Astronomers study the solar system, stars, galaxies, and space using principles of physics and mathematics. Their work adds to the basic scientific knowledge about the nature of the Universe. Astronomers study planets, stars, novas, and colliding gases between stars in an attempt to determine how they were formed, what they are made of, and how they change. This field of science also leads to a better understanding of the Earth and its ecosystem.
DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES
Currently there are no degrees or certificates offered in this discipline. Transfer students in the major who wish to qualify for an Associates degree should select either the Liberal Arts or General Science major. Additional graduation requirements for the Associates degree from Santa Monica College are listed in the Academics section of the catalog as well as online. (www.smc.edu/articulation
CAREER OPTIONS (This list is not comprehensive.)
Observatory Night Assistant/Telescope Operator
Director of an Observatory
Director of a Planetarium
Curator of a Museum
Space Program Engineer
State Park Ranger
Space Program Computer Programmer
FULL-TIME CONTACT INFORMATION
Simon Balm 310-434-8651 email@example.com
Gary Fouts 310-434-4796 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Schwartz 310-434-8924 email@example.com
Ahmed Salama firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Grazier Astro_prof@hotmail.com
Douglas Equils email@example.com
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES
Upon completion of an Astronomy Courses:
1. Students will be able to explain key principles of astronomy using applicable vocabulary; including employing the scientific method to organize, prioritize, and problem solve.
2. Students will explain how and where the human species fits into the immense, complex and ever-changing universe.
COURSES OFFERED IN ASTRONOMY All classes meet IGETC and GE transfer requirements. Courses are not sequential; there are no prerequisites.
Astronomy 1: Stellar Astronomy
Astronomy 2: Solar System Astronomy
Astronomy 3: Stellar Astronomy with a Lab
Astronomy 4: Solar System Astronomy with a Lab
Astronomy 5: Life in the Universe
SMC Planetarium: http://www.smc.edu/planetarium/