The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Bachelor of Science in Natural Science degree program is the first STEM degree offered at the campus. The Natural Science degree offers a concentration in Applied Mathematics. Students take sequences of courses in calculus, chemistry, biology, and physics, as well as a course in Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing, to connect concepts to real-world applications. Students may also go on to pursue graduate degrees in varied programs, such as biology, health sciences, mathematics, and medical school.
All students majoring in Natural Science are required to take core courses and complete a capstone course (e.g., Senior Project or Senior Practicum).
Natural Science Concentrations
Students in the Applied Mathematics concentration will learn to apply and connect mathematical concepts and methods to various subjects to discover real-world solutions and make a global impact.
Students with a concentration in Life Science will allow students to gain experience through courses in biology, zoology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, botany, marine biology, ecology, and microbiology. Students will develop a high level of proficiency in laboratory techniques, research methods, experimental design, and science communication.
The Health Sciences concentration features courses that educate students on clinical healthcare, factors related to human health and disease, the human body, and cultural knowledge. The concentration prepares students for graduate studies in health professions or healthcare career options including health education, hospital management, health administration, health and wellness, and school health programs.