Southwestern College


General Description

Astronomy is both the oldest science and one of the most modern, with problems such as dark matter and dark energy that are among the most challenging and important scientific problems of our times. Modern astronomy spans a broad range of topics that include: solar system astronomy and planetary science; the Sun; stars and stellar evolution; interstellar nebulae; galaxies; cosmology; and life in the universe.

Transfer Preparation for Astronomy

• Calculus
  MATH 250, 251, 252
• Physics
  PHYS 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275 
• Astrophysics
  ASTR 205

Career Options

A few careers in Astronomy require an associate degree, some require a bachelor’s degree and most require graduate level degrees. Astronomers typically work in academia teaching and conducting research; in government agencies and laboratories; and in the private sector in planetaria and in commercial research and development. Details about careers in Astronomy are available at the American Astronomical Society at

Astronomy Faculty

• Grant J. Miller, M.S. | ext. 5535 |
• Jeffrey Veal, Ph.D. | ext. 5722 |

Astronomy Courses

• ASTR 100 Principles of Astronomy
• ASTR 109 Astronomy Laboratory
• ASTR 120 Solar System Astronomy
• ASTR 150 Discovery of the Cosmos
• ASTR 170 The Radical Universe
• ASTR 180 Life in the Universe
• ASTR 205 Elementary Astrophysics
• ASTR 295 Selected Topics in Astronomy

Instructional Laboratory Technician

• Michael George | ext. 5419 |

Last updated: 10/4/2017 10:07:53 AM