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Operational Oceanogrphy Curricula 374

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 or meteorological research experience germane to naval warfare culminating in a thesis of professional quality.
  • A knowledge of Joint Maritime Strategic Planning.

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 Unrestricted Line Officers (1110, 1120, 1310, 1320), officers from other services, International Officers and DoD civilians.

My job is to support you in your educational efforts and answer any questions you have as a future, current, or graduated student. This website is designed to answer some of these questions, but please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (831) 656-2045 or

CDR John Dumas
Program Officer


METOC Curriculum Officer: (831) 656-2045
Meteorology Academic Associate: (831) 656-2308
Oceanography Academic Associate:(831) 656-3080
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