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Astronomy & Atmospheric Sciences

Program Description

The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to prepare students for entrance into a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Astronomy or Atmospheric Sciences. The primary focus of the AS-T degree is completion of the necessary math and science requirements for junior standing at Washington State baccalaureate institutions. Students will be required to take additional general education courses after transfer to fulfill university requirements. Astronomy or Atmospheric Sciences are excellent majors for graduate studies in Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Applied Math, Education, Environmental Studies, and Physics.

Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences — What is it?

Astronomy is the study of the origin and structure of the universe, including the sun, stars, moon, planets and galaxies. Atmospheric Sciences, on the other hand, is the study of the atmosphere around the earth often used to forecast the weather and climate trends. Generally considered subsets of Physics, both fields adopt scientific research methods to include observation, instrumentation, data collection, data analysis and computation.

Contact Us
Faculty and Advising
Joyce Fagel
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Areas of study in Astronomy:

Stars and Solar Systems, Planetary Orbits, Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Galaxies, Stellar Matter and Structure, Astronomical Instrumentation, Physics, Mathematics, Observational Cosmology and Research Methods; Atmospheric Sciences: Weather Forecasting, Climate Change and Trends, Climate Theory, Air Quality and Pollution Control, Global Warming, El Nino, Ozone Depletion, Planetary Atmospheres Glaciology, Satellite Communications and Research Methods.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy or Atmospheric Sciences?

Graduates in Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences develop strong research, writing and computational skills with the ability to operate specialized, scientific equipment and instruments. Students with a bachelor’s degree often secure entry level positions as research assistants or technicians. Many choose to go on to graduate school to earn a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in order teach and/or conduct research.

Potential employers include:

Research and Development Firms, Colleges and Universities, Government Agencies—Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Weather Service, Department of Commerce, U.S. Military Services, Colleges and Universities, Observatories, Planetariums, Science Museums, Environmental Agencies, Weather Bureaus, Radio and Television Stations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.

Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits, Completion Award: A.S. Degree