The curriculum in the Astronomy Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors related to this field, earning the associate degree can be an important step towards gaining entry level employment or promotions.


Curriculum changes in line with changing industry standards. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website or a college counselor as the following requirements may have changed since this page was updated.

Course ID Title Units
First Year
ASTR 20 General Astronomy 3
ASTR 25 Observational Astronomy 3
MATH 3A* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3B* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
PHYS 4A* General Physics 5
Second Year
PHYS 4B* General Physics 5
Total Units 26

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.


Associate Degree


Associate in Science Degree

Completion of all the courses listed above for a minimum of 60 units (including the general education requirements) with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education/Transfer Requirements and for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.