Biological Sciences

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM AT KAUA'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE! 

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

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

Writing Intensive (WI): At least 1 WI course. 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 to 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 student, such as biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, etc.

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Natural Science Concentration in Biological Sciences Associate in Science Degree (AS), 60 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 161L General Chemistry Lab I (1 credit)
  • MATH 241 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • SCI 170 STEMINAR: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Seminar (1 credit)
  • Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Any FGA, FGB, or FGC course (3 credits)
  • Foundations: Written Communication (FW): Three credits of any FW course (3 credits)

Note:

  1. CHEM 161: This course fulfills the Diversification: Physical Sciences (DP) category.
  2. CHEM 161L: This course fulfills the Diversification: Laboratory (science) (DY) category.
  3. MATH 241: This course fulfills the Foundations: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) category.
  4. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits are required. The FG courses should be taken in Semesters 1 and 2. Any two courses with different FG designations are required.
Spring Semester 2
  • CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 162L General Chemistry Lab II (1 credit)
  • MATH 242 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): Any DS course (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits) (3 credits)
    Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Any FGA, FGB, or FGC course (3 credits)

Note:

  1. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits are required. The FG courses should be taken in Semesters 1 and 2. Any two courses with different FG designations are required.
Fall Semester 3
  • BIOL 171 Introduction to Biology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 171L Introduction to Biology Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • PHYS 151 or PHYS 170 (3 - 4 credits)
  • PHYS 151L or PHYS 170L (1 credit)
  • Diversification: Arts (DA), Humanities (DH), or Literatures (DL)(3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)

Note:

  1. BIOL 171: This course fulfills the Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB) category.
Spring Semester 4
  • BIOL 172 Introduction to Biology II (3 credits)
  • BIOL 172L Introduction to Biology Laboratory II (1 credit)
  • PHYS 152 or PHYS 272 (3 credits)
  • PHYS 152L or PHYS 272L (1 credit)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (5-6 credits)
Total credits 60

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