The Kapi‘olani Community College STEM Program
Associate of Science degree in Natural Science (ASNS)
The purpose of the ASNS degree is to provide a clear, explicit, and coherent pathway for students intending to transfer into STEM majors at baccalaureate institutions. The ASNS degree provides targeted advising and appropriate course sequencing for efficient transfer of our STEM students. The degree also provides a focus for the College to identify, recruit, counsel, and retain STEM students. The degree marks the endpoint for students who have moved through the curricular pathways. The degree facilitates articulation and transfer agreements between Kapi‘olani Community College and four-year STEM programs at UH Manoa (UHM), UH Hilo (UHH), as well as programs on the U.S. mainland.
The ASNS degree reinforces and deepens STEM learning across the curriculum, supports and strengthens the STEM infrastructure of the University, and allows Kapi‘olani Community College to become a salient incubator of science talent. By enhancing the STEM curriculum through various pathways and offering a focused degree program, more of the College’s students will pursue STEM majors and successfully complete their degrees.The ASNS degree program in Natural Science with a concentration in Life Science or Physical Science includes a core curriculum for all students in the program, as well as additional specific courses for two areas of concentration: Life Science transfer and Physical Science transfer. If you would like more information about the program, please contact STEM Director John D. Rand or STEM Outreach Coordinator Keolani Noa.