Associate Degree- Hawaii On-Line Virtual University

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Hawaii On-Line Virtual University offers professional training equivalent to Associate degrees in a variety of academic fields such as technology, science and engineering. Our Associate degree programs equip you with the proper knowledge required to be competitive in the scientific and engineering and educational life.

We subscribe to the World Association of On Line Education

The WAOE  policy is simply ” to bring together individual teachers and learners.”

Associate Degree in Engineering Program :

What do Engineers Do ?

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, create, and operate useful devices, structures, or processes in an efficient and economical manner. Many branches of engineering exist within this broad definition.

Pre-Engineering Program

Pre-Engineering Advisor: Dee Whitney

Natural Sciences Division Office: Maui, Hawaii

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We offer the following types of Associate Program

Definition of our Associate Program

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, create, and operate useful devices, structures, or processes in an efficient and economical manner. Many branches of engineering exist within this broad definition.

  • Electrical Engineering: Electrical engineers deal with the capture and transmission of energy and information (think of fuel cells, solar panels, hydroelectric plants, satellite transmission, TV, mobile devices).
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical engineers harness power and mechanical forces to develop all sorts of machines (think of supersonic jets, automobiles, robots, and even artificial organs). They also design and build heating and cooling systems, manufacturing facilities, and machine tools.
  • Genetics Engineering:
  • Bio-Medical Engineering:
  • Chemical Engineering:
  • Genetics Engineering:
  • Civil Engineering: Civil engineers design and supervise construction of visible infrastructure items (think of bridges, highways, airports, skyscrapers, or waste-water treatment facilities).
  • Systems Engineering: Systems engineers help integrate many different components of a project to see that they work together smoothly and still meet performance, scheduling, and cost goals.

Engineers are employed in every state and city and by every major industry. Some Engineering graduates command good starting salaries after becoming college graduates.

The U.S. Department of Commerce in 2011 stated, “STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.” (Langdon, 2011).

It is important to keep in mind, however, this is not a guarantee for employment. We do not know what the present shortage or overage of engineering graduates is. Our institution can not guaranteed a job to any of our graduates.

For example, the IEEE Spectrum journal stated “And yet, alongside such dire projections, you’ll also find reports suggesting just the opposite—that there are more STEM workers than suitable jobs. And, “One study found, for example, that wages for U.S. workers in computer and math fields have largely stagnated since 2000.” (Charette, 2013). It has also been published that “Microsoft report distorts reality about computing occupations.” (Costa, 2012).

Could the Globalization and the issuing of an innumerable number of H-1B visas— established by misguided and overzealous politicians have caused such distortion and overage of engineers? The IEEE Spectrum journal stated that “The government of India has said it needs to add 800 new universities, in part to avoid a shortfall of 1.6 million university-educated engineers by the end of the decade.” Where would all those graduates go ? To the U.S.A most likely. Thus, research shows that, at present in the U.S “that there are more STEM workers than suitable jobs (Charette, 2013).

What the IEEE Spectrum journal did say is that “The real STEM crisis is one of literacy: the fact that today’s students are not receiving a solid grounding in science, math, and engineering. “. Please, also realize that according to a Congressional Research Study, “Many STEM jobs today are also targets for outsourcing or replacement by automation.”  (Levine, 2012).

Thus, while we can never guarantee a dire need for STEM and engineering graduates, nevertheless, the world will always need engineering minded persons to solve all of the problems related to the above engineering disciplines. “And, of course, when science, math, and engineering are taught well, they engage students’ intellectual curiosity about the world and how it works.”

Hawaii On Line University Pre-Engineering program gives students a solid background in the mathematics, physics, and chemistry , genetics, biomedical, and the sciences, needed for any engineering degree.

The Pre-Engineering program at Hawaii On Line University is not a degree program. It is a suggested course of study to prepare students to transfer to a four-year accredited engineering program in Civil, Electrical, Computer Science, Medical, or Mechanical engineering.

Please verify that our program will be is transferable to other four year universities. We do not guarantee that our program will or may be accepted by all or any university.

Courses and electives

Capstone Project

The Star Light Distance Problem (3 Credits).

This is your last 4 to 6 pages report on the above subject. This project must be completed before the end of the 2nd year of your Associate’s Degree. The instructor will provide you with details and textbook assigned in order to complete this simple project.

Total Number of credits for 2nd year Associate’s Degree is 35 credits.

Total Number of Credits for your Associates Degree is 71 Credits.

Happy Graduation !

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Associate of Arts Degree Costs

In this Associate Degree Program you will cover the complete general education requirements. This is the basic associate degree program.

Type of Fee Amount Payment Due
Application Fee $85 At the time of application.
Technology Fee $75 At the time of application.
Course fee $95 Per Credit Hour. Tuition is due two weeks prior to the start date of each course.
Late Payment Fee $30 Upon notification.
Graduation Audit Fee $55 When an application for graduation is submitted.



Charette, R. (2013). The STEM Crisis Is a Myth. IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved from

Costa, D. (2012). STEM labor shortages? Microsoft report distorts reality about computing occupations. Retrieved from

Langdon, D. (2011). STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future. U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved from

Levine, L. (2012). Offshoring (or Offshore Outsourcing) and Job Loss Among U.S. Workers. Retrieved from