Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture

working in the lower campus gardensPlant the Seed for a New Career.

Do you enjoy working outdoors or growing plants? Are you concerned about food security and want to grow your own food? Are you also interested in a career that uses modern technology?

The Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture Program provides you the education and training to succeed in Hawaii's diversified agriculture and biotechnology workforce. It’s also a perfect start to a four year degree in bioscience, or developing your own agribusiness.

In this program, you will:

  • learn botany, plant physiology, soil and water science as you grow a field crop from seed to seed.
  • explore attractive career opportunities in agriculture and soil conservation.
  • receive $500 stipend, if eligible. Contact our faculty or counselor to see if you’re eligible!

About the Program

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Science in Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Use appropriate scientific and agricultural terminology to communicate in different settings and with different audiences.
  • Identify and analyze the biotic and abiotic factors that affect agricultural production and manage these factors at the local, state, national, and global level.
  • Understand and apply principles and practices from plant and soil sciences, and tropical agriculture to improve production and profitability.
  • Apply scientific methods and information technology to manage agronomic and agribusiness challenges and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate the fundamental knowledge of the contemporary issues involving food, agriculture and the environment.

Academic Subject Certificate in Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture Student Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Perform general plant cultivation in the field and greenhouse including propagation, hybridization, watering, fertilizing, and pest control.
  • Apply technology and management skills to develop bioprocessing agribusiness.
  • Follow standard ethics and regulations of agriculture and life science technicians.
  • Perform standard plant science and micropropagation laboratory techniques.

Certificate of Achievement in Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze the biotic and abiotic factors that affect agricultural production and manage these factors at the local, state, national, and global level.
  • Understand and apply principles and practices from plant and soil sciences, and tropical agriculture to improve production and profitability.
  • Apply scientific methods and information technology to manage agronomic and agribusiness challenges and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate the fundamental knowledge of the contemporary issues involving food, agriculture and the environment.

Certificate of Competence in Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply principles and practices from plant and soil sciences, and tropical agriculture to improve production and profitability.
  • Apply scientific methods and information technology to manage agronomic and agribusiness challenges and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate the fundamental knowledge of the contemporary issues involving food, agriculture and the environment.

Kabi Neupane, Professor CC, Biology, Biotechnology, B.S., M.S., University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, M.B.A., Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa