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 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)
  • Certificate of Achievement in STEM Education (37-39 credits)

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


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

Download forms & documents at the STEM Program Toolbox.

Edileo Valdez Alcalde
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
After switching majors and campuses, I was so apprehensive because I knew I was falling behind in school. The 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 course work 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.

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