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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 A131Python Programming I4
MATH A185/A185HCalculus 24
MATH A280/A280HCalculus 34
MATH A285/A285HIntroduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4

Program Outcomes

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

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 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.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/A100HIntroduction to Astronomy3
ASTR A100L/A100MIntroduction to Astronomy Laboratory1
ASTR A200Introduction to Astrophysics4
Astronomy Electives
Select one of the following:3
Planetary Astronomy
Stellar Astronomy
Galactic Astronomy
Math/Physics Required Courses
Select three of the following:13-16
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Calculus 1 and 2 Honors
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics
Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism
Calculus Based Physics: Modern
Program Major Units24-27
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3Varies
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Units60