Message from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Natural and Computational Sciences!
By browsing our web pages, you will find useful information about our student-centered programs, our unique campuses, our highly professional staff, and most importantly, our accomplished and dedicated faculty. Among our assets, HPU’s location in the Hawaiian archipelago puts us at a cross-roads between East and West. The lush tropical environments, and our beautiful coral reefs and coastal habitats provide a rich arena for education and research. Our high quality academic programs are delivered at three campuses: Our south shore campus is in the heart of vibrant Downtown Honolulu, connecting us with companies and agencies who value our training and our graduates. Our other main campus is the spectacular Hawai‘i Loa campus, located in the shadow of the Ko‘olau Mountain Cliffs. Finally, our marine laboratory at the Oceanic Institute is located on our awe-inspiring windward coast. All of our campuses are only a short drive or shuttle ride away, yet offer 3 unique atmospheres that each support excellence in teaching and research.
Our greatest asset in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences is our faculty. We have 48 full-time split among three departments, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Natural Sciences. In collaboration with a strong roster of adjunct faculty – many of whom are working experts in their fields -- our full time faculty deliver 9 bachelor degree programs, including Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Mathematics (Pure, Applied, and Education), and Oceanography. Some of our majors have two or more concentrations which will provide you with further depth and choice, and more opportunity to match your academic program with your specific interests and career goals. At the same time, many of our Bachelor programs have accompanying Minor degrees that provide students breadth beyond their main field of study. You will find links to our faculty and academic programs on the main College web page and Department web pages.
Our college also maintains articulation agreements with a number of other universities in the areas of engineering and the health professions. The 3-2 Engineering program is an extraordinary dual-degree program in Applied Mathematics and Engineering in partnership with two top engineering programs. Successful students are awarded an Applied Mathematics degree from HPU and an Engineering degree from their choice of either University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles or Washington University in St. Louis. Our Pre-Health Professions Program supports HPU students in their progression toward medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, or chiropractic schools. Although aligned with the Biology Program’s concentration in Human and Health Sciences, students from any major can fully participate in the program and receive the same mentoring, advising, and other services to ensure they stay on track to meet their goals. Again you can link to these respective programs via the Department of Mathematics pages for the 3-2 Engineering program or from the Department of Natural Sciences pages for our Pre-Health Profession Studies Program.
In addition to our excellent undergraduate programs, we offer an outstanding graduate program, Master of Science in Marine Science (MSMS), which is designed to prepare students for an array of careers, armed with a solid understanding of marine science and related disciplines, as well as the skills to conduct research and communicate scientific results. The MSMS program is research intensive, pairing graduate students with professors to work side by side to solve pertinent scientific problems of global importance. The MSMS program was built on the foundation of our rigorous undergraduate marine science program, our strong extramurally funded research, and our affiliation with the Oceanic Institute. It is modeled after the traditional science graduate program, which means students will engage in core and elective course work, while working on an intensive independent research project leading to a thesis and, often, scientific publications that contributes to their field of study.
We take great pride in the educational experience offered in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences. We recognize that the more prepared, trained and developed our students are, the more they will standout and excel wherever their next destination may be, whether joining the workforce or matriculating into graduate / professional school. And quite simply, your success as an HPU graduate, is our success.
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