Natural Science

WELCOME TO THE NATURAL SCIENCE PROGRAM AT KAUA'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE! 

The purpose of the Associate in Science in Natural Science (A.S.N.S.) degree is to address the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students can use the A.S.N.S. degree to better market their science background or in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution. The A.S.N.S. in Biological Science 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.

A minimum of 60 credits are required but the total and individual subtotals can vary depending on “double dipping” between general education, electives, and graduation requirements. For example, more than 60 credits may be necessary if WI and Pacific Cultures requirements are not double dipped with diversification requirements or electives. As another example, more than the minimum electives will be necessary if MATH 205 is applied to FS general education requirement or a required concentration course is applied to natural science diversification. Likewise, more than the minimum concentration credits will be required if PHYS 170 (4 credits) is taken instead of PHYS 151 (3 credits). Double dipping between concentration requirements and electives is not allowed. Students must earn a “C” or higher in all concentration courses and natural science elective courses.


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 (AS) | Associate in Natural Science - Concentration Biological Sciences, 60 Credits

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

Fall Semester 1

  • BIOL 171 Introduction to Biology I (3 Credits)
  • BIOL 171L Introduction to Biology Laboratory I (1 Credits)
  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3 Credits
  • CHEM 161L General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 Credits)
  • ENG100 Composition I (3 Credits)
  • Elective (3 Credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • BIOL 172 Introduction to Biology II (3 Credits)
  • BIOL 172L Introduction to Biology Laboratory II (1 Credits)
  • CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (3 Credits)
  • CHEM 162L General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 Credits)
  • Diversification: DA, DH, or DL (3 Credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 Credits)
  • Elective (3 Credits)
Fall Semester 3
  • MATH 205 (4 Credits)
  • PHYS 151 College Physics I or PHYS 170 General Physics I (3-4 Credits)
  • PHYS 151L College Physics I Lab or PHYS 170L General Physics I Lab (1 Credits)
  • Elective (3 Credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 Credits)
Spring Semester 4
  • MATH 206 (3 Credits)
  • PHYS 152 College Physics II or PHYS 272 General Physics II (3 Credits)
  • PHYS 152L College Physics II Lab or PHYS 272L General Physics II Lab (1 Credits)
  • Elective (3-4 Credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 Credits)
Total Credits 60

Note: If the student is ready to take MATH 205 in the first fall semester, they should, and they should take MATH 206 in the spring semester. The physics sequence should still be taken in the second year. If the student is not ready to take MATH 205, then s/he should use electives to take math courses that prepare him/her for MATH 205.

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Natural Science (AS) | Associate in Natural Science - Concentration Physical Sciences, 60 Credits

The AS in Physical Sciences provides a clear pathway to properly prepare students for transfer with core introductory courses and laboratories in chemistry, mathematics, and physics typically required in the first two years of a broad range of physical science baccalaureate degrees at four-year universities.

Fall Semester 1
  • CHEM161 General Chemistry I (3 Credits)
  • CHEM 161L General Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit)
  • ENG 100 (3 Credits)
  • Diversification: DA, DH, or DL (3 Credits)
  • Electives (3 Credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 Credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (3 Credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 Credits)
  • Electives (6 Credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 Credits)

Fall semester 3

  • MATH 205 (4 Credits)
  • PHYS 170 PHYS 170 General Physics I (4 Credits)
  • PHYS 170L PHYS 170 General Physics Lab I (1 Credit)
  • Electives (6 Credits)

Spring semester 4

  • MATH 205 (4 Credits)
  • PHYS 170 General Physics I (4 Credits)
  • PHYS 170L General Physics I Lab (1 Credit)
  • Electives (6 Credits)

Total Credits 60

Note: If the student is ready to take MATH 205 in the first fall semester, they should, and they should take MATH 206 in the spring semester. The physics sequence should still be taken in the second year. If the student is not ready to take MATH 205, then s/he should use electives to take math courses that prepare him/her for MATH 205.

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Natural Science (AS) | Associate in Natural Science - Concentration in Pre-Engineering, 60 Credits

The AS program with pre-engineering concentration provides the first two years of an engineering student’s education, preparing the student for continued study in a baccalaureate degree program. The courses provide the student with a strong science and math background regardless of the chosen field of engineering, as well as many of the required general education core requirements. Most of the courses are required by all engineering schools for all fields of engineering.

Fall Semester 1
  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I (3 Credits)
  • CHEM 161L General Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit)
  • EE 160 Programming for Engineers (3 Credits)
  • ENG 100 (3 Credits)
  • MATH 241 (4 Credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (3 Credits)
  • CHEM 162L General Chemistry II Lab (1 Credits)
  • FG course (3 Credits)
  • MATH 242 (4 Credits)
  • PHYS 170 (3 Credits)
  • PHYS 170L (1 Credits)

Fall semester 3

  • EE 211 Basic Circuit Analysis I (4 Credits)
  • MATH 231 (3 Credits)
  • PHYS 272 (3 Credit)
  • PHYS 272L (1 Credits)
  • SP 251 (3 Credits)

Spring semester 4

  • DH or DL (3 Credits)
  • ECON 130 or ECON 131 (3 Credits)
  • Electives (3 Credits)
  • FG course( 3 Credits)
  • MATH 232 (3 Credits)

Total Credits 60

Note: If the student is ready to take MATH 205 in the first fall semester, they should, and they should take MATH 206 in the spring semester. The physics sequence should still be taken in the second year. If the student is not ready to take MATH 205, then s/he should use electives to take math courses that prepare him/her for MATH 205.

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Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture | Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 24-25 Credits

The Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture (PBT) Academic Subject Certificate is designed to provide students with education and training in horticulture, propagation/micropropagation, agriculture, pest management, and crop improvement.

Fall Semester 1
  • AG 102 (1 Credits)
  • BOT 101 or SCI 121 (3 Credits)
  • BOT 101L or SCI 121L (1 Credits)
  • Diversification: DP (3 Credits)
  • Diversification: DY (1 Credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • AG 141 (3 Credits)
  • AG 200 (3 Credits)
  • AG 200L (1 Credits)
  • AG 293V (2-3 Credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • AG 264 (3 Credits)
  • AG 271 (3 Credits)

Total Credits 24-25

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Sustainability Science | Certificate of Achievement (CA), 25-27 Credits

Fall Semester 1

  • SSM 101 (3 Credits)

  • SSM 275 (3 Credits)

  • Diversification: Biological Science (DB) and laboratory (science) (DY): BIOL 123/BIOL 123L, BIOL 171/BIOL 171L; BOT 101, BOT 130/BOT 130L; MICR 130/MICR 140; or SCI 121/ SCI 121L (4-5 Credits)

  • GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES (Written Communication): ENG 100 or BUS 175 *No more than four credits from any General Education Electives category. (3 Credits)*

  • SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE ELECTIVES (6 credits required for category): AG 103/AG 103B; HORT 200; SSM 110, SSM 201 (3 Credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES (Accounting/Finance): ACC 124, ACC 125, ACC 201; or ENT 150 *No more than four credits from any General Education Electives category. (3 Credits)*
  • GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES (Mathematics): MATH 115 or MATH 140 *No more than four credits from any General Education Electives category. (3 Credits)*
  • GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES (Physical Science): CHEM 151/CHEM 151L or CHEM 162/CHEM 162L *No more than four credits from any General Education Electives category.( 4 Credits)*
  • SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE ELECTIVES: AG 103/AG 103B; HORT 200; SSM 110, SSM 201 3 (6 Credits)

Total Credits 25-27

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Sustainability Science | Certificate of Competence (CO), 12 Credits Fall Semester 1
  • SSM 101 (3 Credits)
  • SSM 275 (3 Credits)
  • SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE ELECTIVES: AG 103/AG 103B; HORT 200; SSM 110, or SSM 201 - (6 Credits)

Total Credits 12

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Mathematics | Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 12-15 Credits

The Mathematics ASC is designed for students interested in studying additional math, beyond what is required for their current degree program. Students in this program may opt for a broad study of math, taking a variety of 100-level courses such as Survey of Mathematics, Math for Elementary Teachers, or Statistics and College Algebra.

This pathway offers students an opportunity to explore multiple areas of mathematics that will help them develop critical reasoning and quantitative skills to better understand the world around them. Program Course Sequencing: The required 3-4 credits and 9-11 elective credits can be met in any sequence allowed under the current prerequisite rules.

Students can pursue the Calculus pathway in depth, add an exploration of non-STEM math to their STEM sequence for breadth, or explore broadly in the non- STEM realm and round out their skills with a solid foundation in algebra/functions.

Possible Paths

  • Option 1 – STEM College-Ready sequence: MATH 103, 140X, 241, 242 (15 Credits)
  • Option 2 – Calculus ready sequence: MATH 241, 242, 243, 244 (14 Credits)
  • Option 3 – Non-STEM exploration sequence: MATH 100, 115, 103, and 140X (13 Credits)
  • Option 4 – Elementary Educator Specialization: MATH 111, 112, 103, and 100/115 (12 Credits)

Total Credits 12-15

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The purpose of the Associate in Science in Natural Science (A.S.N.S.) degree is to address the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).