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Astronomy courses at Phoenix College stress the process by which humans learn about the vastness that surrounds us.  You will learn how to ask, and answer, big questions such as “How can we measure the size of the Earth with a stick?”, “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 coherent arguments, which is a critical thinking skill that can be applied in all aspects of life.

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.

View Astronomy Course Listing

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

Transfer Options

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.

Career and 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.