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Accounting (Cert. - Accounting, B.B.A. - Accounting)

Accounting is the language of business, used to measure and communicate the financial health of an organization. The program includes generally accepted accounting principles to provide the knowledge and skills for a career in accounting and prepares students for licensure and certification exams.

Administration of Justice (B.A. - Administration of Justice)

This program covers the criminal justice system, from crime detection through criminal appeals, using case law, statutes, public administration, philosophy, psychology, and other academic fields as the basis of study. The program focuses not just on the process, but the agencies involved, including law enforcement, prosecution, defense, the court system, and corrections.

Agriculture: Animal Science—Livestock Production Specialty (B.S. - Agriculture: Animal Science—Livestock Production Specialty)

The program prepares students to work on farms and ranches or to obtain positions at livestock farms, dairies, ranches, equestrian centers, experiment stations, quarantine stations, veterinary clinics, and zoos. Students have learning opportunities with farm animals through hands-on laboratories held at the UH Hilo Agricultural Farm.

Agriculture: Animal Science—Pre-Veterinary Specialty (B.S. - Agriculture: Animal Science—Pre-Veterinary Specialty)

This program provides a solid foundation for veterinary medicine and/or graduate studies in animal science. Students can also qualify for professional schools of medicine and pharmacy with a few additional courses. Graduates have been accepted into Veterinary colleges in Alabama, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, England, and New Zealand.

Agriculture: Aquaculture Specialty (B.S. - Agriculture: Aquaculture Specialty)

The program details the scientific basis, design, and management of aquaculture systems. The curriculum provides hands-on training in a wide-range of aquaculture activities, emphasizing biology, agriculture technology, and the international nature of this modern aquaculture.

Agriculture: Tropical Horticulture Specialty (B.S. - Agriculture: Tropical Horticulture Specialty)

The program provides a well-rounded background in horticultural science emphasizing production of tropical and subtropical crops. Topics covered include nursery management, floriculture, orchid culture, tropical landscaping, vegetable crop production, and tropical fruit production. Students learn horticultural techniques such as grafting, pruning, and pest management.

Agriculture: Tropical Plant Science and Agroecology Specialty (B.S. - Agriculture: Tropical Plant Science and Agroecology Specialty)

Designed for students interested in tropical crop science or a plant-related field, the program emphasizes long-term sustainability of managed crop production systems and the surrounding ecosystems. The core courses are from the areas of Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Soil Science, Weed Science, Entomology, Agribusiness, and Agricultural Economics.

Anthropology (Minor - Anthropology, B.A. - Anthropology)

Anthropology is the holistic study of human cultures and the human place in nature. The discipline emphasizes comparing human groups to understand the range of variation in human behavior and biology, and therefore considers what it is to be human.

Art (Minor - Art, B.A. - Art)

The Art program explores the creative, experimental, and developmental aspects of visual art through its practice in the studio environment, art as an expression of our cultural heritage, and an understanding of the history of art. The program emphasizes painting, drawing, and printmaking studio.

Astronomy (Minor - Astronomy, Minor - Astronomy; Earth and Space Science, B.S. - Astronomy)

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?

Beekeeping (Cert. - Beekeeping)

UH Hilo has been recognized by the media, public, and state Senate for its efforts to bring greater awareness to the honey bee, an important and vital pollinator of many crops. Courses have hands-on laboratories and are taught primarily at the UH Hilo farm in Panaʻewa, Hawaiʻi.

Biology (Minor - Biology, B.A. - Biology, B.S. - Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Track, B.S. - Biology; Cell, Molecular & Biomedical Sciences Track)

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.

Business Administration (Minor - Business Administration, Cert. - Business Administration, B.B.A. - Business Administration)

Business Administration graduates receive a strong foundation in business enterprise functions and are prepared to become managers in private and public sector organizations. Business is a good choice for students interested in starting their own companies, as a focus of many courses is on small business and entrepreneurship.

Chemistry (Minor - Chemistry, B.S. - Chemistry, B.S. - Chemistry; Biosciences)

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.

Chinese Studies (Cert. - Chinese Studies)

A multidisciplinary study of Chinese civilization, this program centers on a core of language study. It should be of interest to students who intend to pursue advanced degrees and/or careers in related professional areas, including international business, tourism, journalism, government service, the arts, or translation.

Communication (Minor - Communication, B.A. - Communication)

The program emphasizes authentic communication, valuing diversity, professional and personal empowerment, and enhanced self-awareness. Students develop oral, written, group, interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication skills that prepare them for leadership and citizenship in a diverse society. The ability to communicate effectively is highly desirable to employers.

Computer Application Development Specialization (Cert. - Computer Application Development Specialization)

The Certificate in Computer Application Development Specialization allows students to learn applied technical skills that are directly applicable in the 21st century workplace.

Computer Science (Minor - Computer Science, B.S. - Computer Science)

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.

Contemporary Indigenous Multilingualism (Cert. - Contemporary Indigenous Multilingualism)

The certificate program seeks to promote international cooperation and prepare students for careers in fields such as education, publishing, and translation. The curriculum includes courses on the linguistics of indigenous languages in different parts of the world.

Counseling Psychology (M.A. - Counseling Psychology)

Counseling Psychology, through integration of theory, research, and practice, aims at facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span to help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives.

Database Management (Cert. - Database Management)

A database management system (DBMS) is a computer program that enables one to store, modify, and extract information from a database. The Certificate in Database Management is provides students a thorough technical foundation in the theory, design, implementation and application of databases.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P. - Doctor of Nursing Practice)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree focusing on nursing leadership and application of research and practice. The demands of today's complex health care environment require that nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D. - Doctor of Pharmacy)

The four-year Pharm.D. program prepares the student for entry into the pharmacy profession. Graduates will be able to seek employment as pharmacists in a variety of professional settings such as distribution of prescribed drugs and advising health care professionals on the prescription and interaction of drug therapies.

Economics (Minor - Economics, Cert. - Economics)

Economics is the study of how people satisfy their desires through the activities of production, exchange, and consumption. These economic activities require the use of time, energy, and scarce material and financial resources. Different outcomes may be observed depending on the choice of production technique, consumption preference, and the method of resource allocation.

Educational Studies (Cert. - Educational Studies)

The program is intended to provide a basic understanding of the methodologies, theories, tools, and issues that shape the field of education. The core courses provide students with background in educational foundations,educational technology, and developmental psychology. The elective courses allow students to select courses from a variety of educational content areas.

Energy Science (Cert. - Energy Science)

The conversion of energy to useful forms for humans, its distribution and its impact are pressing issues of our time. Energy Science courses prepare students to take advantage of opportunities in solar, wind, biofuel, tide and geothermal energies, with integrated knowledge about this emerging field.

English (Minor - English, Cert. - English, B.A. - English)

The program is designed to provide introductory and specialized courses in composition, literature, and creative writing. The curriculum provides multicultural studies to reflect the diversity of our environment. The class size of the program makes for intimate class settings; this allows for hands-on learning, close student-teacher relationships, and student-designed curriculum.

Environmental Studies/Science (Cert. - Environmental Studies/Science, B.S. - Environmental Studies/Science)

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.

Filipino Studies (Cert. - Filipino Studies)

The Filipino Studies Certificate is a multidisciplinary program which provides a better understanding of the Filipino American community while allowing Filipino American students the opportunity to explore their heritage and non-Filipino American students an opportunity to learn about the Philippines.

Finance (Cert. - Finance)

Finance deals with making decisions about resource allocation under uncertain conditions. Finance uses economic theories to price assets based on risk level and expected rate of return. The study of finance is relevant to occupations including corporate finance, risk management, financial planning, investments, insurance, real estate, and banking.

Gender and Women’s Studies (Minor - Gender and Women’s Studies, B.A. - Gender and Women’s Studies)

The Gender and Women’s Studies Program brings together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines to investigate the status and position of women as participants in past and contemporary societies. This interdisciplinary certificate program is an adjunct to a student’s academic major. Students will explore gender-based issues from an historical, literary, and multi-cultural perspective.

Geography (Minor - Geography, B.A. - Geography)

Geography is the study of why things happen where they do. It provides skills for problem solving and making sense of an interconnected, complex world. Students specialize in physical geography, human geography, or geographic techniques, including geographic information systems and cartography.

Geology (Minor - Geology; Earth and Space Science, Minor - Geology, B.A. - Geology, B.S. - Geology)

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.

Global Engagement (Cert. - Global Engagement)

This certificate provides an interdisciplinary approach to investigating, experiencing and learning about world cultures and global issues. Through a unique combination of coursework and co-curricular experiences, the certificate exposes students to diverse perspectives and develops competencies needed to thrive in today’s dynamic interconnected and interdependent world.

Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization (Ph.D. - Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization)

The Ph.D. program in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization trains well rounded Hawaiian and other indigenous scholars who are prepared to take leadership roles within their communities in indigenous language and culture revitalization.

Hawaiian Culture (Cert. - Hawaiian Culture)

The Hawaiian Studies Program is one of the most innovative baccalaureate programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, offering two options for study, each focused on a Hawaiian-based cultural continuum: Perpetuating the Hawaiian culture within a Hawaiian language context; and Monitoring the direction of Hawaiian culture.

Hawaiian Language (Cert. - Hawaiian Language)

Hawaiian is a Polynesian language spoken on all of the inhabited islands of Hawai‘i with only minor dialectical differences between them. In the 19th century, Hawaiian became a written language and of the Hawaiian government. In addition, it was the most widely used language among the general public, which included foreigners and various local ethnic groups.

Hawaiian Language and Literature (M.A. - Hawaiian Language and Literature)

The M.A. program prepares scholars to carry out Hawaiian language and culture research to ensure their preservation and revitalization. The curriculum draws upon Hawaiian literary resources from the past and examines the contemporary use of Hawaiian language and culture. It is designed for students who are fluent in Hawaiian and competent in reading modern and historical Hawaiian texts.

Hawaiian Studies (Minor - Hawaiian Studies, B.A. - Hawaiian Studies)

The Hawaiian Studies Program is an innovative baccalaureate programs, offering two options for study, each focused on a Hawaiian-based cultural continuum: Perpetuating the Hawaiian culture within a Hawaiian language context; and Monitoring the direction of Hawaiian culture.

Health Sciences Research (Cert. - Health Sciences Research)

Pharm D Students will receive an introduction to research methodology in pharmacy, including clinical studies, analysis of existing data, program evaluation and big data designs. Students will be trained in human subjects research and scientific writing. Research topics based on student interest, mentors, and available data.

Healthcare Leadership (Cert. - Healthcare Leadership)

This program provides PharmD students with a basic foundation in business administration, with a concentration in healthcare leadership. Students who complete this program will have a better understanding of the business side of the healthcare industry, particularly in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical industry.

Heritage Management (M.A. - Heritage Management)

The M.A. in Heritage Management is for students who seek careers in a multitude of governmental agencies, private-sector consulting firms, and in education, who work with the interpretation and preservation of cultural heritage, primarily in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region.

History (Minor - History, Cert. - History, B.A. - History)

History is the study of the past and its application to the present. Students develop broad historical knowledge and skills in data analysis and communication. Career opportunities for historians include education; preservation and interpretation at museums and historic sites; law; journalism; documentary filmmaking; archives and records management, and librarianship.

Indigenous Language and Culture Education (M.A. - Indigenous Language and Culture Education)

The M.A. in Indigenous Language and Culture Education is designed for indigenous language and culture education practitioners such as teachers, administrators, and culture resource specialists. The program requires students to be fluent in Hawaiian language and to simultaneously pursue the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher’s Education Certificate.

International Politics Certificate (Cert. - International Politics Certificate)

The certificate program aims to foster global understanding in a world of increasingly interdependent states, focusing on the institutions and agencies through which people and countries interact at the global level. This program is particularly useful for students pursuing careers in international business or with nongovernmental organizations.

International Studies, Tourism Concentration (Cert. - International Studies, Tourism Concentration)

This program of study is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in an increasingly interconnected world. The certificate includes courses that emphasize world geography and culture and requires two years of a foreign language study. The program includes a capstone seminar or study abroad element, providing hands-on experience for the graduate.

Japanese Studies (Minor - Japanese Studies, B.A. - Japanese Studies)

The Japanese Studies program offers a broad range of coursework and research opportunities enabling students to develop an understanding of Japan in all of its dimensions: culture, society, language, art, political science, history, music, and others.

Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program (Cert. - Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program)

The Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Training program is a three-semester graduate certificate program, delivered primarily in Hawaiian, which prepares Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian identity nurturing) teachers to teach in schools serving students with a strong Hawaiian cultural background.

Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences (B.A. - Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences)

This program focuses on the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and exercise. Activity courses provide exposure to a variety of physical activities and lecture courses prepare students for the fields of education, management and/or coaching, health promotion, sport psychology, athletic training, physical therapy and exercise physiology.

Liberal Studies (B.A. - Liberal Studies)

The Liberal Studies Program is designed for the student in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) who wishes to (1) study a particular problem or theme through a multi-disciplinary constellation of courses, or (2) create an academic major-equivalent for which there are relevant courses but for which there is no approved degree program.

Linguistics (Minor - Linguistics, B.A. - Linguistics)

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, examining it both as an abstract system and in its psychological and sociocultural contexts. Linguistics focuses on how the human mind structures, processes, and acquires language and on how language is an integral part of the cultural patterns of human interaction.

Marine Option Program (Cert. - Marine Option Program)

The Marine Option Program (MOP) offers a certificate for students of all majors. MOP is the only UH system wide certificate program offered and emphasizes intercampus involvement. Students from the Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui and Hawaiʻi campuses gather regularly for an annual symposium and other projects.

Marine Science (Minor - Marine Science, B.A. - Marine Science, B.S. - Marine Science)

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.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A. - Master of Arts in Teaching)

The Master of Arts in Teaching prepares teachers who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to build strong curriculum, pedagogy, assessments, and the relationships that bring about significant changes to improve schools, support learners and their development, and positively impact student achievement.

Master of Education (M.Ed. - Master of Education)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a 30-semester-hour program designed to foster professional growth and renewal of licensed teachers. It is a cohort program that requires four semesters and two summers to complete. Courses are offered through a primarily distance-based learning format. The M.Ed. coursework focuses on leadership, curriculum development, and community engagement.

Mathematics (Minor - Mathematics, B.A. - Mathematics)

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.

Multidisciplinary Hawaiian Studies (Cert. - Multidisciplinary Hawaiian Studies)

The Hawaiian Studies Program is one of the most innovative baccalaureate programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, offering two options for study, each focused on a Hawaiian-based cultural continuum: Perpetuating the Hawaiian culture within a Hawaiian language context; and Monitoring the direction of Hawaiian culture.

Natural Science (B.A. - Natural Science)

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.

Nursing (B.S. - Nursing)

This program prepares students for careers in professional nursing, providing a rigorous high quality education in a caring, personalized atmosphere. The School of Nursing emphasizes lifelong learning and culturally congruent nursing care. This course of study offers hands-on learning and leadership opportunities.

Pacific Islands Studies (Cert. - Pacific Islands Studies)

The interdisciplinary Pacific Islands Studies Certificate Program is an adjunct to a student’s academic major. Students will deepen their knowledge of Pacific Island environments, cultures, political-economy and history. Course work focuses on the Pacific as a complex region of island states and territories with common regional concerns, and reviews common challenges and prospects for island peoples.

Performing Arts (Cert. - Performing Arts, B.A. - Performing Arts)

The Performing Arts Department offers degree and certificate programs comprised of three specialty concentrations: Dance (ballet, modern/jazz dance, choreography), Drama Performance (acting, directing, stagecraft, musical theatre), and Music (musicology, music theory, composition). All Performing Arts majors complete a culminating senior project.

Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D. - Pharmaceutical Sciences)

This program provides graduate training in the Pharmaceutical Sciences including Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacognosy. It is designed to prepare students with B.S., M.S., or Pharm.D. degrees for senior leadership positions in the pharmaceutical sciences. Studies emphasize natural products discovery, development and research.

Pharmacy Studies (B.A. - Pharmacy Studies)

This program provides broad exposure to the liberal arts and basic sciences, as well as specialized education in the field of pharmacy. Graduates are well positioned to take advantage of educational and career opportunities in diverse areas, including pharmacy, health care, medicine, or research, business, and academia.

Philosophy (Minor - Philosophy, B.A. - Philosophy)

Philosophy addresses the fundamental issues of human life, including the nature of reality, the criteria for knowledge and truth, and morality. The study of Philosophy builds critical thinking skills, which are useful in any job or profession requiring logical reasoning and responsible decision making.

Physics (Minor - Physics, B.A. - Physics)

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.

Planning (Cert. - Planning)

The Geography program offers a Certificate in Planning. This is an optional program designed to complement the major in Geography. Non-geography majors may pursue the planning certificate with the approval of the department chair.

Plant Tissue Culture (Cert. - Plant Tissue Culture)

This program prepares students for employment in the plant tissue culture industry. Course work includes a range of plant science courses that relate directly to the industry and facilitates immediate employment as a lab technician. The curriculum provide a strong theoretical base, combined with hands-on, laboratory-oriented practice.

Political Science (Minor - Political Science, B.A. - Political Science)

Political science studies the making and enforcing of rules and the power relationship intrinsic to this process. The program focuses on the techniques and theories used to explore, describe, and explain political phenomena. Graduates often pursue careers in law, government, journalism, teaching and business.

Pre-Law (Cert. - Pre-Law)

Students intending to apply to law school will benefit from taking courses that emphasize critical analysis, writing, and analytical/methodological frameworks of interpretation. This program brings together a an array of upper division courses from a variety of majors, including Anthropology, Business, English, Geography, History, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

Psychology (B.A. - Psychology)

Psychology, the study of behavior and experience, can satisfy your curiosity about yourself, others, and animals. It offers psychological insights into personal and societal issues, promotes critical thinking and an objective attitude, and fosters respect for human diversity.

Sociology (Minor - Sociology, B.A. - Sociology)

Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. Sociologists study social groupings, such as the structures of racial and ethnic groups, families, religious institutions, and gender. They focus on patterns of behavior that follow from the implicit rules of society and culture. The sociology program prepares students for diverse occupations, including human services, research, planning, law, business, and public administration.

Spanish Language for Careers (Cert. - Spanish Language for Careers)

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages on the planet. This certificate provides students with an edge in a competitive global job market. Nursing students, business students, those in government or financial services, law or education, or students returning to areas with a large Spanish speaking population will benefit from being able to communicate with and understand Spanish speakers.

STEM Research Honors (Cert. - STEM Research Honors)

The STEM program exposes natural science students to high academic standards and provide them with guidance, academic mentorship, and opportunities to participate in advanced research. By inspiring students to reach their potential for research and creativity, the program trains the next generation of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and innovators.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) (Cert. - Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL))

The TESOL Certificate Program provides practical tools for teaching English as a second/foreign language. Students will gain an overview of Second Language Acquisition Theory, best practices in teaching ESL/EFL, and create formal lesson plans in ESL (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Grammar).

Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (M.S. - Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science)

The M.S. program utilizes the extraordinary biological, physical, and cultural complexity of the island of Hawaiʻi as a focus of investigation and study. The program prepares students for technical positions and for entry into Ph.D. programs in fields related to conservation biology and environmental science.

Tropical Farming (Cert. - Tropical Farming)

This certificate provides a pathway to a career in agriculture and further educational opportunities. In addition to classes at the main campus, courses will be periodically taught at off-campus agricultural facilities of the University of Hawaiʻi System and other cooperators.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Cert. - Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

A broad overview of unmanned aircraft types and purposes, peripheral systems, preflight planning, and the laws governing their operation in a non-hobby capacity in the United States of America. Graduates of the UAS certificate program gain skills valuable in the field of unmanned aerial data collection.