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Marine Transportation Program

Marine Transportation Program

The primary goal of the core Marine Transportation program is to provide midshipmen with the knowledge and skills required to serve as a deck officer aboard a merchant ship. 

Marine Transportation Program Learning Outcomes

The Marine Transportation program will support the Academy’s Institutional Learning Outcomes by providing education and training that will enable its graduates to serve successfully as Officers in Charge of a Navigational Watch, as Able Seafarers, and as maritime-related shore side professionals through their ability to:

  1. Apply accepted seamanship practices and cargo-handling skills

  1. Employ established navigation and collision avoidance practices

  1. Operate and manage maritime Information Technology

  1. Utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills

  1. Apply business, transportation, and logistics concepts

  1. Lead others skillfully and function competently in teams

  1. Communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing

  1. Implement security measures aboard vessels and in maritime facilities

The sample curriculum for both A and B splits follows.

Maritime Transportation Program Curriculum

Fourth Class Year

  • BUSN 101 LEC Principles of Leadership
  • CMDT100 Social Responsibility
  • ECME 101 LEC Introduction to Marine Engineering I
  • HIST 100 LEC History of Sea Power
  • LITR 101 LEC Composition & Literature
  • MATH 101 LEC Calculus I
  • MATH 120 LEC Calculus II
  • MLOG 120 Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties
  • NASC 100 LEC Introduction to Naval Science
  • NAUT 101 LEC Introduction to Nautical Science
  • NAUT 110 LEC Basic Firefighting and Safety
  • NAUT 120 LEC Terrestrial Navigation 1
  • NAUT 125 LEC Terrestrial Navigation 2
  • NAUT 130 LEC Introduction to Navigation Law
  • NAUT 140 LEC Maritime Communications
  • NAUT 160 LEC Ship Constructions and Stability
  • NAUT 210 LEC Integrated Navigation 1
  • NAUT 250 LEC Dry Cargo Operations
  • PHYS 110 LEC Physics 1
  • PHYS 120 LEC Physics 2
  • PE&A 110 LAB Basic Swimming
  • PE&A 120 LAB First Aid
  • PE&A 125 LAB Self Defense Tactics
  • PE&A 130 LAB Aquatic Survival
  • WTRF 100 LEC Safety of Life at Sea

  Third and Second Class Years 

  • BUSN 110 LEC The Business of Shipping
  • BUSN 201 LEC Maritime Leadership and Management
  • BUSN 210 Principles of Economics
  • BUSN 230 LEC Principles of Management
  • BUSN 300 LEC Fundamentals of Business Law
  • BUSN 310 LEC Accounting & Finance
  • CHEM 100 LEC General Chemistry
  • LITR 201 LEC Literature
  • NASC 200 LEC Strategic Sealift
  • NAUT 215 LEC Integrated Navigation 2
  • NAUT 220 LEC Liquid Cargo Operations
  • NAUT 225 LEC Celestial Navigation
  • NAUT 230 LEC Navigation Law
  • NAUT 240 LEC Meteorology
  • NAUT 310 LEC Integrated Navigation 3
  • NAUT 330 LEC The Maritime Regulatory Environment
  • NAUT 420 LEC Advanced Firefighting

First Class Year

  • BUSN 410 LEC Marketing
  • BUSN 420 LEC Maritime Economics
  • BUSN 430 LEC Admiralty and International Law of the Sea
  • ECME 480 LEC Marine Engineering for Deck Officers
  • Elective BUSN 400 Marine Insurance
  • Elective BUSN 470 Sales and Entrepreneurship
  • Elective CYSC 445 Cyber Security
  • HIST 410 LEC Modern World History
  • Humanities Elective
  • MATH 210 LEC Probability & Statistics
  • NASC 400 LEC Naval Leadership & Ethics
  • NAUT 400 LEC License Seminar
  • NASC 410 LEC Naval Science Senior Seminar
  • NAUT 440 LAB Flashing Light and Radar Observer Certification
  • NAUT 460 LEC Bridge Resource Management
  • PE&A 200 LAB Medical Care Provider

Sea Year

  • EPRJ 245 PRJ Marine Engine for Deck Project
  • HPRJ 300 PRJ Humanities Sea Project
  • INSP 100 PRJ Internship
  • NPRJ 210 PRJ Cargo Operations 1
  • NPRJ 215 PRJ Integrated Navigation Systems 1
  • NPRJ 220 PRJ Seamanship 1
  • NPRJ 225 PRJ Ship Structure and Stability 1
  • NPRJ 230 PRJ Navigation I
  • NPRJ 235 PRJ Navigation Law 1
  • NPRJ 240 PRJ Maritime Communications Sea Project
  • NPRJ 310 PRJ Cargo Operations 2
  • NPRJ 315 PRJ Integrated Navigation Systems 2
  • NPRJ 320 PRJ Seamanship 2
  • NPRJ 325 PRJ Ship Structure and Stability 2
  • NPRJ 330 PRJ Navigation II
  • NPRJ 335 PRJ Navigation Law 2
  • NPRJ 340 PRJ Maritime Business

After Graduation

Graduates of the Marine Transportation program, with their broad educational background, complemented by specific management and business skills, have a wide variety of career opportunities.  Job opportunities include serving aboard merchant ships as a deck officer, in terminal operations management, ship operations, ship and cargo surveying, port administration, stevedoring, and related positions.  All branches of the Armed Forces offer possibilities for active duty. The U.S. Coast Guard commissions graduates to serve in marine inspection, maritime security, and environmental regulation.  Graduates can also serve in state and federal government agencies that regulate transport and commerce; in the Foreign Service; and in research and policy analysis positions. 

Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2029