Introductory Geology classes are always well attended. One of the most popular is Geology of the Hawaiian Islands, which is participated in by students from a variety of disciplines. Additionally, upper-level Geology courses are especially enjoyable because they involve a lot of hands-on work, both in the field and in the lab.
In Physical & Optical Mineralogy, students analyze petrographic thin sections under the microscope. The UH Hilo Geology Department has a rock preparation lab, and students are allowed to make their own thin sections if they wish, assisted by a friendly staff technician.
Structural Geology and Field Methods are favorite upper-division classes. Students have the opportunity to learn how to read a Brunton compass, make field observations, interpret data, and create their own maps.