College of Natural and Health Sciences, Koleke ʻEpekema Kūlohelohe a Olakino

Welcome to the College of Natural and Health Sciences

New! Introducing a Summer Bridge Program Kanu a Kupu designed for incoming students in the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Apply today! Dates are August 19 & 20 of 2024, at UH Hilo Campus.

There is no better place than UH Hilo for studies in Biology, Geology, and Marine Science, due to our outstanding tropical climate, active volcanoes, and warm Pacific Ocean.

A student collects an Ohia sample Our campus is also renowned for study in Astronomy, since we are adjacent to Maunakea, the home of world-class observatories. Natural and Health Sciences offer rigorous programs designed to help students prepare for exciting careers and graduate school.

Our highly successful Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences (KES) program prepares students for careers such as coaching, physical therapy, sports medicine, wellness management, and research.

The School of Nursing offers both a Bachelor of Science (featuring community projects and a simulated hospital environment) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (ideal for specialty positions, leadership and administration).

Deb Mattheus, assistant professor of nursing, coaches Nursing student Kevin Yamanaka But whether you’re seeking a degree in Mathematics or a career in Computer Science, what really sets UH Hilo apart from other universities is our diversity of cultures, our small-town style, and our friendly atmosphere. At CNHS, you can enjoy the best in academic success: outstanding faculty and staff, camaraderie with your fellow students, and a year-round tropical outdoor laboratory and activities.

Where else can you go scuba diving to map the coral reefs one day, collect a sample of molten lava the next, and then spend the evening stargazing through a telescope?

Marine Science student scuba diving

Your greatest challenge will be deciding which program to choose, so take your time as you review our excellent selections. Or, mix and match, with a double major, a major and minor, or an interdisciplinary science degree! Some programs offer the BA & BS; Nursing offers the BSN and DNP, and the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) also offers a Master of Science degree. If you’re majoring in a degree outside of CNHS, excellent... we just encourage you to choose a few of our courses to fill your General Education requirements, or as an elective that lets you explore the wonders of Hawaiʻi.

See you in class!

Simon Kattenhorn, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences

(808) 932-7506

(808) 932-7295

College Hall A, room 1

Departments and Programs



B.S. in Astronomy, Minor in Astronomy, Minor in Earth & Space Science



B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Biology: Cell, Molecular & Biomedical Sciences Track, B.S. in Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Track, Minor in Biology



B.S. in Chemistry, B.S. in Chemistry: Biosciences, Minor in Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy Certificate

Computer Science


B.S. in Computer Science, Minor in Computer Science, Computer Application Development Specialization Certificate, Data Science Certificate, Digital Visualization and Communication Certificate, Database Management Certificate



B.A. in Geology, B.S. in Geology, Minor in Geology, Earth and Space Science Minor

Marine Science


B.A. in Marine Science, B.S. in Marine Science, Minor in Marine Science, Marine Option Program Certificate



B.A. in Mathematics, Minor in Mathematics


Undergraduate; Graduate

B.S. in Nursing, R.N. to B.S in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice



B.A. in Physics, Minor in Physics