Make the ocean an even greater part of your life - maybe even your career!!
Through the Marine Option Program at Kauai Community College, or "MOP," students can explore their interests, learn more about the ocean, and gain certification of their achievements. MOP is a system-wide academic subject certificate program and is transferable to any other campus within the University of Hawaii system. In addition to completing 10 units of course-work toward the certificate, students work with scientists and the community on marine or fresh water projects. MOP has a long and distinguished history. Across the state and the nation, graduates of the program are employed in research, education, resource management, tourism, and more - in both the public and private sector.
OCN 101: Introduction to the Marine Option Program (1-unit seminar)
OCN 199v: Marine Research (2-unit project)
OCN 201: Science of the Sea (3-unit course)
Elective courses (six units total required, including one lecture/lab pair):
CHEM 151/151L: Survey of Chemistry
GG 101: Intro Geology (also fulfills lab requirement)
HWST 281: Polynesian Voyaging
MICR 130: General Microbiology
MICR 140: Microbiology Lab (also fulfills lab requirement)
OCN 120: Global Environmental Challenges
PHYS 151/151L: College Physics
PHYS 170/170L: General Physics
MARE 264 (UH Hilo field course)
MARE 364 (UH Hilo field course)
SCI 121/121L: Intro Science, Biological Science
SSCI 250: Ecology and Society
ZOOL 200/200L: Marine Biology (offered through Windward CC)
* More courses will be added soon by our new Marine Biology instructor, Willow Jorgenson, at Kauai CC!
Independent Study Project (OCN 199v)
Instructor approval and written project plans are generally required prior to enrollment. Students generally present their work at a UH system-wide student symposium. Recent projects have focused on:
For more information, contact the KCC Marine Option Program Coordinator, Dr. Taylor.
UH Manoa MOP page
UH Hilo MOP page
UH Diving Safety Program Office
Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science & Marine Biology
Sea Grant Marine Careers
Hopkins Marine Station Career Links
OCN 101 Laulima (must be enrolled)
OCN 199v Laulima (must be enrolled)