Natural Sciences (STEM) Program

Program Description

The Associate in Science degree in Natural Science at Kapi‘olani Community College prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions. This 60 credit program provides clear, explicit, coherent pathways for students intending to transfer into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors at baccalaureate institutions. The program provides curricula that focus on basic science and mathematics as well as more advanced research and mentoring experiences. The degree provides students with undergraduate research opportunities as they move through STEM curricular pathways. Targeted advising and appropriate course sequencing enable the efficient transfer of STEM students.

Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Associate In Science, Natural Science with a concentration in Biological Sciences (60 credits)
  • Associate In Science, Natural Science with a concentration in Physical Sciences (60 credits)
  • Associate In Science, Natural Science with a concentration in Information and Communications Technology (60 credits)
  • Associate In Science, Natural Science with a concentration in Engineering (60 credits)
  • Certificate of Achievement in Biotechnology (43 credits)
    Biotechnology is a commercial, medical or research endeavor that uses living cells or their components to create useful products. The applications of biotechnology are widely employed in pharmaceuticals, fermentation technologies agriculture, the diagnosis and prevention of disease, vaccine development and production, forensics and bioremediation. The Certificate of Achievement in Biotechnology prepares students for entry-level employment in the biotechnology industry and research labs. Students learn basic laboratory skills, equipment operation and maintenance, quality control, safety and good manufacturing practices.
  • Certificate of Achievement in STEM Education (37-39 credits)
    The Certificate of Achievement in STEM Education provides a curricula that focus on basic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as a solid knowledge and skills in Education. This Certificate provides a clear pathway for students planning to be secondary school educators in STEM.

Potential Careers and Employers

  • Careers: Wildlife Outreach, Public Education, Research & Development, lab tech, production technician, natural science manager, natural resource specialist et al.
  • Employers: The Hawai‘i Fish Trust, Kauhale Kipaipai/Kamehameha Schools, U.S. Department of Defense

Contact Information

Counselors/Advisors

  • Maida Kamber Center
  • 808.734.9500
  • ‘Ilima 104; Monday-Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm (unless otherwise specified due to professional development meetings)

After switching majors and campuses, I was so apprehensive because I knew I was falling behind in school. The Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) STEM program helped me set my priorities straight and made me comfortable in the career path I am in. My professors and peers challenged me to think analytically and logically with the coursework assigned and, at the same time, they gave me useful advice on going forward with my career (Thank you to Dr. Maria Bautista, Herve Collins, and Auntie Keolani!). The facility provided me with a place where I could study for long hours and resources that were readily available. The ASNS degree curriculum helped me a lot in deciding what classes I should take at the community college level before transferring to the engineering school at UH Mānoa. My two years at the KCC STEM Center were great and I recommend any new students pursuing an engineering degree to start there.

Edileo Valdez Alcalde

Former STEM student, ASNS degree Physical Science graduate Currently majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Kapi‘olani Community College

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