For information on current volcanic hazards, please visit the Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense
and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory websites.
Ready to enroll in some Geology classes at UH Hilo?
We look forward to working with you! Contact the Admissions Office today, to get started.
You can apply online or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. You can phone Admissions at (808) 932 - 7446, or, you can even connect to Admissions virtually! Prospective students can schedule individual meetings with our admissions counselor. See you soon!
But, whether you're a returning student, a new student, or a transfer student, before you sign up for classes, read this important information.
New! Hear stories from transfer students, and from students who grew up in Hawaii, about what it's like to attend UH Hilo as a Geology major. Enjoy!
New and improved! Watch our slide show to see UH Hilo Geology students in action!
UH Hilo Geology is Assisting USGS/HVO During the Mauna Loa Eruption
Hot Off the Press!
UH Hilo Geology graduates are featured in the news, on the front page of the Tribune-Herald! Read the full article here. Find out what it's like to be a geologist working the front lines during a new volcanic eruption at Kilauea.
UH Hilo Geology is Adapting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our Degrees and Campus
The Geology Program offers two majors and a minor designed to meet the differing needs of students.
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is characterized as a comprehensive, diverse, regional university. Scholarship and research are an important part of faculty work and student engagement, but the primary focus is on providing high-quality baccalaureate and postgraduate education.
Student Experiences in Our Programs
Here are four examples of UH Hilo Geology grads who were born and raised in Hawaiʻi, and now have careers in science.
Research Projects of the UH Hilo Geology Department
Things not so hot where you live? Wouldn’t you rather be outdoors in Hawaiʻi with a field notebook, studying active volcanoes? Imagine living in Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi 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 Photo Galleries featuring Jack Dykinga photos of students working around lava!
Why Study Geology at UH Hilo
Several reasons to study at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo:
- Affordable education on a beautiful campus.
- Small class sizes.
- Hilo is the perfect college town.
- Watch volcanoes erupt.
- Excellent outdoor recreational activities.
- Internship opportunities at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
- New! Gordon A. Macdonald research grant for Geology majors!
Our Faculty and Staff
We are your academic ʻohana. We teach the vast majority of courses, using best practices from education research.
We'd love to hear from you!