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General Information

The Astronomy Department offers classes of students who wish to satisfy the Natural Sciences requirement for the associate degree. For students intending to transfer to a four-year university that has a laboratory science requirement, 1-unit laboratory classes are offered that may be taken concurrently with or after completion of a lecture course. A complete range of topical courses is provided for students interested in astronomy or astrophysics as a career. For further information, contact the department chairperson at (415) 452-5666.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of courses in Astronomy, students will be able to*:

  • Establish that the Universe and its components are knowable, and that we are coming to know them through observations, experiments and theory (the nature of progress in astronomy)
  • Assert that physical laws and processes are universal in scope.
  • Apply the scientific method.
  • Comprehend with a cosmic perspective, including analyzing the nature, scope, and evolution of the Universe, and where the Earth, Solar System, and Milky Way Galaxy fit in.
  • Compare and contrast the structure, properties, and evolution of astronomical objects that may include clusters of galaxies, galaxies, stars, stellar remnants, planetary systems and biological life.

*Derived form the American Astronomical Society Goals for “ASTRO 101” (http://aas/org/files/101-FinalReport.pdf)


Credit, Degree Applicable Courses