Welcome to Geology at UH Hilo!

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is ideally suited for studies in Volcanology

Geology students visit lava flow. Photo by Chris HamesUH Hilo Geology students visit active lava.

Things not so hot where you live? Wouldn’t you rather be outdoors in Hawaii with a field notebook, studying active volcanoes? Imagine living in Hawaii surrounded by erupting volcanoes, lush rainforests, high mountain peaks, and the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. This could be your life if you enroll at the Geology program, or the Natural Science program, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. We offer an affordable undergraduate education with small classes and personalized instruction. Visit our Mentos page, which explains how the famous Mentos & Diet Coke explosions work, and how expanding gas relates to volcanoes.


NEW! Visit our new, high-resolution Gallery featuring Jack Dykinga photos!

Nels takes a temperature reading; photo by Jack Dykinga Jacob samples lava; photo by Jack Dykinga Katie and Eric enter a waypoint; photo by Jack Dykinga
Measuring temperature Sampling molten lava Marking GPS waypoints


Seven reasons to study at the University of Hawaii at Hilo: