Plant and Environmental
Protection Sciences (PEPS) is a multidisciplinary science
that promotes the understanding of complex agricultural and
urban problems created in the global ecosystem.
Students receive interdisciplinary
exposure to entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and
environmental science, and can focus on one of these areas in
their upper division studies. This
holistic program is developed so each student has the opportunity
to learn pest management, crop protection,
biotechnological approaches, environmental regulations, economics,
toxicology, and rural and urban sociology
as these relate to their focus areas.
The instructional program is structured to achieve the following student learning outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate growth in the ability to analyze and communicate an environmental issue
- Students will recognize and be able to explain the biology of at least 10 insect orders
- Students will recognize and be able to describe biology and management methods for at least five significant plant pathogens in each category: fungi, viruses, bacteria, nematodes
- Students will be able to describe the biology and damage of at least 5 invasive insects, pathogens, or plants (weeds), and explain the limitations and implications of control strategies
- Students will be able to explain and provide examples of economic injury level and threshold based pest management options
- Students will demonstrate ability to apply skills learned to a real world situation or employment experience and effectively describe the
- Students will demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate the results of self analysis and critical thinking
(128 credit hours)
PEPS offers a flexible and individualized
degree program that allows students to select among several different
options to fulfill university core requirements. In accord with their
own particular interests and in consultation with their advisor,
students also choose from a variety of departmental courses and general
electives. PEPS 499 (Independent Research) is a unique requirement that
provides students with the opportunity to work individually with faculty
members throughout their program.
- BIOL 171, 171L, 172, 172L;
or BIOL 102, 102L, 103, 103L;
or BIOL 102, 102L, 123, 123L;
or BIOL 102, 102L, 124, 124L
- CHEM 161, 161L, 162, 162L
- SP 151
- ENG 100
- HIST 151, 152
- TPSS 200
- NREM 310
- PEPS 363, 405, and 495;
one course numbered from 200 to 399;
6 credits of 499;
15 credit hours of courses numbered from 400 to 499
- A total of 29 additional credit hours of approved electives based upon
students' academic interests
- Additional credit hours as necessary to meet UH Manoa general education
- Hawaiian / Second Language Requirement: Undergraduate students in
PEPS, in consultation with their undergraduate advisor, will be asked
to select one of the following three options:
- Option 1: Show proficiency in a Hawaiian / Second
Language at the 202 level.
- Option 2: Show proficiency in a Hawaiian / Second Language
at the 102 level, and take one additional 3-credit semester course
in the Social Sciences and one additional 3 or 4-credit semester
course in Natural Sciences.
- Option 3: Take two additional 3-credit semester courses in
Social Sciences and two additional 3 or 4-credit semester courses in
Natural Sciences. One of the courses in the Natural Sciences must
include a laboratory.
The Social Science and Natural Science courses chosen can be any
100 or 200 level course offered at Manoa in those areas.
Prospective majors should consult with the department to design an
appropriate curriculum tailored to their interests.