Kauai Community College

Make the ocean an even greater part of your life !! 

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 an academic subject certificate program.  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 at Kauai CC and other campuses in the UH System are employed in research, education, resource management, tourism, and more - in both the public and private sector.

Course Requirements

Required Courses:
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
CHEM 161/161L: General Chemistry I
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 171/171L: Intro Marine Biology I
MARE 172/172L: Intro Marine Biology II
MARE 264 (UH Hilo field course)
MARE 364 (UH Hilo field course)
SCI 121/121L: Intro Science, Biological Science
SSCI 250: Ecology and Society

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:
  • Water quality in Nawiliwili stream and Kalapaki beach
  • The effect of communications towers on endangered marine birds
  • Educational outreach on ciguatera fish poisoning
  • Detailed beach survey of marine debris quantity and type
  • Facilitating vessel reporting of marine debris for use in predictive ocean circulation models
  • Electronic reef surveying technology
  • Water quality at Ha`ena treatment facility and Ke`e Beach
  • Migration of beach sediments by wave action along the Mana coastal plain
For more information, contact the KCC Marine Option Program Coordinator, Dr. Taylor.

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