Astronomy is the study of celestial objects – their history, physical properties and interrelationships. By studying astronomy, students will gain a greater understanding of the universe, the sun, the solar system, comets, stars and galaxies. At MCC, astronomy courses may be used to satisfy a student’s general education knowledge areas in science.
Because of the highly scientific and mathematical nature of astronomy, students who are interested in astronomy will typically have a strong aptitude for conceptual thinking and analysis. An advanced degree is generally required to work in the field. Most astronomy jobs are with observatories, universities, planetariums, scientific research institutions and consulting firms.
Many students who are interested in astronomy will transfer into a bachelor’s degree program to continue their studies in astronomy, another science or mathematics. Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss their plans and how MCC courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available at MCC can be found in the Transfer Planning portion of the web site.