Summer Session

Marine Science Summer Program

Marine Science QUEST divers survey coral

Courses and Dates

  • QUEST (MARE┬á264 ): May 18 - May 30, 2020
  • Advanced QUEST (MARE┬á364 ): May 17 - May 30, 2020
  • Marine Science Session I: TBD
  • Marine Science Session II: June 22 - July 31, 2020

About QUEST: Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques

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QUEST is a field course offered through the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus that focuses on ecological monitoring of coral reefs using SCUBA. The course takes place during the last two weeks of May every year. Students will work from camp Maluhia at Keʻei, south of Kealakekua Bay, for the duration of the course. Students involved in QUEST must have current University of Hawaiʻi Scientific Diver authorization, valid throughout QUEST. SCUBA tanks and sampling equipment will be provided, but students will need to provide their own basic equipment including dive and camping gear. QUEST is composed of two different courses, QUEST (MARE 264 ) and Advanced QUEST (MARE 364 ).

Apply to the QUEST Field Program.

About Our Summer Marine Science Program

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The Marine Science Summer Program at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo is designed to take full advantage of the "Big Island" of Hawai╩╗i's variety of marine environments ranging from deep ocean to coral reef to estuary. An exciting array of ocean activities is planned. These activities are designed to stimulate the student's interest, provide experience-oriented learning and take full advantage of the island's exotic offerings.

With its combination of an ideal environment, excellent curriculum, outstanding instructors, its new laboratory and classroom building, and research/teaching vessel, the UH Hilo Summer Marine Science Program is one of the best opportunities in the nation for undergraduates to study marine science. In recognition of this exceptional summer program the UH Hilo Summer Marine Science Program has received an "Award for Excellence of Program" from the Western Association of Summer School Administrators, an organization representing over 80 member universities in the western U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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Many Marine Science courses require instructor consent to enroll. Please contact the Marine Science instructor(s) of the courses you are interested in as early in the spring as you can. Space is limited and enrollment is on a "first come, first served" basis.

For Summer Session information, contact College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) at or call (808) 932-7506. If you are interested in the Marine Science Summer Program, ask to be placed on the mailing list to receive the marine science brochure.

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