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The Biology Program is a cooperative program that includes faculty members from the Biology Program and the Departments of Botany, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, and Zoology. It provides an academic home to students who wish to pursue a broad training in biological sciences. The biology curricula are designed to provide students with a strong background in the principles of biology and with rigorous upper-division instruction in a number of basic areas.

The Program offers a BA in biology for pre-professional students, and a BS degree with five specializations: cell and molecular biology, ecology/evolution/conservation biology, marine/aquatic biology, organismic biology, and general biology. A BS in marine biology is also offered through the program. A minor in biology is available.


The Biology Program draws heavily from many disciplines in the natural and health sciences. The needs of undergraduate students not already met by the collections in other science disciplines are taken into consideration when selecting for this discipline. In particular, general materials relating to general biology, bioinformatics, evolution, environmental science, conservation biology, marine biology, and island ecology that are not appropriate for a more specific subject area are acquired for this program.

Some materials relating to biology in Hawaii and the tropical Pacific are acquired through Special Collections. The Hawaiian Collection is the primary repository for material originating in Hawaii. The Pacific Collection includes materials about islands of the Pacific. These departments sometimes purchase duplicate copies of heavily used titles for the general circulating collection.


Language: Primarily English; foreign language materials are not usually acquired. Asian language material can be found in both the Science and Technology Wing and in the Asia Collection.

Chronological: No limitations; the emphasis is on current theories and research.

Geographic: Interests of the department are global. However, materials specific to the Pacific and tropical regions are of primary interest. Materials covering non-tropical regions are collected selectively.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized; gaps are filled as needed; rare and historical materials may be acquired as gifts.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Scholarly journals are of primary importance in biology; where available and financially feasible, Web access is preferred for journal subscriptions. Journal article databases are acquired and Web access is preferred whenever possible. Monographs and monographic series on current theories and research in the field are generally collected in print format, but e-book availability is increasing. Conference proceedings are collected selectively in either print or Web accessible electronic format. Reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies are collected and Web access is preferred when available. Dissertations and theses in print, audiovisual materials, and microforms are purchased only when requested by faculty. Excluded are manuscripts and preprints and reprints of journal articles.

Electronic Format: See Types and Formats of Materials Collected.

Treatment: All treatments are included, with the exception of popular works. Upper level textbooks related to the program specializations are acquired selectively; occasionally, lower level textbooks are acquired. Both research and applied aspects are collected. Historical and biographical treatments are acquired selectively.


Books that document biological scholarly research and university level textbooks no more than five years old may be accepted. Gifts in other formats that are relevant to the research or instruction mission of Biology Program will also be reviewed. Popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, and materials in poor condition generally are not accepted. Contact the biology subject librarian ( to discuss the nature, extent and timing of your donation. Gifts of archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives (

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the possession of the Library. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of these materials. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to donors, but the Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts.

Compiled by: Eileen Herring

Date: June 2008

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