Associate in Science in Natural Sciences

The Associate in Science in Natural Science is a transfer degree designed for students pursuing STEM-related educational and career goals. The courses are designed to prepare students to transfer into science programs at UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, and UH West O‘ahu.

The Associate in Science in Natural Science degree has four concentrations: Biological Science, Engineering, Physical Science and Information and Communication Technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Associate in Science in Natural Sciences, students will be able to:

  • Analyze data effectively using the most currently available technology
  • Communicate scientific ideas and principles clearly and effectively
  • Analyze and apply fundamental mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts and techniques to scientific issues
  • Apply fundamental concepts and techniques in their chosen field of study, such as biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, etc.

Graduation Requirements

The issuance of an AS degree requires that the student earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher for all courses applied towards the degree.

Foundation Requirements: Written Communication (FW)

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3

Foundation Requirements: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG)

Required: 6 credits from 2 different groups

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Title
Credits
Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Group A  +
Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Group B  +
Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Group C  +

Foundation Requirements: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ)

The requirement will be fulfilled by the MATH requirement in the concentration.

Diversification Requirements

Arts, Humanities and Literature (DA, DH, DL)

Required: 3 credits

Social Sciences (DS)

Required: 3 credits

Biological or Physical Sciences (DB, DP)

Required for Physical Science and Pre-Computer Science Concentrations: 3 credits

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Title
Credits
Diversification: Arts (DA)  +
Diversification: Humanities (DH)  +
Diversification: Literature (DL)  +
Diversification: Social Sciences (DS)  +
Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB)  +
Diversification: Physical Sciences (DP)  +

Elective Requirements: Natural Science Electives

Required for Biological Science and Physical Science Concentrations. Natural Science Electives are required in addition to the required Concentration courses (not required for Engineering, and Information and Communication Technology Concentrations).

Required: 6 credits of transfer-level Natural Sciences courses (DB, DP, DY) and/or:

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
26

Elective Requirements: General Electives

Transfer-level courses (100 and 200-level courses) in any field to achieve a total of 60 credits.

Biological Science Concentration (24 credits)

For students pursuing the Biological Science Concentration, CHEM 161 fulfills the DP (Physical Science Diversification) for the Biological or Physical Sciences Diversification Requirements.

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
24

Engineering Concentration (33 credits)

The Engineering Concentration is designed for students entering into engineering fields.

Students pursuing the Engineering Concentration do not have a Biological and Physical Sciences Diversification Requirement.

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
31-34

Physical Science Concentration (24 credits)

Students pursuing the Physical Sciences concentration must take at least one Biological Science course (DB) as one of the Biological or Physical Sciences Diversification Requirements.

NOTE: On the Physics options, choose the lab courses that correspond to your chosen lecture courses. 

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
24-25

Information and Communication Technology Concentration (31 credits)

An Associate of Science in Natural Science with a Concentration in Information and Communication Technology is a transfer degree designed for students interested in pursuing an academic study and career in fields related to computer science, including database design, website creation, and mobile applications.

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
31-32
Total credits:
60

Overview

Type

Associate in Science