CTAHR Majors & Scholarships Webinar

CTAHR Majors & Scholarships Webinar


Alright, so thank you for joining us. I apologize for the delay. My name is Martin Motooka. I am an advisor with the
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. So without further ado, we’re going to jump right into it. These are the nine Bachelor of Science degrees that we award through our college. So the first one, is our Animal Sciences. This degree covers the
partnership we humans have with animals. The major includes
everything from consumption to companionship. Many students will use
this program to pursue pre-veterinarian studies. Our graduates have gained
employment in both the public and private sector with careers that range
from working at the zoo to animal quarantine. The next major, Biological Engineering, this major covers the design,
production, and operation of engineered systems in which living organisms are the main component. Students take classes in
mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering, in addition to taking
classes in biology, and other sciences. And these are also possible
careers with a degree in Biological Engineering. The next two majors is
Dietetics and Food Science and Human Nutrition. So the Dietetics major is the only
accredited didactic program in the state of Hawaii. So with this major,
this will enable you to be a registered dietitian. In the food science and
human nutrition major, there are two tracks. One track is in Human Nutrition in which you will learn about the effect of food on the body. And the other track is Food Science, which covers food research on new food product development. So these are also possible careers with these majors. Our Fashion Design and Merchandising major, or FDM, students develop an
understanding of design, marketing, and manufacturing, and retailing of apparel, and other products. So again, it’s a wide scope of which you can pursue with a Fashion Design and Merchandising degree. From designing your own pieces
in an annual fashion show that the school puts on, and buying to purchasing to owning your own store. Human Development and
Family Studies is the next major. Formerly known as our Family Resources program, this major provides students
with a comprehensive program of study in human development,
family development, and family resource management. So besides entering into these following careers, many Human Development and
Family Studies majors have also gone to graduate school to pursue degrees in social work, counseling, public health,
medicine, public administration, and nursing. So our Molecular Biosciences and
Biotechnology major is also a good pre-med curriculum. This gives students a
competitive edge for medical school since they will have a wider
background in the different hard sciences. Students can also take courses in immunology, virology, and biochemistry to help prepare for medical school. So our Natural Resources and
Environmental Management, NREM, is about making sure that we sustain our
environment and natural resources for the future. There are two different tracks in NREM: The natural science pathway,
which focuses more on fieldwork and research, and the social science
pathway which focuses more on policy. So these are the various careers that one could obtain with this degree. We also have our Tropical Agriculture and the Environment major. There are five options
which students can choose from within this. So we have Environmental Soil Sciences, Invasive Species Management, Landscape Horticulture, Plant Physiology and Genetics, and Plant Production and Management. And these are the possible careers that you can expect. Okay, so now the burning question:
How do I get into this wonderful school? For our incoming students, as long as
you meet the general admissions requirements to be admitted to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, you can be granted acceptance
into CTAHR with the exception of the Dietetics major. For the Dietetics program you
have to be an upperclassman or transfer student with 60 earned credits
and the minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. For transfer students in all of our other majors, the same goes for the freshman requirements, as long as you are in good standing, and are able to gain entrance into the general university, there are no additional requirements for us. Oh! I’m sorry. And NREM students, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. So on top of the many scholarships
that the general University of Hawaii at Manoa offers. CTAHR, we offer over 50 scholarships exclusively for our students, with a total value of over $250,000 dollars. These are just a few that are highlighted on this slide, but I would encourage
all of you to go to our web site at www.ctahr.hawaii.edu to get more information about the scholarships. But through that website, that’s where you would also complete the online application for the scholarships. You would need to submit a personal statement, as well as, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The applications for our
scholarships are due by March 1st 2018 and that is a firm deadline,
so make sure that you apply as soon as possible. Okay, so these scholarships
are available to new and transfer students. Transfer students not only refer
to those transferring from outside of the university, but also current UH Manoa students that are
transferring into one of our majors within CTAHR. And we do have three professional academic advisers. Irene And Maile. And so you can make an appointment to meet with us for one of these mandatory advising sessions. It is mandatory that
you meet with one of us each semester. And you can book us through http://ctahradv.youcanbook.me/ located on this website. We are located on the ground floor of Gilmore Hall. Now we are going to open
it up to any questions that you may have. So I don’t think we have any questions yet, but some questions that we generally
get as advisers are with the CTAHR in our name. A lot of people are wondering, CTAHR- College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and they kind of get
confused with the Human Resources part of it, because a lot of people think about Human Resources, and think about business and you know, the the jobs of hiring
and firing, benefits, packages, and that sort of thing, but obviously that’s not
what we refer to with Human Resources in CTAHR, so the Human Resources is more
like what do we need as humans, to live our lives, to live a healthy life, not only nutritionally, but also socially, with our social relationships and that sort of thing. So that’s where the Human Resources comes from. Excuse me. All right, and we have another
question from our comments section that says, “Are we allowed to take CTAHR classes as freshmen or do we have to reserve the first
semester only for like basic type of courses?” I would say that depends, it depends what major you’re going into, because we do have
some courses that students can take as first-time freshmen students that are introductory. So for example Animal Sciences 200 is a basic introductory course that
students could take as a first-time freshmen student. Food Science and Human
Nutrition 185 is another example. Our HDFS-Human Development and Family Studies 230 is another example of an introductory
first-time freshmen course a student could take in addition to our Fashion
Design and Merchandising 101. But some of our other majors, you do have to work more on basic courses like general biology, general chemistry, before you can take more of the major specific courses. So you could always meet with an academic adviser
to find out a suggested schedule of courses to take and we can kind of suggest which
would be the best fit for you in your first semester. And another question we often get from students, some students are not able to
physically come to campus for advising appointments, but they would like to speak with an adviser, have an appointment session. We do offer phone
appointments if you’re unable to come to campus. You can use that http://ctahradv.youcanbook.me/ site and indicate in the comment section
that you would like a phone advising appointment. Please provide us with the
phone number so we know who to call, but we’re happy to provide that for you. Another thing is all the
appointments are in Hawaii Standard Time, so if you’re out of state just keep
in mind you’re booking in Hawaii Standard Time and we’ll be happy to call you. Okay, and we have another question, “What are some things I can do as an incoming freshman to figure out what major would best suit you?” It’s a great question because it’s so hard to, you know, make this huge decision, this is what I’m gonna do
for the next four years of my life, to live their next 40 years of my life working. So you know, we have a lot of students
that kind of think that they want to major in one thing, they try out maybe a few classes so
obviously that’s one thing that you can do, just try a few classes in the major
that you think you want to do and see if it’s a good fit, and then from there you can think about changing, and really, just talking to people. I think a lot of times students just,
they want to just figure it out for themselves. And there is a lot of information out there where you can really figure things out for yourselves, but sometimes there’s just really so much information and so, talking with academic advisors, talking with the career counselor, talking with an exploratory academic advisor, like in our Manoa Advising Center, those different professionals can really help you with kind of sifting through the information and organizing it, so that you can really find out what’s your passion. And maybe even doing a career
inventory to see again really where your passions lie and where your strengths and weaknesses lie. I think also if you’re exploring CTAHR
majors our website is a great vehicle. We do have some short videos that I think, give you a visual and maybe more of a sense of like what the experience would be like in that major. So maybe some self-exploration and also seeking advising and input from others that know you well. Bottom line,
just choose one of the nine you can’t go wrong. Yeah that’s true, all right and we have another
question from a counselor who’s with us. Thank you. “So I’m a counselor at one of the community colleges, how soon should I
encourage students who have identified CTAHR as a destination to connect with you folks? Semester before? Or sooner?” I would say as soon as possible, I mean, we’re happy to meet
with prospective students at any level, whether they’re in high school, they’re starting their first semester
at Community College and already thinking about, you know, transferring to a four-year
because we are happy to sit down with anyone, you know, at any point in their academic career, to talk about what courses they can take and, you know, even if they’re not coming into Manoa next semester. We could maybe suggest course that they could still take out at the Community College that would be applicable to the Manoa program here. So I would say as
soon as possible, sooner the better. I agree, definitely. Booking an appointment
is free. We only charge for autographs. That’s Martin. That’s just Martin. Alright, so we’re waiting for
maybe someone to write a question. Some other questions
that we we typically get from students, so we know there’s
a lot of students out there, you want to do pre-medicine. We get it, yes,
everyone wants to do pre-med, pre-med. But what do you major in
because there is no major that’s just a pre-med major. Like you have to choose, you know, something. So you know a lot of our programs which, again, just to let you know, what Martin said that all of our degrees are Bachelors of Science degrees. A lot of our programs could be
good fit programs to do a pre-med curriculum. Our Food Science
and Human Nutrition major, for example, and Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, they have a lot of the basic
biology, chemistry, even physics that you have to take. So interested in pre-med? CTAHR still could be a good fit for you. Alright so we have another question from someone: “Is it better to major
in UH’s interdisciplinary studies program or am I able to double major in CTAHR?” I mean it’s kind of a complicated
question because it really depends on the student and really what your focus is. So for those of you who might
not be aware of what interdisciplinary, interdisciplinary studies is kind of a mouthful there, it’s basically a way where you can create your own major here on campus but it’s a bit more to it than that. So your program of study really has
to pull from a lot of different majors across campus hence, you know, interdisciplinary. And you really have to have
a very specific focus of what you want to do and coming up with a proposal of what
classes you’re going to take to complete this degree. So, I don’t know if I can really specifically
answer that question because it really just depends. I mean we do allow students from
other programs to do a double major in CTAHR but the thing with the double majors
is they they have to be very unique and different, because there are
certain regulations, I guess you could say, in which we can’t have program
requirements, you know, double dip between each other. Come and see an advisor
and we can talk more about that one. And I think I think another factor could be the amount of credits a student has earned at the college level when they decide they
want to embark upon either pathway because if student has accrued
a large number of credits to try and do a multiple major it might be challenging to graduate in a timely fashion. But if they’re considering merging two
subject areas, somehow, from their freshman year. Well, that might be a more easy to plan. And we’re getting the cutoff sign, so I think we’re nearing the
end of our of our conversation, but thank you everyone for joining us. And, you know, we’ll have a few of these scheduled so please, you
know, tune in again, and keep asking those questions. Thank you. Thank you. Bye. Bye.

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