About Us

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Natural and Computational Sciences!


By browsing through our web pages you will find useful information about our student-centered programs, unique campuses, highly skilled and professional staff, and perhaps of most interest, our accomplished and dedicated faculty. Among our many assets, HPU’s position in the middle of the Hawaiian archipelago puts us at a crossroads between East and West. The lush tropical environment paired with our beautiful coral reefs and coastal habitats provide a rich arena for education and research.

Our impressive academic programs are delivered at three campuses: the vibrant south shore campus in the heart of Downtown Honolulu connects us with companies and agencies who value our training and our graduates; the spectacular Hawai‘i Loa campus offers a peaceful place to study and learn in the shadow of the picturesque Ko‘olau Mountains; and our marine laboratory at the Oceanic Institute is an active research and teaching facility along the awe-inspiring windward coast. Each of our campuses is only a short drive or shuttle ride away, yet they offer three rather unique atmospheres that all support excellence in higher education. Additionally, we have many field laboratory experiences that utilize a wider breadth of the naturally-available locations around the island of Oahu, and even off our shores aboard educational research vessel Kaholo.

As mentioned before, one of our most extraordinary assets in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences is our faculty. We have 45 full-time faculty 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 nine bachelor degree programs, including Biochemistry, Biology (General and Human and Health Sciences), 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 as well as greater 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 our 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 Professions Program.

In addition to our excellent and diverse undergraduate programs, we offer an outstanding graduate program, the Master of Science in Marine Science (MSMS), which arms students with a solid understanding of marine science and related disciplines as well as the skills to prepare them for an array of careers. The MSMS program now has both a classic research (thesis) track – for which students are matched with a faculty mentor to engage in an intensive project – and a non-thesis (applied) track emphasizing technical skills and participation in a professional practicum. Through either track, our students are prepared to answer the call for solutions to pertinent marine science issues of global importance through in-depth, hands-on experiences. The MSMS degree is built on the foundation of our rigorous undergraduate marine science curriculum, our strong extramurally-funded research programs, and our affiliations with the Oceanic Institute and the wider local community.

We take great pride in the generous variety of educational opportunities offered in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences. We recognize that the better prepared, trained, and developed our students are, the more they will standout and excel wherever their next destination may be – whether immediately joining the workforce or further matriculating into graduate or professional school. And quite simply, your success as an HPU graduate is our success.

I welcome you to contact us with any further questions or requests for materials.


Brenda Jensen, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Natural and Computational Sciences