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Undergraduate Education

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The UH-Manoa Department of Physics & Astronomy offers a variety of astronomy courses for UH-Manoa undergraduates, ranging from 100-level non-technical introductory courses to advanced 400-level courses suitable for students with a strong physics background. Astronomy 110, or one of the other 100-level courses, is an ideal way of fulfilling part of the science core requirement. There are also laboratory courses at both elementary and advanced levels.

As of 21 August, 2014, the UH Board of Regents has approved a BA major in Astronomy and a BS major in Astrophysics. More information is available here.


Students who are looking specifically for an undergraduate degree in astronomy may also consider the program at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i

Community Colleges

All the community colleges in the University of Hawai‘i system offer introductory astronomy courses.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

University of Hawai‘i also offers a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU) program for students at other US universities

Space Grant

UH-Manoa and Hilo undergraduates are eligible to apply for a NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Fellowship