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

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History: The department was formed in the 1950s as the first geosciences program at UHM. ERTH department is now part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), which was formed in 1988..

Mission: To identify and solve fundamental and applied problems in the Geosciences and Environmental Sciences; 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 Earth science expertise to the state of Hawaii.

Description: Our research and teaching programs reflect the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa's Land grant, Sea grant, and Space grant status. We offer BA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees with focuses in the Earth, Environmental, Marine, and Planetary sciences. We have 20+ regular faculty members and additional 30+ graduate faculty working in all major sub-disciplines of the Earth Sciences. The Department of Earth Sciences normally has 50–60 graduate students and 40–50 undergraduate students in residence. About one half of the students are women and 15% are from foreign countries.

Department and degree name changes: Effective Sept. 2018, we changed our name to the Department of Earth Sciences from the Department of Geology and Geophysics, a name we had since the 1970s. Learn More

Programs: We offer active, extramurally-funded, research and study programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, with excellent research facilities. Our geographic location in the midst of the Pacific Ocean and the rich geologic setting of Hawai‘i provide a natural focus for programs in a range of research themes. The department is organized into three research divisions (learn more at the links).

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Early History of the Department of Earth Sciences By Ralph Moberly, Emeritus Faculty

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