USNA | Our Mission

In endeavoring to prepare officers to meet the Navy's present and future needs, the Department offers EAC/ABET accredited degrees in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering - each an interdisciplinary field involving the application of engineering principles relating to the ocean environment. These marine-oriented programs of study are supported by the latest in facilities at the Academy and are taught by an experienced staff of dedicated professional faculty. All these studies have direct carry over to careers in the Naval Service. The knowledge of basic engineering principles, their practical application and the research and design insights provided through these majors offer a well-balanced preparation for the ready assimilation of young officers into the fleet as well as a basis for postgraduate studies.

Mission and Objectives

NAOE students working in the labThe mission of the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering majors is to provide graduates with a sound understanding of the ocean environment and the engineering methods necessary for life-long contributions to the Navy and Marine Corps, government, and industry in the analysis, design, construction, and operation of complex marine systems. This mission reflects the fact that our graduates will serve in technically-demanding jobs, on or under the sea, during their naval careers. In addition, many will continue later in civilian life in engineering or engineering management careers.

In concert with the Strategic Plan Focus Areas, the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering has established a set of Program Educational Objectives for those midshipmen who choose to pursue a degree in the Naval Architecture Program. The Program Educational Objectives for the Naval Architecture Program are to develop:

In support of the educational missions of both the Naval Academy and of the Ocean Engineering Program, four educational objectives have been developed for the Ocean Engineering Program:

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