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Astronomy

If you are fascinated by the marvels of space, then consider a career in the field of astronomy. 

In this area of study, you will take the classes you need to transfer to a four-year college or university as a junior to complete your bachelor’s degree in astronomy. You’ll learn astronomy, math and physics and complete general education requirements in areas such as English and the humanities. Some of your learning will take place in the SFCC state-of-the-art digital planetarium located on campus.

Studying astronomy could lead to a variety of excellent careers—from astronomer to science teacher to science journalist.

SFCC is a MESA College

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SFCC offers extra support and career development to students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math programs through MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement).

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. No matter what level of math you’re starting with, you will have support all along your journey. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals. We have a place for you!

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MATH& 151
Calculus I
5
PHYS 201
Engineering Physics I
5
Choose 1 course from:
ASTR& 100
Survey of Astronomy
5
ASTR& 101
Introduction to Astronomy
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
MATH& 152
Calculus II
5
PHYS 202
Engineering Physics II
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MATH& 153
Calculus III
5
PHYS 203
Engineering Physics III
5
Choose 1 course from:
GEOG 101
Introduction to Geography
5
GEOG& 102
World Regional Geography
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CHEM& 161
General Chemistry w/Lab I
5
Choose 1 course from:
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
HUM 107
Introduction to Cultural Studies
5
Choose 1 course from:
GEOL& 100
Survey of Earth Science
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CHEM& 162
General Chemistry w/Lab II
5
CS& 141
Computer Science I Java
5
MATH& 254
Calculus IV
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CHEM& 163
General Chemistry w/Lab III
5
MATH 274
Elementary Differential Equations
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 226
Gender Communication
5
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
Total Credits
 
15
 
  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
  • Non-Resident

    $
  • International

    $
  • Avg. Books

    $
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
  • Institutional Fees

    $

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Michele Moore
    Michele Moore
    Astronomy
    B.S., Eastern Washington University; M.S., Washington State University; Ph.D., Washington State University
    Michele.Moore@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4104
  • John Whitmer
    John Whitmer
    Astronomy
    B.S., University of Idaho; B.S., B.S., University of Washington; M.S., San Diego State University
    John.Whitmer@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3673

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John Whitmer

Faculty
john.whitmer@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3673
Building 28, Room 236

Rudy Morrow

Administrative Assistant, STEM
Rudy.Morrow@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-4321
Building 28, room 123