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The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is ranked among the nation’s top undergraduate colleges. The Academy provides a rigorous, practical education, preparing cadets to lead and succeed in their career as a Coast Guard officer and in civilian life.

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Curriculum

Fourth Class Year (Freshman)

Fall Semester

  • History of the USCG
  • College Composition
  • American Government
  • Calculus I
  • Principles of Fitness and Wellness I
  • Swimming
  • Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Navigation

Spring Semester

  • Introduction to Computing
  • Engineering Mechanics - Statics
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Calculus II
  • Personal Defense I
  • Principles of Fitness and Wellness II
  • Physics I

Third Class Year (Sophomore)

Fall Semester

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Analytical Methods in Engineering
  • Professional Rescuer
  • Physics II
  • Ships and Maritime Systems
  • Laboratory in Naval Architecture
  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Spring Semester

  • Electric Circuits and Machines
  • Dynamics
  • Applied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Lifetime Sports I: Racquetball
  • Lifetime Sports II: Golf
  • Chemistry II
  • Applications in Navigation

Second Class Year (Junior)

Fall Semester

  • Engineering Material Science
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Essentials of Economics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Personal Defense II
  • Lifetime Sports III: Tennis

Spring Semester

  • Marine Engineering
  • Ship Structures
  • Heat Transfer
  • Ethics
  • Maritime Watch Officer

First Class Year (Senior)

Fall Semester

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Principles of Ship Design
  • Ship Propulsion Design
  • Law
  • *Major Area Elective
  • Physical Education

Spring Semester

  • Principles of Electronic Communication Systems
  • Ship Design/System Integration
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Global Studies
  • Atmospheric and Maritime Science
  • Selected Topics for the 100 Ton Master
  • Selected Topics for the 100 Ton Master Lab
  • *Free Elective
  • Physical Education
Academic Majors
Civil Engineering

The program prepares future officers to design, build, operate and maintain structures and systems that help the Coast Guard perform all missions.

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Electrical Engineering

The major prepares future officers for careers that address critical technological needs.

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Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering program links scientific principles to the design and improvement of mechanical systems and energy conversion.

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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Majors learn to leverage technology to design, build, operate and maintain surface ships.

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Operations Research & Computer Analysis

Graduates acquire the tools and experience to analyze complex issues and provide informed solutions.

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Marine & Environmental Science

MES majors study the complex relationships between humans and the land, oceans and atmosphere.

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Management

The program prepares future officers to be competent and ethical management professionals.

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Government

The multidisciplinary Government major offers three tracks: Security Studies; International Relations; and Politics, Policy and the Law.

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