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Marine Option Program

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The Marine Option Program (MOP) is a University of Hawai‘i systemwide program with participation by students at all universities and community colleges in the UH System, except Kapi‘olani Community College. This is an experiential program offering students opportunities to learn about the marine and freshwater environments. Students work with marine scientists in many different areas of interest applying their academic knowledge to the real world while learning practical marine and lab skills. The MOP Certificate can then be used when applying for marine-related jobs or for further study at a 4-year institution.




Marine Option Program, Instructor's Webpage

Program Admission Requirements:
The student needs to be enrolled at Kaua‘i Community College in the Liberal Arts program.

Certificate of Completion: 12 credits

OCN 101 Introduction to Marine Option Program 1
OCN 199V Marine Research and Directed Reading 2*
OCN 201 Science of the Sea 3

*2 credits required for MOP Certificate of Completion

Electives (Choose from the following) 6
BIOL 123, BIOL 123L; BOT 130, BOT 130L; CHEM 151, CHEM 151L, CHEM 161, CHEM 161L; GG 101; HWST 281; MICR 130, MICR 140; OCN 120; PHYS 151, PHYS 151L, PHYS 170, PHYS 170L; MARE 264*, MARE 364*; SCI 121, SCI 121L; SSCI 250; ZOOL 101, ZOOL 101L

*MARE 264 and MARE 364 are both intensive summer field experience courses in Quantitative Underwater Ecological Survey Techniques (QUEST) offered through UH Hilo. The courses are open systemwide to qualifying students.


Liberal Arts Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • 1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in Standard American English, and interpret, and/or express themselves in, some other form of communication at a basic level, whether from knowledge of a second language or through artistic or symbolic expression.

  • 2. Make and express critical judgments about issues and ideas after accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant information, using technology where appropriate; use creative and critical thinking skills to weigh the relative merits of opposing positions; and apply knowledge of formal systems of reasoning and logical fallacies in arriving at informed opinions.

  • 3. Apply quantitative methods appropriately; analyze real-life situations using numeric, graphical, and symbolic models, and verbally explain these models; and recognize the impact of mathematics on the sciences, society, and everyday life.

  • 4. Analyze the behavior of people from psychological, sociological, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives, and knowledgeably consider the social, political, and economic implications of human interactions in order to make informed personal and social choices.

  • 5. Support opinions and make decisions based upon a scientific understanding of the physical and natural world, and appropriately apply the scientific method to test ideas, measure and evaluate results, develop models, solve problems, and generate new ideas.

  • 6. Demonstrate a sympathetic awareness of the values and beliefs of their own and other cultures; explain the historical dimensions of contemporary affairs and issues; analyze the interactive roles that social, religious, artistic, political, economic, scientific, and technological forces play in society; and engage responsibly in their roles as citizens with issues affecting themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.

  • 7. Demonstrate an aesthetic appreciation of creative and original expression and, making use of natural gifts, acquired knowledge, and the intense discipline of art, engage in creative activities which enrich their quality of life.

  • 8. Apply their acquired knowledge and skills to further their own learning, to set and prioritize personal goals, to self-assess progress, and to recognize, address, and resolve obstacles constructively.

  • 9. Make informed decisions based on an understanding of the qualities of a healthful lifestyle, explain the connection between a healthy body and a thoughtful mind, perform group activities cooperatively, and engage in healthful physical activity.

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