The Major

This week’s featured program is the major in Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. From the website:

Today we are experiencing exponential growth in our knowledge of the power, complexities, and impact of our ocean environment. Ocean engineers build on these discoveries to design and implement the systems and technology that make possible a safer world and a healthier planet.

At URI, we encourage our ocean engineering students to get their feet wet with immediate hands-on field experiences and opportunities to work with faculty on research. As a leader in ocean instrumentation, robotics, underwater acoustics, marine hydrodynamics, coastal and offshore structures, offshore power generation, among other areas of expertise, the URI ocean engineering program offers its students a variety of dynamic career possibilities and the ability to contribute to the health of our planet.

Students enrolled in the major can pursue one of eight different tracks within the major: Acoustics, Coastal Engineering, Hydrodynamics and Naval Architecture, Hydrodynamics and Waves, Marine Geotechnics, Ocean Renewable Energy, Robotics, or Structures.

Two Interesting Courses

OCE360 – Robotic Ocean Instrumentation Design

Design of robotic ocean instrumentation systems featuring team-based, hands-on projects. Includes power, sensor, communication, propulsion and control system design for remotely operated and autonomous ocean instruments and underwater vehicles.

OCE408 – Introduction to Engineering Wave Mechanics and Littoral Processes

Description of coastal area. Linear wave theory and applications. Sediment transport and beach dynamics. Coastal protection methods. Coastal engineering problem solving with Matlab. 

Five Possible Complementary Minors at the University of Rhode Island

Unique Opportunities within the Major

Two different 5-year double major opportunities are available to students. For students with a deep interest in marine life, the Ocean Engineering/Marine Biology Double Major allows students to come at their study of the ocean from two different perspectives. Students with an interest in ocean engineering on a global/international level can elect to pursue the International Engineering Program (IEP), which results in a double major with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering and a B.A. in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Global Language Area Studies with a concentration in Japanese. Students pursuing the IEP spend a year studying and interning abroad, with one semester devoted to each

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