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Engineering: Minor in Ocean Engineering

College or University: California State Polytechnic University

Type of degree: B.S.

Brief overview of program: Ocean engineering at Cal Poly provides the student with an overview of the ocean engineering field, and prepares the student for employment or graduate work leading to an advanced degree. The program emphasizes practical engineering by offering, in addition to classroom instruction, directed research under faculty supervision and at-sea operations utilizing the R/V Yellowfin, R/V Seawatch and the school's trailerable boats. Cal poly prides itself on its "hands-on" approach to teaching. Students participate in a wide range of activities that enrich the curriculum. Mentoring is available from the faculty and a cadre of professional volunteers who are experts in their fields. As part of the Southern California Marine Institute, the program utilizes the facilities at Terminal Island and the Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies on Catalina Island for engineering training, test and evaluation. Certification in research diving is also available.

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Description of Facilities: The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is a premier ocean research facility. Located on the Isthmus of Catalina Island, WIES has been the base for a variety of CPP Ocean Engineering activities. With full laboratories, diving facilities, and resident staff, WIES has greatly extended our activities off-shore. Operations at WIES have included: Diver Training Activities Catalina Conservancy Divers (CCD) volunteer efforts Testing of Galvanic cells, thermograph chains, and other projects Support diving in connection with other projects Please e-mail us for further information on projects and

Student Support: Cal Poly Pomona General Scholarships University Scholars Program College & Department Scholarships CSU System Scholarships (under construction)

Program Point of Contact: Sam Kelly


Institution address: 3801 West Temple Avenue,
                             Pomona,CA 91768

Phone: 909.869.3210


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