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Coastal Engineering (Graduate Certificate)

The Coastal Engineering Certificate Program provides practicing engineers the opportunity to study coastal engineering at the graduate level. The certificate demonstrates a basic level of understanding of the physical sciences, engineering, economics, environmental, institutional-political-social, and aesthetic constraints that influence all coastal engineering design. The certificate may also provide the necessary credentials for continuing education by state licensing boards and professional organizations. The certificate requires four graduate level courses in the specialty area of Coastal Engineering within Civil Engineering.

Coastal Engineering (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Coastal Engineering at ODU like?

The Coastal Engineering Certificate Program provides practicing engineers the opportunity to study coastal engineering at the graduate level. The certificate demonstrates a basic level of understanding of the physical sciences, engineering, economics, environmental, institutional-political-social, and aesthetic constraints that influence all coastal engineering design. The certificate may also provide the necessary credentials for continuing education by state licensing boards and professional organizations. The certificate requires four graduate level courses in the specialty area of Coastal Engineering within Civil Engineering.

Program Highlights


What makes Coastal Engineering at ODU unique?

  • Internships in areas related to the program are available. 

  • Students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional, national and international professional communication associations. 

  • Opportunities to develop study abroad programs are available.

  • The Certificate can be completed in 2 years, and all courses are relatively self-contained so that you can begin at any semester

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Environmental Engineers

$91,180

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Civil Engineers

$91,790

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Water/Wastewater Engineers

$91,180

MEDIAN SALARY


Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Coastal Engineering at ODU?

CEE 782:
Design of Coastal Structures


Nonlinear wave theories; wave forces on slender piles and seawalls; design of rubblemound structures; design philosophy, initial costs, maintenance costs, optimized design using stochastic methods; design of renourished beaches. Advanced alternative solutions for shore protection. Prerequisites: CEE 482/CEE 582.

CEE 582:
Introduction to Coastal Engineering


Classical small amplitude wave theory, wave transformations in shallow water, shoaling, refraction, diffraction, reflection, breaking. Wave induced near shore currents and sediment transport processes. Alternatives to mitigate coastal erosion processes. Introduction to coastal structures. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

CEE 787:
Dredging and Beach Engineering


Types of dredges, factors affecting dredge performance; hydraulic dredges (cutter, hopper) and mechanical dredges systems (bucket, clamshell, etc.); shoaling rate determination; inlet sand bypassing systems; beach renourishment schemes. Design of beach renourishment/projects. Prerequisites: CEE 330.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Coastal Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Coastal Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university in Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Ocean etc.) or the Oceanographic sciences (Oceanography, Geology, etc.) is preferred.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Gangfeng Ma


Location:

129G KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4732


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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