The U.S. Navy and America’s merchant marine have shared a close, mutually supportive relationship since the Revolutionary War. Today, that relationship is especially vital as merchant ships carry critical raw materials and other necessary cargoes, while naval ships ensure safe and open sea lanes for our nation’s ocean commerce.
Graduates of the Academy receive commissions as Ensigns in the Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) Program U.S. Navy Reserve, unless they apply and are accepted for active duty service in the Navy or apply and are accepted for active duty or reserve service in one of the other U.S. Armed
The mission of the Department of Naval Science is to provide appropriate instruction to prepare Midshipmen for commissions in the U.S. Navy Reserve. This instruction will enable these officers to operate effectively with the Navy in time of peace, national emergency or war, and to perform other tasks and functions as directed by higher authority.
The curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge graduates will need to serve as officers in the Navy Reserve. All Midshipmen take courses in Strategic Sealift and Leadership and Ethics.
Note: For all faculty listings in this section of the catalog, the year when a faculty member joined the Academy staff follows each name. Other information includes the individual’s faculty rank, degrees earned, where obtained, professional licenses held, and military affiliation. In a department that includes more than one discipline, the faculty member’s area of specialization is indicated.
Department of Naval Science Faculty