Scope and Objectives
The graduate program in coastal and ocean engineering at Oregon State University emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of research and education on emerging themes related to coastal climate change including sea level rise and coastal storms, natural coastal hazards including tsunamis and hurricanes, marine renewable energy, and coastal ecology and sustainable communities. Our program seeks to enable students to pursue research topics that cross the traditional boundaries of coastal engineering, and to prepare students for leadership positions in academia, private, and public sectors.
Program of Study
The program of study for the M.S. and M.Eng. degrees consists of a minimum of 45 credit hours, of which two-thirds of the work must be in the major area and one-third in the minor area. For the M.S. degree, a student with major professor approval may elect a thesis or non-thesis (technical report) option; a maximum of 9 credit hours is allowed for the thesis and 6 for a non-thesis option. Students who are supported with a GTA or GRA position must produce a research thesis. Alternatively, the M.Eng. degree requires coursework only; students pursuing the M.Eng. degree are generally not supported with GTA or GRA positions. Graduate courses offered by CCE in Coastal and Ocean Engineering are described below:
External Course Offerings
In addition to the courses offered by CCE, there are courses relevant to Coastal and Ocean Engineering taught by several other schools and departments. An incomplete list of these classes is provided below. Students are encouraged to explore other offerings at OSU that are in line with their interests and to work collaboratively with their advisers to develop their program of study.
In order to provide all graduate students with a common and strong foundation in the fundamentals essential to Coastal and Ocean Engineering, CCE developed the following list of core classes.
For the Fluid Mechanics requirement, CE 640 (Hydrodynamics for Ocean Engineers) is recommended. Alternate courses that fulfill this requirement are CE 547, ME 560, and OC 670. Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisers the most suitable course for their program of study.