This department is in the division of Science.

Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of the vast universe around us. We start with the earth and sweep outward past the moon to the planets of the solar system and our sun, one of the billions of stars in our galaxy.

Overview

Astronomy is the study of the vast universe around us. We start on the earth and sweep outward past the moon to the planets of the solar system and our sun, one of the billions of stars in our galaxy.

Observatory in Mountains

On our journey through the universe, we explore an exciting realm populated by black holes, quasars, red giants, white dwarfs, and more.

Astronomy is taught in a modern planetarium which accurately simulates the nighttime sky, showing the positions and motions of the stars and planets. The real sky can be viewed through the sixteen-inch reflector telescope in the N. A. Richardson Astronomical Observatory.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in either physics or astronomy should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Degrees/Certificates

Astronomy A.S. Degree Major

To graduate with a specialization in Astronomy, students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (minimum 60 semester units).

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
ASTRON 120 Introduction to Astronomy 3
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ASTRON 125 Astronomy Laboratory 1
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
MATH 252 Multivariable Calculus 5
PHYSIC 200 Physics I 6
 
Total Units 23
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Transfer to an accredited university as a junior with a major in physics or a physics-related major
  2. Integrate physical concepts and principles to other science disciplines
  3. Develop a world view that incorporates the role of physics in modern society
  4. Solve work-related problems by employing physical concepts to formulate and solve representative physical models
  5. Apply astronomical/physical knowledge and skills required in securing and maintaining employment
  6. Demonstrate a proficiency in standard physics laboratory techniques commonly acquired in lower-division coursework

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