The ME-USCG option is designed for students who wish to use their engineering degree as a marine engineer. The curriculum consists of the core mechanical engineering courses (see the ME Option), and additional courses intended to provide additional training for a marine engineer, much of which is required to obtain the merchant marine third assistant engineer's license. Students are required to obtain experience at sea through three summer cruises, two of them aboard the academy's training ship, and one aboard a commercial vessel. In addition, students in this option must pass the Third Assistant Engineer exam given by the United States Coast Guard. Information on the USCG licensing process and USCG exams can be found on the USCG Licensing page.