Biology and Marine Biology

Undergraduate Study:  Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BS), or Minor in Biology.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marine Biology

The Zoology department has merged with the Biology department. Please refer to the Biology website for more information.

Website:  manoa.hawaii.edu/biology/

Click here for important registration information and sample 4 year schedules.

Academic Program

Biology is of fundamental importance in a science or liberal arts education, as it provides students with a keener insight into and a deeper appreciation of the many facets of living systems.  The biology curricula are designed to provide students with a strong background in the principles of biology and with rigorous upper-division instruction in a number of basic areas. This combination of breadth and in-depth instruction allows students to develop the intellectual foundations and the skills necessary to deal with the specific biological concerns of today and the flexibility to meet the needs of the various professions. From this base, our graduates can pursue future specialization with confidence.

The Biology Program is a cooperative program whose faculty members are from the Biology Program and the Departments of Botany, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biosciences and Biosystems Engineering, and Zoology.  It provides an academic home to students who wish to pursue a broad training in the biological sciences.  It offers a BA degree for pre-professional students, a BS degree with five specializations: cell and molecular biology, ecology/evolution/ conservation biology, marine/aquatic biology, organismic biology and general biology, and a minor in biology.

Major-Related Transferable Skills

In addition to discipline specific content, biology majors have the ability to:

  • apply scientific methodology and use scientific equipment.
  • organize and maintain accurate records.
  • analyze, problem solve, and make analogies proficiently.
  • compute numerically and conduct basic statistical analyses.
  • integrate ideas and concepts across biological disciplines.
  • design, conduct, and interpret scientific research.
  • make critical observations and evaluations, and apply the scientific approach to problems.
  • present results and conclusions verbally and in writing.
  • present information through the design and production of charts and graphs.

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Planning on pursuing biology or marine biology as a major?

Things you need to know before you start at Manoa:
Click here for important information for incoming natural science students.
Click hereto learn about preparing for the placement/assessment exams.

Things you need to know if you want to graduate in a timely fashion:
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.A. Biology degree (for students declaring biology from Fall 2008-Spring 2011).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.A. Biology degree (for students declaring biology from Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.A. Biology degree (for students declaring biology from Fall 2012-Spring 2013).
NEW! 2013-2014 sample 4-year schedule for the B.A. in Biology.  
   * Click here for the list of approved biology electives for the BA degree.
   * Click here for the BA Biology major requirements.

Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Biology degree (for students declaring biology from Fall 2008-Spring 2011).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Biology degree (for students declaring biology from Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Biology degree (for students declaring biology from Fall 2012-Spring 2013).
NEW! 2013-2014 sample 4-year schedule for the B.S. in Biology.  
   * Click here for the list of approved biology electives for the B.S. concentrations (5 concentrations offered).
   * Click here for the BS Biology major requirements.

Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Marine Biology degree (for students declaring marine biology from Fall 2008-Spring 2011).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Marine Biology degree (for students declaring marine biology from Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Marine Biology degree (for students declaring marine biology from Fall 2012-Spring 2013).
NEW! 2013-2014 sample 4-year schedule for the B.S. in Marine Biology.  
   * Click here for the the list of approved marine biology electives for the BS degree.
   * Click here for the BS Marine Biology major requirements.

Currently declared zoology major?

Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.A. Zoology degree (for students declaring zoology from Fall 2008-Spring 2011).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.A. Zoology degree (for students declaring zoology from Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
NEW! 2012-2013 sample 4-year schedule for the B.A. in Zoology.  
   *Need to find out when these courses are offered?  Click here for a course prerequisite & semester offering table for the BA degree.

Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Zoology degree (for students declaring zoology from Fall 2008-Spring 2011).
Click here for a sample 4-year schedule for a B.S. Zoology degree (for students declaring zoology from Fall 2011-Spring 2012).
NEW! 2012-2013 sample 4-year schedule for the B.S. in Zoology.  
   *Need to find out when these courses are offered?  Click here for a  course prerequisite & semester offering table for the B.S. degree.

Turn your 4-year academic plan into an educational plan that enriches your undergraduate experience.

Need to declare biology or marine biology as your major?

Click here for a form-fillable major declaration form.  Complete the first page of the Declaration of Major form and print. Make an appointment with the departmental advisor in the Biology Program to discuss your interests, major requirements, and course selection.  The advisor will complete the second page of the form.  The completed form should then be turned in to the service counter for Arts & Sciences Student Academic Services.

Click here if you are adding a second major - you will need to use a declaration of major form that has not been pre-filled to declare Biology as your first major. Click here for concurrent degree requests (i.e., between A&S and another college or different degree programs within A&S, such as concurrent BA and BS degrees).



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