Nautical Science

The USC Price 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.

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The Nautical Science program involves a range of seafaring experience onboard a variety of vessels including: 2 person, 12’ small sailing vessels; 36’ – 40’ modern cruising and racing sloops; a 51’ traditional wooden schooner; and 120’ square-rigged 19th century replica brigantines. Voyages range from inside the harbor to Catalina Island, depending on the specific course.

Full Program Video (3 min)

Nautical Science Classes

Classes are open only to registered students at USC. All Nautical Science (NAUT) classes are accredited by the U.S. Coast Guard and are required by the USC Naval Science Department for commissioning Midshipmen as Naval Officers.

The program consists of a series of four courses, providing a comprehensive background in navigation, seafaring skills and theory. Students begin with the introductory level NAUT 001AX and progress to

independent study and deck crewing opportunities. Each class offers both lecture and at-sea experiences in sailing and seamanship.

Successful completion of the Nautical Science program also earns sea service credit of 180 days toward a U.S. Coast Guard License. Additional opportunities to earn sea time are available. Advanced students have opportunities to “ship out” as 1st Mate aboard the 51’ft wooden schooner Atlantas and crew aboard large square-rigged sailing vessels.

Note: To receive the full 180 days of sea service credit, students must successfully complete all NAUT classes, including written exams.

Additional sea service credit can be earned by completing NAV 335 (Navigation I offered through the Naval Science Department). For more information, see the License Track page.

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