SONAR System Applications Certificate

Certificate #126

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Summer

POC: NPS Online Support

Modality: Distance Learning


The SONAR System Applications curriculum is available to resident and Distance Learning students. It can be combined with Fundamentals of Engineering Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics academic certificate programs for partial fulfillment of requirements for Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics or Master of Engineering Acoustics degrees by Distance Learning students. Students typically take one course per quarter within a four-quarter period (12 months). The Distance Learning classes are usually timed to coincide with resident offerings. The course of studies is designed to improve the student's performance in operational, maintenance, research, engineering, and acquisition positions by providing the students with a firm background in the fundamentals of the theory and practice of the signal processing techniques that underlie naval applications of SONAR systems.

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Courses Required

Course Details
Course 1 Choose one of the following:
  • EO2402
  • EC2410
Course 2 Choose one of the following:
  • EO3402
  • EC3410
Course 3 EC4450
Course 4 PH4409


The following are eligible for this offering:

  • Naval Officers
  • Naval Enlisted
  • Non-Naval Officers
  • Non-Naval Enlisted
  • DON Civilians
  • DOD Civilians
  • Defense Contractors
  • International military personnel

Requirements for Entry

  • Baccalaureate degree with mathematics through differential and integral calculus
  • Calculus-based basic physics sequence
  • Courses in the physical sciences and engineering are highly desirable

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to

  • Calculate and analyze the Fourier transform of periodic and non-periodic signals;
  • Recognize and manipulate linear time-invariant (LTI) systems;
  • Compute the transfer function and frequency response of linear time-invariant systems;
  • Design systems to amplitude modulate and demodulate a signal for communication applications;
  • Analyze signal frequency contents using the FT and/or the DFT;
  • Apply basic theoretical principles and concepts that govern the design, analysis, and operation of passive and active sonar systems;
  • Predict the consequences and understand design tradeoffs associated with altering important sonar system parameters such as beamwidth, array gain, probability of detection, probability of false alarm, range and Doppler resolution, etc.;
  • Estimate the design parameters for a sonar system to achieve specified operational requirements.

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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