AS Natural Science

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Leeward

The fastest growing degree program at Leeward is the Associate in Science in Natural Science Degree (ASNS) offering four concentrations:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technology

Our AS-NS can help you save time and money in pursuit of your 4 year degree. The AS-NS is one of several STEM options for you to explore. With one of the largest Math & Sciences divisions in the UH Community College system, Leeward offers more than 200 sections each semester in a variety of disciplines.

Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to working with students on an individualized basis. The programs offer great peer-to-peer and faculty-to-student interaction such as our Chemistry Study Area and the Biology study area for Anatomy and Physiology.

You'll have a wide range of opportunities…from extracting DNA in our state-of-the art biotech lab to working on space grant research.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

About the AS-NS Degree

Associate in Science in Natural Sciences
offers four specializations pathways. Requirements for each:

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Science Degree in Natural Sciences Program Outcomes
In addition to acquiring the competencies required for Associate in Science degrees, upon successful completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze effectively
  • Communicate scientific ideas and principles clearly and effectively
  • Evaluate the aims and methods of science
  • Analyze and apply fundamental mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts and techniques to scientific issues
  • Analyze and apply fundamental concepts and techniques in their chosen field of study, such as biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, etc.
  • Use computer technology to analyze and present experimental results

William McDaniel Albritton, Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.A. Physics, Oberlin College, M.S. Information and Computer Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Bradley O. Ashburn, Assistant Professor CC, Chemistry, Biochemistry; B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California at Davis, Ph.D. Chemistry, Oregon State University

Patricia F. Domingo, Lab Manager; B.S. Horticulture Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Daniela Dutra Elliott, Instructor CC, Biology; B.A. Biology, Florida Atlantic University, M.S. Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, Ph.D. Botany, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Darci M. Francis, Instructor CC, Mathematics; B.A. Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, M.Ed. Educational Technology, American College of Education

Jiajia Garcia, Associate Professor CC, Mathematics; B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Petersen Gross, Assistant Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S., M.S. Information and Computer Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Andrea L. Herndon, Assistant Professor CC, Mathematics; B.S., M.S. Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Helmut D.J. Kae, Associate Professor CC, General Science; B.S. Integrated Science, Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia

Manaʻo Kaluhiokalani, Assistant Professor CC, Mathematics; B.S., M.S. Mathematics, Brigham Young University-Provo, Utah

Siu Lung Kwok, Associate Professor CC, General Science; B.S., M.S. Physics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

W. Gregg Longanecker, Assistant Professor CC, Mathematics; B.A. Mathematics, Ohio University, M.Ed. Mathematics, University of Georgia

Alyssa M. MacDonald, Assistant Professor CC, Biology; B.S. Biology, M.S. Fisheries Science, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Eric Matsuoka, Professor CC, Mathematics; B.A., M.A. Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, M.Ed. Educational Technology, American College of Education

Jennifer R. McFatridge, Instructor CC, Physics; B.S., M.S. Physics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Christina Mende, Instructor CC, Mathematics; B.A., M.A. Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa  

Kakkala Mohanan, Assistant Professor CC, Astronomy, Geology, Oceanography; B.Sc., M.Sc. Physics, University of Kerala, M.S. Physics, Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Kabi Neupane, Professor CC, Biology, Biotechnology; B.Sc. Agriculture, M.Sc. Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Ph.D. Plant Molecular Physiology, M.B.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Igor Nikitin, Instructor CC, Mathematics; B.A. Journalism, Far-Eastern State University, Vladivostok, M.A. Political Science, M.A., Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

James Ogg, Assistant Professor CC, Mathematics; B.S. Mathematics, Grove City College, B.G.S. Computer Science, Roosevelt University, M.B.A. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Reina M. Ojiri, Instructor CC, Math and Science; B.A. Mathematics, M.Ed.T., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Robert Oshiro, Lab Manager, B.A. Zoology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Bryson E. Padasdao, Instructor CC, Engineering, Physics; B.S., Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Donnabelle B. Pascual, Professor CC, Mathematics; B.Sc. Mathematics for Teachers, Philippine Normal College, M.A. Teaching, University of the Philippines

Blanca Polo, Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S. Management of Information Systems, M.S. Information and Computer Science, Ph.D. Communication and Information Systems, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Michael Reese, Assistant Professor CC, Chemistry; B.S. Chemistry, University of Maine, M.S. Chemistry, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Huijin Kim Sergi, Instructor CC, Mathematics; B.A. Math Education, M.S. Applied Mathematics, Kyungpook National University

I-Chia Shih, Instructor CC, Biology; B.S. Biology, M.S. Biochemistry, Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Heather H. Takamatsu, Assistant Professor CC, Counseling; B.Ed. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, M.S. Counseling Psychology, Chaminade University

Catherine Walker, Associate Professor CC, Mathematics; B.A. Mathematics, Rutgers University, M.S.Ed. Secondary Education: Math, University of Pennsylvania, M.A. Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Jennifer Watada, Associate Professor CC, Mathematics; B.S., M.Ed.T. Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Donn Viviani, Instructor CC, Oceanography; B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley, M.S., Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Courses offered in (links to course descriptions):

Agriculture Food Science and Human Nutrition Pharmacology
Astronomy Geology-Geophysics Physics
Biochemistry Horticulture Physiology & Anatomy
Biology Info & Computer Science Plant Bioscience Technology
Botany Mathematics Quantitative Methods
Chemistry Mechanical Engineering Science
Civil Engineering Microbiology Zoology
Electrical Engineering Oceanography