The Nautical Science program offers an experience-based approach to the sailing ship and seafaring. Participants learn offshore sailing theory and techniques, navigation and basic oceanography as relevant to seamanship.
Nautical Science Classes
Classes are open only to registered students at USC. All Nautical Science (NAUT) classes are certified by the US Coast Guard. Completion of the program earns sea service credit of 58 days toward the Coast Guard License. Additional opportunities to earn sea time and enjoy recreational sailing may be found through crewing opportunities on large square rigged vessels and the USC Sailing Club.
What do Students Say About the Class?
Read this articlefrom the Daily Trojan (November 14, 1996) and find out!
Note: To receive the full 58 days of sea service credit, students must successfully complete all NAUT classes and NSC 335 (Navigation I offered through the Naval Science Department). For only the NAUT classes, students will receive 37 days of sea service credit. NSC 335 earns students the balance of 21 days.
Great Traditions of the Sea Video
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