Courses and Program Specializations
The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Management (CAFNRM) offers the Bachelor of Science degree. In order to earn this degree the student will choose one of the following areas of specialization, and complete its requirements.
CAFNRM has a 110-acre farm that has a livestock operation with beef cattle, hair sheep, meat goats, and swine. Normally at least one horse is kept at the UH Hilo farm for use in working cattle. Students have the chance to work with UH Hilo livestock during animal science labs.
Animal Science - Livestock Production Track
The Animal Science Livestock Production curriculum helps to prepare students to work with livestock on farms and ranches or to obtain positions in the livestock industry or related fields. Former Animal Science students have taken positions at farms, dairies, ranches, equestrian centers, experiment stations, quarantine stations, veterinary clinics and zoos. Positions also exist with companies that sell feed, food products, livestock products and supplies.
Animal Science - Pre-veterinary Medicine Track
To be accepted into a professional school (veterinary medicine) or a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) requires excellent grades and proper academic background. To help provide the proper academic background for students interested in veterinary medicine and/or graduate studies in animal science, the Pre-Veterinary Track was developed in 1990. With this track of study, students can also qualify for professional schools of medicine and pharmacy with a few additional courses taken as electives.
Why Study Pre-Veterinary Medicine? With a D.V.M. degree, a wide range of employment opportunities exist such as private veterinary practice, representative for pharmaceutical company, teaching, research, federal inspection, animal care and governmental veterinarian. With a M.S. or Ph.D. in animal science, individuals have opportunities at obtaining professional positions as extension educators, research technicians, nutritionist, governmental research, and university teaching & research.
Hawaiʻi's diversity of water supplies allows the culture of almost all aquaculture species including tropical fish, trout, salmon, carp, shrimp, various seaweeds, and shellfish throughout the year. Aquaculture students currently have access to a freshwater aquaculture facility at the UH Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory. A coastal research and teaching facility (PACRC), located at Keaukaha, includes a water quality laboratory, a shellfish hatchery, a marine fish hatchery, demonstration fish culture units, and a marine animal rehabilitation facility.
The Tropical Horticulture specialty is designed to provide students with a well rounded background in horticultural science with special emphasis on the production of tropical and subtropical fruit, vegetable, ornamental, spice, and herb crops. This specialization offers a wide selection of courses, each providing the student with both the theoretical and hands on approach to learning.
Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology
The Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology specialty provides an opportunity for students interested in tropical plant science or a plant-related field to have access to selected courses or topics in their area of interest. This specialty is structured to offer a well-rounded undergraduate education emphasizing the long-term sustainability of our managed crop production systems and the surrounding ecosystems.
Certificate in Forest Resource Management & Conservation
This multi-disciplinary certificate program in forest resource management and conservation emphasizes a theoretical and applied approach to forest resource management, forest ecosystem restoration, and natural resource conservation. This certificate program prepares students for employment with the USDA Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in the state DLNR and other government organizations including the National Park Service. Other employment opportunities may be with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and other private consulting firms involved in ecosystem management and ecological restoration. This program also prepares students for advanced studies.
You may download the Certificate in Forest Resource Management & Conservation curriculum sheet (PDF).
Certificate in Plant Tissue Culture
The certificate program in plant tissue culture is designed to prepare baccalaureate degree seeking students and non-degree seeking students for employment in the plant tissue culture industry. It focuses on course work that relates directly to this industry and facilitates immediate employment as laboratory proprietors, laboratory supervisors and laboratory technicians. The curriculum includes a range of plant science and tissue culture courses that provide a strong theoretical base. Additionally, the student must complete 6 credit hours of Advanced Plant Tissue Culture, primarily a hands-on laboratory oriented course.
You may download the Certificate in Plant Tissue Culture curriculum sheet (PDF).