Operational Oceanography - Curriculum 374

Program Officer

CDR Ana Tempone

Spanagel Hall, Room 304

(831) 656-2045, DSN 756-2045

ana.tempone@nps.edu

Academic Associate

James MacMahan, Ph.D. (Oceanography)

Spanagel Hall, Room 327C

(831) 656-2379, DSN 756-2379

jacolosi@nps.edu

Brief Overview

This flexible oceanography curriculum involves approximately 100 quarter-hours of classroom lectures, supplemented by an additional 20 quarter-hours of laboratory exercises. This program is designed to provide the student with:

  • A thorough understanding of the principles governing the physical and dynamic properties of the oceans.
  • An understanding of the analysis and prediction of oceanic and atmospheric parameters and conditions using direct and remote sensing observational techniques, statistical analyses, and numerical models.
  • An understanding of the effects of oceanic and atmospheric properties and conditions on weapon, sensor, and platform performance, while conducting and supporting naval warfare with particular emphasis on ocean acoustics.
  • An educationally significant oceanographic experience at sea.
  • An oceanographic research experience germane to naval warfare culminating in a thesis of professional quality.
  • A knowledge of Joint Maritime Strategic Planning.
  • Thesis with multi-authors is not allowed.

This curriculum is designed to allow the student to meet all of the requirements for Navy PME (as established by the Chief of Naval Operations) and for Joint PME (as established by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff) for Intermediate Level Professional Military Education.

The Operational Oceanography Curriculum has a physical oceanography and ocean acoustics base. It is a very flexible program allowing students to examine oceanographic topics relevant to their warfare specialization areas, such as antisubmarine warfare, amphibious warfare, mine warfare, anti-air warfare, strike warfare and special warfare. This program is open to Information Dominance Corps (18xx) Unrestricted Line Officers (1110, 1120, 1310, 1320), officers from other services, International Officers and DoD civilians.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree in the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering is desirable. Completion of mathematics through differential and integral calculus and one year of calculus-based college physics are required. An APC of 323 is required for direct entry. A refresher quarter is available for candidates who do not meet all admission requirements for direct entry and is offered in the Spring or Fall quarter prior to 374 enrollment.

Entry Date

Operational Oceanography is an eight-quarter course of study with entry dates in January and July. If further information is needed, contact the Academic Associate or the Program Officer for this curriculum.

Degree

Master of Science in Physical Oceanography.

Subspecialty

Completion of this curriculum qualifies an officer as an Operational Oceanography Subspecialist with a subspecialty code of 6402P. The curriculum sponsor is the Oceanographer of the Navy (CNO N2/N6E).

Typical Subspecialty Jobs

CV ASW Module

ASW Operations Center

Navy Laboratories

Office of Naval Research

Naval Academy Instructor

NIMA

Naval Oceanographic Office

Typical Course of Study - Fall Start

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA1115Multi Variable Calculus

4

0

MA1116Vector Calculus

3

0

MA2121Differential Equations

4

0

OC3230Descriptive Physical Oceanography

3

1

MA1115: 1st 6wks

MA1116: 2nd 6wks

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA3132Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

4

0

 

MR2020Computer Computations in Air-Ocean Sciences

2

2

-or-

OC2020Computer Computations in Air-Ocean Sciences

2

2

 

NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

 

MR3140Probability and Statistics for Air-Ocean Science

3

2

-or-

OC3140Probability and Statistics for Air-Ocean Science

3

2

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC3150Analysis of Air Ocean Time Series

3

2

 

MR3321Air-Ocean Fluid Dynamics

4

0

-or-

OC3321Air-Ocean Fluid Dynamics

4

0

 

NW3275Joint Maritime Operations - part 1

4

0

OC3260Fundamentals of Ocean Acoustics

4

1

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4210Littoral Field Studies

2

4

 

MR4413/OC4413Air-Sea Interaction

4

0

-or-

OC4413/MR4413Air/Sea Interaction

4

0

 

OC3240Ocean Circulation Analysis

4

2

NW3276Joint Maritime Operations - part 2

2

2

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4267Ocean Acoustic Variability and Uncertainty

4

0

 

MR4323Air and Ocean Numerical Prediction Systems

4

2

-or-

OC4323Air and Ocean Numerical Prediction Systems

4

2

 

OC4211Ocean Dynamics II

4

0

OC4900Directed Study in Oceanography

V

0

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4270Tactical Oceanography

3

4

OC3212Polar Meteorology/Oceanography

4

0

OC4800Advanced Courses in Oceanography

V

0

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4325METOC for Warfighter Decision Making

3

2

OC4800Advanced Courses in Oceanography

V

0

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

Quarter

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NW3285Theater Security Decision Making

4

0

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

OC0999Thesis Seminars

2

0

Typical Course of Study - Spring Start

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA1115Multi Variable Calculus

4

0

MA1116Vector Calculus

3

0

MA2121Differential Equations

4

0

OC3230Descriptive Physical Oceanography

3

1

MA1115: 1st 6wks

MA1116: 2nd 6wks

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA3132Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

4

0

 

MR2020Computer Computations in Air-Ocean Sciences

2

2

-or-

OC2020Computer Computations in Air-Ocean Sciences

2

2

 

NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

 

MR3140Probability and Statistics for Air-Ocean Science

3

2

-or-

OC3140Probability and Statistics for Air-Ocean Science

3

2

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC3150Analysis of Air Ocean Time Series

3

2

 

MR3321Air-Ocean Fluid Dynamics

4

0

-or-

OC3321Air-Ocean Fluid Dynamics

4

0

 

NW3275Joint Maritime Operations - part 1

4

0

OC3260Fundamentals of Ocean Acoustics

4

1

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4210Littoral Field Studies

2

4

 

MR4413/OC4413Air-Sea Interaction

4

0

-or-

OC4413/MR4413Air/Sea Interaction

4

0

 

OC3240Ocean Circulation Analysis

4

2

NW3276Joint Maritime Operations - part 2

2

2

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4325METOC for Warfighter Decision Making

3

2

OC4800Advanced Courses in Oceanography

V

0

OC4211Ocean Dynamics II

4

0

OC4900Directed Study in Oceanography

V

0

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4270Tactical Oceanography

3

4

OC4800Advanced Courses in Oceanography

V

0

 

MR4413/OC4413Air-Sea Interaction

4

0

-or-

OC4413/MR4413Air/Sea Interaction

4

0

 

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OC4267Ocean Acoustic Variability and Uncertainty

4

0

 

MR4323Air and Ocean Numerical Prediction Systems

4

2

-or-

OC4323Air and Ocean Numerical Prediction Systems

4

2

 

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

Quarter 8

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NW3285Theater Security Decision Making

4

0

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

OC0810Oceanography Thesis Research

0

8

OC0999Thesis Seminars

2

0

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR)

Operational Oceanography- Curriculum 374

Subspecialty Code: 6402P

  1. Weapon & Sensor Performance: The officer must have an understanding of the effects of open-ocean and near-shore ocean on weapons, sensors, and platform performance. The officer must have the ability to translate this knowledge into warfighter decision recommendations, taking into account available courses of action, assessments of vulnerability, uncertainty, and risk.
  2. Integration of Oceanic Parameters: The officer must be able to observe, assimilate, analyze, and predict oceanic and littoral water conditions using direct and remote sensing observation techniques, statistical analysis, and numerical models. The officer will have a sound understanding of polar, mid-latitude oceanographic dynamics, including the impact of regional conditions on military operations and systems.
  3. Numerical Processing: The officer will have a thorough understanding of numerical modeling/processing as it applies to the physics and dynamics of the ocean. This understanding should include a broad understanding of the modeling process itself to include strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities; the state of current models and techniques; and appropriate applications of deterministic and stochastic techniques.
  4. Ocean Problem Solving: The officer must develop critical thinking skills and conduct independent analyses to solve environmentally challenging problems in the field of Physical Oceanography as it applies to Naval/Joint operations, using modern scientific research techniques, field experience, tools, and equipment.
  5. Other NPS Requirements: The officer must successfully complete all NPS requirements for the Master's Degree in Physical Oceanography.