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Marine Transportation


The Department of Marine Transportation offers two majors:

  • Marine Transportation
  • Maritime Logistics & Security

These majors share a common nautical science and business core.

Course List

In additional to traditional accreditation requirements in higher education, these programs must also comply with both federal guidelines and international standards related to maritime education. The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, (to which the United States is a signatory) sets qualification standards for masters, officers and watch-keeping personnel on seagoing merchant ships.

STCW was adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and entered into force in 1984. The Convention was significantly amended in 1995 and again in 2010.  The STCW Code and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations establish the standards that the U.S. Coast Guard uses to license U.S. Merchant Mariners.

Nautical Science Courses

Nautical science courses prepare midshipmen specifically for their shipboard responsibilities and the USCG third mate's license examination. The Nautical Science core also provides broad marine-oriented education to produce a well-trained and informed ship's officer. This program of study includes general as well as specific maritime subjects which familiarize midshipmen with a ship as a system, its equipment and its operation. Specifically, midshipmen will study:

  • Terrestrial and celestial navigation
  • Rules for collision avoidance
  • Vessel stability and trim
  • Marine materials handling aboard ship and in port
  • Safety of life at sea
  • Pollution control and prevention
  • Marlinspike seamanship
  • Meteorology
  • Maritime communications
  • Integrated electronic navigation systems such as radar, ARPA, and ECDIS; bridge resource management
  • Various domestic and international rules and regulations that govern these activities

Maritime Business Courses

Maritime business courses give midshipmen a broad understanding of management issues and specific skills required for critical thinking and decision making in business. These skills complement the professional education of midshipmen and strengthen their performance as shipboard officers. Midshipmen also gain a basic foundation in business administration allowing them to pursue shore-side opportunities in the maritime field. The curriculum recognizes that marine transportation is part of the total transportation system, which is crucial to both domestic and international commerce, and the nation's defense. The specific courses in this area include:

  • The Business of Transportation
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Leadership
  • Principles of Management
  • Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Business Law
  • Admiralty and International Law
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Maritime Economics
  • Maritime Leadership and Management
  • International Business

Both Marine Transportation majors have been designed to give the students a greater understanding of the business aspects of the maritime industry. But the courses offered are not general business courses such as might be offered in a typical business school. Kings Point is in a unique position to offer a program that teaches business skills as they relate to and within the context of the maritime industry. It therefore represents a program that is both academically sound and related to the career goals of our students.

Midshipmen Learning Goals

The Department of Marine Transportation has for its mission the development of Deck Merchant Marine Officers with personal and professional maturity, honor, ethics and integrity that will ensure growth and advancement in their chosen careers, and who are able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency needed to serve as a third mate by passing all STCW competencies and the USCG license prior to commencement.
  2. Understand and safely demonstrate traditional and modern seamanship and cargo handling skills.
  3. Understand and correctly demonstrate the use of Terrestrial, Celestial, Electronic Navigation Skills and Navigation Law
  4. Understand the application of Information Technology needed as a ship’s deck officer or as a maritime related shore side professional.
  5. Understand and demonstrate effective and appropriate problem solving and critical thinking required by a ship’s deck officer or as a maritime related shore side professional.
  6. Understand the application of business, transportation or logistics concepts needed to serve as a ship’s deck officer or to work as a maritime related shore side professional with the foundation to rise to senior levels.
  7. Understand and demonstrate effective leadership and teamwork skills needed to serve as a ship’s deck officer or as a maritime related shore side professional.
  8. Understand and demonstrate effective oral or written communication skills needed to serve as a ship’s deck officer or as a maritime related shore side professional.


Fourth Class Year

  • BUSN 101 LEC Principles of Leadership
  • CMDT100 Social Responsibility
  • ECME 101 LEC Introduction to Marine Engineering I
  • HIST 100 LEC History of Sea Power
  • LITR 101 LEC Composition & Literature
  • MATH 101 LEC Calculus I
  • MATH 120 LEC Calculus II
  • MLOG 120 Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties
  • NASC 100 LEC Introduction to Naval Science
  • NAUT 101 LEC Introduction to Nautical Science
  • NAUT 110 LEC Basic Firefighting and Safety
  • NAUT 120 LEC Terrestrial Navigation 1
  • NAUT 125 LEC Terrestrial Navigation 2
  • NAUT 130 LEC Introduction to Navigation Law
  • NAUT 140 LEC Maritime Communications
  • NAUT 160 LEC Ship Constructions and Stability
  • NAUT 210 LEC Integrated Navigation 1
  • NAUT 220 LEC Liquid Cargo Operations
  • PHYS 110 LEC Physics 1
  • PHYS 120 LEC Physics 2
  • PE&A 110 LAB Basic Swimming
  • PE&A 120 LAB First Aid
  • PE&A 125 LAB Self Defense Tactics
  • PE&A 130 LAB Aquatic Survival
  • WTRF 100 LEC Safety of Life at Sea

  Third and Second Class Years 

  • BUSN 110 LEC The Business of Transportation
  • BUSN 201 LEC Maritime Leadership and Management
  • BUSN 210 Principles of Economics
  • BUSN 230 LEC Principles of Management
  • BUSN 300 LEC Fundamentals of Business Law
  • BUSN 310 LEC Accounting & Finance
  • CHEM 100 LEC General Chemistry
  • LITR 201 LEC Literature
  • NASC 200 LEC Strategic Sealift
  • NAUT 215 LEC Integrated Navigation 2
  • NAUT 225 LEC Celestial Navigation
  • NAUT 230 LEC Navigation Law
  • NAUT 240 LEC Meteorology
  • NAUT 250 LEC Dry Cargo Operations
  • NAUT 310 LEC Integrated Navigation 3
  • NAUT 330 LEC The Maritime Regulatory Environment
  • NAUT 420 LEC Advanced Firefighting

First Class Year

  • BUSN 410 LEC Marketing
  • BUSN 420 LEC Maritime Economics
  • BUSN 430 LEC Admiralty and International Law of the Sea
  • BUSN 440 LEC International Business
  • ECME 480 LEC Marine Engineering for Deck Officers
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • HIST 410 LEC Modern World History
  • Humanities Elective
  • MATH 210 LEC Probability & Statistics
  • NASC 400 LEC Naval Leadership & Ethics
  • NAUT 400 LEC License Seminar
  • NASC 410 LEC Naval Science Senior Seminar
  • NAUT 440 LAB Flashing Light and Radar Observer Certification
  • NAUT 460 LEC Bridge Resource Management
  • PE&A 200 LAB Medical Care Provider

Sea Year

  • EPRJ 245 PRJ Marine Engine for Deck Project
  • HPRJ 300 PRJ Humanities Sea Project
  • INSP 100 PRJ Internship
  • NPRJ 210 PRJ Cargo Operations 1
  • NPRJ 215 PRJ Integrated Navigation Systems 1
  • NPRJ 220 PRJ Seamanship 1
  • NPRJ 225 PRJ Ship Structure and Stability 1
  • NPRJ 230 PRJ Navigation I
  • NPRJ 235 PRJ Navigation Law 1
  • NPRJ 240 PRJ Maritime Communications Sea Project
  • NPRJ 310 PRJ Cargo Operations 2
  • NPRJ 315 PRJ Integrated Navigation Systems 2
  • NPRJ 320 PRJ Seamanship 2
  • NPRJ 325 PRJ Ship Structure and Stability 2
  • NPRJ 330 PRJ Navigation II
  • NPRJ 335 PRJ Navigation Law 2
  • NPRJ 340 PRJ Maritime Business
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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