Marine Option Program Certificate

Coordinator: Lisa B. Parr


The Marine Option Program (MOP) provides hands-on, marine-focused experiences for any UH student interested in the ocean, including turtle tagging, scientific diving, boating, camping, whale and seal counts, marine surveying, animal husbandry, and many other ocean-related field trips and activities, as well as networking opportunities with professional marine scientists. MOP offers a certificate program for students of all majors, which includes coursework and the completion of a marine skill project. This may take the form of an internship, research project, art or writing project, or other approved project with a marine emphasis. The program is UH systemwide and emphasizes applied and experiential learning and intercampus involvement. The MOP program oversees the sea turtle stranding program in East Hawai'i, as well as the QUEST (Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques) and MAST (Maritime Archaeology Surveying Techniques) field courses.


The mission of the Marine Option Program is to provide a unique opportunity for undergraduates in any field of study who have an interest in the ocean. It is open to students in all fields and provides a clearinghouse for marine-oriented education and employment opportunities as well as a chance for students to network with professionals and fellow students who are involved with the ocean.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Marine Option Program strives to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for undergraduate students in any discipline to acquire a marine orientation during his/her residency at UH Hilo
  2. Add focus and relevance to the academic marine courses by aiding the students in acquiring a practical “marine skill”;
  3. Help each MOP student, through counseling, discover and implement his/her individual marine-oriented educational career goals;
  4. Provide special seminars and interdisciplinary courses designed to acquaint the undergraduate student with the many facets of marine affairs; and
  5. Provide opportunities and guidance to students who wish to contribute their talents by working toward solutions for social and environmental ocean-related problems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Marine Option Program Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Write a formal scientific proposal that includes a literature review, project objectives, a methodology and a section discussing proposed deliverables
  2. Give an oral presentation of the proposal
  3. Conduct a marine skills project that includes a collection of materials or data, following proposed activities, and completing of project including analyses.
  4. Develop and deliver a scientific presentation in both oral and poster format


Requirements (14 credits):

  1. Required Seminar (1)

    • MARE 100 Marine Option Program Seminar (1)
  2. Required Project Course (4 Credits - Includes Project or Internship)

    • MARE 104 Marine Option Program Project (2) (Repeated Once, must be passed with a grade of B or better to fulfill requirement)
  3. Survey class (3)

    • Choose one of:
      • MARE 140 Intro to Hawaiian Coral Reefs (3)
      • MARE 171 Marine Biology-Diversity (3)
      • MARE 201 Oceanography (3)
  4. Electives (6) Complete 6 credits of elective courses, with 3 credits from Block I and 3 credits from Block II

    • Block I: (3 Credits Required)
      • Any MARE course (excluding 299, 399, 496, 499)
    • Block II: (3 Credits Required)
      • Any MARE course (excluding 299, 399, 496, 499)
      • AGEN 400 Aquaculture Engineering (4)
      • AQUA 254 Nutrition of Aquatic Organisms (3)
      • AQUA 262 Intro Aquaculture (3)
      • AQUA 352 Aquaculture of Fishes (3)
      • AQUA 353 Invertebrate & Algae Culture (3)
      • AQUA 425 Water Qual & Aquatic Product (3)
      • AQUA 466 Fisheries Science (3)
      • BIOL/PSY 437 Marine Mammal Behavior (3)
      • GEOG 470 Remote Sensing/Air Photo (3)
      • GEOG 480 Geog Info Sys & Visualization (3)
      • GEOL 344 Coastal Geology (3)
      • NRES 425 Marine Biogeochemistry (3)