Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation
The student choosing a career as a licensed deck officer (mate) or a shoreside maritime manager majors in Marine Transportation. This major provides the broadest maritime industry training possible consistent with officer licensing requirements.
Marine Transportation graduates have a broad employment field open to them. A wide variety of shoreside management positions await the graduate in numerous maritime sectors, including vessel operations, ship's agency, marine insurance, stevedoring, charter brokering, and federal employment, as well as shipboard employment opportunities. This major, through the wide array of professional skills taught, is designed to prepare the student to take the U.S. Coast Guard STCW licensing exam for Second Mate and Officer in Charge of the Navigational Watch. Passing this examination, which results in the issuance of a Third Mate's license, is essential for a student seeking employment as a licensed deck officer on a commercial vessel.
Deck licenses issued by the U.S. Coast Guard in increasing rank are as follows: Third Mate, Second Mate, Chief Mate, and Master. A raise in grade is dependent upon the graduate's ability to accumulate sea time, usually one year's sea time in each license category, and to pass USCG examinations of increasing complexity and difficulty.