Course Descriptions

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The BA in Marine Science is designed for students planning on careers in marine related businesses in such fields as ecotourism, mariculture, or environmental law. It has more electives to give students greater flexibility in customizing the degree to their specific goals and fewer upper level science requirements than the BS.

UH Hilo Catalog: BA Requirements
Bachelor of Arts (BA) checklist (PDF)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Prerequisites Sequence (Document)

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The BS in Marine Science is designed for students seeking careers as scientists, secondary school science teachers or university faculty. It has more upper level marine science requirements than the BA program and fewer electives.

UH Hilo Catalog: BS Requirements
Bachelor of Science (BS) checklist (PDF)
Bachelor of Science (BS) Prerequisites Sequence (Document)

Marine Science Minor

The minor in Marine Science is meant to supplement a student's education with enough marine science to give them a basic understanding of core issues in the field.

UH Hilo Catalog: Minor Requirements
Minor in Marine Science Checklist (PDF)

Marine Option Program Certificate

The Marine Option Program (MOP) is a university-wide program that acts as a center for marine-related activities ranging from scientific research to marine recreation. The certificate is available to students from any major and can be earned by completing selected courses and a skills project or internship.

UH Hilo Catalog: MOP Requirements