Ocean Engineering - BS

The ocean engineering curriculum includes courses in written communication skills, language, philosophy and culture, social sciences and American heritage to ensure a well-rounded education. Courses that directly apply to ocean engineering include: coastal engineering, dynamics of ocean systems, engineering design of offshore and coastal systems, fluid mechanics, marine hydrodynamics, naval architecture, numerical methods, ocean engineering laboratory, ocean wave mechanics, oceanography, offshore and coastal structures, underwater acoustics, and underwater and moored system design.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33

A grade of C or better is required.


Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.


Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.


BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CVEN 221Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
CVEN 250Introduction to Graphics and Visualization Applications in Civil Engineering Design 2
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 3
STAT 211Principles of Statistics I 3
University Core Curriculum 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
CVEN 305Mechanics of Materials 3
CVEN 306Materials Engineering for Civil Engineers 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 3
MEEN 315 or ECEN 215Principles of Thermodynamics or Principles of Electrical Engineering 3
OCEN 201Introduction to Ocean Engineering 3
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
CVEN 302Computer Applications in Engineering and Construction 3
CVEN 311Fluid Dynamics 3
CVEN 345Theory of Structures 3
OCEN 336Fluid Dynamics Laboratory 1
OCNG 401 or OCNG 410Interdisciplinary Oceanography or Physical Oceanography 3
COMM 205 or ENGL 210Communication for Technical Professions or Technical and Business Writing 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CVEN 363Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 3
CVEN 365Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 3
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 53
OCEN 300Ocean Engineering Wave Mechanics 3
OCEN 362Hydromechanics 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
OCEN 403Dynamics of Offshore Structures 3
OCEN 400Basic Coastal Engineering 3
OCEN 401Underwater Acoustics for Ocean Engineers 3
OCEN 402Principles of Naval Architecture 3
OCEN 481Seminar 1
Technical elective 63
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
OCEN 407Design of Ocean Engineering Facilities 4
OCEN 410Ocean Engineering Laboratory 51
Technical elective 68
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 98

All students must take at least two courses in their major that are designated as writing intensive (W). ENGR 482/PHIL 482 and OCEN 410 taken at Texas A&M satisfy this requirement.


The technical elective program must be approved by the department head or the undergraduate advisor. Technical electives are chosen from the approved technical elective list, and at least 3 credit hours must be engineering design.

A grade of C or better is required in all science, mathematics and engineering courses taken to satisfy degree requirements.

Total Program Hours 131