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This program is part of the Physical Science Department.


Did you know that astronomers have discovered more than 2,500 planets outside our solar system? Or that there’s a supermassive black hole at the center our Milky Way galaxy? And did you know that Jupiter’s fourth largest moon, Europa, most likely has a water ocean underneath its icy surface?

Astronomy is an endlessly fascinating science and your career in astronomy begins at MCC. Our program is ideal for those who want to transfer to a university and major in one of the physical sciences or who simply want to expand their knowledge in this field.


Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer options for the Astronomy program
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Associate in Science Astronomy Emphasis Northern Arizona University Astronomy (Bachelor of Science)

Additional Transfer Options

Below are some additional transfer options that may also be available to you. Please contact Academic Advisement to learn more.

A list of additional transfer options for the Astronomy program
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Associate in Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Earth and Space Exploration
Associate in Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Exploration Systems Design and Geological Sciences

Career Opportunities

The Astronomy program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Astronomers $86,410
Atmospheric and Space Scientists $91,730
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $82,590
Computer Occupations, All Other $80,280
Computer Programmers $80,500
Conservation Scientists $68,230
Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other $36,910
Graphic Designers $44,560
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other $45,810
Multimedia Artists and Animators $58,940
Museum Technicians and Conservators $38,230
Photographers $24,220
Physical Scientists, All Other $86,610
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $93,820
Writers and Authors $53,790
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Astronomy program is available through the Physical Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.