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Astronomy asks big questions: How do stars, planets and galaxies form? What is the structure of the universe? How do matter and energy work in space? If questions like these fascinate you, you’ll love studying Astronomy at WWCC. We’ll help you understand the concepts and tools astronomers use. You’ll learn how to research, gather data and solve problems. And you’ll get the general ed and science courses you’ll need to transfer into a four-year Astronomy or Physics program.

Careers in Astronomy

Astronomy Jobs Are Everywhere

Careers in science are great for curious people who love to ask questions and learn. There are many options for people with Astronomy degrees. A lot depends on how far you want to take your education. With a bachelor’s degree, you could run science shows in a planetarium, help astronomers with their research, or operate telescopes and other tools. With a master’s degree, you could teach middle or high school physics. Teachers of science subjects of are often in high demand. Or if you go on to earn a Ph.D., you could become an astronomer or professor — and do your own research.

Certificates & Degrees in Astronomy

If you want to earn a four-year degree in Astronomy or a related science, working toward your Associate in Science at WWCC is a good start. Choose the Option II track for courses that will prepare you to study engineering, computer science, physics or atmospheric science after you transfer. Finishing your general ed and some science courses at WWCC will set you up to enter a four-year college as a junior, saving you money in the long run.

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Astronomy Program Details

Entrance Requirements

Students interested in a major in Astronomy should take additional courses in physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge foundational to physical, life and/or sports sciences.
  • Test hypotheses in the laboratory or field using discipline-specific tools and techniques for data collection and analysis.
  • Use empirical evidence or mathematical models generated from observable phenomena to reach an informed conclusion.
  • Evaluate the validity of scientific information and reflect upon its implications.
  • Communicate scientific information effectively using written, oral, and/or visual forms.
  • Make decisions and propose solutions based on science regarding their own personal health as well as issues that impact their communities.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Financial aid — grants, scholarships and student loans.
  • Workforce Education Services — support for students on workforce training pathways.
  • Warrior Pledge — covers needs not met by other financial aid.
  • Flexible payment plans — low monthly payments with no interest.
  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

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