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Astronomy courses are taught in an integrated lecture/lab format and are built around research in the practices of physics. This enriches the classroom experience to better serve the students’ learning needs and experiences. Courses integrate real world problems and projects to reinforce and build student understanding of the world and universe.

Research opportunities are available and do not require high-level math and are open to any major.

Program goals for students include: 
  • Development of theories based on observations and theories of other astronomers
  • Development of theories based on personal observations 
  • Development and modification of astronomy-related programs for public presentation
  • Understanding the operations of a planetarium

Program Curriculum

The completion of astronomy courses do not lead to a specific Phoenix College program degree; however, most courses satisfy the natural science requirements (see General Education Designation) or program electives in fulfillment of an Associates Degree or Certificate and are a requirement for many health occupation programs.

For specific course or program requirements, meet with an academic advisors located in the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC).

Transfer to a University

Courses taught at Phoenix College are lower division collegiate courses that may transfer to a four-year college or university as program requirement credits, elective credits, and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution.

Meet with one or our transfer advisors for assistance with choosing courses for transfer to another institution. Visit the website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

Employment Outlook

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. May require more than five years of experience. Most astronomy-related jobs require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D.

For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.