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Associate in Science, Emphasis in Astronomy
Major: 8605
Effective Term: 2022 Fall   
Award Type: AS

CIP Code: 40.0201
Program Availability: CG   EM   GC   GW   MC   PC   PV   SC   SM  
Instructional Council: Astronomy (94)
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career as:
19-2011.00 Astronomers
19-2021.00 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
19-2012.00 Physicists
25-1054.00 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

Description: The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Astronomy provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to specialize in Astronomy or a related field. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers including astronomers, atmospheric and space scientists, physicists, and astronomy professors.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Engage and develop your curiosity of the natural world. (AST111, AST112, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131)
2. Utilize laboratory equipment, telescopes, and software to gather data, observations, measurements in order to find patterns, correlations, and relationships related to our origins and place in the Universe and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. (AST111, AST112, [MA])
3. Clearly communicate scientific ideas to a diverse audience - qualitatively and quantitatively, in verbal, written, and visual formats, using an appropriate technical vocabulary. (AST111, AST112, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM), [FYC], [HU], [L], [MA], [SB])
4. Implement a macro perspective to interpret, analyze, and engage with universal concepts. (AST111, AST112, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, [L], [FYC])
5. Critically assess problems using the principles, methodologies and perspectives of Astronomy. (AST111, AST112, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131)
6. Evaluate published materials for scientific validity. (AST111, AST112, [FYC], [L])
7. Compare and contrast the perspectives of diverse societies and cultures. (AST111, AST112, [FYC], [L], [HU], [SB])
8. Demonstrate ethical practices in individual and collaborative work settings. (AST111, AST112, [L], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB])
9. Integrate and apply theory and observational data to develop solutions to societal problems. (AST111, AST112, [L], [FYC], [HU], [SB])
Required Courses
+ AST111 Introduction to Solar System Astronomy 4
+ AST112 Introduction to Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology 4

+ MAT230 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
+ MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4) 4-5

+ MAT240 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
+ MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4) 4-5

+ MAT261 Differential Equations (4) OR
+ MAT276 Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
+ MAT277 Modern Differential Equations (3) 3-4

+ PHY115 University Physics I (5) OR
+ PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics (4) 4-5

+ PHY116 University Physics II (5) OR
+ PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4) 4-5
Credits: 27-32

+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 22, 2021

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