Natural Science Majors - Important Registration Information

Coursework required for natural sciences majors is sequential in nature.  This means that certain prerequisite courses need to be completed before you can continue to the next level.   It is important that you start the major courses as a freshman in order to graduate in a timely fashion.  Click on your major to access 4 year sample plans for your majors.

Students must complete placement/assessment examinations or meet other requirements to register for chemistry, math, physics, and biology courses.  It is highly recommended that you take the examinations in time for registration. Consider registering for the Math Boot Camp if you need to refresh your math skills

Tips on what you should be doing before you arrive:  Click here for more information on registering for science courses and preparing for the  placement or assessment exams (pdf).    

Click here for learning strategies for science and math courses.


Students pursuing a BA or BS degree in the Physical Sciences:

Physical Sciences Majors:  Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics  (click on a major for a sample 4 year schedule)

It is recommended that all entering students who have had high school courses in mathematics through pre-calculus take the following courses during their freshman year:

CHEM 161/161L and 162/162L; any Math department Calculus I and II courses; and PHYS 170/170L.   It is also recommended that students who do not have a high school course equivalent to pre-calculus should take MATH 140 at UH Mānoa during the summer session prior to their first semester.  

Students should meet regularly with their major advisor to assess their academic progress.


Students pursuing a BA or BS degree in the Biological Sciences:

Life Sciences majors:  Biology, Botany, Ethnobotany, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Zoology  (click on a major for a sample 4 year schedule)

Students pursuing either a BA or BS degree should take the introductory course/sequence in their life science discipline in their freshman year.   Some majors require concurrent registration for the chemistry courses.  In addition, most life sciences also require a minimum of Calculus I  and a year of physics with laboratories.

Students should meet regularly with their major advisor to assess their academic progress.


Students pursuing a BA or BS degree in the Computer Sciences:

Computer Science majors:  Computer Science, Information & Computer Science  (click on a major for a sample 4 year schedule)

Students pursuing either a BA or BS degree should take ICS 111 and ICS 141 in their first semester and ICS 211 and 241 in the second semester.   

Students without textual programming experience are advised to start with ICS 110, and if they also have no prior experience with computers to take ICS 101 and ICS 110.  These courses do not satisfy any major requirement but provide the necessary foundation to start ICS 111 and ICS 141.

Students should meet regularly with their major advisor to assess their academic progress.

 

Placement/Assessment Examinations:

  • Click here for information on the Chemistry Assessment Examination.
  •    The webpage also includes sample questions to give you an idea of what is on the exam.

  • Click here for information on the Math Placement Examination
  • . The webpage also includes a practice exam.

  • Students planning to register for PHYS 151 must have prior credit for MATH 140 or pass the Math Placement Examination.
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  • Students planning to register for BIOL 171 and lab must have prior credits for or be concurrently registered for the appropriate chemistry course.

Success Tips for Science Majors

Last checked 6/23/2011




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