S-STEM Departments and Majors
The astronomy program leverages the infrastructure of Mauna Kea and the University Park of Science and Technology to provide students with knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, and training in modern methods of observational astronomy. Explore some of the biggest questions like: How did the Universe begin?
Biology, the study of living things, encompasses areas of study including biochemistry, botany, cell biology, ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, and zoology. The program trains students in a variety of disciplines, emphasizing hands-on lab work, individualized learning, and field experience in the unique environment of Hawaiʻi.
Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the changes that they undergo. Everything that is known in the physical universe is made up of either matter or energy and the rest is just empty space. Chemistry often is referred to as the central science, and an understanding of chemistry can be a powerful tool.
Computer science is not the science of the computer–it is the science of problem-solving using a computer. The study of computer science takes many forms–the study of algorithms, of machine hardware, of programming languages, operating systems, database design, and more. The courses are heavily laboratory-oriented, giving students hands-on experience.
Environmental Studies/Science is an overlap of many academic fields, such as biology, geology, chemistry, marine science, geography, anthropology, agriculture, political science, economics, and sociology. This degree provides an innovative multidisciplinary approach for undergraduate students interested in a broad span of environmental topics. It also provides a strong foundation in major concepts in a variety of fields.
Geology is the study of the earth: its form and composition, the changes it has undergone and the dynamic forces shaping it today. The program exposes students to the theory and application of a wide range of disciplines within the geosciences. The curriculum focuses on the composition, structure, history and dynamics of the Earth.
A multidisciplinary program designed to take full advantage of the unique variety of marine environments available for study around the island of Hawaiʻi. The program culminates in a capstone sequence, allowing students to focus on independent projects involving research or applied internships.
The Mathematics program gives a broad background in modern mathematics and its applications. Applications may be pursued in such areas as systems theory, graph theory, number theory, statistics, and geometry, which are widely used in computer science, business, and the physical, life, and social sciences.
Natural Science (B.A.)
This program is based on a holistic view of science that prepares graduates for teaching at the intermediate school level. Students choose among three curricular concentrations: general science, physical science, or environmental science. Graduates will develop observational and experimental skills, and become familiar with safety protocols appropriate to teaching laboratories.
Physics is the basic science underlying all other sciences. It attempts to describe the fundamental nature of the universe and how it works, striving for the simplest and yet most effective explanations. No other field of study offers the graduate greater flexibility in our high-tech society.