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:
|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|
- 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.
|ASTR A100/A100H||Introduction to Astronomy||3|
|ASTR A100L/A100M||Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory||1|
|ASTR A200||Introduction to Astrophysics||4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Math/Physics Required Courses|
|Select three of the following:||13-16|
|Calculus 1 and 2 Honors|
|Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics|
|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|