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Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program


The principal objective of the Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program is to prepare future leaders of the nation's commercial and military logistics and transportation systems. This purpose is consistent with the Academy's mission to graduate officers and leaders who are "dedicated to serving the economic and defense interests of the United States...and who will contribute to an intermodal transportation system that effectively ties America together."

The goal is achieved through an integrated program of study and experiential learning, the cornerstone of which is an academic major. The Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program builds on the Academy's traditional maritime core competencies to provide midshipmen with the knowledge and skills required to manage complex intermodal supply chains and to address the challenges facing the global transportation system.

Note:  The Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program will be renamed the Maritime Logistics & Security Program effective July 2013 and will remain a major for the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016. 

Core Courses

Midshipmen who elect this major take the same core courses in Nautical Science, Maritime Business, and general education (math, science, and humanities) as do their counterparts enrolled in other majors in the Department of Marine Transportation. They must also meet requirements for a U.S. Coast Guard license as third mate. Courses specific to the Logistics and Intermodal Transportation major include Integrated Logistics Management, Intermodal Transportation Systems, Intermodal Port and Terminal Operations, Global Supply Chain Management, and the capstone Logistics and Intermodal Seminar.

Elective options include such offerings as Operations Research for Transportation , Information Technology and Management, Defense Transportation System, and Environmental Manage- ment. Central themes of the major are the role of ports and maritime elements in logistical and intermodal systems, the development of a systems view, the application of information technology, and the importance of an international orientation.

Emphasis of Major

The major emphasizes the development of oral and written communications capabilities through research papers, written reports, and formal presentations. Teamwork skills are enhanced through case studies and applied research projects that focus on real-world tasks identified through the program's extensive industry outreach efforts. Problem solving abilities are refined through use of computerbased simulation and analysis software. Independent certification of professional competency through the American Society of Transportation and Logistics is an attractive optional component of the program. A guest lecture series brings prominent industry figures to the Academy to discuss current issues and career opportunities for graduates.

The internship experience for midshipmen enrolled in the Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program is carefully structured to ensure that it is fully supportive of, and integrated with, the academic component. Based in part on the specific interests of individual midshipmen, internship placement is planned to provide the student with exposure to best practice in leading-edge organizations within a particular segment of the logistics and intermodal industry.

Career opportunities for graduates of the Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program are diverse and rewarding. Reflecting the changing nature of the maritime transportation system, fulfillment of the professional obligation may be accomplished through service in a wide variety of logistics and transportation occupations in commercial, government, and military domains. Examples of entry-level positions include logistics system coordinator, transportation analyst, intermodal terminal supervisor, customer service associate, logistics/ transportation consultant, ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) specialist, traffic coordinator, shipping supervisor, and project manager, to name a few.

Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Curriculum

Fourth Class Year

  • Maritime Professional Studies KP100
  • Basic Firefighting DN110
  • Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) DN100
  • English 1 HE101
  • History of Seapower HH100
  • Principles of Logistics and Transportation DB110
  • General Chemistry MC100
  • Calculus 1, 2 (Deck) MM101,MM120
  • Physics 1, 2 MP101, MP130
  • Probability and Statistics MM210
  • Intro to MMNR NS120
  • Terrestrial Navigation DN120
  • Celestial Navigation DN121
  • Meteorology DN140
  • Self Defense PE101
  • Swimming/First Aid PE110
  • Aquatic Survival PE120

Third and Second Class Years

  • Accounting and Finance DB310
  • Business and Maritime Law DB300
  • Economics DB210
  • Management DB230
  • Marketing DB240
  • English 2 HE202
  • Cargo Operations DN210
  • Electronic Navigation DN220
  • Seamanship/Shiphandling DN230
  • Ship's Medicine PE201
  • Tanker Operations DN240
  • MMNR Officer NS220
  • Naval Leadership & Ethics NS402
  • Integrated Logistics Management DL200
  • Intermodal Transportation Systems DL300
  • One Elective
  • Two Physical Education Activities

First Class Year

  • International Business and Ocean Shipping DB410
  • Topics in History HC400
  • Advanced Firefighting DN410
  • Advanced Navigation DN420
  • Modern American History HH360
  • Bridge Watchstanding DN460
  • License Seminar DN470
  • Maritime Communications DN430
  • Naval Architecture EM301
  • Advanced MMNR Officer NS320
  • Navigation Law/Rules of the Road DN421
  • Radar/ARPA DN440
  • Global Supply Chain Management DL420
  • Intermodal Port and Terminal Operations DL400
  • Logistics and Intermodal Seminar DL450
  • Logistics and Intermodal Elective
  • Two (2) Physical Education Activities
  • Two (2) Electives

Sea Year

  • Navigation 1, 2 DS220, DS320
  • Cargo 1, 2 DS230,DS330
  • Seamanship 1, 2 DS240, DS340
  • Ship Structure and Terminology DS241
  • Navigation Law 1, 2 DS221, DS321
  • Marine Engineering EC120
  • Ship's Structure and Stability DS341
  • Marine Electronics DS322
  • Maritime Business DS390
  • Humanities Sea Project HS211
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013
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