Welcome to Marine Science at UH Hilo!
Located on the Island of Hawai'i, the Marine Science Program at UH Hilo offers many opportunities in marine science education.
The mission of the undergraduate degree program in marine science is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans and an appreciation of the importance of marine ecosystems to the global environment and human life. The mission is accomplished through a combination of hands-on laboratory and field experience, inquiry-based instruction, and direct interactive learning and is supported by a broad background in the marine sciences, including basic knowledge of the natural science disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and mathematics.
- Two stories about Dr. Colbert using the autonomous Wave Glider to study the Kilauea lava flow impact on the ocean.
- UH Hilo team scuba dive to research historic World War II battlefield
- The documentary, Chasing Coral, on Netflix includes several MARE students that helped with deployment, servicing, and retrieval of the camera deployed at Wai 'Opae, Hawai'i Island
- QUEST divers from UH Hilo collected data to support this project exploring deep reefs (up to 165 feet!) around Hawai'i Island
- NSF grant funds new Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer for UH Hilo Analytical Lab
- Climate change research at UH Hilo: Near shore water quality
- Climate change research at UH Hilo: Fishpond management and restoration
- Climate change research at UH Hilo: Monitoring the coasts for signs of erosion and planning ahead
- Drs. Colbert & Adolf discuss climate change impacts to Hawai'i Island coastal ecosystems
- Dr. Colbert discusses the hydrology of cesspools at Puakō
- Dr. Burns talks about the importance of coral ecosystems in the video "Reefs at Risk: What's in Your Sunscreen"
- UH Hilo Marine Science Summer 2017 Course Offerings!
- Hawaii Business highlighted UH Hilo’s Marine Science Department’s research at Puakō and Hilo Bay.
- The Marine Debris in the Pacific course is discussed along with plastic pollution here in Hawai'i
- Dr. Takabayashi talks about coral health for Surfer magazine.
- Dr. John Burns on 3D Mapping of Coral Reefs: How to Get Started
- Welcome New Students! Download the slideshow from the Orientation Advising session.
- Marine Science students participate in International Union of Conservation of Nature
- Dr. Turner provides expert opinions on fewer humpback whale sightings
- UH Hilo marine science team publishes chapter on corals in Hawaiian culture
- Dr. Wiegner provides expert opinions on sewage pollution from cesspools in Hawai'i.
- The Marine Option Program was awarded the Hawaii Marine & Coastal Zone Advocacy Council's Douglas Tom Thumbs-Up Award, recognizing organizations that further the goals of MACZAC, advance the Coastal Zone Management Program and its Ocean Resources Management Plan, and actively engage the community.
Older news can be found in the News Archive.
The Marine Science program is well-rounded and multi-disciplinary. It has been carefully designed to take full advantage of the unique variety of marine environments available for study around the Island of Hawai'i. Students have two degrees to choose from, the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts in Marine Science. Both begin with introductory lecture and laboratory courses in general oceanography and marine biology. These are followed by intermediate level courses in marine ecology and evolution, marine methods and analysis, and statistical applications in Marine Science. The most advanced level in the program is made up of specialized courses in geological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, biological oceanography and marine biology. The Bachelor of Arts major allows for a broader selection of electives to best suit the career plan for the student. The program of study in both majors culminates in a capstone course that prepares the student for a career or future graduate study. In addition to the two major degrees, the Marine Science Program offers a minor in Marine Science and numerous opportunities through the the Marine Options Program (MOP). We invite you to explore our website for these and other educational opportunities and and learn more about our faculty research activities students can engage in. Mahalo!!
One Learns from Many Sources
We provide hands-on learning centered around the natural and cultural environment of Hawai'i. For example, check out this awesome 360 degree video created by Dr. John Burns at QUEST 2015 (MARE 264/MARE 364). You can scroll through the video using your mouse on a computer, and if you open it on a smartphone then you move the phone to pan through the video