Marine Option Program: Academic Subject Certificate
The Marine Option Program (MOP) is designed to assist students interested in relating the ocean to their educational aspirations while earning their Associate in Arts degree. The Marine Options Program Academic Subject Certificate emphasizes an experiential, cross-disciplinary education and provides opportunities to apply traditional course work to the real world while students obtain practical marine skills through a “hands-on” internship, research or employment project. Students develop their own customized “skill project” as part of the Certificate.
MOP sponsors numerous field trips, a newsletter, and many opportunities for networking with other interested students and professionals.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:
- Describe how the ocean relates to Hawaiʻi's economy, society, and lifestyle.
- Evaluate how career and educational opportunities can be influenced by the surrounding marine environment.
- Explain the ocean and its impacts on Hawai‘i.
- Create and execute an experiential learning project (Skill Project).
Program Coordinator: Alyssa MacDonald
Office: BS 205
Phone: (808) 455-0285
Academic Subject Certificate (ASC) Info at a Glance
Program: Liberal Arts
Academic Subject Certificate (ASC)
Group 1: Marine Survey and Ocean-Related Courses
MO Subgroup A: Marine Survey Courses
Total Credits: 4
Minimum of one of the following two marine survey courses:
--OCN 201 and OCN 201L
--ZOOL 200 and ZOOL 200L
MOP 1B: Ocean-Related Electives
Total Credits: 4
Choose four to six (4-6) credits of ocean-related elective courses either from the list given below or any marine related courses accepted for MOP certificate at other UH campuses.
Note that the lab course must be a companion course to a lecture course you have taken concurrently or previously, e.g. OCN 201 and OCN 201L.
Group 2: Required Courses (OCN 101 is required)
*The Marine Option Program has existed for 40 years as a UH System certificate managed by the UH Mānoa MOP office. The university has undergone many changes over the years and in 2011 the council of Chief Academic Officers (CCAO) determined that each campus should create its own MOP Certificate. the proposed program listed has been in existence at Leeward CC for over 20 years and will continue to allow articulation with all other MOP certificate programs at other UH campuses.
**Note that in Group 1 of the course requirements, the lab course must be a companion course to a lecture course you have taken concurrently or previously, e.g. OCN 201 and OCN 201L.