Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (2022)

The shipbuilding industry is deeply embedded in New Orleans history, more so than in almost any other American city—and with a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering (NAME) from UNO, you’ll be part of the latest chapter in that history. Our program is the perfect home for students with a passion for marine architecture and an approach to problem-solving that’s equal parts analytical and creative. If that sounds like you—and if you want to pursue your goals at one of the country’s most well-respected programs—UNO is the place for you.

Studying for your NAME degree will prepare you for an in-demand career designing boats, ships, and offshore structures, along with all of their internal systems. Your skills will be transferrable to all parts of the marine industry, no matter where your interests may take you. And our students regularly receive full-time job offers before they even graduate, going on to lead long, successful careers. No wonder Bankrate ranked a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering the No. 1 most valuable major for today’s students. When you earn your degree with us, you’ll make sure your career has its sea legs right from the start.

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About the Program

The B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering is a rigorous academic program that will prepare you to thrive in any marine career you choose. You’ll begin with foundational courses in math, science, and basic engineering. From there, you’ll delve deeper into your area of interest, exploring solutions to complex marine engineering problems. You’ll complete your degree with a capstone design course, where you’ll work with a small team to design a boat, a ship, or an offshore structure of your choice.

The Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering degree is an ABET-accredited, 128-credit-hour program. This includes 39 general education credits; 52 required math, science, and engineering credits; and 37 NAME-specific credits, including your capstone project. More details about degree requirements can be found here, as well as sample curriculum flowcharts.

“UNO prepared me extremely well. The NAME program was comprehensive and hands-on, [and] all the basics were covered so that I had a smooth transition from school to employment.”
— Justin Champion
B.S. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering ’12

What You’ll Learn

UNO is one of only a select few universities in the country to offer a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. We’ve developed a rigorous, immersive curriculum that will give you the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to succeed in this exciting, in-demand field.

In UNO’s Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering program, you will:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems with principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that consider public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments that consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and social contexts.
  • Function effectively on a team that provides leadership, creates a collaborative and inclusive environment, establishes goals, plans tasks, and meets objectives.
  • Develop and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge using appropriate learning strategies.
  • Apply probability and statistical methods to naval architecture and marine engineering problems.
  • Develop a basic knowledge of fluid mechanics, dynamics, structural mechanics, material properties, hydrostatics, and energy/propulsion systems in the context of marine vehicles.
  • Become familiar with the appropriate instrumentation for naval architecture and marine engineering.

When you complete a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering at UNO, you’ll have the foundation of knowledge and hands-on experience to thrive in the marine industry, either here in New Orleans or anywhere around the world.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes specify what students will know, be able to do, or be able to demonstrate when they have completed a program of study.

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Research Highlight: Robotic Eels

Underwater drones and electric eels seem like two different beasts, but NAME faculty and students saw how both ideas could fit together. They’re developing robotic eels capable of moving through water without producing wake—a feature that’s ideal for underwater surveillance and data collection. UNO is set to share these findings with the U.S. Navy in 2020.
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Where Can You Work with a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering?

  • Classification Societies
  • Marine Surveying
  • Marine Suppliers
  • Model Basins
  • Offshore Industry
  • Ship Design Offices
  • Shipping and Cruise Lines
  • Shipyards
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Navy

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Naval Architecture
  • Marine Design
  • Marine Engines
  • Offshore Platform and Ship Dynamics
  • Ship Resistance and Propulsion

Cutting-Edge Facilities

As you study for your B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering, you’ll work in our modern, state-of-the-art engineering building, with all the advanced laboratory facilities you need to excel. Here, you’ll find:

  • A 128-foot towing tank to test model ships and offshore structures in calm water, waves, and currents.
  • A model shop for towing tank model and experiment manufacturing.
  • The UNO Structural Test System, with computer-controlled hydraulic actuators for testing aluminum, steel, and composite ship structural components.
  • A computer-aided ship design laboratory, fully outfitted with advanced software packages.
  • A marine engineering laboratory with programs on ship safety, operations, reliability, maintenance, and performance simulation of propulsion systems.

With our exceptional facilities, our celebrated faculty, and our location at one of the busiest shipping centers in North America, the University of New Orleans has what it takes to set you on the path to success.

Student Organizations

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

As a NAME student, you’ll be eligible to join SNAME, an internationally recognized professional society for those in the maritime and offshore industries. SNAME will connect you to a professional network of working naval architects, marine engineers, and others in the maritime industry. Between SNAME events, networking opportunities,

and career fairs—along with fun social events and competitions—you’ll have every advantage when it comes time to begin your career.
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American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)

ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for those involved in naval and maritime occupations. As a student member of ASNE, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources to guide your career in naval engineering, including symposiums, scholarships, volunteer and community activities, opportunities to publish technical papers, and more.
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Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE is the world’s largest advocating organization for women in engineering and technology. As a female student in engineering and a member of SWE, you’ll be connected with a massive network of female engineers across the country and a wealth of education, experience, and exposure-focused resources to support you in your career journey.
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Opportunities for Out-of-State Students

A B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering is a valuable investment in an exciting career, but it isn’t available at many universities across the country. If there’s no institution offering this degree in your home state, the Academic Common Market could help you earn in-state tuition while attending the University of New Orleans.

Residents of the following states will pay in-state tuition while enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering program at UNO:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida (graduate program only)
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas (graduate program only)
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

This list is subject to change—please check the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) website for the most up-to-date list of participating states. If your home state isn’t listed, you can contact the SREB representative of your state to see if there’s an Academic Common Market program opportunity you could take advantage of.

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A Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering will put you on the path toward an exciting, fulfilling career in a high-demand field—and there’s no better time to start than right now. Apply today, or contact us anytime with questions!

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