College of Natural and Computational Sciences


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 and Engineering, 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.

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HPU is uniquely positioned to capitalize. The lush tropical environment paired with our beautiful coral reefs and coastal habitats provide a rich arena for education and research. Our marine laboratory at the Oceanic Institute is an active research and teaching facility along the awe-inspiring windward coast. 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.

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.

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

Oceanic Institute of HPU Receives Hawaii Community Foundation Grant

Oceanic Institute of Hawai‘i Pacific University (OI) announces a $25,000 grant award from the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Hawaii STEM Learning Partnership for a one year program.


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Professor Horgen Named Teacher of the Year

Professor of Chemistry David Horgen, Ph.D., was named the 2017 HPU Teacher of the Year by HPU graduating students at HPU's Spring Convocation for his continued dedication to providing quality classroom and research experiences to our natural science students!


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HPU Researches Pink-Footed Shearwaters 

As part of a paid research leave award from HPU, Dr. David Hyrenbach will spend the Spring of 2017 semester doing field work in Chile. The research will focus on the movements and fishery overlap of Pink-Footed Shearwaters breeding at two sites: an oceanic island and a colony on the coastal shelf.

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HPU is proud to announce the introduction of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering starting Fall 2018. Students will have the option of  multiple tracks including Electrical Engineering; with options for a Concentration in Engineering Sustainability and to graduate with Honors, in Biomedical Engineering, and in Biotechnology Engineering, with specializations in Bioprocess and Bioenvironmental Engineering. All HPU Engineering students will get hands-on experience in applying engineering concepts through several laboratories and project courses across all three programs in addition to a research thesis option for Electrical Engineering. In addition, there are opportunites to participate in robotics projects within the Robotics for Good Club, which has teams exploring Air, Land, Water and Outreach. In the senior year, students will also have the option to study abroad during their fall semester.

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College of Natural and Computational Sciences

HPU Hawaii Loa Campus

45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Ste. 206
Kaneohe, HI 96744-5297
Phone: (808) 356-5279
Fax: (808) 236-5880