The Global Environmental Science Program provides a unique educational opportunity to achieve a holistic and fundamental understanding of the Earth's systems, including human interactions, while receiving rigorous training in the basic sciences.
As we begin the 21st century, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology of the University of Hawai‘i provides an innovative undergraduate degree program to educate leaders and citizenry to become wise stewards of our planet.
The degree program in Global Environmental Science is a holistic, scientific, approach to the study of Earth and Earth's physical, chemical, biological, and human systems. In the course of their scientific studies, the students are able to investigate natural as well as economic, policy, and social systems and their response to and interaction with the Earth system.
The ultimate objective of the program is to produce a student informed in the environmental sciences at a rigorous level who is able to go on to graduate or professional school; enter the work force in environmental science positions in industry, business, or government; enter or return to teaching with knowledge of how the Earth system works; or enter the work force in another field as an educated person with the knowledge required to enable us to become wise environmental stewards of the planet.
The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology is one of the world’s major and most renowned institutes for the study of the complex phenomena involving our planet. The school has a world-class ocean, Earth, and atmospheric faculty of 175 PhDs with as broad a range of academic expertise as can be found anywhere in the world. The faculty seek to comprehend and explain the behavior of the complex and dynamic Earth system, including the role of humans as a force in global environmental change.
There is a wealth of tools and facilities available at the school, including the 222 foot oceanographic vessel R/V Ka'imikai-o-Kanaloa and its deep-sea manned submersible, Pisces V, and the R/V Kilo Moana, the newest US oceanographic research vessel. The Kilo Moana’s small waterplane area, twin hull (SWATH) form is designed to provide a comfortable, stable platform allowing general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas, even in high sea conditions. The school is home to the Departments of Oceanography, Geology and Geophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, and Ocean and Resources Engineering, as well as the Hawai‘i Institutes of Geophysics and Planetology, Marine Biology (located on Coconut Island in the center of a spectacular coral reef ecosystem), and Natural Energy.
The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory, the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, the International Pacific Research Center, and the Sea Grant and Space Grant College Programs are also part of the school. Other innovative educational programs within the school include the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates and the Edwin W. Pauley Summer Program in Marine Biology. The Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Global Environmental Science is administered by the Department of Oceanography.
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