Associate in Science in Natural Science Degree

The purpose of the A.S. degree is to provide a clear, explicit, and coherent pathway for students intending to transfer into STEM majors at baccalaureate institutions. The A.S. 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.

Below are links to several useful downloadable forms related to the ASNS degree:

In addition to the ASNS degree, STEM also offers Certificates in Biotechnology and STEM Education.  Below are links to several useful downloadable forms related to these Certificates:

To assist students, the STEM Program has two full-time counselors. They are located on the KapCC campus in the Maida Kamber Center (Ilima 102) and are available to meet with students on a weekly basis. Their contact information and walk-in hours are displayed below:

Lisa Yrizarry
Walk-in hours:
Monday:  8:30 – 12:30
Tuesday: 12:30-2:30
Thursday:  8:30 – 10:30
or by appointment via email at


STEM students working in a lo’i patch

The A.S. in Natural Science 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. Early introduction of STEM-oriented 2nd-year courses allows students to experience their chosen discipline beyond the survey-course level and it also allows the students to determine if the STEM Program is the correct educational direction for them. In addition, by introducing the courses at an earlier point in the student’s college career, both the college and the student are able to assess whether or not he/she has the talent and skills needed to succeed in the STEM Program. The A.S. degree complements Kapi‘olani Community College’s mission on several levels. First, the degree provides open access to all students. Second, the degree promotes student progress, learning, and success while maintaining a low level of tuition and a high level of quality in the college’s instructional programs. Third, the A.S. degree fosters student development and enhances support services offered to students. Fourth, the degree helps to prepare students to meet rigorous baccalaureate requirements and personal enrichment goals by offering a high quality liberal arts program. Fifth, the degree utilizes human, physical, technological, and financial resources effectively and efficiently to achieve ambitious educational goals.

Although students are traditionally taught to enroll in primarily core general-education courses when they first enter college, it is extremely important to expose them to first- and second-year STEM courses early in their college careers. Early exposure to STEM courses also allows STEM students to have access to STEM content that is vital to the success of their early research experiences, to broaden their third and fourth years of college to include liberal arts courses, and to have a more manageable third and fourth year class schedule.

The A.S. 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. The shared and specialized curricula are reflected in the tables below.