Principles of Maritime Science, Maritime Science I, Maritime Science II, Shipboard Engineering I and II, are innovative courses designed to instruct students in the principles of maritime science as outlined by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and directly related to the qualification requirements set forth by the U.S. Coast Guard/National Maritime Center and the Merchant Mariner Credentialing Program.
All course work is directly related to the qualification factors necessary for obtaining entry level documents leading to careers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, USCG, Naval Service or related maritime occupations.
Students enrolled in this course will identify specific career opportunities, skills, abilities, tools, certifications, and safety measures. Students will also understand components, systems, equipment, production and safety regulations associated/related to employment in the maritime industry. A baseline understanding of ships and maritime systems is developed to support assessment of career opportunities in and related to the marine transportation industry to include the design, acquisition, operation, regulation, law enforcement, damage control, maintenance, and salvage of ships and maritime systems.
This course will also inform students on the most effective and efficient manners to assure a safe, economically efficient environmentally sound maritime system with the intent to lead to advanced coursework in maritime studies in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. This course coordinates with Chapter 130, Subchapter P: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.
Field trips include visits to; Texas A and M Maritime College, Vessel orientation visits to Buffalo Marine, Kirby Marine, U.S. Coast Guard Base Galveston, USCG Cutter Finback, Marine firefighting schools, Port of Houston Ship full mission ship simulators, as well as others currently being developed.