School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology
The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) was established in 1988. It combines and integrates the Departments of Geology and Geophysics, Meteorology, Ocean and Resources Engineering, and Oceanography, as well as the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, and the Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute. 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.
Although the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering offers several undergraduate courses, baccalaureate degrees are not offered in this area. The Department of Oceanography offers the BS in global environmental science. Baccalaureate degree programs are offered in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the Department of Meteorology. Those with long-range plans for graduate work in oceanography or ocean and resources engineering should prepare themselves with an undergraduate course of study that will satisfy the entry requirements for admission to these graduate programs. Information on entrance and degree requirements for all SOEST graduate programs (MS and PhD) in geology and geophysics, meteorology, ocean and resources engineering, and oceanography is in this Catalog. Candidates for advanced degrees and the graduate certificate program apply through the Graduate Division 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 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:
Degrees and Certificates
Bachelor's Degrees: BA in geology, BS in geology and geophysics, BS in meteorology, BS in global environmental science
Master's Degrees: MS in geology and geophysics, MS in meteorology, MS in ocean and resources engineering, MS in oceanography
Doctoral Degrees: PhD in geology and geophysics, PhD in meteorology, PhD in ocean and resources engineering, PhD in oceanography
Director: Leona M. Anthony
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 regularly meet 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.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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