Biological Sciences

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM AT KAUA'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE! 

The purpose of the Associate in Science in Natural Science (ASNS) degree is to address the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students can use the ASNS degree to better market their science background or in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution. The ASNS in Biological Sciences provides a clear pathway to properly prepare students for transfer with core introductory courses and laboratories in biology, chemistry, and physics typically required in the first two years of a broad range of biological science baccalaureate degrees at four-year universities.

Program Requirements

Kaua‘i Community College (KCC) has an open door policy so that once students are admitted to the College they can designate themselves as Natural Science students and be in the program.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete at least 60 total credits consisting of at least 21 credits of general education requirements and at least 39 credits of discipline-specific science requirements and electives as outlined below. A GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree is needed to meet graduation requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze data effectively using currently available technology.
  2. Communicate scientific ideas and principles clearly and effectively.
  3. Analyze and apply fundamental mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts and techniques to scientific issues.
  4. Apply fundamental concepts and techniques in their chosen natural science field of study, such as biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, etc.
  5. Written Communication: Write in clear and organized Standard American English to present, explain, and evaluate ideas, to express feelings, and to support conclusions, claims, or theses.
  6. Oral Communication: Speak in understandable and organized Standard American English to explain ideas, to express feelings, and to support conclusions, claims, or theses. Receive, construct meaning from, and respond to spoken and/or nonverbal messages.
  7. Reading: Read, evaluate, and interpret written material critically and effectively.
  8. Symbolic Reasoning: Use appropriate mathematical and logical concepts and methods to understand, analyze, and explain issues.
  9. Integrative Thinking: Use problem-solving skills and creative thinking strategies to make connections among ideas and experiences and to synthesize and transfer learning to new and varied situations.
  10. Information Literacy: Locate, retrieve, evaluate, and interpret the value of information gained from reading text materials, making observations, and using electronic media, and reflectively use that information.
  11. Technological Competency: Identify, allocate, and utilize technological resources effectively.
  12. Teamwork: Participate proactively and interact cooperatively and collaboratively in a variety of settings.
  13. Respect for Diversity: Demonstrate cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that are respectful of others’ opinions, feelings, values, and individual expression.
  14. Ethics: Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in public and personal contexts that can be used to make sound judgments and decisions.

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Natural Science Concentration in Biological Sciences Associate in Science Degree (AS), 60 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 161L - General Chemistry Lab I (1 credits)
  • MATH 241 - Calculus I (4 credits)
  • Foundations (FG): A total of 6 credits are required for this category (3 credits in.semester 1 and 3 credits in semester 2). The two courses must be from different time periods. (3 credits)
  • Foundations (FW): ENG100 - Composition I (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • CHEM 162 - General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 162L - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credits)
  • MATH 242 - Calculus II (4 credits)
  • Diversification: DA, DH, or DL (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DS): Any DS course (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Foundations (FG): A total of 6 credits are required for this category (3 credits in semester 1 and 3 credits in semester 2). The two courses must be from different time
  • periods. (3 credits)
Fall Semester 3
  • BIOL 171 - Introduction to Biology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 171L - Introduction to Biology Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • PHYS 151 or PHYS 170 (3-4 credits)
  • PHYS 151L or PHYS 170L (1 credit)
  • Diversification (DA), (DH), and (DL): Three credits of any DA, DH, or DL course (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level course (3 credits)
Spring Semester 4
  • BIOL 172 - Introduction to Biology II (3 credits)
  • BIOL 172L - Introduction to Biology Laboratory II (1 credits)
  • PHYS 152 or PHYS 272 (3 credits)
  • PHYS 152L or PHYS 272L (1 credit)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (6-7 credits)
Total credits 60

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