Underwater Acoustic Systems - Curriculum 535

Chair and Academic Associate

Oleg Godin, Ph.D. 

Code PH/Go Spanagel Hall, Room 122

(831) 656-2982, DSN 756-2982

oagodin@nps.edu

Program Manager

Kevin B. Smith, Ph. D.

Code PH/Sk, Spanagel Hall, Room 114

(831) 656-2107, DSN 756-2107

kbsmith@nps.edu

ECE Representative

Monique Fargues, Ph.D.

Code EC/Fa, Spanagel Hall, Room 456

(831) 656-2859, DSN 756-2859

fargues@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Underwater Acoustic Systems curriculum is currently available to Distance Learning students and leads to either a Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics or a Master of Engineering Acoustics depending on whether the student completes a thesis. Students typically take one course per quarter for a period of 8 quarters (24 months) followed by a thesis or capstone project. They must also complete a one-week residency during their first 4000-level physics course to gain experience in experimental techniques. The courses are taught primarily via streaming video or video-teleconferencing (VTC.) Downloadable recordings of the classes are available for students who do not have access to VTC or miss a class. Instructors also use virtual classroom software for problem-solving sessions or individual help. The classes are usually timed to coincide with resident offerings. The course of studies is designed to improve the student's performance in operational, maintenance, and acquisition positions by providing them with a firm background in the fundamental science and engineering of acoustic systems.

Requirements for Entry

This curriculum is open to US and allied active duty military, government civilians, and major defense contractors. Admission requires a baccalaureate degree with a major in engineering or physical science, completion of mathematics through differential equations and integral calculus, plus one year of calculus-based physics. An APC of 323 is required for direct entry.

Entry Date

The Underwater Acoustic Systems Program starts in the summer quarter.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH3119Oscillation and Waves

4

2

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH3451Fundamental Acoustics

4

2

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH3452Underwater Acoustics

4

2

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH4454Sonar Transducer Theory and Design

4

2

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
EO2402Introduction to Linear Systems

4

1

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
EO3402Signals and Noise

3

1

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
EC4450Sonar Systems Engineering

4

1

Quarter 8

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH4455Sound Propagation in the Ocean

4

0

Quarter 9

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH4409Engineering Acoustics Capstone Project.

2

4