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From the Earth to the stars and beyond, curiosity about the world around us has led to today’s greatest discoveries. By studying for a bachelor's in the physical sciences, you’ll explore what is known and unknown in the universe.

Astronomy is the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole. It is the science involving the observation and theories about the solar system, the stars, the galaxies, and the general structure of space. Astronomy also includes cosmology, which is the study of the structure, origin, and evolution of the universe.

Program Code

8605 Associate in Science, Astronomy (AS)

Responsibilities may include:

  • Designing and conducting experiments
  • Teaching at the secondary level
  • Analyzing data
  • Writing research proposals and scientific papers
  • Collaborating with other researchers in chemistry, geology, meteorology, and other fields

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.


Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.