Geology Programs

The UH Hilo geology department offers personalized, high-quality instruction on the flanks of an active volcano. The curriculum, while well-rounded, emphasizes volcanology and environmental geology. Both laboratory and field activities are important components of the program, and students can expect to develop their descriptive, analytical, and interpretive skills.

photo of student with microscopeMoana Mendoza examines a petrographic thin section.

The bachelor of science degree in geology is a rigorous program that prepares students for graduate study of work as a professional geologist. The bachelor of arts degree is similar, but is intended for students interested in careers in science education or natural resource management. Minors in geology and earth-space science are available for students who wish to major in marine science, astronomy, geography, or natural science.

Affiliated Volcano Program

photo of CSAV student with lavaThe Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) is a training and outreach program established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1989. Located in the UH Hilo Geology Building, CSAV's mission is to provide training and information on volcanic and natural hazards that occur in Hawai'i and worldwide. This is done through a variety of programs: public outreach, including visits to schools and the presentation of public lectures and symposia; a summer program training scientists from developing nations in techniques in volcanic hazards monitoring and response; several research projects; and the production of public informational programs on natural hazards preparedness and response for Hawaii residents.