Naval Archi­tec­ture, Marine Engi­neer­ing Man­age­ment Edu­ca­tion at USCGA

Mass Maritime

Founded in 1876, the U.S. Coast Guard Acad­emy in New Lon­don, Con­necti­cut is a pro­fes­sional col­lege edu­cat­ing future United States Coast Guard offi­cers. It is a fully res­i­dent mil­i­tary cadet cam­pus and the small­est United States fed­eral ser­vice academy.

The Acad­emy pro­vides a four-​year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (BS) degree pro­gram, with the cur­ricu­lum heav­ily ori­ented toward math, sci­ence, and engi­neer­ing. Like the other U.S. fed­eral ser­vice acad­e­mies, our stu­dents receive a full schol­ar­ship and our grad­u­ates serve in the mil­i­tary for at least five years after grad­u­a­tion. How­ever, unlike the other ser­vice acad­e­mies, there are no con­gres­sional appoint­ments - admis­sion is based solely on nation­wide competition.

The Coast Guard Acad­emy has a proud tra­di­tion as one of the most selec­tive col­leges in Amer­ica. Stu­dents come to the Acad­emy to be chal­lenged aca­d­e­m­i­cally, phys­i­cally, and pro­fes­sion­ally. By pro­vid­ing excel­lent aca­d­e­mic pro­grams, a struc­tured mil­i­tary reg­i­men, and com­pet­i­tive ath­let­ics, the Acad­emy grad­u­ates com­pe­tent and pro­fes­sional mil­i­tary lead­ers who serve their coun­try and human­ity with honor as Coast Guard officers.

Academic Programs

Every Coast Guard cadet com­pletes core stud­ies in sci­ences and lib­eral arts, then spe­cial­izes in one of 13 pro­grams of study:

Under­grad­u­ate Programs

  • Civil Engi­neer­ing (Envi­ron­men­tal or Struc­tural): Civil Engi­neer­ing (CE) pro­vides a solid back­ground in math­e­mat­ics and basic sci­ences applied toward the study and design of engi­neered sys­tems. As a broad field encom­pass­ing many dis­ci­plines, Civil Engi­neer­ing offers a chal­leng­ing and ful­fill­ing career to indi­vid­u­als with a wide vari­ety of inter­ests. Upper level courses in the major include study in struc­tural analy­sis, geot­ech­ni­cal engi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion, water resources, and envi­ron­men­tal engineering.
  • Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing (Com­puter or Sys­tems): The Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing major is a sound under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tional pro­gram that pre­pares future offi­cers to be the Coast Guard’s lead­ers in devel­op­ing, eval­u­at­ing and imple­ment­ing new tech­nolo­gies. The two essen­tials for this role, under­stand­ing of a sys­tems approach and flu­ency with com­put­ers, are at the core of this major. This pro­gram chal­lenges cadets to become crit­i­cal thinkers who can use com­puter sys­tems and ana­lyt­i­cal meth­ods to solve real world tech­ni­cal problems.
  • Gov­ern­ment (Inter­na­tional Affairs or Pub­lic Pol­icy): The study of Gov­ern­ment, His­tory, Ethics, For­eign Lan­guage, Eng­lish, and Law com­prise the Human­i­ties Depart­ment; and in con­cert, they offer cadets a major in Gov­ern­ment. Part of the mis­sion of the Depart­ment is to ground all cadets, what­ever their majors, in the lib­eral arts. For gov­ern­ment majors, that ground­ing con­tin­ues with a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary selec­tion of courses lead­ing to either of two Gov­ern­ment tracks: Inter­na­tional Affairs or Pub­lic Pol­icy. With these twin mis­sions, Human­i­ties offers more core courses than any other department.
  • Man­age­ment: The AACSB Inter­na­tional Accred­ited Man­age­ment Major pro­vides high qual­ity under­grad­u­ate degree, prepar­ing stu­dents for their future role as stew­ards of pub­lic resources and global busi­ness and gov­ern­ment lead­ers. The Man­age­ment major at the Coast Guard Acad­emy is built pri­mar­ily on the intel­lec­tual foun­da­tions of the behav­ioral sci­ences, eco­nom­ics, math­e­mat­ics, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and accounting/​finance. Stu­dents are edu­cated in the broad array of func­tional skills and ana­lyt­i­cal processes required of con­tem­po­rary lead­ers and managers.
  • Marine and Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences (Bio-​Environmental, Chem-​Environmental or Phys­i­cal): The Marine and Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences (MES) major stresses under­stand­ing of the com­plex rela­tion­ships between humans and the land, oceans and atmos­phere. Impor­tantly, this pro­gram is not sim­ply marine biol­ogy. Rather, MES pro­vides a tech­ni­cal, multi-​disciplinary edu­ca­tion closely aligned with Coast Guard mis­sions by inte­grat­ing oceanog­ra­phy, chem­istry and biology
  • Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing: The Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing major pro­vides a solid foun­da­tion for ser­vice as a Coast Guard Offi­cer, pro­fes­sional engi­neer­ing prac­tice, and fur­ther study in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing or many other related fields. The major require­ments develop the stu­dents’ abil­ity to apply sci­en­tific prin­ci­ples in the design and analy­sis of mechan­i­cal and energy con­ver­sion sys­tems. Stu­dents are chal­lenged with design prob­lems in most of the major courses, which pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for devel­op­ing cre­ativ­ity in solv­ing real-​world prob­lems. The pro­gram cul­mi­nates with a hands-​on cap­stone design project in which teams of stu­dents use their acquired knowl­edge to design, build, and test a prac­ti­cal device.
  • Naval Archi­tec­ture and Marine Engi­neer­ing: The Naval Archi­tec­ture and Marine Engi­neer­ing (NA&ME) major pro­vides a strong under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tional pro­gram in Engi­neer­ing, Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ences. This pro­gram empha­sizes devel­op­ment of the student’s abil­ity to under­stand and apply engi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples to the design and analy­sis of sur­face ships.
  • Oper­a­tions Research and Com­puter Analy­sis (Applied Math­e­mat­ics): The Oper­a­tions Research and Com­puter Analy­sis (ORCA) major pro­vides grad­u­ates with a back­ground in math­e­mat­ics, sta­tis­tics, and com­put­ers. The pri­mary focus of the Oper­a­tions Research and Com­puter Analy­sis (ORCA) major at the U. S. Coast Guard Acad­emy is to enable cadets to con­cep­tu­al­ize and describe real­ity using the tools of math­e­mat­ics and sta­tis­tics, develop appro­pri­ate mod­els, derive solu­tions using com­puter tech­nol­ogy, apply the solu­tions to spe­cific Coast Guard and other real world prob­lems and to effec­tively com­mu­ni­cate solutions.

USCGA Features

The Coast Guard Acad­emy is more than a great place to learn and grow; it’s a great place to live. The region has a long tra­di­tion of embrac­ing the sea, the mil­i­tary and higher edu­ca­tion. Our cam­pus is on the water­front, set upon rolling hills with metic­u­lously man­i­cured grounds. The liv­ing envi­ron­ment is secure, sup­port­ive and reg­i­mented, in the best tra­di­tion of the US ser­vice acad­e­mies. The Coast Guard Acad­emy pro­vides an atmos­phere of close­ness and inter-​reliance that befits our human­i­tar­ian mis­sion and com­mit­ment to ser­vice above self.

  • Cam­pus Loca­tion: The US Coast Guard Acad­emy is sit­u­ated on a clas­sic New Eng­land col­lege campus
  • Accred­i­ta­tion: New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges (NEASC) and The Naval Archi­tec­ture and Marine Engi­neer­ing, Civil Engi­neer­ing, Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing, and Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing majors are accred­ited by the Engi­neer­ing Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion of the Accred­i­ta­tion Board for Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy (ABET). The Man­age­ment major has been accepted into can­di­dacy sta­tus by the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools of Busi­ness (AACSB).
  • Under­grad­u­ate Major Areas: Acad­emy grad­u­ates select from eight majors: Civil Engi­neer­ing, Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing, Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, Naval Archi­tec­ture and Marine Engi­neer­ing, Gov­ern­ment, Man­age­ment, Marine and Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Oper­a­tions Research and Com­puter Analysis
  • Hon­ors Intern­ships: The pro­gram accepts stu­dents from all fields who exhibit a ded­i­ca­tion to extracur­ric­u­lar endeav­ors, an inter­est in cul­tural issues and a strong com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity ser­vice. Most impor­tantly, those selected must demon­strate excep­tional lead­er­ship poten­tial and be effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tors in order to con­vey what they learned in Poland to their peers at the Academy.
  • Pay: All cadets receive pay total­ing ‚150 per year. Cadet pay is fur­nished by the gov­ern­ment for uni­forms, equip­ment, text­books, and other expenses inci­den­tal to train­ing. These funds cover all offi­cial expenses and are used only as directed by the Super­in­ten­dent. Each cadet receives a por­tion of his or her monthly pay for per­sonal expenses. Any funds remain­ing in cadets’ accounts are given to them upon grad­u­a­tion or depar­ture from the Academy.
  • Oblig­a­tion: Upon grad­u­a­tion from the Coast Guard Acad­emy, there is a five-​year com­mit­ment to serve as a com­mis­sioned Coast Guard offi­cer. Approx­i­mately 80% of Acad­emy grad­u­ates go to sea after grad­u­a­tion, although some go to marine safety offices, ashore oper­a­tions, or flight training.
  • Tuition: No tuition fees for US citizens.
  • Fur­ther Study & Ser­vice Com­mit­ment: 80% of grad­u­ates go to grad­u­ate school (most paid for by the Coast Guard) and 85% of grad­u­ates choose to serve beyond their five-​year commitment
  • Accom­plish­ments (other): Two grad­u­ates are NASA astronauts

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