Marine Transportation, A.A.S

The Associate of Applied Science in Marine Transportation degree is a two‐year academic program designed to provide students with a broad educational and practical foundation concerning the maritime industry.

Deck Emphasis

Students will be prepared for employment in many sectors of the maritime industry including but not limited to; tourism, workboats, RO‐RO ferries and deep sea shipping. Students who meet sea time and academic requirements will receive United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Standards of Certification and Watch Keeping (STCW) credentials. Graduates of the program who have completed appropriate sea time and course work will be qualified to serve as officers on vessels of not more than 200 Gross Registered Tons upon Near Coastal, or Inland Waters. The goal of the Marine Transportation program is to provide graduates with the credentials and general education required to excel in Alaskan waters and beyond.

Engine Room Emphasis

Engine Room Emphasis coursework provides the training and credentials necessary to begin a career in the engine room side of the marine transportation industry.  Successful graduates will have met the academic and practical examination requirement for certification as a Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) with an Oiler endorsement.

The Engine Room Emphasis incorporates a four-month (120-day) internship at sea.  The internship with the 60 days of sea time granted for successful completion of the UAS/Oiler program provides the sea-time necessary for the USCG endorsement. 


Marine Transportation A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science


This degree provides a strong foundation to a variety of maritime careers.  Successful completion of the USCG approved courses included in the program eliminates the need for testing with the U.S. Coast Guard.  Graduates who meet sea time, physical agility and other U.S. Coast Guard requirements will be qualified for certification or licensing in the degree emphasis chosen.

Students must consult with a Marine Transportation program advisor before registering for courses. Meeting with an advisor will help students develop a plan of study for specific career goals.

Minimum Credit Hours60-61
General Education Requirements16
Major Requirements44-45
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills6
*Writing Across Contexts
Business English
*Writing and the Professions
Business Communications
Oral Communications Skills3
*Fundamentals of Oral Communication
*Small Group Communication and Team Building
*Interpersonal Communication
*Public Speaking
Mathematics Skills 4
Intermediate Algebra
Other Skills 3
Advisor-approved GER
Total Credits16

Deck Emphasis 

This course of study is for individuals who desire to pursue an "above deck" career emphasizing vessel handling, navigation and watch standing duties. See the catalog program description for further information.

Major Requirements
MTR S120Outboard Motor Maintenance1
MTR S122Diesel Engine Maintenance1
MTR S129Basic Training2
MTR S226Ratings Forming Part of a Navigation Watch (RFPNW)1
MTR S228Fast Rescue Boat (FRB)2
MTR S239Master 100 Ton and Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel5
MTR S242Advanced Fire Fighting2
MTR S244Crisis Management and Human Behavior1
MTR S250Radar Observer2
MTR S294Marine Transportation Practicum6
MTR Advisor Approved Course(s)3
Advisor approved electives18
Total Credits44

Engine Room Emphasis

This course of study is for individuals who desire to pursue a "below deck" career emphasizing vessel and machinery operating systems, vessel maintenance and machinery repair. See the catalog program description for further information.

CIS S105Computer Literacy3
DESL S110Diesel Engines6
DESL S125Basic Hydraulics3
DESL S130Refrigeration and Air Conditioning2
MTR S129Basic Training2
MTR S181Marine Electrical Systems3
MTR S182Naval Architecture and Engineering Systems1
MTR S220Proficiency in Survival Craft2
MTR S228Fast Rescue Boat (FRB)2
MTR S242Advanced Fire Fighting2
MTR S244Crisis Management and Human Behavior1
MTR S291Internship9
MTR S294Marine Transportation Practicum6
WELD S120Basic Welding3
Total Credits45
  1. Students who successfully complete this program will receive a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential with a QMED/Oiler endorsement.
  2. Successful completion of UAS/AMHS vessel intership and sea course.
  3. Reduce the number of sea days required to obtain an USCG QMED/Oiler credential by completing the USCG approved classes.
  4. Students completing the program will have the knowledge and practical experience to safely and routinely check machinery and equipment as well as perform the other duties of a QMED during a vessel engine watch.
  5. Assist licensed engineers in performing their duties such as taking on fuel and water and operating shipboard equipment.
  6. Placement of students who complete this program in jobs or further education.