What is astronomy?

Astronomy is the study of the universe.

Who takes astronomy classes?

Our students range from high school students to lifelong learners. Some students take our astronomy classes because they satisfy general education requirements, others because they satisfy their intellectual curiosity. We offer our ASTR 101 and ASTR 102 classes in a state-of-the-art planetarium to improve the educational experience.  These classes also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in astronomy!

What do astronomers do?

Pursuing a degree in astronomy leads to lots of job options! Some astronomers work at universities and research laboratories. Others work in science museums, planetariums, and K-12 facilities. Most positions require advanced degrees, but others (such as observatory technicians and science journalists) do not.

What is the career outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth for astronomers is 7% from 2014 to 2024. The median annual salary for astronomers is $104,740 in May 2016.

For more information about astronomy-related careers, visit the American Astronomical Society's Careers website. 

Related Majors/Degrees/Certificates

Engineering
Physics 

Any questions?

Please contact the Physical Sciences Department Chair, Dr. James Covalt.

Planetarium

San Diego City College is home to a Spitz SciDomeHD planetarium.

When you take ASTR 101 with us, your classroom is a planetarium!

City's astronomy faculty members also perform planetarium shows as part of the college's many cultural programs, such as World Cultures.

The SDCC planetarium is also available for outreach to both the campus community and the public. Please join us to share in the wonder of the universe! Contact City College's Outreach office (cityoutreach@sdccd.edu) or Dr. Lisa M. Will (lwill@sdccd.edu) for more information.