Bachelor of Science in Natural Science

Life Science


Students with a concentration in Life Science will allow students to gain experience in their chosen area of interest through a variety of electives. This includes courses in biology, zoology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, botany, marine biology, ecology, and microbiology. Students with a concentration in Life Science will develop a high level of proficiency in laboratory techniques, research methods, experimental design, and science communication. Upon graduation, they will be well situated to enter career fields as biologists, research coordinators, and specialists in connection with natural resource management, science policy, and science communication.

The Life Science concentration falls under the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science, the first STEM degree offered at UH West Oʻahu.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a concentration in Life Science from UH West O‘ahu will be able to:

  • Communicate biological content and research effectively using various media.
  • Integrate math, physical sciences and/or technology to answer biological questions using the scientific method to formulate testable scientific hypotheses and obtain data to test those hypotheses.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of lab and field techniques in their area of specialization using biological tools and content knowledge to perform basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting.
  • Use basic biological concepts, grounded in the foundational theories, to interpret relationships among living things and to analyze and solve biological problems, from the molecular to ecosystem level.

Careers and Earning Potential

For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Career Explorer website.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Olivia George
Associate Professor, Biology
(808) 689-2352

Dr. Megan Ross
Associate Professor, Biology
(808) 689-2487

Dr. Rebecca Romine
Associate Professor, Anatomy & Physiology
(808) 689-2480