Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems - Curriculum 284

Program Officer

LCDR Brannon Chapman

Code EC/MA, Spanagel Hall, Room 401A

(831)656-2678, DSN 756-2859

Fax (831)656-2760 (ECE) 

Academic Associate

Monique P. Fargues, Ph.D.

Code EC/Fa, Spanagel Hall

Room 456

(831) 656-2859, DSN 756-2859

Brief Overview

Provides students with the skills required for analysis, design and evaluation of guidance, navigation and control systems. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts of optimal estimation methods for linear and nonlinear systems, optimal control laws for control systems, including minimum time control, minimum energy control, and linear quadratic regulator. Students will gain the skills required to analyze and design missile guidance and inertial navigation systems, ballistic missile targeting systems, and missile motion simulators.

The four-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Guidance, Navigation Control Systems specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

The total number of NPS graduate credits obtained for the certificate is 16. This certificate program can also be applied toward a master's degree program.

Requirements for Entry

  • Acceptance by the ECE Department: Entrance to the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School is through a three-part requirement consisting of a minimum grade point average at the undergraduate level, a sufficient mathematics background, and a sufficient background in technical undergraduate studies. Applicants with a B.S.E.E. degree usually will satisfy the last two requirements automatically.
  • Command/Company endorsement.


Winter, Summer



Graduate Certificate Requirements


The academic certificate program must be completed within three years of admission to the program. A student must maintain a 3.0 GQPR to be awarded a certificate.

Required Courses: Curriculum 284

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
EC3310Optimal Estimation: Sensor and Data Association



EC3320Optimal Control Systems



EC4330Navigation, Missile, and Avionics Systems



EC4350Nonlinear Control Systems



EC4310Fundamentals of Robotics



The minor change consists of changing the requirements of taking: EC3310, EC3320, EC4330, EC4350 with taking EC3310, EC3320 AND SELECT TWO OUT OF THE THREE FOLLOWING COURSES: EC4310, EC4330, EC4350