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Astronomy

Program Overview

Humans are made to explore. As a student of the Astronomy program, you will get to explore space — from our sister planets in the solar system to the farthest reaches of the universe. Our experienced instructors will teach you where aliens might exist in our galaxy and how to actively search for them today. You'll study our current generation of space probes and how stars are created, live their lives and die, then give birth to the next generation of stars. You will also study black holes — where space and time itself is twisted and warped. As part of the Astronomy program, you will gain hands-on experience using telescopes and computer software to learn the actual techniques used to discover all of these things.

The Astronomy program will provide the necessary foundation to succeed in careers in the life, physical, environmental, and social sciences and related teaching positions.

You could be a part of what you've only dreamed about in science fiction. Join the Astronomy program today and discover the explorer in you.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

Phoenix College's Astronomy program offers courses that range from introductions to our solar system, stars, galaxies, physics, and cosmology to interactive laboratory work focusing on possible life in the universe.

While our Astronomy program does not lead to any specific degree, PC does offer a multitude of courses to satisfy the natural science requirements or electives needed for a certificate or Associate in Science. Completion of our astronomy courses can lead to graduate school or work in the field of astronomy. The options are seemingly endless, much like the worlds you’ll be exploring at PC.

Next Steps

Discuss your course load with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus. Future students may contact the program director, Scott Gompert, for more information.