Humans are made to explore. As a student of the Astronomy program, you will get to explore space — from our sister planets in the solar system to the farthest reaches of the universe. Our experienced instructors will teach you where aliens might exist in our galaxy and how to actively search for them today. You'll study our current generation of space probes and how stars are created, live their lives and die, then give birth to the next generation of stars. You will also study black holes — where space and time itself is twisted and warped. As part of the Astronomy program, you will gain hands-on experience using telescopes and computer software to learn the actual techniques used to discover all of these things.

The Astronomy program will provide the necessary foundation to succeed in careers in the life, physical, environmental, and social sciences and related teaching positions.

You could be a part of what you've only dreamed about in science fiction. Join the Astronomy program today and discover the explorer in you.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Associate Degrees and University Transfer
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Astronomy

Reach for the stars – and beyond – to a galaxy far, far away. Astronomy is all about being curious about the worlds above us.

At EMCC, you will study the past, the present and the future in this science. Dig into theories about the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the general structure of space. Astronomers also study the structure, origin, and evolution of the universe.

Understanding all the pieces of the universe can help policymakers, defense systems, research advancement, space exploration and more. Astronomers also delve into chemistry, biology, physics and geology – all to bring outer space a little closer to the people here at home on Earth. Work for government, private labs, or colleges and universities.