Astronomy

Associate in Science
Transfer Preparation * (Major Code: 01500)

Some areas of study in astronomy include the sun, the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, the Milky Way, galaxies, and cosmology. Astronomers work in space industries, for government agencies, and for educational institutions as professors and researchers.

Astronomy curricula stress very strong initial study in mathematics, physics, and computer science. Students are encouraged to start with mathematics and physics in the order listed below since these courses are prerequisites for the subsequent courses.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Develop mathematical skills, acquire physics knowledge, and practice applying these skills and knowledge in astrophysical situations.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
MATH 250 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I 5
 Units5
Second Semester
MATH 251 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II 4
PHYS 270 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I 3
PHYS 271 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1
 Units8
Third Semester
ASTR 205 ELEMENTARY ASTROPHYSICS 3
MATH 252 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS III 4
PHYS 272 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II 3
PHYS 273 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1
 Units11
Fourth Semester
PHYS 274 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS III 3
PHYS 275 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY III 1
 Units4
 Total Units28
Recommended Elective
CHEM 200GENERAL CHEMISTRY I5
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Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses specific to the transfer institution of choice. University requirements vary from institution to institution and are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to verify transfer major preparation and general education requirements through consultation with a counselor in either the Counseling Center or Transfer Center. See catalog Transfer Courses Information section for further information.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.