Applied Mathematics

Mathematics is the foundation for which all sciences begin. It is the language of science and a tool for solving all engineering problems. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for all matters of problem solving from operation research to modeling and simulation. Students will be working jointly with other departments and assisting in various defense research projects with critical analysis and developing models/formulas.
Skills/knowledge gained: Students will develop skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity of math and its applications to defense—such as mine warfare, satellite, combat modeling, nanotechnology, encryption codes, and many others.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Provides students with the technical foundation necessary for the research, design, development, procurement, maintenance, and management of electronic systems. Students will gain hands-on experience on cutting-edge war fighting technologies that impact all facets of defense--from electronic warfare, robotics, to computer communications network defense.
Areas of concentration: Communication System; Computer systems; Electronic Warfare Systems; Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems, Electromagnetic Systems; Power Systems; Signals Intelligence Systems.

Engineering Acoustics

Engineering Acoustics is interdisciplinary, with courses and laboratory work drawn principally from the fields of physics and electrical engineering. Although broadly based, the emphasis of the programs is on those aspects of acoustics and signal processing applicable to undersea warfare. These programs are designed specifically for students in the Combat Systems Sciences and Technology (533), Undersea Warfare (525/526), and Engineering Acoustics (535) curricula, government employees in acoustics-related laboratories and systems commands, and international students.
Skill/knowledge gained: generation, propagation and reception of sound in the ocean; military applications of underwater sound; and acoustic signal processing and communications.


Physics explores matter, energy, and its interactions. It is the keystone in the development of new technology relating to combat systems and others. NPS is the Navy’s first choice in providing its officers with broad technical and scientific background in combat systems.
Skills/knowledge gained: An understanding of the technical areas of physics (such as acoustics, applied electromagnetic/optics, and weapons) which prepares our graduates for their next assignments—test and evaluation officers, project managers, directors of development, and system integration coordinators.

Systems Engineering

Systems engineering focuses on the development of large and complex systems—how do all the parts work together in an integrated system given the precise specification of the structure and behavior?
Skill/knowledge gained: 1) Understanding of engineering methods and its application to problem solving—such as how to make a radar work effectively in a destroyer; and 2) understanding of the spectrums of systems engineering—life-cycle, analyses and integration of systems, balancing resources to ensure completion in a timely manner through hands-on research projects (with Navy sponsors).





Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) provides a strong academic program, which spans the engineering disciplines of thermal-fluid sciences, structural mechanics, dynamic systems, guidance and control, autonomous vehicles, materials science and engineering, power and propulsion, and systems engineering, including total ship systems engineering and spacecraft design. These disciplines are blended together with a strong emphasis on naval engineering applications required by surface vessels, submarines, and spacecraft. Furthermore, the Department provides advanced education in classified topics in Aerospace Engineering.



Premier program in military atmospheric science. Program has six state of the art research facilities. Recent research has enhanced various amphibious and strike warfare operations worldwide. Examples of exciting new research: How the atmosphere affects use radars and lasers, and many others.



Program is aimed at providing students with: 1) an understanding of the science of physical oceanography, that is, the important role the ocean plays in defining the earth’s current climate and; 2) developing their technical expertise in using oceanographic and acoustic data and models in support of the Navy’s sea operations and undersea warfare.