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Astronomy is the study of the cosmos, from our home planet to the farthest reaches of the universe. One of the original liberal arts, astronomy offers students an unparalleled perspective for appreciating our planet and the life that it supports. It also provides an opportunity to appreciate the simplicity of the forces of nature and to understand how these forces govern the origin and evolution of our universe and all its constituents.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for a degree in mathematics & science allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in astronomy without loss of credit or time.

Associate of Arts Degree in Mathematics/Science
Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences


Principles of Astronomy
3 Credits

Prerequisite: MAT*H095 or placement test score. This course explores man’s rapidly growing knowledge of the Cosmos. Topics include: the sun as a star; the birth and death of stars; the nature of black holes, pulsars, and quasars; the origins of our solar system and the Universe; the identification of stars and constellations in the night sky; and the nature of time as man’s invention. Observatory sessions and projects planned as weather permits. Students may not receive credit for both AST*H101 and AST*H111.

Introduction to Astronomy
4 Credits

Pre-requisite MAT*H095 or placement score. This course is designed to give an overview of the major topics in astronomy and requires basic algebra. The topics covered include: the night sky, the origins of astronomy, a brief description of physics in astronomy, our solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. The lab portion will support the understanding of concepts and computation in astronomy. Sessions in the NVCC Observatory will be an integral part of the course. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly.Students may not receive credit for both AST*H101 and AST*H111.