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Undergraduate Programs

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 international study. Student exchange programs are also available for those desiring short term exposure to other institutions.

Admission Requirements

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, apparel product design and merchandising and natural resources and environmental management majors. Transfer students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.7 for apparel product design and merchandizing and natural resources and environmental management 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 and Student Affairs.

College Requirements

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), earn a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in major courses, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in a minimum of 126-128 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: Speech or “O” focus course or equivalent; FAMR 380/380L Research Methodology/Lab or NREM 310 Statistics in Agriculture and Human Resources; and an internship or capstone course within their major field. Foreign language requirements are specific to each academic program. Check with the departmental advisor for more information.

Double Major or Second Degree

Students seeking a double major must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, demonstrate that the proposed majors are substantially different, and obtain approval from undergraduate advisors in both of the relevant programs.

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.

Concurrent Degree

It is the policy of CTAHR to allow CTAHR students and non-CTAHR students to earn undergraduate concurrent degrees in two separate programs. Students applying for an undergraduate concurrent degree in CTAHR must have earned at least 24 credits and have a UH Manoa minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. Students also need to meet other requirements for the concurrent degree.

Related Undergraduate Programs

Agriculture Education

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 UH 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 Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences 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).