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College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Environmental Biochemistry 

Henke 329
1800 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8352
Fax: (808) 956-5037

H. Ako, PhD-analytical biochemistry/aquaculture
B. Brennan, PhD-pesticide safety
M. Kawate, PhD-pesticide registration
Q. X. Li, PhD-environmental biochemistry
J. Seifert, PhD-biochemical toxicology
C. S. Tang, PhD-plant biochemistry

The Academic Program

The Department of Environmental Biochemistry (ENBI) offers courses in biochemistry, toxicology, and analytical chemistry. The 100-level course accommodates Group 2 of the General Education Core's natural sciences requirement. It covers principles of bio-organic chemistry with emphasis on practical applications for life science, agriculture, and nursing. The 400-level course on principles of biological chemistry is for undergraduate and first-year graduate students, either as a part of their curriculum at CTAHR or as a preparation for a professional school. The accompanying laboratory course covers biochemistry techniques with applications in a number of fields. The 600-level courses provide advanced training in plant biochemistry, mechanistic toxicology and toxicology of pesticides, environmental aspects of pesticide use, and modern techniques of food and pesticide analyses to graduate students of agriculture and environmental sciences.

Family and Consumer Sciences 
(formerly Human Resources)

Miller 110
2515 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8105
Fax: (808) 956-2239

B. A. Harger, PhD (Chair)-textiles, personality and dress
L. L. Arthur, PhD-history of costumes, social-psychological aspects of dress
R. A. Caulfield, PhD-infancy, childhood, human development
D. R. Ching, PhD-agricultural leadership
D. L. F. Chung, MEd-fashion design
D. H. Davidson, PhD-cross-cultural child rearing, life span development
B. De Baryshe, PhD-parenting, family resilience
C. A. Dickson, PhD-fashion merchandising, international textile products markets
J. W. Engel, PhD-family relationships, marriage development
G. F. Fong, EdD-family resource management
A. M. Fontes, MS-leadership and personal development
C. S. Ikeda, MEd-technology and education
P. Kutara, MS-consumer economics
L. J. Kawamura, MPh-4-H youth development, foods and nutrition
M. I. Martini, PhD-parenting and family relationships across cultures
D. M. Masuo, PhD-consumer and family economics
M. A. Morgado, MA-fashion merchandising, fashion and culture
L. C. Nakamura-Tengan, MS-consumer food safety and resource management
C. M. Nakatsuka, MEd-community service learning, 4-H
M. U. Ohama, MS-adult consumer sciences
R. W. Saito, MS-4-H youth development
M. K. K. L. Spotkaeff, MS-youth education and coordination
R. W. Wall, PhD-family financial planning
R. M. Yoshino, MA-community services
J. S. M. Young, MA-leadership and volunteer development
S. Yuen, PhD-human and family development
H. H. Zeug, PhD-human development, family life

Degrees Offered: BS in family resources, BS in fashion design and merchandising (textiles and clothing)

The Academic Program

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has been an integral part of the land-grant system and of the University of Hawai'i since 1907. The department offers two bachelor of science degree programs: family resources (FAMR) and textiles and clothing (TXCL).

The FAMR program focuses on child and family studies. The FAMR curriculum emphasizes the study of child-, adolescent-, and adult-development; family development (such as marriage and parenting); family resource management (such as consumer and family economics and management); community needs; and leadership in human services occupations. The program requires an internship providing important supervised work experience. Students are prepared for bachelor-level careers in human and family services and for graduate training in child and family studies, early childhood education, human development, family-life education, family and consumer sciences, and marriage and family therapy. With supplemental course work, students are prepared for graduate training in other social science disciplines (social work, educational counseling, public health, psychology, etc.). FAMR courses are also functional in that they relate to students' personal development and family lives.

The TXCL program integrates theoretical and applied knowledge regarding apparel design, consumer textiles, historic costume, and apparel production with fashion marketing and merchandising theory and practice, both domestic and international. The program fosters the development of professionals prepared for management-level positions in business and industry. Positions include apparel designer, buyer, merchandise manager, sales representative, costume designer, manufacturer, and store owner. Majors specialize in fashion design, fashion merchandising, and fashion promotion, or they develop individualized programs in consultation with an adviser.

Undergraduate Study


Family Resources
Krauss Annex 7
2515 Campus Rd
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-6519

Textiles and Clothing
Miller 201
2515 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8133

Students are encouraged to come for initial advising during or before their first year at the University and prior to their application for admission.

Family Resources Program

The family resources program provides students with a comprehensive education in family development and resource management, including course work and study in the areas of family relations and marriage development, parenting, family economics and resource management, consumer economics, human development, and community leadership and resource development. The curriculum prepares students to work proactively in multicultural settings to enhance the quality of family life. It fosters an understanding of the social systems perspective as it relates to the study of how families operate.

Students study the theoretical and applied literature that addresses the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and economic well-being of individuals and families and the environments in which they live. Students also study the changing functions of the family, the roles of its members, and the community programs and policies that affect the decisions and well-being of families and consumers. An internship in the student's area of focus is an intergral part of the curriculum.

Entrance Requirements

New students may be admitted directly into the program when they apply to the University. Students transferring from other colleges within the University of Hawai'i system or from other universities must have a minimum GPA of 2.6 to be considered for admission to FAMR.

Degree Requirements

A summary of degree requirements is available in Krauss Annex 7 (808) 956-8105 or Miller 110 (808) 956-6519. 

Textiles and Clothing Program

The textiles and clothing program prepares students for management-level positions in the fashion industry. All students take a prescribed set of courses in clothing aesthetics, fashion theory and marketing, textiles, and historic Western and Asian costumes. Fashion is examined nationally and internationally from the perspective of business, industry, education, government, family, and the consumer. Classroom work is enhanced by major Pacific, Asian, Hawaiian, and Western clothing and decorative arts study collections. Internships in the students' areas of focus are an integral part of the curriculum. The program also provides opportunities for exchange programs with other universities and study tours to fashion centers of the world. A strong foundation for graduate study in clothing and related areas is provided.

Career Focus Areas

Several career focus areas are available.

Apparel Design. The apparel design focus prepares students for careers in the fashion industry as designers, assistant designers, fashion stylists, and manufacturers. Students have a unique opportunity to study the theoretical and applied aspects of fashion design and costume history in a multicultural environment enhanced by major costume collections; a computerized creative design system; and access to a computerized grading, marker-making, and pattern-making system.

Fashion Merchandising. The fashion merchandising focus offers a unique combination of fashion theory, marketing, and product information relative to retail and wholesale operations. Graduates are prepared for fashion industry management careers as buyers, merchandise managers, sales representatives, and fashion coordinators for the local, national, and international markets.

Fashion Promotion. In the fashion promotion focus, students take courses in communication, writing and reporting, video production, and advertising to supplement the required textiles and clothing courses. The curriculum is designed to equip students with an understanding of the use of communications media for promoting sales of fashion-related products and services. Graduates are working in mall management, advertising, and visual merchandising.

Individualized Programs. For an individualized program, students work with an adviser to develop a curriculum of their own choosing. Examples of individualized programs include historic costume, theater costume production, and fiber/apparel arts.

Entrance Requirements

New students may be admitted directly into the program when they apply to the University. Students transferring from other colleges within the University of Hawai'i system or from other universities must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission to TXCL. 

A summary of degree requirements is available in Miller 201 (808) 956-8133 or Miller 110 (808) 956-8105.

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