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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Spring 2021

Program description


Biology is the study of life and of all living organisms. We are fortunate to live in a time when unique insights from brilliant minds of the past have combined with modern research techniques to spark an explosion of fascinating new biological information. From exploring DNA and cellular structure to discovering the origins of a species or pairing a modern understanding of physiological processes with the historical study of anatomy, the field of biology allows us to connect to and understand the world around us. A strong foundation in the basic principles of biology is essential to those who wish to work in the life and health sciences, as well as those who wish to sustain and protect the natural environment.

The College of Natural and Computational Sciences offers two pathways leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. The General Biology track provides a broad yet integrated curriculum across a range of biological science topics including ecology and animal, plant, and cellular biology. The Human and Health Sciences track focuses on molecular and human biology, with coursework including advanced aspects of human health and social sciences - from microbiology to psychology and anthropology to health management. In both curriculum options, the biology degree program at HPU integrates modern laboratory methods and field experiences with traditional classroom instruction, providing excellent preparation for employment or continued studies for future biologists, science educators, health professionals, researchers, and many other paths.

Admission requirements

  • Online Application
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

  • General Chemistry I
  • Calculus I
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology I Laboratory
  • General Biology II
  • General Biology II Laboratory
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Statistics
  • Calculus or Linear Algebra or Biometry
  • College Physics I
  • College Physics I Laboratory
  • College Physics II
  • College Physics II Laboratory
  • General Physics I
  • General Physics I Laboratory
  • General Physics II
  • General Physics II Laboratory

General Biology Concentration

  • Plant Biology or Algal Biology & Diversity
  • Comparative Animal Physiology or Human Physiology
  • General Microbiology or Environmental Microbiology
  • Genetics or Evolutionary Genetics
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology or Marine Vertebrate Zoology
  • Ecology
  • Ecology Laboratory
  • Cell and Molecular Biology or Biochemistry I
  • Biology Seminar
  • Fundamental Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Cancer Biology
  • Algal Biology and Diversity
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Immunology
  • Plant Biology Laboratory
  • Algal Biology & Diversity Laboratory
  • Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • Human Physiology Laboratory
  • Human Anatomy Laboratory
  • General Microbiology Laboratory
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory
  • Marine Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
  • Biochemistry Laboratory

Human and Health Sciences Concentration

  • Hawaiian Natural History or Plant Biology or Ecology
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • General Microbiology or Environmental Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Biochemistry I
  • Premedical Studies Senior Seminar or Biology Seminar
  • Premedical Studies Practicum
  • Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • Human Physiology Laboratory
  • Human Anatomy Laboratory
  • General Microbiology Laboratory
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Biochemistry I Laboratory
  • Biochemistry II Laboratory

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


Students who major in Biology will:

  • Apply the fundamental knowledge, principles, processes, and systems in the natural sciences to solve biological problems.
  • Integrate advanced concepts across the breadth of biology subject areas, including cellular, molecular, and organismal biology, ecology, evolution, and the diversity of life.
  • Conduct, observational and experimental studies in biology, with appropriate experimental design and application of mathematical, statistical and computational techniques.
  • Find, read, and evaluate published biological research from a variety of sources.
  • Communicate scientific ideas effectively in written and oral formats with effective presentation techniques.
  • Exhibit professionalism and a commitment to uphold scientific ethics.

Continuing studies

The Human and Health Sciences curriculum will prepare students to pursue and succeed in graduate health professional schools such as including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary
  • Chiropractic
  • and others

Career opportunities

The General Biology track prepares students for a range of future directions including opportunities to work or to continue to study in fields as widely varied as fish physiology, microbiology, genetics or restoration ecology. In addition, a background in general biology provides a scientific platform for careers in:

  • Biotechnology
  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Biomedicine

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Celeste, from Nevada, is studying biology at HPU where she has built strong relationships with her professors and will spend two-years at the National Institutes of Health after graduation.

About this institute


Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. HPU is home to over 5,500 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world. Our campuses are unique, with the excitement...

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Why study at Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. We are home to over 5,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world. Our campuses are exquisitely unique. HPU combines the excitement of an urban campus located in downtown Honolulu with the serenity of a campus set in the green foothills of the Ko‘olau mountains and an Oceanic Institute bordering the Pacific Ocean. All three are less than a 30 minute drive from the infamous Waikiki.

Our curriculum, which builds on our diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives, emphasizes on rigorous intellectual engagement and social responsibility. The hands-on learning approach in combination with small class sizes and an inspiring teaching faculty ensure that students get the most of their studies.

All that combined is what makes HPU a one-of-a-kind destination.


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Very happy with the campus. I had good courses just had the feeling some were too easy. But I think that’s the overall problem with the American school system. Not just HPU. There isn’t a lot of self-critical-thinking. The teacher says something, and that’s the fact. No space and time for reaching one owns opinions or conclusions. Great help...
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Hawai'i Pacific University

1 Aloha Tower Drive
96813 Honolulu Hawaii
United States of America

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