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Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost Undergraduate costs 2020-2021 – NH Resident $15,520 / Non-resident $32,860

Ocean engineering is a field of study that seeks to solve engineering problems associated with the ocean, including those problems associated with the sustainable utilization of ocean resources and the scientific exploration and study of the ocean environment. Ocean engineering is an interdisciplinary field with roots in mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering, with strong ties to physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography. Students of ocean engineering are best served when they are formally trained inside a framework that fuses the expertise of these often-disparate fields.

The BSOE curriculum provides students with a solid engineering core and prepares students for professional engineering careers or for graduate study. The BSOE 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 at least four technical electives, which help students gain further competence in an area of their choice. 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.

Students work with an adviser to plan a program that is based on the courses shown in the ocean engineering degree plan below that totals not less than 128 credits. The degree plan is considered a guideline and may be modified to suit student needs and desires within the constraints of meeting minimum credit hours, course prerequisites, and non-major elective course requirements. Some ocean engineering elective courses may not be offered every year.

Structural components
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Grant opportunities

A variety of grants are available to students.


Available to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.


Available to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need.


UNH-based funds for undergraduate students with demonstrated need.


Need-based awards granted to incoming freshmen who demonstrate through their admission application materials an appreciation and/or understanding of the values and significance of diversity for our society and culture.


Available to student-athletes on an intercollegiate team. The head coach of each sport chooses recipients and the amount of the award in consultation with the director of athletics. Contact the head coach of your sport.


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