Curriculum Guide- Hawaii On-Line University (HOU)

HOU (Hawaii On-Line University) Curriculum Guide

Some of the courses in this curriculum is based on Open Course Ware as suggested by MIT Open Course Ware curriculum. We are not in any way associated with MIT.  Any courses listed here from Open Course Ware that are being offered by MIT are FREE, and are being taught under the Creative Commons Licence granted by MIT.

Once you have completed your courses with MIT or any other Open Course Ware Institution, you will need to submit the passing grade to our university. There is a credit transfer fee for each course obtained from any other university.

This page presents two ways to explore the Hawaii On-Line University (HOU) curriculum: an interactive map of OCW’s coverage of undergraduate curricula, and tables of links to curriculum details by department.

About the Curriculum

HOU is organized into the following schools:

  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • School of Science

All together, there are many degree-granting departments, programs, and divisions.

In addition, a great deal of research and education takes place in interdisciplinary programs, laboratories, and centers whose work extends beyond traditional departmental boundaries. Interdisciplinary education programs are offered at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

Undergraduate Education

HOU strives to provide students with scientific truth, a strong scientific, technical, and humanistic foundation, and to encourage them to develop creativity in defining problems and seeking solutions. For the Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete a core requirement that is equally divided between science and mathematics, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The science/mathematics requirement includes chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus, as well as laboratory and science electives. The humanities, arts, and social sciences requirement must be fulfilled by taking one course each in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, along with a three-subject concentration. Students must also complete a four-subject communications requirement.

HOU undergraduate General Institute Requirements include:

  • An eight-subject humanities, arts, and social sciences requirement
  • A six-subject science requirement
    • Two terms of calculus
    • Two terms of physics
    • One term of chemistry
    • One term of biology
  • Two restricted electives in science and technology subjects
  • One laboratory subject

Hawaii On-Line University (HOU) follows closely MIT curriculum catalogs. See the HOU Course Catalog for detailed information about General Institute Requirements and the Communication Requirement. Beyond these requirements, students must meet the standards of their chosen major(s). See the HOU Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements links in the tables below for specific information about each major.

A typical course load is four to five courses each term. Freshmen are subject to a credit limit of no more than five courses, as they adjust to the pace and intensity of an HOU education. Upperclassmen are free to take as many courses as they like, with their academic advisor’s approval.

To apply for admission as a student, please contact the HOU Admissions Office for an application.

Office of Admissions

Honollulu, Hawaii & Kihei, Maui

Hawaii On-Line University and Hawaii School of True Science Academy

PO BOX 2076

Kihei, HI 96753

* Graduate Education

We are NOT in any way associated with the graduate programs of MIT, Massachussetts. However, we are modeling our graduate programs after MIT curriculums in order to emulate some of their well understood research and good science, although we do this with a great degree of care in order not to imitate their false teachings of evolution that may pop up reguarly in most of their STEM based classes or programs of engineering.

Since our courses and curriculum follow closely those taught by MIT, we quote from MIT web site:

“Traditionally a leader in engineering graduate education, MIT has also attained national prominence for its doctoral programs in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. In addition, top-ranked graduate programs in economics; political science; linguistics; science, technology, and society; architecture; urban studies and planning; and management have broadened the spectrum of graduate education at MIT.”

* Graduate students may pursue any of the following degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Science (ScD)
  • Engineer
  • Master of Science (SM)
  • Master of Engineering (MEng)

Our school and Institute has a single faculty that is responsible for both undergraduate and graduate instruction. Each department exercises a large measure of autonomy for its graduate programs, under general guidelines established for the Institute as a whole. The administration of graduate education rests with the president, the provost, the chancellor, the dean and associate dean for graduate students, and the Committee on Graduate School Programs.


  • *Please note that some schools and departments are in the process of being established at this time.