Associate in Science
The curriculum in the Astronomy Associate of Science degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve a degree in Astronomy. The degree can focus on observational astronomy, which focuses on acquiring data using principles of physics, or theoretical astronomy, which is orientated towards using computer and analytical models to describe astronomical objects and phenomena. 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 within research universities, aerospace and national observatories. Examples of such positions are technicians at observatories, planetariums, or companies making telescopes and astronomical equipment.