IN THE SCHOOL OF OCEAN AND EARTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGYUNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT MANOA

GG students do field work around Kailua bay B.A. in Geology

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Environmental Earth Science Track: description and requirements

The Environmental Earth Science track is geared toward students who plan to enter the environmental and geotechnical fields upon graduation. It includes a combination of traditional geology topics such as field methods and sedimentology, as well as more applied topics such as hydrogeology, geospatial information, and environmental geochemistry).

This BA track requires 27 credits in the geology and geophysics curriculum. This includes one introductory level GG course with a lab, seven non-introductory GG courses, a two-credit research seminar, and at least 15 credits of approved upper division electives in GG or other departments. With the advice and consent of an undergraduate advisor, courses in other natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering may be substituted as electives. A mainland summer field course is an elective that students are strongly encouraged to take. Required support classes include physics, chemistry, biological sciences, and one semester of college calculus; these total 23-24 credits and should be taken as early as possible. A minimum grade of C (not C-) must be achieved in all major and support classes.

Earth Science Education Track: description and requirements

The Earth Science Education track is for students who want to become top-quality middle-school and high-school Earth Science teachers. The curriculum includes all required topical coursework for Earth Sciences certification by the Hawai'i State Department of Education, including courses in meteorology and oceanography. If students in the Earth Science Education pathway enroll in the College of Education's Post-Baccalaureate certificate program after they earn the BA, they will be certified as Earth Science teachers in Hawai'i.

This BA track requires 39 credits in the geology and geophysics, oceanography, and meteorology curriculum, including introductory level GG and MET courses with labs, seven non-introductory GG, MET, and OCN courses, a two-credit research seminar, an upper-division teacher-education course, and at least 30 credits of approved upper division electives. With the advice and consent of an undergraduate advisor, courses in other natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering may be substituted as electives. A mainland summer field course is an elective that students are strongly encouraged to take. Required support classes include physics, chemistry, biological sciences, and one semester of college calculus; these total 23-24 credits and should be taken as early as possible. A minimum grade of C (not C-) must be achieved in all major and support classes.

Course requirements for each track

Geology and Geophysics Courses and other courses

Environmental Track

Education Track


                                                    Required Courses

(27 credits)

(39 credits)

  • GG 101 Dynamic Earth (3), or GG 102 Introduction to Global Change (3), or 103 Geology of the Hawaiian Islands (3), or GG104 Volcanoes in the Sea (3), or GG 106 Humans and the Environment (3), or GG130 Geologic Hazards, or GG 170 Physical Geology (4)
  • GG 101L Dynamic Earth Laboratory (1) (unless GG 170 is taken)
  • GG 200 Geological Inquiry (4)
  • GG 305 Geological Field Methods (3)
  • GG 309 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)
  • GG 325 Geochemistry (3), or GG425 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
  • GG 410 Research Seminar (2)
  • GG 455 Hydrogeology (4)
  • GG 460 Geological Remote Sensing (4
  • GG 461 Geospatial Information (3)
  • GG 101 Dynamic Earth (3), or GG 102 Introduction to Global Change (3), or 103 Geology of the Hawaiian Islands (3), or GG104 Volcanoes in the Sea (3), or GG 106 Humans and the Environment (3), or GG130 Geologic Hazards, or GG 170 Physical Geology (4)
  • GG 101L Dynamic Earth Laboratory (1) (unless GG 170 is taken)
  • MET 101, 101L Introduction to Meteorology (4)
  • GG 105 Voyage through the Solar System (3) or ASTR 110 Survey of Astronomy (3)
  • GG 200 Geological Inquiry (4)
  • MET 200 Atmospheric Processes and Phenomena (3)
  • OCN 201, 201L Science of the Sea (4)
  • GG 300 Volcanology (3)
  • GG 305 Geological Field Methods (3)
  • OCN 310 Global Environmental Change (3)
  • GG 406 Natural Disasters (3)
  • ITE 401 Engaging the Adolescent Learner (3)
  • GG 410 Research Seminar (2)

                                                    Science Electives

Lower Division

  • GG 250 Scientific Programming (3)

Upper Division (12 credits)

  • GG 300 Volcanology (3)
  • GG 301 Mineralogy (4)
  • GG 302 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3)
  • GG 303 Structural Geology (3)
  • GG 304 Physics of Earth and Planets (4)
  • GG 312 Geomathematics (3)
  • GG 325 Fundamentals of Geochemistry (3)
  • GG 395 Undergraduate Internship (V)
  • GG 399 Directed Reading (V)
  • GG 402 Hawaiian Geology (3)
  • GG 406 Natural Disasters (3)
  • GG 407 Energy and Mineral Resources (3)
  • GG 413 Geological Data Analysis I (3)
  • GG 420 Coastal Geology (3)
  • GG 421 Geologic Record of Climate Change (3)
  • GG 423 Marine Geology (3)
  • GG 425 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
  • GG 444 Plate Tectonics (3)
  • GG 450 Geophysical Methods (4)
  • GG 451 Earthquakes (3
  • GG 454 Engineering Geology (3)
  • GG 455 Hydrogeology (4)
  • GG 466 Planetary Geology (3)
  • GG 499 Undergraduate Thesis (3)
  • GEOG 405 Water in the Environment (3)
  • NREM 477 Geographic Information Systems for Resource Managers (4)
  • OCN 320 Aquatic Pollution (3)
  • TPSS 304 Fundamentals of Soil Science (4)

Upper Division (5 credits)

  • GG 300 Volcanology (3)
  • GG 301 Mineralogy (4)
  • GG 302 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3)
  • GG 303 Structural Geology (3)
  • GG 304 Physics of Earth and Planets (4)
  • GG 312 Geomathematics (3)
  • GG 325 Fundamentals of Geochemistry (3)
  • GG 395 Undergraduate Internship (V)
  • GG 399 Directed Reading (V)
  • GG 402 Hawaiian Geology (3)
  • GG 406 Natural Disasters (3)
  • GG 407 Energy and Mineral Resources (3)
  • GG 413 Geological Data Analysis I (3)
  • GG 420 Coastal Geology (3)
  • GG 421 Geologic Record of Climate Change (3)
  • GG 423 Marine Geology (3)
  • GG 425 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
  • GG 444 Plate Tectonics (3)
  • GG 450 Geophysical Methods (4)
  • GG 451 Earthquakes (3
  • GG 454 Engineering Geology (3)
  • GG 455 Hydrogeology (4)
  • GG 460 Geological Remote Sensing (4)
  • GG 461 Geospatial Information (3)
  • GG 466 Planetary Geology (3)
  • GG 499 Undergraduate Thesis (3)
  • GEOG 405 Water in the Environment (3)
  • NREM 477 Geographic Information Systems for Resource Managers (4)
  • OCN 320 Aquatic Pollution (3)
  • OCN 331 Living Resources of the Sea (3)
  • OCN 457 Ridge to Reef: Coastal Ecosystem Ecology and Connectivity (3)
  • TPSS 304 Fundamentals of Soil Science (4)

                                    Required Support Courses (23-24 credits)

  • General Chemistry (CHEM 161, 161L, 162, 162L)
  • Calculus I (MATH 215 or 241)
  • College Physics (PHYS 151, 151L, 152, 152L)
  • Biological Sciences (BIOL 171, or BOT 101, or BOT 105 or ZOOL 101, or MICR 130)
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 161, 161L, 162, 162L)
  • Calculus I (MATH 215 or 241)
  • College Physics (PHYS 151, 151L, 152, 152L)
  • Biological Sciences (BIOL 171)

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