AS-T2 - Engineerg/CS/Phys/Atmos
Fall, Winter, Spring
Spokane Falls Community College
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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 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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Astronomy AS-T2 map
Total Credits: 90
Michele began her career at SFCC as a student where her love of math and science was fostered and encouraged. After completing her AA here, she transferred to EWU to finish her BS in Physics. She attended WSU Pullman for the following four years where she completed both her MS in Physics and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering working on an interdisciplinary project that included neuroscience and exploration of light. While in graduate school, the new Science building and Planetarium were completed and she worked with her mentor and colleague, John Whitmer, to create an extensive planetarium outreach program.
Michele works with our Phi Theta Kappa students on campus as the faculty advisor for Beta Gamma Kappa and currently acts as our Guided Pathways/Advising coordinator on campus. She enjoys connecting with students on every level and wants to share her excitement of science with people. She knows that math and science can be particularly challenging but wants all students to know that they CAN find math and science success at SFCC!
John has been fascinated with astronomy since early childhood and decided to pursue it as a career after already earning a BS in Forestry from the University of Idaho. After going back to school at the University of Washington for a BS in Astronomy and in Physics, he earned a MS in Astronomy from San Diego State University. He has been teaching at SFCC since 1998, and particularly enjoys introducing people to the wonders of this beautiful universe we find ourselves in. When not teaching or giving shows in the planetarium, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors – especially hiking in the mountains.
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