Marine Operations


As a Marine Operations major, you will learn about the business of shipping from the fleet operations perspective – how to manage and maintain a company’s fleet of ships – as well as how to sail, power and navigate a commercial vessel.

The program is designed to combine business, humanities courses and basic engineering concepts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to work on a vessel and in the maritime industry.

Academic Program

The Marine Operations program is designed to give students real-world insight and expertise into the business of shipping.

Marine Operations courses include economics, physics, transportation systems, and other business courses.

In choosing to study Marine Operations, you will also pursue a U.S. Coast Guard license.

If you are interested in powering a vessel and operating and maintaining its related systems, you should pursue a U.S. Coast Guard third assistant engineer, or engine, license.

If you are interested in navigation, cargo handling and other ship systems, pursue a U.S. Coast Guard third mate, or deck license.

Whichever license you choose to pursue, you will also gain basic knowledge and skills by taking classes from the other license program. In this way, you will understand both sides of a ship's operations and be better prepared to find, and succeed, in your career after graduation.

Learning Outcomes