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Astronomy courses at Phoenix College stress the process by which humans learn about the vast space that surrounds us.  You will learn how to ask, and answer, big questions such as “How big is the Earth, Sun, solar system, and universe?”, “How does a star work?”, and “How old is the universe?”  Searching for answers to such questions goes far beyond the learning of a few interesting facts about astronomy.  It also fosters a person’s ability to organize complex information into a coherent argument, which is a critical thinking skill that can be applied in all aspects of life.


Program Curriculum

The completion of astronomy courses does not lead to a specific Phoenix College program degree; however, they satisfy the natural science requirements or program electives in fulfillment of an Associate Degree or Certificate, and many four-year university degree programs.  Students must take both the 3-credit lecture and 1-credit lab courses in order to satisfy the SG, and SQ, requirements of most degree programs.  For specific course or program requirements, meet with an academic advisors located in the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC).


Astronomy course offerings include:


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.