The life sciences are of fundamental importance in a science or liberal arts education, as they provides students with a keener insight into and a deeper appreciation of the many facets of living systems. And Hawai’i offers a unique environment for the study of the life sciences.

Most students plan to use their training as preparation for professional work, such as aquaculture, biotechnology, biological research, dentistry, marine biology, medicine, optometry, park services, pharmacy, or teaching. Our graduates have an outstanding record of acceptance in advanced degree programs at dental, medical, pharmacy, and graduate schools. Many of our graduates also become teachers after obtaining a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate at the College of Education.

The School of Life Sciences of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was formed in the Fall of 2019 by the merger of the Departments of Biology, Botany and Microbiology, and began operations on January 1, 2020. Life Sciences is home to 5 Undergraduate Majors and 4 Graduate Programs:

Undergraduate Majors

  • Molecular and Cell Biology (BS)
  • Biology (BA, BS)
  • Botany (BA, BS)
  • Marine Biology (BA, BS)
  • Microbiology (BA, BS)

Graduate Programs

  • Botany
  • Marine Biology with SOEST
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology

Students may also Minor in Biology, Botany and Microbiology, obtain a certificate in the Marine Option Program (MOP), or become certified as a Clinical Microbiologist.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to investigate all living things by promoting learning and discovery through scientific research. We seek to maintain a high standard of education based on the development of biological literacy, application of quantitative and scientific methods, the exploration of biological concepts and the development of integrative and multidisciplinary thinking. The School of Life Sciences is committed to providing a positive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students and a supportive working environment for faculty and staff based on principles of safety, inclusiveness, personal and professional integrity, and the pursuit of excellence.