3050 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8234
Fax: (808) 956-9105
Interim Dean: H. Michael Harrington
Associate Dean: Marlene N. Hapai
The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) was established with the founding of the University of Hawai'i in 1907. CTAHR is a leading academic institution in tropical agriculture, food science and human nutrition, textiles and clothing, and human resources. Hawai'i's unique geographic location, ecological diversity, and multicultural population provide students with a living laboratory. The college is the locus of educational opportunities for students preparing to become tomorrow's scientists, business leaders, family development specialists, fashion designers and merchandisers, nutritionists, and policy makers.
The land-grant mission of CTAHR provides students with an opportunity to study in an environment that blends teaching, research, and extension programs dedicated to discovering the secrets of basic science while addressing contemporary issues. Faculty members bring to the classroom the unique perspective of emerging research issues, coupled with an abiding commitment to education.
Through its extension activities, the college provides off-campus, noncredit educational programs focused on the advancement of agriculture in Hawai'i, the strengthening of families, and the improvement of communities.
Through its research activities, the college promotes the advancement of agricultural sciences and applications for productive sustainable agriculture. Investigations cover animal physiology; plant biotechnology and physiology; diseases, insects, and parasites; agronomy; soils; food science; food processing; agricultural engineering; biochemistry; human and animal nutrition; breeding and genetics; and culture, production, economics, marketing, and quality of life for individuals and families.
Bachelor's Degrees: BS in agricultural and resource economics, BS in agronomy and soil science, BS in animal sciences, BS in biosystems engineering, BS in entomology, BS in family resources, BS in fashion design and merchandising, BS in food science and human nutrition, BS in general agriculture, BS in tropical horticulture
Master's Degrees: MS in agricultural and resource economics, MS in agronomy and soil science, MS in animal sciences, MS in biosystems engineering, MS in botanical sciences (plant pathology or plant physiology), MS in entomology, MS in food science, MS in horticulture, MS in nutritional science
Doctoral Degrees: PhD in agricultural and resource economics, PhD in agronomy and soil science, PhD in botanical sciences (plant pathology or plant physiology), PhD in entomology, PhD in horticulture
CTAHR Office of Academic and Student Affairs
3050 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8183 or (808) 956-6733
Fax: (808) 956-3706
Undergraduate programs in CTAHR provide students with an opportunity to acquire those scientific, professional, and personal competencies emphasized by Hawai'i's business, governmental, community, and scientific leaders. The college provides a balance of educational experiences that include classroom instruction, laboratory sessions, co-curricular activities, supervised internships, and an international study program.
Students may enter CTAHR as freshmen or as transfer students from other departments or academic institutions. Requirements for admission are the same as those for the UH Manoa campus in general, except for the food science and human nutrition, family resources, and fashion design and merchandising majors, where transfer students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for fashion design and merchandizing majors, 2.6 for Family Resources majors, and 2.8 for Food Science and Human Nutrition majors. Additional course requirements may also apply to these majors. Information on CTAHR undergraduate programs can be obtained from the CTAHR Office of Academic Affairs.
To be eligible for a BS degree from CTAHR, students must complete the General Education Core requirements, CTAHR requirements, course requirements of the CTAHR major, and at least 60 credit hours of non-introductory courses (i.e., those numbered 300 and above or having a college-level prerequisite) and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in a minimum of 128 credit hours as prescribed by the major. Some majors may require more credit hours. All CTAHR undergraduates are required to complete a set of interrelated courses: SP 151 Personal and Public Speech; FAMR 380 Research Methodology or AREC 310 Statistics in Agriculture and Human Resources; and an internship course within their major field.
Double Major or Second Degree
Students seeking a double major must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, demonstrate that the proposed majors are substantially different, and obtain approval from undergraduate advisers in both of the relevant departments.
Students seeking a second degree must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate that the proposed second degree is substantially different from the first degree. At least 30 credit hours are required for the second degree in addition to those associated with the first degree.
Related Undergraduate Programs
Students interested in becoming veterinarians generally major in animal sciences and participate in CTAHR's pre-veterinary program. A BS degree is desirable but not required for admission to veterinary schools. The CTAHR pre-veterinary adviser assists students in meeting the admission requirements of veterinary schools that participate in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) program, including the University of California at Davis, Washington State University, Colorado State University, and other continental United States veterinary schools that accept nonresident students. Students seeking additional information and advising should contact the animal sciences department (Agricultural Sciences Building III, Room 216, (808) 956-8356).
Students who wish to teach agriculture at the secondary level in Hawai'i can meet the state Department of Education's requirements by taking courses from CTAHR and the College of Education. Students may obtain a BS degree in CTAHR prior to transferring to the post-baccalaureate basic certification program in the College of Education. Other students transfer to CTAHR from other programs in the University of Hawai'i system and take courses from CTAHR and the College of Education. Additional information can be obtained from the CTAHR Office of Academic and Student Affairs or the College of Education Student Services Office (Wist Annex 2-126, (808) 956-7849).
Home Economics Education
Students planning on teaching home economics at the secondary level generally begin in CTAHR's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and then transfer to the College of Education in their junior year. Course work is taken in CTAHR's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the College of Education. Additional information can be obtained from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (Miller 110, (808) 956-8105) or College of Education Student Services Office (Wist Annex 2-126, (808) 956-7849).
CTAHR students are encouraged to join and actively participate in student organizations. CTAHR student organizations provide opportunities for students to gain experience in their professional field through diverse activities. Students can acquire transferable skills and competencies outside of the classroom while gaining invaluable knowledge they can utilize in the work force. Developing lasting friendships with peers and faculty is also benefits of active participation in student organizations. Current CTAHR student organizations include:
- Innovators of Fashion
- Pre-Veterinary Club
- Food Science and Human Nutrition Council
- Horticulture Society
- Friends of the Family
- Student Mentors
- Agronomy and Soil Science Graduate Student Organization
- Agricultural and Resource Economics Graduate Student Organization
- Ka Mea Kolo (Entomology Club)
- Plant Pathology Graduate Student Organization
- Biosystems Engineering Club
- Horticulture Graduate Student Organization
Exceptional students may also be recommended for membership to honorary societies such as: Gamma Sigma Delta and Phi Upsilon Omicron.