2018-2019 Spring Edition 
    Aug 04, 2020  
2018-2019 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Astronomy Associate of Science

The curriculum in the Astronomy Associate of Science degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve a degree in Astronomy. The degree can focus on observational astronomy, which focuses on acquiring data using principles of physics, or theoretical astronomy, which is orientated towards using computer and analytical models to describe astronomical objects and phenomena. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors related to this field, earning the associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion within research universities, aerospace and national observatories. Examples of such positions are technicians at observatories, planetariums, or companies making telescopes and astronomical equipment.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify the structure and evolution of the solar system by comparing and contrasting the planets.
  • Demonstrate observational techniques used to gather data on astronomical objects.
  • Describe the evolution, structure and composition of the universe. Including all galaxies, quasars, proto-galaxies and components within galaxies (stars, gas, dust and non-stellar objects).

Total Units for the Major: 26

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

Associate of Science Degree

Completion of all the courses listed above and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate of Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.