Nov 15, 2018  
CSU Maritime Academy 2017/18 Academic Catalog 
CSU Maritime Academy 2017/18 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Marine Transportation

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Steven D. Browne (Chair); Peter J. Hayes; Tuuli Messer-Bookman; Robert Stewart; Daniel Weinstock

Associate Professor:
Scott M. Powell

Maritime Vocational Instructor IV:
Britt T. Elliott; Peter G. McGroarty; William E. Schmid

Maritime Vocational Instructor III:
Tom Allen

Maritime Vocational Instructor II:
Tamara Burback; Scott Saarheim

Maritime Vocational Lecturers:
Robert Brown; Valerie Holl McGowan; Destiny Knudson; Fred Reiman; Monique Watanabe; James West

Douglas O’Brien

Professor Emeriti:
Brian Law; Paul Leyda; David Sears

The Marine Transportation degree program includes significant academic breadth and extensive technical expertise. Through experiences in the classroom, laboratories, simulators, and aboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR and commercial vessels, students achieve a level of professional confidence, competence, and leadership that allows them to function in decision-making positions with the international transportation industry.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Marine Transportation is to develop in our graduates the practical skills, judgment, character, and leadership traits necessary to become leaders in the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore. To this end, by way of practical and theoretical training at sea, in simulators, and in the classroom, the Marine Transportation program seeks to do the following:

  • prepare our students to meet, along with a wide array of seamanship and advanced mariners’ skills, all U.S. Coast Guard and international requirements for Second Mate / Officer-in-Charge of the Navigational Watch at the operational level
  • provide them with a well-rounded liberal education culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree in accordance with California State University requirements
  • imbue in them a strong sense of ethics, personal integrity, accountability, and officership
  • provide opportunities to develop the leadership and communication skills to be an effective leader
  • provide opportunities for obtaining various additional maritime professional certifications



     A valid US passport, US visa, or other recognized travel document allowing the student to exit and enter the United States and successful completion of the USCG Lifeboatman’s exam are required for all students embarking on all at-sea training cruises.

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