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 |
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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.
Review Graduation Requirements and General Education.
Course | Title | Units |
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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: Electricity/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 | ||
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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: Electricity/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