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Astronomy Degree

Science Degree (SCC 11953, page 72) with Astronomy emphasis

The associate degree in science is designed to provide students with a foundation in science that will allow transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate science degree in disciplines such as astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, or physics.

For transfer with upper division standing, most four-year institutions require a minimum of one-year of calculus and one-year of general chemistry in addition to the courses required in the science major. Check with the Transfer Center or a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Units used to satisfy the general education requirements may also be used to satisfy the Science Degree requirements.

Requirements for the associate in science degree:

Core Courses
Units
                                                                             
Mathematics 180/180H, Analytic Geometry & Calculus
4
Chemistry 219, General Chemistry
5


TOTAL
9


Astronomy Emphasis:
Courses  
Units
  
Core Courses*
9

Astronomy 109, Introduction to the Solar System 

OR

Astronomy 112, Introduction to Cosmology

 
3
Astronomy 110, Introduction to Stars & Galaxies
3
                        
Astronomy 140, Astronomy Laboratory
1
                           
Mathematics 185, Analytic Geometry & Calculus
4
Electives*
6


TOTAL  
26

* Astronomy Emphasis Students may substitute Physics 217 for Chemistry 219.

* Completion of Physics 217/227/237 and/or Mathematics 280 is highly recommended for Astronomy Emphasis Students.


* Electives for the Science Degree must be selected from the following courses: Mathematics 185, 280 and any course numbered 100 or higher in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.