Maritime Transportation, Associate of Applied Science


The Maritime Transportation program was developed at the request of an advisory committee comprised of members from the maritime industry. Maritime is a semester credit hour program that incorporates US Coast Guard approved training into the semester credit courses. This training provides instruction to prepare students for a future career as a mariner on board vessels. As part of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in maritime transportation, students must complete two Practicums during summer terms. Typically, this means working as a deckhand or crew member on a commercial vessel. Students will obtain a Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) during the first semester.

All US Merchant Mariners are credentialed by a branch of the US Coast Guard-National Maritime Center. It is important that students be able to obtain a Merchant Mariner Credential. Students must be able to pass security screening, medical, and professional standard requirements set by the US Coast Guard.

All maritime transportation courses with the NAUT rubric are held at the

San Jacinto College Maritime Center
3700 Old Highway 146
La Porte, TX 77571

Students may call the Maritime Center for additional information at 281-459-5483.


Graduates of the Maritime program who apply for a US Coast Guard license must meet professional requirements that include drug testing.

Employers often have additional requirements and stricter standards.

The medical standards can be found at:

For more information, students may contact Maritime Center staff or call 281-459-5483.

Plan of Study

Maritime Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
NAUT 1372 Seamanship I 3
NAUT 1374 Basic Safety and Survival 3
NAUT 1471 Introduction to Ships and Shipping 4
PHED 1142
Fitness Swimming
or Beginning and Intermediate Swimming
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Second Term
NAUT 1272 Marine Cargo Operations I 2
NAUT 1274 Marine Cargo Operations II 2
NAUT 1273 Engineering Familiarization 2
NAUT 1276 Seamanship II 2
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher) 1
or College Algebra
Summer Year One Term
NAUT 2364 Practicum 2 3
Third Term
NAUT 1171 Medical Care Provider 1
NAUT 2471 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation 4
NAUT 1174 Maritime Regulation and Management 1
NAUT 2274 Basic Stability and Ship Construction 2
BCIS 1305
Business Computer Applications
or Integrated Software Applications I
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Fourth Term
NAUT 2472 Integrated Operations for the Master Mariner 4
NAUT 2171 Upgrade to Apprentice Mate 1
NAUT 2278 Bridge Resource Management and Shiphandling 2
NAUT 2272 Radar Observer Unlimited 2
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing 3
Summer Year Two Term
NAUT 2365 Practicum 2 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: NAUT 2365 Practicum