Marine Option Program (through University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)

The Marine Option Program (MOP) is designed to assist undergraduate and other students interested in marine and freshwater systems.  Through MOP, you can obtain a marine orientation to your own major while earning an official University of Hawai‘i certificate, which is registered on your transcript. MOP emphasizes experiential, cross-disciplinary education, and provides opportunities to apply your traditional coursework to the real world while you obtain practical marine skills through a hands-on internship, research project, or employment. 

A certificate issued by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 10 credit hours of marine-related courses:

  • OCN 101– one (1) credit
  • OCN 201 or ZOOL 200 – three (3) credits
  • Marine electives – six (6) credits
  • MOP skill project – Academic Independent Study 199 – two (2) or more credits

The unique MOP skill project allows students to design and conduct an independent aquatic project related to their academic field of interest or educational goals. At Windward CC, MOP is managed by the Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES).

For information about the program, contact the Windward CC MOP coordinator at 808-235-9118 or visit the MOP Office in Hale ‘Imiloa 118, or email, or visit the website:

Total credits:



Academic Subject Certificate

Curriculum Guide