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 may support attempts to gain entry level employment or promotion.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Course ID Title Units
First Year
ASTR 20 General Astronomy 3
ASTR 25* Observational Astronomy 3
CS 1A Introduction to Computer Science 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
PHYS 4C* General Physics 5
Total Units 34

*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 and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifi es the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements 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.