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

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

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Whitemouth Moray. Photo by: Doug Finney, Flickr.

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Upcoming MOP-Sponsored Events


New Student Orientation

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
5:00pm – 6:00pm
via Zoom

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! 



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QUEST/ MAST Info Meeting 

Thursday, January 13th, 2022
5:00pm – 6:00pm
via Zoom

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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QUEST ID Classes

January 24th, 26th & 31st, February 2nd, 7th & 9th
5:00pm – 6:00pm
via Zoom

For those wanting to participate in QUEST make sure to join in the ID classes to prepare for the EXAM. 


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