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The University of Hawai‘i is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant institution, and this is reflected in the research and teaching programs of the Department of Geology and Geophysics.

GG Misson: 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.

The department offers a wide range of active, extramurally-funded, research and study programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The department has a reputation for high quality faculty, research facilities, and opportunities in the Earth, Ocean, and Space sciences. Our BA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees cover a wide range of topics in these fields. Our geographic location in the midst of the Pacific Ocean and the rich geologic setting of Hawai‘i provide a natural focus for research programs in:

  1. Composition and dynamics of Earth’s deep interior
  2. Formation, motion and recycling of Earth’s crust (the rock cycle)
  3. Earth’s surface: water, sediments, and life
  4. Earth history
  5. Earth hazards, resources and sustainability
  6. The Solar System

The faculty is large (about 29 teaching and research faculty and about 36 additional graduate faculty) and diverse, so there are strong programs in all major sub-disciplines. The quality of the school’s research vessels, submersibles, and analytical and computing facilities reflects its commitment to excellence in field studies, as well as in theoretical and modeling studies. About 20,000 students are enrolled at the Mānoa campus, and the Department of Geology and Geophysics normally has 50–60 graduate students and 40–50 undergraduate students in residence. About one third of the students are women and 15% are from foreign countries.

The department is organized into three divisions:

The Department is part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), formed in 1988 to enhance educational opportunities and to accelerate growth of the University in these fields.

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News and Announcements

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Summer 2018  

GG 2017 Newsletter (PDF). 
SOEST harassment infosheet

TGIF Seminars: Spring 2018

Course News and Schedules

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

Fall 2017:
+ Draft Schedule
+ Courses Syllabi
+ Class Availability

+ 5 Yr Draft Department Course Schedule 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