Where Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences come alive!!

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Three minute video about the UHM Department of Geology and Geophysics

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The GG 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.

rotating photos More than 50 Faculty, Graduate, Cooperating and Affiliate Faculty, teach and advise a diverse and international student population in Geosciences, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. The department is loosely organized into three Research/Curricular Divisions, Geophysics and Tectonics, Marine and Environmental Geology, and Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology, with a fourth graduate curricular division in Plantary Geoscience and Remote Sensing hosted in HIGP. The department is located on the University of Hawai‘i’s largest campus (about 20,000 students), overlooking Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.

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.

Join us: 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

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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 - ESVI: Earth Science on Volcanic Islands
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Summer 2018  

GG 2018 Newsletter (PDF). 
SOEST harassment infosheet

TGIF Seminars: Fall 2018

Course News and Schedules

Spring 2019:
+ Draft Schedule

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

Spring 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