Coastal & Oceanographic Engineering

Coastal & Oceanographic Engineering


The Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering group has faculty who are internationally recognized for their prominence and their impact on studies of physical processes associated with sediment transport in beaches, estuaries and lakes; wave transformations over sandy and muddy bottoms; bridge scouring; inlet morphodynamics and wave-current interactions; estuarine and coastal physics; storm surge and inundation; and salt intrusion into estuaries and groundwater aquifers. The groups research is funded mainly by federal agencies and is linked to teaching and training activities.



Education for Leadership Roles

  • Prepare students for leadership roles in academia, government and industry
  • Sensitize students to sustainable environments

Research Focus Areas

  • Physical processes associated with sediment transport in beaches, estuaries and lakes
  • Wave transformations over sandy and muddy bottoms
  • Bridge scouring
  • Inlet morphodynamics and wave-current interactions
  • Estuarine and coastal physics
  • Storm surge and inundation
  • Implications of sea level rise on coastal processes
  • Salt intrusion into estuaries and groundwater aquifers

Research Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding of coastal and estuarine processes
  • Forecasting of storm surge and flooding
  • Impacts of sea level rise on freshwater resources

Research Benefits

  • Safeguard people and infrastructure from storms
  • Assess salinization threats to freshwater resources
  • Optimize beach nourishment costs
  • Enhance safety of ports and harbors
  • Facilitate safe coastal navigation and recreation
  • Aid in search and rescue operations

Graduate Study Program

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree

Master’s Degree in Coastal  and  Oceanographic Engineering


The Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Program of the Civil and Coastal Engineering Department grants Master’s Degree and Ph.D. Degree in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering. The basic requirements for graduate degrees in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering are outlined in the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Manual (and the UF Graduate Handbook). Material in this supplement defines additional requirements as dictated by the Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Program.

Course Requirements

Regardless of whether you are pursuing a Thesis or Non-Thesis degree, you must complete the Master’s Program Plan of Study (PPS), which is posted on the ESSIE website.  You must request the use of transfer credits toward your degree program on the PPS and obtain approval, as indicated by the advisor’s signature on the PPS. You will have an  advising hold until your first PPS has been submitted based on these timeframes:  Masters non-thesis submission is required by midterm of the first semester; Master’s thesis by midterm of the second semester.  Before the registration periods of subsequent semesters, contact your advisor for approval of your proposed course selection for the upcoming semester, along with any changes in your PPS. You or your advisor need to  submit your PPS (original or revised) to for processing.

The Master’s program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, and is formulated as either a thesis option (in which up to 6 credit hours of Master’s Research – EOC 6971) can be counted toward the degree, or a non-thesis option (coursework only). Students on a research assistantship must complete a thesis.

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 18 credit hours within the Coastal Program. Of these, 9 credits will include enrollment in the following core required courses:

  1. OCP 6165 Ocean Waves I (Linear Theory) (3 credits),
  2. EGM 5816 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics (3 credits),
  3. MAP 5304 Intermediate Differential Equations (3 credits),

In addition to the core courses, 9 credit hours of elective courses within the Coastal Program are required. The remaining 12 credit hours toward the minimum of 30 hours for degree completion may include courses outside the program. All course selections must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Thesis Master’s degree-seeking students

A thesis master’s degree-seeking student is required to have a supervisory committee. That committee must consist of a minimum of two members, a chair (usually the advisor) and at least one additional member. The full committee should be formed by the mid-term of the second semester. If a minor is designated, the committee must include a graduate faculty member from the minor department.

Grades and Graduation

Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and an overall 3.00 GPA within the departmental courses to be eligible for graduation.


Photo of Christine Angelini Christine Angelini Associate Professor

575H Weil Hall

Photo of Alberto Canestrelli Alberto Canestrelli Assistant Professor

575J Weil Hall

Photo of Justin R. Davis Justin Davis Research Assistant Scientist
(352) 294-7810

480B Weil Hall

Photo of Antarpreet Jutla Antarpreet Jutla Associate Professor

408 Black Hall

Photo of Maitane Olabarrieta Maitane Olabarrieta Associate Professor
(352) 294-7812

575G Weil Hall

Photo of Vladimir Paramygin Vladimir Paramygin Research Assistant Scientist
(352) 294-7763

546 Weil Hall

Photo of Y. Peter Sheng Y. Peter Sheng Professor Emeritus
(352) 294-7764

553 Weil Hall

Photo of Alex Sheremet Alex Sheremet University Term Professor
(352) 294-7811

575E Weil Hall

Photo of Donald N. Slinn Donald Slinn Associate Professor

575F Weil Hall

Photo of Robert Thieke Robert Thieke Christian S. Bauer Jr. Term Assistant Professor and CCE Department Head

370B Weil Hall

Photo of Arnoldo Valle-Levinson Arnoldo Valle-Levinson University Term Professor
(352) 294-7765

558 Weil Hall

Photo of Xiao Yu Xiao Yu Assistant Professor

575K Weil Hall

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