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

Department of Earth Sciences: Putting the "E" in SOEST !!

NEW DEPARTMENT NAME AND DEGREE PROGRAM NAMES EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2018::

  • DEPARTMENT "Earth Sciences".
  • UNDERGRAD DEGREES: "Earth, and Environmental Sciences"
  • GRADUATE DEGREES: "Earth and Planetary Sciences"
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

Click on the image for the video to appear in a separate window or go to: www.youtube.com/embed/TGzwFmmCeCY

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Click on the image at left for a PDF summary of research activities in the DES.

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.

We encourage applications from talented, motivated students to 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 and Environmental Sciences
+ and graduate degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences

DES 2018 Newsletter (PDF). 
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SOEST harassment infosheet

TGIF Seminars: Fall 2018

Course News and Schedules

Spring 2019:
+ Draft Schedule
+ Class Availability

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

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

Longer-term:
+ 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