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.

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

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

Jonathan Brown, Instructor CC, Mathematics; A.A./A.S., Victor Valley Community College, B.S. (Mathematics), California State University, M.S. (Mathematics), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

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

Daniela Dutra Elliott, Instructor CC, Biology, B.A., Florida Atlantic University; Environmental Horticulture, M.S.,University of Florida

Alyssa M Haygood, Instructor CC, Biology; B.S. Biology, M.S. Fisheries Science, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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

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

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

Michael E. Lane, Associate Professor CC, General Science, B.A. (Spanish), B.S., M.S., (Geology), Wichita State University

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

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

Wanda H. Miyamoto, Assistant Professor CC, Mathematics; B.ED, Secondary, M.P.H., Biostatistics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; M.S., Teaching Mathematics, University of Illinois

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

Kabi Neupane, Professor CC, Biology, Biotechnology, B.S., M.S., University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, M.B.A., Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Paul Kim Long V. Nguyen, Instructor CC, Mathematics; B.A. Mathematics, CSU Fullerton, M.A. Mathematics, CSU Fullerton, PhD Mathematics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

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

Reina M. Ojiri, Instructor CC, Math and Science; B.A. Math and MEdT, 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

Rebecca Page, Instructor CC, Chemistry; B.S. (Chemistry), Cleveland State University, Ph.D. (Chemistry), Case Western Reserve University

Donnabelle B. Pascual, Professor CC, Mathematics; B.S.M.T. (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Teachers), Philippines; M.S., Normal College; M.A.T., Math (Masters of Arts in Teaching), University of Philippines

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

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

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

Jennie Thompson, Professor CC, Mathematics; B.Ed., M.Ed., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; M.S., University of Illinois

Catherine Walker, Assistant Professor CC, Mathematics; B.A., Rutgers University; M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania

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

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

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