What is the Marine Option Program (MOP)?

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The Marine Option Program (MOP) is a University of Hawaiʻi system-wide certificate program, offered on all UH campuses, providing educational opportunities for students from all disciplines who are interested in the ocean.
MOP Certificate Program

Featured Seawords Article
September 2021

The Southern Ocean. Photo by: Richard Keeler, Flickr.

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The Marine Option Program is generously supported by NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office.

Creature of the Month
September 2021

Comb jelly. Photo by: Jeff, Flickr.

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Upcoming MOP-Sponsored Events


New Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: TBA

If you are new to MOP, come and learn all about the program and meet other MOP students! If you are currently a MOP student, please join us as we welcome new MOPers! 



Hawaiian green sea turtle in oceanUnderwater Photography Workshop

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: TBA

Enjoy a presentation by our guest speaker Keoki Stender, who will give us a great workshop on underwater photography. 



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QUEST/ MAST Info Meeting 

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: TBA

Come learn about the field courses offered by MOP during the summer! Learn about the steps and classes you must take before enrolling in the field courses.


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