Associate in Science, Astronomy

The Associate in Science (AS), Astronomy provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to specialize in Astronomy or a related field. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers including astronomers, atmospheric and space scientists, physicists, and astronomy professors.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Engage and develop your curiosity of the natural world. (AST106, AST111, AST112, PHY121, PHY115, PHY131, PHY116, PHY241)
  • Utilize laboratory equipment, telescopes, and software to gather data, observations, measurements in order to find patterns, correlations, and relationships related to our origins and place in the Universe and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. (AST106, AST111, AST112, [MA])
  • Clearly communicate scientific ideas to a diverse audience - qualitatively and quantitatively, in verbal, written, and visual formats, using an appropriate technical vocabulary. (AST106, AST111, AST112, PHY121, PHY115, PHY131, PHY116, PHY241, (COM), [FYC], [HU], [L], [MA], [SB])
  • Implement a macro perspective to interpret, analyze, and engage with universal concepts. (AST106, AST111, AST112, PHY121, PHY115, PHY131, PHY116, PHY241, [L], [FYC])
  • Critically assess problems using the principles, methodologies and perspectives of Astronomy. (AST106, AST111, AST112, PHY121, PHY115, PHY131, PHY116, PHY241)
  • Evaluate published materials for scientific validity. (AST106, AST111, AST112, [FYC], [L])
  • Compare and contrast the perspectives of diverse societies and cultures. (AST106, AST111, AST112, [FYC], [L], [HU], [SB])
  • Demonstrate ethical practices in individual and collaborative work settings. (AST106, AST111, AST112, [L], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB])
  • Integrate and apply theory and observational data to develop solutions to societal problems. (AST106, AST111, AST112, [L], [FYC], [HU], [SB])


Major Code: 
Associate in Science, Astronomy
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AST106Life in the Universe4
AST111Introduction to Solar System Astronomy4
AST112Introduction to Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology4
MAT230Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
MAT231Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)4-5
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
MAT261Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT262Differential Equations (3) OR
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
PHY241University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena4
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-SCredits: 22-32
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.0-3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] Literacy and Critical Inquiry and [SB] Social-Behavioral Sciences or [L] Literacy and Critical Inquiry and [HU] Humanities, Arts & Design or [L] Literacy and Critical Inquiry and (COM) Oral Communications or [L] Literacy and Critical Inquiry and CRE101 requirements simultaneously.
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite.4-5
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (PHY115 OR PHY121) AND (PHY116 OR PHY131) in Required Courses.
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.