The undergraduate Certificate in Naval Science and Technology requires 18 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

All of the certificate courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course. Prerequisites do not count toward the 18 s.h. required for the certificate.

Mechanical engineering students may use the certificate as a tailored engineering focus area by adding an additional eligible course. In addition, mechanical engineering students may earn the Certificate in Naval Science and Technology while they complete either the design or the robotics and autonomous systems focus area for their major. For examples of combined plans of study, visit Naval Science and Technology Certificate on the Department of Mechanical Engineering website. College of Engineering students earning the certificate are advised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Certificate in Naval Science and Technology requires the following coursework.

Naval Hydrodynamics Courses

In certain circumstances, if it is not possible for students to complete two of these courses, they may request permission to take ME:5143 Computational Fluid and Thermal Engineering instead of ME:4175 Computational Naval Hydrodynamics.

At least two of these:
ME:4125Biomimetic Fluid Dynamics3
ME:4175Computational Naval Hydrodynamics3
ME:4176Experimental Naval Hydrodynamics3

Autonomous Systems and Machine Learning Courses

At least two of these:
ME:4111/CEE:4511Scientific Computing and Machine Learning3
ME:5114Nonlinear Control in Robotic Systems3
ME:6115Cooperative Autonomous Systems3

Capstone Course

Students must complete either a capstone design project on an approved naval science and technology topic or an independent investigation involving research or testing of a system related to naval hydrodynamics. If a student chooses, both courses may be completed for credit toward the certificate.

One or both of these:
ME:4098Individual Investigations: Mechanical Engineering (students must register for at least 3 s.h.)arr.
ME:4186Enhanced Design Experience (subject to approval of application for capstone design path; ME:4086 is a prerequisite course)3


Students select the remainder of the 18 s.h. required for the certificate from the following.

ME:4116/ISE:4116Manufacturing Processes Simulations and Automation3
ME:4120Advanced Linear Control Systems3
ME:4140Modern Robotics and Automation3
ME:4150Artificial Intelligence in Engineering3
ME:4200Modern Engineering Materials for Mechanical Design3
ME:5143Computational Fluid and Thermal Engineering3
ME:5160/CEE:5369Intermediate Mechanics of Fluids3