Associate in Science Astronomy Emphasis

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Astronomy focuses on the universe, galaxies, stars, planets, moons, and other celestial objects. In this program you’ll learn the laws that govern how our universe operates. Astronomy is about more than studying outer space. With this understanding you can work toward solving many of the problems that face our world, including those found in the areas of energy, climate, healthcare, exploration, and environmental sustainability.

In MCC’s courses on astronomy you will focus on astrophysics, planetary science, and astrobiology. You will learn to think and work critically and creatively, independently, and collaboratively. You will have access to our state-of-the-art planetarium, leading-edge telescopes, and challenging research opportunities.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8600
Total Credits Required
63–71
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Transfer Partner
Northern Arizona University
Transfer Program
Astronomy (Bachelor of Science)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Engage and develop your curiosity of the natural world. (CO, CE, CG, CT)
  • Utilize laboratory equipment, telescopes, and software to gather data, observations, and measurements in order to find patterns, correlations, and relationships related to our origins and place in the universe and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. (CT)
  • Clearly communicate scientific ideas to a diverse audience—qualitatively and quantitatively, in verbal, written, and visual formats, using an appropriate technical vocabulary. (CO, CT)
  • Implement a macro perspective to interpret, analyze, and engage with universal concepts. (CT)
  • Critically assess problems using the principles, methodologies, and perspectives of astronomy. (CT)
  • Evaluate published materials for scientific validity. (CO, CT)
  • Compare and contrast the perspectives of diverse societies and cultures. (CO, CG, CE, CT)
  • Demonstrate ethical practices in individual and collaborative work settings. (CO, CE)
  • Integrate and apply theory and observational data to develop solutions to societal problems. (CE, CG, CT)

Career Opportunities

Majoring in astronomy builds the skills, knowledge, and mental framework you will need to succeed in careers as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing and industry, education, engineering, media and journalism, resource management, and computing.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

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.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • This course sequence is still pending final approval
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17-18
AST106 or
AST111 or
AST112
Life in the Universe or Introduction to Solar System Astronomy or Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology Critical course Gateway course 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5
HU & C Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) and Cultural Diversity in the US (C) Course 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-20
AST106 or
AST111 or
AST112
Life in the Universe or Introduction to Solar System Astronomy or Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Course carries L Value 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
PHY121 or
PHY115
University Physics I: Mechanics or University Physics I 4–5
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-17
AST106 or
AST111 or
AST112
Life in the Universe or Introduction to Solar System Astronomy or Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology 4
PHY131 or
PHY116
University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism or University Physics II 4–5
mat240 or
MAT241
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4–5
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, or COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value. COM225 fulfills both the L and COM requirements. 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
PHY241 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena 4
HU with H or G Humanities, Arts, & Design Course and Historical (H) or Global (G) Awareness 3
SB or L Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course or Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L) course If two SB courses were not completed in previous terms, complete an SB course.
If the L requirement was not completed in previous terms , select a course that carries the L value.
3
Electives Two Elective Courses 6
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
AST106 or
AST111 or
AST112
Life in the Universe or Introduction to Solar System Astronomy or Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology Critical course Gateway course 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-11
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Course carries L Value 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
PHY121 or
PHY115
University Physics I: Mechanics or University Physics I 4–5
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, or COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value. COM225 fulfills both the L and COM requirements. 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
AST106 or
AST111 or
AST112
Life in the Universe or Introduction to Solar System Astronomy or Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology 4
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course 3
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4–5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SB or L Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course or Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L) course If two SB courses were not completed in previous terms, complete an SB course.
If the L requirement was not completed in previous terms , select a course that carries the L value.
3
AST106 or
AST111 or
AST112
Life in the Universe or Introduction to Solar System Astronomy or Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
PHY131 or
PHY116
University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism or University Physics II 4–5
HU with H or G Humanities, Arts, & Design Course and Historical (H) or Global (G) Awareness 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
MAT240 or
MAT241
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4–5
HU & C Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) and Cultural Diversity in the US (C) Course 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
PHY241 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena 4
Elective Elective Course 3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Science in Associate in Science (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/as1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.