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Biology Program

The biology major provides a rigorous research-based education for students, with a basic foundation in the life sciences. Special emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for students to participate in meaningful research in areas such as anatomy, genetics, physiology, molecular biology, evolution, natural history, and marine biology. This major seeks to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, government service, industry, research, and medical professions.

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General Biology

Our general biology major offers a wide variety of experiences including hands-on laboratory experiments and field research done around the islands of scenic Hawaii. Concepts like conservation endemic and native species, the anatomy and morphology of plants and animals along with the hands-on study if various local ecosystems are areas of study.

Career Opportunities

Students are well prepared to pursue careers in fish and wildlife services. As a research biologist, work in agricultural fields as a professional biologist or further their career in graduate school.

Marine Biology

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the beautiful island of Oahu, our marine biology program offers an opportunity for students to study marine organisms, their behaviors, and their interactions in their natural habitats at different scenic beaches on the island.

Career Opportunities

Marine biologist, environmental scientist, marine life researcher, or graduate school.

Molecular Biology

Our molecular biology program enables students to learn the fundamental principles of biology and helps them understand the relationship between biological principles by developing their ability to think critically, gain essential professional skills such as interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and developing solving skills including scientific inquiry. Students are also encouraged to pursue research in conjunctions with faculty and through the 491-494 research class series.

Career opportunities

Biotechnology, research associate, lab technician, or graduate school.

Ecology/Evolution Emphasis

Biology Program Faculty

David Bybee

Director of Sustainability/Associate Professor
(808) 675-4300

Kikiana Hurwitz

University Laboratory Manager
MCK 139A
(808) 675-4632

Brad Smith

Associate Professor
(808) 675-4507

Colby Weeks

Assistant Professor
(808) 675-3690