The Department of Marine Transportation offers two majors:
- Marine Transportation
- Maritime Logistics & Security (includes the Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program).
These majors share a common nautical science and business core.
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.
Natural 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
- 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 Management
- Fundamentals of Business Law
- Admiralty and International Law
- Accounting and Finance
- Maritime Economics
- Maritime Security Awareness
- 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:
- Demonstrate competency needed to serve as a third mate by passing all STCW competencies and the USCG license prior to commencement.
- Understand and safely demonstrate traditional and modern seamanship and cargo handling skills.
- Understand and correctly demonstrate the use of Terrestrial, Celestial, Electronic Navigation Skills and Navigation Law
- Understand the application of Information Technology needed as a ship’s deck officer or as a maritime related shore side professional.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.