Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
*J. K. Grace, PhD (Chair)—urban entomology, termite and social
insect biology and control, insect behavior
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
*L. Arita-Tsutsumi, PhD—insect behavior, honeybee ecology (UH Hilo)
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
*J. W. Armstrong, PhD—commodity quarantine treatments, fruit fly
control (USDA-ARS, Hilo)
Degrees Offered: BS in plant and environmental protection sciences, MS in entomology, MS in tropical plant pathology, PhD in entomology, PhD in tropical plant pathology
The Academic Program
Agriculture, urban and natural environments are severely affected by invasive plants and animals, arthropods, and disease causing organisms. Management of these pests and pathogens is essential to preserve the economic and ecological future of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Basin. Societal concerns about protecting our natural resources and the environment have resulted in a plant and resource protection focus stressing biological control, integrated pest management, and genetically based methods. Hawai‘i’s location in the Pacific basin provides students with an ideal setting for tropical and environmental studies. The unique island ecosystem also encompass many cropping niches from humid tropical environments to arid temperate conditions. In addition, the multitude of agricultural and landscape plants produced provides a natural laboratory to study a diversity of urban and agricultural inputs. The multicultural aspect of the human population further adds to the intriguing plant, human, and pest interactions that are a part of the PEPS academic and research program. Students are presented with great educational opportunities to understand plant and environmental protection and pest management. Students will be prepared for employment in agricultural and urban pest management, science education, government, industry, and environmental resource management. Undergraduate students will be well prepared for professional and graduate studies.
Studies in Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences at UH Manoa are strengthened by cooperative relationships with the following units: Multidisciplinary Graduate Programs of the Cell, Molecular, and Neurosciences; Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Program; Harold L. Lyons Arboretum; Hawai‘i Agriculture Research Center; B. P. Bishop Museum; Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture; Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture; and Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture.
Students are assigned an academic adviser upon acceptance into the PEPS program. Undergraduates are required to consult with their adviser prior to registration each semester.
Undergraduate Study-BS Degree
Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS) is a multidisciplinary science degree that promotes the understanding of complex agricultural and urban problems created in the global ecosystem. Students receive interdisciplinary exposure to entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and environmental science and can focus on one of these areas in their upper division studies. This holistic program is developed so each student has the opportunity to learn pest management, crop protection, biotechnological approaches, environmental regulations, toxicology, and rural and urban sociology as these relate to their focus areas.
Requirements-(128 credit hours)
PEPS offers a flexible and individualized degree program that allows students to select among several different options to fulfill university core requirements. In accord with their own particular interests and in consultation with their adviser, students also choose from a variety of departmental courses and general electives. PEPS 499 (Independent Research) is a unique requirement that provides students with the opportunity to work individually with faculty members throughout their program.
Specific requirements are:
The Social Science and Natural Science courses chosen can be any 100 or 200 level course offered at UH Manoa in those areas.
Prospective majors should consult with the department to design an appropriate curriculum tailored to their interests.
Graduate Study -Entomology
MS and PhD degrees are offered in the entomology program. Courses are offered in acarology, biological control of insect and weed pests, biotechnology and insect genetics, insect ecology, insect physiology, insecticide toxicology, insect transmission of plant pathogens, medical and veterinary entomology, pest management, systematics, urban entomology, and tropical pest management. Thesis and dissertation research can be selected from any of these subject areas.
Students applying for graduate programs in entomology are expected to have acquired a bachelor’s degree with credit hours in entomology and biology, including general biology, general entomology, integrated pest management; one year of chemistry; and an appropriate course in mathematics and/or statistics. Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation can be satisfied during the graduate program. Applications for admission must include GRE scores.
The MS and PhD degrees in entomology are recognized by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) regional graduate programs. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible, upon admission, to enroll at Hawai‘i-resident tuition rates.
The MS degree program is offered under either Plan A (thesis) or Plan
B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credit hours are required for each degree
option. An advisory committee composed of at least three members of the
graduate faculty provides guidance to the student. For a general description
of these options, see “Requirements” for each option.
MS Plan A (Thesis)
MS Plan B (Non-thesis)
Students preparing for a career in research or admission to a doctoral program are advised to enroll in MS Plan A (thesis).
Intended candidates for the PhD program should have earned the MS degree in entomology or equivalent from a recognized institution. Those with a BS or BA may petition for admittance into the PhD program only after enrolling in the MS program.
The goal of the PhD program is to have students possess broad general knowledge in all areas of entomology, in-depth knowledge in at least one area of specialization and develop the capability for independent research. Employment options for PhD graduates are in teaching, research, and extension at universities and in research, consulting or management with private industries and government agencies.
Graduate Study – Tropical Plant Pathology
Plant Pathology is the study of plant diseases, their causes, and the interactions with the environment. The primary thrust in the program focuses on agricultural crops of economic importance; however, opportunities exist for discovery research in natural ecosystems and the laboratory. The field consists of several sub-disciplines including phytomycology, plant virology, bacteriology, nematology, epidemiology, crop protection, and molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions.
Students should have their undergraduate preparation in botany, horticulture, agronomy, microbiology, or plant and environmental protection sciences. Plant pathology has its foundation in biology and agriculture and offers wide opportunities in both basic and applied areas of biology, plant sciences, and agriculture. The tropical plant pathology program at UH Manoa offers students a unique opportunity to gain knowledge of plant diseases on a vast diversity of tropical crops and native plants as well as the impacts of plant protection practices on the environment.
Applications for admission must include GRE scores for verbal and quantitative aptitude. Candidates may need to demonstrate evidence of adequate preparation in other subject areas as well. Deficiencies may be corrected during the graduate program.
The MS degree program is offered under either Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credit hours are required for each degree option. An advisory committee composed of at least three members of the graduate faculty provides guidance to the student. For a general description of these options, see “Requirements” for each option.
The MS degree in tropical plant pathology provides a basic education and understanding of the pathogen groupings. Employment opportunities exist in industry, government agencies, research institutions, consulting, and farm management.
MS Plan A (Thesis)
n Research: 12 credits in PEPS 700 Thesis Research, and submission of
MS Plan B (Non-thesis)
n Research: 6-9 credits in PEPS 699 Directed Research, preferably taken
in 2-3 different laboratories.
Intended candidates for the PhD program should have earned the MS degree
in plant pathology or equivalent from a recognized institution. Those
with a BS or BA may petition for admittance into the PhD program only
after enrolling in the MS program.
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