Geology Department

For information on current volcanic hazards, please visit the web sites of Hawai╩╗i County Civil Defense
and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory .

UH Hilo Geology students measure cracks associated with the 2018 Caldera Collapse of Kilauea

Things not so hot where you live? WouldnÔÇÖt you rather be outdoors in Hawai╩╗i with a field notebook, studying active volcanoes? Imagine living in Hawai╩╗i surrounded by erupting volcanoes, lush rainforests, high mountain peaks, and the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. This could be your life if you enroll at the Geology program, or the Natural Science program, at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo. We offer an affordable undergraduate education with small classes and personalized instruction. Visit our Mentos page, which explains how the famous Mentos & Diet Coke explosions work, and how expanding gas relates to volcanoes.

Visit our high-resolution Gallery featuring Jack Dykinga photos of students working around lava!


Several reasons to study at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo:

Three geologist stand with rock hammers raised

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