Department of Earth Sciences: Putting the "E" in SOEST with Earth and Environmental research and academic programs!

NEW DEPARTMENT NAME AND DEGREE PROGRAM NAMES EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2018 (details in sidebar at right). Please bear with us as we edit the old name from our website and social accounts.

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Three minute video about the UHM Department of Earth Sciences

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The DES Mission: To identify and solve fundamental and applied problems in the Geosciences; to acquire new knowledge about Hawai'i, the Pacific Basin, and Earth; to serve society by teaching and training future geoscientists, teachers, and citizens; and to be a principal resource for objective geologic expertise to the state of Hawaii.

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Prospective Students

A career in the geosciences is a great way to work on interesting and socially relevant issues while interacting with the environment. Jobs are waiting for our graduates! See the AGI website for more information about geoscience careers.

Graduate Student and Post-doc Research Opportunities

We encourage applications from talented, motivated students. Apply to our programs and review the application process.

Course Offerings

Browse our Courses in the UH Mānoa catalog.

Contact Us

Earth's surface: water, sediments, and life.For more information, please contact us at:

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Please contribute…

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G&G fund
— we need your support! Learn more about all of the various GG funds. Mahalo!

News and Announcements

orange starNew Dept. and Degree Names, effective Sept. 2018:
+ Department of Earth Sciences.
+ We offer undergraduate degrees in Earth Sciences and Environmental Earth Science
+ and graduate degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences

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DES 2018 Newsletter (PDF). 
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TGIF Seminars: Spring 2019

Course News and Schedules

Fall 2019:
+ Draft Schedule

Spring 2019:
+ Draft Schedule
+ Courses Syllabi
+ Class Availability

Fall 2018:
+ Draft Schedule
+ Courses Syllabi
+ Class Availability

+ Next 5 Yrs Draft Course Schedule By Class
+ Last decade record of courses taught By Class

New Endowment:

Donald SwansonDonald A. Swanson Graduate Fellowship just announced. See the UHF press release.

More news and announcements are in the SOEST Bulletin.

Early History of the Department of Geology and Geophysics By Ralph Moberly, Emeritus Faculty