Ocean Engineering

Ocean Engineering


The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers a B.S. in ocean engineering, and also offers an minor in ocean engineering.

The Degree

The B.S.O.E. curriculum provides students with a solid engineering core and prepares them for professional engineering careers or for graduate study. The program starts with foundational classes in math, physics, chemistry, and engineering computing, along with introductions to ocean engineering through seminars and oceanography coursework. Students develop their engineering acumen through coursework and laboratory studies that are focused on analysis, experimentation, and design. Students proceed to increasingly advanced coursework in ocean instrumentation, waves and tides, the design of ocean structures, coastal engineering, ocean measurements, and ocean acoustics. Opportunities exist for students to gain further competence in an area of their choice with the technical elective course offerings. Students finish their curriculum with a two-semester senior capstone design project. Elective courses in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences are included to provide a well-rounded education. Please contact Diane Foster for more information at diane.foster@unh.edu.

The Minor

The ocean engineering minor allows undergraduate engineering students to acquire a nucleus of knowledge about engineering pertaining to the ocean and the coastal zone.

To meet the University minor requirement, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of five courses from the following list: ESCI 501, Introduction to Oceanography; ESCI 752, Chemical Oceanography; ESCI 758, Introductory Physical Oceanography; ESCI 759, Geological Oceanography; OE 710, Ocean Measurements Lab; OE 744, Corrosion; OE 754, Ocean Waves and Tides; OE 756, Principles of Naval Architecture and Model Testing; OE 757, Coastal Engineering and Processes; OE 765, Underwater Acoustics; OE 771, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping; OE 795, Special Topics in Ocean Engineering; ENE 747, Introduction to Marine Pollution and Control; and TECH 797, Undergraduate Ocean Research Program. Ordinarily, students take ESCI 501 and TECH 797 plus three additional engineering courses from the above list to complete the minor.

Students wishing to take the ocean engineering minor should indicate their interest to the ocean engineering minor adviser, Diane Foster, (603) 862-3089 or diane.foster@unh.edu no later than the beginning of the junior year. During the final semester, students must apply to the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences to have the minor shown on their transcript. 


Diane Foster


Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering

102C Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory 
24 Colovos Road
Durham, NH 03824

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