Program available at/via: [Walla Walla][Clarkston]
Department Overview: Astronomy is the science dedicated to the study of the organization, behavior and evolution of matter and energy in the universe. Specific areas of study include the nature and formation of planets, stars and galaxies, as well as the significances of the grand scale structure of the entire universe.
Astronomy courses are intended for any student with an interest in the subject and emphasize conceptual (versus mathematical) understanding, however a basic understanding of algebra is recommended.
Program Level Outcomes:
- Demonstrate the knowledge foundational to physical, life and/or sports sciences.
- Test hypotheses in the laboratory or field using discipline-specific tools and techniques for data collection and analysis.
- Use empirical evidence or mathematical models generated from observable phenomena to reach an informed conclusion.
- Evaluate the validity of scientific information and reflect upon its implications.
- Communicate scientific information effectively using written, oral, and/or visual forms.
- Make decisions and propose solutions based on science regarding their own personal health as well as issues that impact their communities.
Degrees: Students may earn an Associate inin Science (AS) Degree - Option II (90 credits). This degree is applicable to students planning on transferring to a four-year college or university and major in Astronomy. Please consult with an advisor at WWCC and your intended transfer institution for the most appropriate degree program. (See AS Option II and AA DTA in Degrees section of catalog.)
Preparation for Success: Students interested in a major in Astronomy should take additional courses in physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics.