University of Hawaii at Hilo

Natural Sciences Division

Department of Physics & Astronomy

A few of the amazing observatories found on Mauna Kea
Archaeoastronomy students discuss Nebra Sky disk
Astronomy 110L students in the field with the moon rising over Hilo
Students tour the Gemini Observatory
Students from summer 2015 SSFA class tour an observatory on Maunakea
Students in Astro 110 observe sunspots

Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UH Hilo

Norman Purves




It is with great sadness that we announce that our long-time colleague in Astronomy/Physics, Norman Purves, passed away last week. Norman won a teaching award just a few years ago and he will be dearly missed at the university. 1/28/2017


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A recent trip to Maunakea, what it looks like driving to work on the mountain.


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About the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Physics and Astronomy Program

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo offers an excellent undergraduate program within the Natural Sciences Division, designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in physics, astronomy and other sciences. In addition, the number and quality of astronomy research telescopes within easy reach of Hilo is unique, as is Physics and Astronomy's role as the State's only academic program that affords local students access to these facilities.

UH Hilo is an undergraduate, liberal arts school with an enrollment of over 3,000 full-time students. Ranked third overall among regional public liberal arts campuses in the western United States, UH Hilo offers an excellent education in a multicultural environment. The average class size is only 22 students, providing plenty of opportunity for student-faculty interaction inside and outside of the classroom. UH Hilo continues to expand its programs and the facilities that house those programs.

The Physics and Astronomy Department is located in the Science and Technology Building on the UH Hilo campus. The building houses both the Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry departments. Physics & Astronomy now has new classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and a control room to remotely control telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea and Haleakalā.

Prospective students can get more information about the Physics & Astronomy programs at UH Hilo by emailing the department chair, Dr. Marianne Takamiya.