About the Astronomy Program
Get Started on the Path Towards a 4-year Degree in Astronomy
Astronomers study the solar system, stars, galaxies, and space using principles of physics and mathematics. Their work adds to the basic scientific knowledge about the nature of the Universe. Astronomers study planets, stars, novas, and colliding gases between stars in an attempt to determine how they were formed, what they are made of, and how they change. This field of science also leads to a better understanding of the Earth and its ecosystem.
Program Level Outcomes
Upon completion of the Astronomy Courses, students will be able to explain:
- Key principles of astronomy using applicable vocabulary; including employing the scientific method to organize, prioritize, and problem solve.
- How and where the human species fits into the immense, complex, and ever-changing universe.
All classes meet IGETC and GE transfer requirements. Courses are not sequential; there are no prerequisites unless indicated.
Astronomy 1: Stellar Astronomy
Astronomy 2: Planetary Astronomy
Astronomy 3: Stellar Astronomy with a Lab
Astronomy 4: Planetary Astronomy with a Lab
Astronomy 5: Life in the Universe
Astronomy 6: Archaeoastronomy
Astronomy 7: Cosmology
Astronomy 8: Introduction to Astrophysics (Prerequisite: Math 2)
Astronomy 9: Astrophysics with Calculus (Prerequisite: Math 8; and Physics 8 or Physics 21)
Astronomy 10: Exploration of the Solar System
Additional career options: professor/teacher, observatory night assistant/telescope operator, director of an observatory, research scientist, director of a planetarium, curator of a museum, solar researcher, satellite communications/reconnaissance, aerospace program engineer/programmer, public outreach, park ranger, and environmental/atmospheric scientist.
(This list is by no means comprehensive.)
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