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Astronomy is the science dedicated to the study of the organization, behavior and evolution of matter and energy in the universe. Specific areas of study include the nature and formation of planets, stars and galaxies, as well as the significances of the grand scale structure of the entire universe.
Astronomy courses are intended for any student with an interest in the subject. All are taught with an emphasis on conceptual understanding, although laboratory exercises do involve some use of basic algebra.
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The Science Division seeks to provide students with a diverse array of physical and life science classes through which they will develop an increased awareness and understanding of scientific knowledge and the scientific method of investigation by which this knowledge has been gained.
Astronomy degrees at the bachelor's level are generally offered by physics departments. Students interested in pursuing astronomy as a major after transfer to a baccalaureate institution should obtain an Associate in Science (AS) Degree - Option II, following the course sequence specified for physics majors. (See AS Option II in the Degrees section of the catalog.)
Preparation for Success
Students interested in a major in Astronomy should take additional courses in physics, geology and mathematics.