# Astronomy, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_ASTR

Control Number: 35182

Upon completion of the requirements for the Associate in Science Degree in Astronomy, students will be prepared to transfer to CSU/UC and obtain a baccalaureate degree in the following majors: astronomy, astrophysics, or physics. This degree is also a stepping stone toward research internships, entry-level opportunities within the field, e.g., observatory and planetarium operations, and provides a solid foundation for pursuing an advanced degree.

The department strongly recommends that all declared Astronomy majors complete the following courses prior to transfer:

Course | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

CS A131 | Python Programming 1 | 4 |

MATH A185/A185H | Calculus 2 | 4 |

MATH A280/A280H | Calculus 3 | 4 |

MATH A285/A285H | Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations | 4 |

## Program Outcomes

- Describe the constituents of the Universe and the relevant physical processes underlying their behavior.
- Become familiar with the methods of observational astronomy and the analysis of data.
- Develop the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze evidence and evaluate claims as related to astronomy.
- Be prepared for admission to California State University/University of California schools in astronomy/astrophysics.

**Associate in Science Degree Requirements**

**UNIT REQUIREMENT**- 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.**MAJOR REQUIREMENT**- Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.**MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT**- Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.**GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT**- Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.

Course | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Required Courses | ||

ASTR A100/A100H | Introduction to Astronomy | 3 |

ASTR A100L/A100M | Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory | 1 |

ASTR A200 | Introduction to Astrophysics | 4 |

Astronomy Electives | ||

Select one of the following: | 3 | |

Planetary Astronomy | ||

Stellar Astronomy | ||

Cosmology | ||

Galactic Astronomy | ||

Math/Physics Required Courses | ||

Select three of the following: | 13-16 | |

Calculus 1 | ||

and | ||

Calculus 2 | ||

or | ||

Calculus 1 and 2 Honors | ||

Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics | ||

and | ||

Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism | ||

or PHYS A285 | Calculus Based Physics: Modern | |

Program Major Units | 24-27 | |

AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 | Varies | |

Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement | Varies | |

Total Units | 60 |