Degrees and Certificates

Coastal Engineering Certificate Program

Old Dominion University


What is the Coastal Engineering Certificate Program (CECP)?
A series of four(4) graduate level courses in the specialty area of Coastal Engineering within Civil Engineering. All are offered over the Internet, in synchronous (real time) mode, over a two year period (spring, fall semesters). The Certificate is earned after successful completion of the four courses from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Old Dominion University (ODU) Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

What's the purpose?
The purpose of the CECP is to provide practicing engineers the opportunity to study Coastal Engineering at the graduate level to help them in the practice of their engineering profession. The Certificate demonstrates a basic level of understanding of the physical sciences, engineering, economics, the environment, institutional-political-social, and aesthetic contraints that influence all coastal engineering design. The Certificate may also provide the necessary credentials for continuing education by state licensing boards and professional organizations.

What are the academic requirements?
An undergraduate degree from an accredited university in Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Ocean etc.) or the Oceanographic sciences (Oceanography, Geology, etc.) is preferred. Experienced professionals in the Coastal Engineering field may also register. Graduate students at other universities may also take these courses, but must first determine credit transfer possibilities at their university.

How long will it take to earn the Coastal Engineering Certificate?
The Coastal Engineering Certificate can be earned in two years. If starting this Spring 2006 semester, you can be finished by the end of the Fall 2007 semester. All courses are relatively self-contained so that you can begin at any semester, or miss a semester and pick up the missing course(s) when offered again over the two year cycle. Ideally, all students should begin with the CEE 582 Introduction to Coastal Engineering course, but the program recognizes that this may not always be possible.

Who is the instructor/professor that teaches the courses ?
All four courses are taught by David R. Basco, Ph.D., P.E. , Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Coastal Engineering Centre, Old Dominion University(ODU), Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Dr. Basco was part of the Ocean Engineering Program at Texas A&M University for 17 years (1969-1986) and has been heading the Coastal Engineering graduate program at ODU for 19 years (1986-present). He has worked in industry, for the Corps of Engineers (WES-Vicksburg) and as a practicing Coastal Engineer for Beach Consultants, Inc. Norfolk. He is licensed in Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia.