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Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology

Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute

Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium

Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory

International Pacific Research Center

Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research

Pacific Biosciences Research Center

Sea Grant College Program


School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology

General Information

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) was established in 1988. It combines and integrates the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Ocean and Resources Engineering, and Oceanography, as well as the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute, and Pacific Biosciences Research Center. The Sea Grant and Space Grant College Programs, Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory, and Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, all jointly supported by state and federal funds, are also part of SOEST. In 1997, the International Pacific Research Center was established in SOEST under the U.S.-Japan Common Agenda. The center is jointly supported by the state, Japanese, and federal funds.

Baccalaureate degree programs are offered in the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, and Oceanography. Information on entrance and degree requirements for all SOEST graduate programs (MS and PhD) in atmospheric sciences, geology and geophysics, ocean and resources engineering, and oceanography is in this Catalog. Candidates for advanced degrees and the graduate certificate program apply through the Office of Graduate Education of UH Manoa. The school has developed a number of interdisciplinary courses at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels, which are listed under OEST within the “Courses” section of the Catalog.


The mission of SOEST is to make UH Manoa a leading center in ocean and earth science and technology. Scientists and engineers of SOEST intend to understand the subtle and complex interrelations of the seas, the atmosphere, and the Earth in order to learn how to preserve the quality of our lives and to bring to Hawai‘i an enrichment of intellect and culture along with technological advances well suited to the needs of these islands. To that end, the objectives of SOEST are as follows:

  1. Enhance educational opportunities in ocean and earth science and technology for the people of Hawai‘i, the nation, and the Pacific Basin;
  2. Accelerate the growth of UH Manoa to preeminence in research and development in ocean and earth science and technology;
  3. Build the strength of UH Manoa for public service and outreach in the Pacific Basin; and
  4. Provide a foundation for economic interaction and development of marine-related industries within the State of Hawai‘i.

Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor’s Degrees: BS in atmospheric sciences, BA in geology (environmental earth science track and earth science education track), BS in geology and geophysics, BS in global environmental science: environmental health sciences track, environmental planning track, sustainability science track, sustainability tourism track

Master’s Degrees: MS in atmospheric sciences, MS in geology and geophysics, MS in marine biology, MS in ocean and resources engineering, MS in oceanography, MGEO in geoscience

Doctoral Degrees: PhD in atmospheric sciences, PhD in geology and geophysics, PhD in marine biology, PhD in ocean and resources engineering, PhD in oceanography


Director: Leona M. Anthony
SOEST Student Academic Services
2525 Correa Road, HIG 135
Honolulu HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8763
Fax: (808) 956-9987
Email: leonaa@hawaii.edu
Web: www.soest.hawaii.edu/soest_web/soest.academics.htm

New Students. A multi-day orientation for new students is held each fall semester before classes begin. Incoming students should contact the Student Academic Services Office in HIG 135 to schedule an appointment for pre-advising prior to registering and for more information.

All undergraduate majors in SOEST are assigned to an advisor in their major upon admission into the school. Mandatory advising for all majors takes place every semester prior to the next semester’s registration. All students are encouraged to meet regularly with their advisors throughout each semester to discuss their educational and personal goals and to formulate an academic plan to attain those goals.

Program goals: To create and develop a teaching-learning relationship between the advisor/advisee to implement the advisee’s educational plan toward his or her intended degree.

Advising mission: SOEST values and promotes collaborative relations between academic advisors, faculty advisors, and students to implement a personal education plan that is consistent with the student’s goal.

Mandatory advising is required from semester of entry through graduation.