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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
CSU Maritime Academy 2015/16-2016/17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marine Transportation (MT), BS


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The student choosing a career as a licensed deck officer (mate) or a shoreside maritime manager will typically major in Marine Transportation. This major provides a breadth of maritime industry training as 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 maritime sectors like vessel operations, ship’s agency, marine insurance, stevedoring, charter brokering, and federal employment, as well as shipboard employment opportunities.

The MT curriculum includes three practical training experiences: two sea training periods aboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR, and one sea training period aboard a military or commercial vessel. The MT program also requires satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination administered by the U.S. Coast Guard to obtain a Third Mate, Unlimited, Any Ocean license, which is essential to gaining employment as a licensed deck officer on a commercial vessel.

Deck Licenses

Deck licenses issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, in increasing rank, are as follows:
Third Mate, Second Mate, Chief Mate, and Master

An elevation in rank is dependent upon the graduate’s ability to accumulate sea time, typically one year of sea time in each license category, and to pass USCG examinations of increasing complexity and difficulty.

Sea Training: Deck


CRU 100 Sea Training I

This cruise addresses the skills required of the ratings forming part of the navigational watch. Students develop internationally-mandated skills by practicing on shipboard equipment. They steer the ship, keep a proper lookout, monitor and control conditions for safety, operate emergency equipment, and demonstrate emergency procedures. These skills are evaluated by shipboard officers trained to assess international standards of watch keeping. Students must also demonstrate competencies in emergency and occupational safety, basic personal survival, and procedures to prevent pollution of the marine environment. In addition, they acquire a basic knowledge of deck maintenance and of the tools used on deck. Small boat operation skills are also developed, particularly in anchor ports.

CRU 200 Sea Training II (Commercial)

While aboard a commercial vessel, cadets are given a series of projects to perform and an extensive written report to prepare on their experiences. The report covers many components of navigation, seamanship, labor relations, human relations, and safe cargo handling and stowage. This report is assessed for completeness and accuracy by an assigned faculty member after the end of the commercial cruise. For more information, the student should see the special prerequisites listed under the CRU 200  course description.

CRU 300 Sea Training III

This cruise addresses the skills required of the Officer-in-Charge of the Navigational Watch. During this final cruise, students must demonstrate competence in skills established by international standards. These include planning and conducting a passage; determining the ship’s position by celestial, terrestrial and electronic means; and maintaining a safe navigational watch. Students are assessed in their ability to respond promptly and properly to shipboard emergencies and to distress situations on other vessels. Cadets must also demonstrate adequate skills in maneuvering the ship. At the end of this cruise, they should be qualified to perform the duties of licensed deck officers at sea, with the exception of watchstanding skills to be assessed by a full mission simulator afterward.

Marine Transportation Major Curriculum


(Subject to Change)

TOTAL UNITS: 159

Third Mate’s/OICNW License Required for Graduation

Writing Proficiency Requirement: All Junior students must demonstrate upper division writing competency as a graduation requirement. This may be fulfilled by passing either the Graduation Writing Exam or EGL 300 - Advanced Writing .

Total 18.0


Total 19.0


Summer Cruise (Freshman Year)


Total 8.0


Fall (Sophomore Year)


Total 14.0 OR 18.0


Total 13.0 OR 17.0


Summer Cruise (Sophomore Year)


Total 8.0


Total 16.0 OR 17.0


Total 16.0 OR 17.0


Summer Cruise (Junior Year)


Total 8.0


Total 16.0 OR 18.0


Take This or Both of These


Total 16.0 OR 18.0


Total Units: 159


Writing Proficiency Requirement: All Junior students must demonstrate upper division writing competency as a graduation requirement. This may be fulfilled by passing either the Graduation Writing Exam or EGL 300 - Advanced Writing .

1&2 Divisions 1&2 cadets take course

3&4 Divisions 3&4 cadets take course

♦ STCW Courses (Must receive a “C-” or higher, or “CR”)

► Courses in Major (CGPA = 2.0 is required)

NOTE: Course content/curriculum may be modified to meet STCW or other regulatory requirements.

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