and will have the chance to apply their knowledge and skills to design and application oriented research projects. Ocean Engineering program will also provide Honors College students the chance to participate in cutting edge undergraduate research.

Judith Bostwick Ocean Engineering Scholarship Endowment is to award scholarship to students with financial need majoring in Ocean Engineering.

Not Just Theory

Our Ocean Engineering faculty is engaged in state of the art research in core disciplines and is enthusiastic to have students participate in their projects. This generates ample opportunities for our undergraduates to gain valuable hands on experience in diverse fields such as ocean sensor development, operations of autonomous ocean drones, and shoreline modeling.


Degree Plan Availability
Ocean Engineering BSGulf Park
  • Ocean instrumentation design and implementation
  • Maritime operations
  • Coastal hazard remediation
  • Unmanned submersible vehicles
  • Shipbuilding Industry
  • Oil and Gas