Minors & Concentrations

Minors

The Academy currently offers eight academic minors to enhance its graduates’ preparation.  A minor is a program of study of at least eighteen credits outside the major and normally begin in the junior year.  Students electing to take a minor must consult the faculty coordinator for approval.  Due to additional academic demands, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. To declare a minor prior to the junior year, a student must also have completed either Calculus I or Applied Calculus. A brief statement of the purpose of each minor is given below.  

Energy Management

The Energy Management Minor (Coordinator: Dr. Matthew Frain) prepares students for careers ashore and/or for advanced studies in energy management, alternative and renewable energy, and power generation fields as they relate to the operation of large, complex facilities.  The minor is offered to students enrolled in either the Marine Engineering or Facilities Engineering major. Course requirements are SM-2218 Statistics or SM-3005 Probability and Statistics, EN-3801 Energy Strategy and Management, EN-3802 Energy Systems, and a choice of three courses from a selected group of electives.

Facilities Operation

The Facilities Operation Minor (Coordinator: Professor Carlos Montanez) prepares students for careers ashore and/or for advanced studies in facilities management, stationary engineering (power generation), or wastewater treatment technology, as they relate to the operation of large, complex facilities. The minor is offered to students enrolled in either the Marine Engineering or Energy Systems Engineering major. Required courses are: EN-2222 Commercial Boilers, EN-3214 Municipal Wastewater Treatment, EN-4222 HVAC (MENG) or EN-3213 Refrigeration (ESEN), and a choice of three courses from a selected group of electives. 

Homeland Security 

The Homeland Security Minor (Coordinator: Professor George Cadwalader) is offered to students in all majors.  The minor is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of the international and domestic security issues involved in homeland security. Courses provide a focus on various professions and levels of government involved in homeland security and on related topic areas. Emergency Management students are required to complete any six of  the following course offerings. Students in other majors are required to complete EM-2213 National Security in Emergency Management,  MT-3251 Maritime Security Management, and EM-3214 International Terrorism in addition to any three of the following course offerings. EM-3214 International Terrorism EM-4112, Fire Dynamics EM-7220, Cyber Security EM-7221, Military Operations and Security EM-7222, Legal Issues in Homeland and National Security EM-7223, Select Issues in Law Enforcement EM-7224, Transnational Crime SS-2232, World Economic Geography SS-2233, Political Geography SS-4317, or Intelligence and National Security Policy.

International Maritime Business

The International Maritime Business Minor (Coordinator: Dr. Paul Szwed) is offered to seagoing majors who have plans to start a shore-based career, for those interested in a graduate degree in business or law, and for those inclined towards entrepreneurial ventures. The IMB minor provides a basic business background with specialization in the shipping industry.  Course requirements are: IM-2121 Principles of Accounting I and IM-2211 The Business of Shipping.  Students must choose four of the following: Any course with an IM designation as long as prerequisites are met, MT-3252 Port and Terminal Operations Management , and SM-2117 Quantitative Methods for Management.

Marine Biology

The Marine Biology Minor (Coordinator: Dr. Alan White) is offered by the Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection Department.  To earn this minor, students must take six of the following seven courses: MS-4305 Principles of Aquaculture; MS-4321 Biology of Fishes; MS-4322 Marine Botany; MS-4329 Marine Mammals; MS-4333 Marine Invertebrate Zoology; MS-4334 Tropical Marine Ecology; and MS-4342 Marine Microbiology.

Marine Construction

The Marine Construction Minor (Coordinator: Dr. Farzam Maleki) prepares students for careers or advanced studies in the fields of marine construction or construction project management as these fields relate to large and complex construction projects in the shoreside or marine environment. The minor is offered to students in any engineering major. Required courses are: EN-7247 Construction Methods & Materials,  EN-7252 Construction Project Management, EN-7257 Marine Construction I, EN-7262 Marine Construction II, and either a choice of two courses from a selected group of electives or a construction industry cooperative.

Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection

The Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection Minor (Coordinator: Dr. Alan White) is offered by the Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection Department.  To earn this minor, students must complete each of the following six courses: MS-1111 Fundamentals of Occupational Health & Safety, MS-1211 Current Environmental Problems, MS-3142 Environmental Law, MS-4263 Oil Spill Management, MS-4271 Advanced Principles of Occupational Health & Safety, and Ecological Sustainability MS-4342.

Occupational Health & Safety

The Occupational Health & Safety Minor (Coordinator: Professor Francis Veale) is offered by the Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection Department.  To earn this minor, students must complete each of the following required six courses: MS-4272 Environmental Health and Safety Audit, EM-2111 Infectious Agents, EM-3212 Toxicology, EM-3213 Public Health Issues in Emergency Management, MS-4271 Advanced Principles of Industrial Health and Safety, SM-3111 Introduction to Radiological Materials.

Concentrations

With departmental permission, students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher may enroll in a concentration of study. A concentration is a program of study of at least twelve credits within the student’s major field but the courses of which are not prescribed in the major program.  These courses are typically taken during semesters five through eight. The following concentrations are currently offered at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Concentration (Coordinator: Professor George Cadwalader) gives Emergency Management students the opportunity to use their four free electives for specialized study of homeland security. Required course are: EM-3214 International Terrorism, EM-7220 Cyber Security, and two of the following electives: EM-4112 Fire Dynamics, EM-7221 Military Operations and Security, EM-7222 Legal Issues in Homeland and National Security, EM-7223 Select Issues in Law Enforcement, EM-7224 Transnational Crime, SS-2232 World Economic Geography, SS-2233 Political Geography, SS-4317 Intelligence and National Security Policy.

Marine Biology 

The Marine Biology Concentration (Coordinator: Dr. Alan White) elective sequence options are provided to give students enrolled in the Marine Science, Safety and Environmental Protection major a series of electives focused on particular aspects of the field of marine biology.  These normally begin in the first semester of the junior year and replace the regularly scheduled free and departmental electives: MS-4305 Principles of Aquaculture; MS-4321 Biology of Fishes; MS-4322 Marine Botany; and MS-4333 Marine Invertebrate Zoology.

Massachusetts Teacher Concentration

The Massachusetts Teacher Concentration (Coordinator: Dr. Heather Burton) is designed to help prepare students who are considering a career in secondary education. Students must complete two courses in history, science, mathematics, or humanities. The two courses taken can satisfy the two free electives and must be in addition to any core or support course requirement for the degree. The concentration also includes the completion of a six-credit classroom observation internship at a secondary education institution. The coursework and classroom observation internship total a minimum of 12 credits. This concentration is available to juniors and seniors in any major.  Students should contact the coordinator for a list of courses that satisfy the concentration requirements.