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Associate in Science / 60 Credits
The Associate in Science degree in Natural Science (ASNS) is a transfer degree designed for students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related educational and career goals. The courses are designed specifically for students who plan to pursue baccalaureate studies in STEM, or who plan to continue with professional studies, such as pre-pharmacy, pre-medical, or pre-dental programs. The ASNS curriculum provides a seamless pathway for students intending to transfer into a STEM degree at a four-year institution, in particular within the UH System where students may take advantage of transfer agreements with UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, and UH West O’ahu.
The 60-credit Natural Science (NSCI) program offered at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College provides four pathways for students intending to transfer to STEM majors at baccalaureate institutions:
- Biological Sciences (BS)
- Physical Sciences (PS)
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Degrees and Certificates
Natural Science — Biological Sciences Concentration (AS)
Natural Science — Engineering Concentration (AS)
Natural Science — Information & Communication Technology Concentration (AS)
Natural Science — Physical Sciences Concentration (AS)
Natural Sciences - Core (all concentrations)
The Natural Science program also offers a Science Laboratory Technician (4 credits).
Length of Program
The time to complete the ASNS degree varies. To obtain the associate degree in two years, students need to take an average of 15 credits/semester, and place into Calculus I.
Note: NSCI majors may apply to the Kaihuwa‘a Scholarship Program (KSP) that targets low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need pursuing STEM degrees at UHMC. NSCI majors who are eligible for the KSP may receive up to $10,000 annually. This scholarship is not listed in the UH Common Scholarships.
“When I began my studies at UHMC in 2018, I knew I wanted to transfer to UH Mānoa and pursue a degree in plant sciences, I just wasn't exactly sure which program yet. Being a NSCI major at UHMC allowed me the security to stay on track with the prerequisite science course I would need, while allowing me the freedom to explore different future programs. My chemistry and biology courses were extremely valuable and prepared me well for the 300 level courses in my undergraduate education at UH Mānoa.”
- Bailey Spry,
UH Mānoa College of Arts & Sciences, BS/BOT, UHMC ASNS/BS 2020 graduate
"Professors related to my NSCI major when I studied at UHMC were really helpful and devoted in making you understand the subject. With a smaller class population, you easily get to build connections with these professors, which I think heavily contributes to learning the course better and effectively. You can't find this type of experience at a big university."
- Gaila Galano,
UUH Mānoa College of Arts & Sciences, BS/CSCI, UHMC ASNS/ICT 2020 graduate
"UHMC is kind of a hidden gem of a community college. Their NSCI program has that great combination of small class sizes and knowledgeable teachers. UHMC is a great stepping stone to higher education at Manoa or other transfer colleges, as well as just a great associates program. I really enjoyed my time at the Maui campus."
- Peter Lin,
UH Mānoa College of Engineering, BS/ME, UHMC ASNS/Engineering 2020
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Take The Next Step
Request more information about this program or contact:
Elisabeth Dubuit, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 808 984 3706
Eri Nomura, ASNS Counselor
Phone: 808 984 3497
Fax: 808 984 3872
Appointments: 808 984 3306
View a month-by-month schedule of courses, as well as descriptions for each.
View our current scholarship opportunities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Project Kaihuwaʻa Scholarship Programs (KSPI and KSPII)
NSCI majors may apply to the KSP that target low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need pursuing STEM degrees at UHMC. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (for KSPI) or 2.5 (for KSPII) are eligible for the scholarships. Scholarship amounts of up to $10,000 per year follow the students until graduation, and after transfer to a UH 4-year institution. For more information, contact Michael Ferguson (KSPI) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elisabeth Dubuit at email@example.com (KSPII).