New Natural Science Degree Offered at HCC – Pālamanui 

May 1, 2017, 3:06 PM HST
* Updated May 1, 3:10 PM
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Students in a microbiology class work in the new science labs at Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui. HCC photo.

Hawai‘i Community College will begin offering an Associate of Science in Natural Science (ASNS) degree at the Pālamanui campus in Kailua-Kona beginning in the Fall 2017 semester.

“We are thrilled to begin offering the natural science program in West Hawai‘i,” said HCC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas. “It’s an incredibly valuable degree that provides a clear pathway to bachelor’s programs in science, technology, engineering and math.”

“At Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui, we have highly accomplished science professors who are passionate about science and teaching,” said HCC Director Marty Fletcher. “It’s a great learning environment where students can begin a successful academic journey.”

Scholarships are available for qualified students who are part of the initial group of ASNS students at HCC – Pālamanui. The scholarships can potentially provide the equivalent of about 80% of tuition costs.

Students who graduate with an ASNS can be automatically accepted into bachelor’s degree programs at University of Hawai‘i campuses as juniors. The ASNS degree is a great foundation for entering bachelor’s degree programs in astronomy, biology, computer science, engineering, pre-pharmacy, marine science, agriculture, animal science, nursing and more.


Benefits of Pursuing an ASNS at Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui

  • Study in brand-new labs with high-quality faculty.
  • Experience a welcoming learning environment with small class sizes.
  • Save money with lower tuition rates.
  • Study close to home in a world-class natural setting.
  • Create a strong foundation of knowledge to help you pursue your dreams.

Students interested in applying or learning more about the scholarship options for Fall 2017 should visit or call the Office of Student Services at (808) 969-8816.

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