What will I learn?

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the changes that they undergo. Everything that is known in the physical universe is made up of either matter or energy and the rest is just empty space. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science. All other branches of the physical sciences touch upon the subject of chemistry and indeed, here at UH Hilo all majors in the Natural Sciences Division except for Mathematics and Physics are required to take courses in Chemistry. Chemistry will play an important role in your lives in many ways. Many of the political decisions about the environment today have their basis in chemically oriented questions.

Why Study Chemistry

Chemists contribute in a myriad of ways to our society today and will continue to do so practically and theoretically. This notion becomes more apparent as we head into a future that is becoming more technologically oriented. Our lives are becoming more dependent upon what chemistry can do. The study of life itself can be approached as a question of chemistry. Chemistry is omnipresent and it can be overwhelming, however, it can also be enlightening and comforting to be able to have a better understanding of our physical universe by studying Chemistry.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,304.00 per year
USD $10,152 per semester
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

University of Hawaii at Hilo,

200 W Kawili St,



96720, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students have to complete High school qualification equivalent to U.S.

English Language Requirements:

Students with a test score of TOEFL iBT 61, TOEFL Paper-delivered 46 (total score), IELTS 5.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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