Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Application Deadlines: 
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Interview with Program Leader

Application deadline: March 15, 2018

Program Details: 

2018 details to be available in early November.

Please Look for your Program on our "Faculty Led Program Offerings" site at that time.

*** Last Year's Program Description:

This course offers certified divers an opportunity to combine a passion for diving with a commitment to marine conservation in general and the protection of corl reefs and their wildlife.  We will travel to the Big Island of Hawaii and following Project Aware distinctive specialty course outlines, become environmentally responsible divers learning about coral reef, shark, turtle and manta ray conservation and the impact of marine debris on coral reef life and ecosystems.  Our academic studies will be complemented by four days of diving (shore and boat) in the warm, clear waters of Hawaii.  Participants will also have the opportunity to earn Project Aware Specializations, which count towards PADI Master Scuba Diver certification – the highest recreational diving certification in the PADI recreational diving system.

We will spend six night based in a hotel/hostel in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our first day’s diving will be consist of dive orientation, skills assessment and a shore dive.  Diving on the subsequent three days will be boat based and include a manta ray night dive.  Other dives will look for sharks and turtles while diving on the Big Islands spectacular reefs.  Our diving will be with a large, experienced local PADI accredited dive operator from big, well-equipped dive boats.

For more information, contact program leader, Dr. Michael Harte.

Academic Emphasis: 
Bioresource Res.
Earth Science
Environ. Science
Fisheries & Wildlife
Natural Resources
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 

for 2017:

  • Tuition: $579 (3 credit - undergraduate), $450 (1 credit - graduate)
  • Participant Fee: $1,797

(includes: lodging, dive shop gear, supplies and support, welcome and farewell dinners, etc.)

  • Airfare: $700
  • Dive gear rental: $120
  • Divers Insurance: $75
  • Books & Supplies: $31
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee): $180
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous: $100

Total Program Cost Estimate: $3,582 (undergraduate); $3,453 (graduate)