# Astronomy, Associate in Science Degree

**Banner Code: **1_AS_ASTR

**Control Number: **35182

**Financial Aid Eligible**

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 I | 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 AS major requirements.**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 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 Required Courses | 5-8 | |

Calculus 1 | ||

and | ||

Calculus 2 | ||

or | ||

Calculus 1 and 2 Honors | ||

Physics Required Courses | 8 | |

Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics | ||

and | ||

Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism | ||

or PHYS A285 | Calculus Based Physics: Modern | |

Total Units | 24-27 |

Requirement | Units |
---|---|

Program Major Units | 24-27 |

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

Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement | Varies |

Total Minimum Degree Units | 60 |

## Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. **Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.**

Year 1 | ||
---|---|---|

Semester 1 | Units | |

ASTR A100 or ASTR A100H |
Introduction to Astronomy or Introduction to Astronomy Honors |
3 |

ASTR A100L or ASTR A100M |
Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory or Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory Honors |
1 |

MATH A180 or MATH A180H |
Calculus 1 or Calculus 1 Honors |
4 |

OCC AS GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE | 3 | |

OCC AS GE AREA C1- CHOOSE ONE | 3 | |

Units | 14 | |

Semester 2 | ||

Astronomy Restricted Electives - CHOOSE ONE | 3 | |

Planetary Astronomy or Stellar Astronomy or Cosmology or Galactic Astronomy |
||

MATH A185 or MATH A185H |
Calculus 2 or Calculus 2 Honors |
4 |

OCC AS GE AREA C2 - CHOOSE ONE | 3 | |

OCC AS GE AREA D - CHOOSE ONE | 3 | |

ELECTIVES (DEGREE APPLICABLE) | 3 | |

Units | 16 | |

Year 2 | ||

Semester 1 | ||

PHYS A185 or PHYS A185H |
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics or Calculus-Based Physics: Mechanics Honors |
4 |

ELECTIVES (DEGREE APPLICABLE) | 11 | |

Units | 15 | |

Semester 2 | ||

PHYS A280 or PHYS A285 |
Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism or Calculus Based Physics: Modern |
4 |

ASTR A200 | Introduction to Astrophysics | 4 |

ELECTIVES (DEGREE APPLICABLE) ^{1} |
7 | |

Units | 15 | |

Total Units | 60 |

^{1} | VARIES TO REACH MIN. 60 DEGREE APPLICABLE UNITS |