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, biosystems engineering, food science and human nutrition, textiles and clothing, biotechnology, and family 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 plant and animal physiology; plant, insect, microbial, aquacultural, bioreactor and environmental biotechnology; diseases, insects, and parasites; agronomy; soils; food science; food processing; biosystems engineering; bioremediation; biochemistry; human and animal nutrition; breeding and genetics; and culture, production, economics, marketing, and quality of life for individuals and families.
Degrees and Certificates Offered
Certificates: Graduate Resource Management Certificate, Environmental Studies Certificate
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 (textiles and clothing), 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), MS in botanical sciences (plant molecular physiology), MS in entomology, MS in food science, MS in horticulture, MS in nutritional sciences
Doctoral Degrees: PhD in agricultural and resource economics, PhD in agronomy and soil science, PhD in botanical sciences (plant pathology), PhD in botanical sciences (plant molecular physiology), PhD in entomology, PhD in horticulture
New Proposed Degrees: see department listings
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