For more information, contact Ross Langston
Windward Community College
Department of Natural Sciences
45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
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.
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.
Written Communication (FW) (3 Credits)
Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG) (6 Credits from 2 different groups)
- Group A - ANTH 151, ART 175, HIST 151
- Group B - ANTH 152, ART 176, GEOG 102 (if taken at WCC Fall 2015 or later), HIST 152
- Group C - REL 150
Symbolic Reasoning (FS)
- The requirement will be fulfilled by the MATH requirement in the concentration
Arts, Humanities and Literature (DA, DH, or DL) (3 Credits)
Social Sciences (DS) (3 Credits)
Biological or Physical Sciences (DB, DP) (3 Credits)
- Required for Physical Science and Information and Communication Technology
Natural Science Electives
Required for Biological Science and Physical Science Concentrations. Natural Science Electives and required in addition to the required Concentration courses (not required for Engineering and Information and Communication Technology Concentrations).
6 credits of transfer-level Natural Sciences courses (DB, DP, DY) and/or:
- EE 160
- ICS 111, 141, 211, 241
- MATH 100, 103, 115 and higher
- SCI 295V
Transfer-level courses (100 and 200-level courses) in any field to achieve a total of 60 credits.
Students are encouraged to take electives that will prepare them for their major.
The Associate of Science in Natural Science has four concentrations: Biological Science, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, and Information & Communication Technology.
Biological Science (minimum 28 credits) Program code AS-NSCI-BSC
The biological science concentration is designed for students entering into fields such as Biology, Botany, and Zoology.
For students pursuing the Biological Science Concentration, CHEM 161 fulfills the DP (Physical Science Diversification) for the Biological or Physical Sciences Diversification Requirements.
Physical Science (minimum 25 credits) Program code AS-NSCI-PSC
The physical science concentration is designed for students entering into fields such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Oceanography, and Physics.
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.
Engineering (minimum 33 credits) Program code AS-NSCI-ENGR
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.
Information and Communication Technology (minimum 31 credits) Program code AS-NSCI-ICT
An Associate of Science in Natural Sciences 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.