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Astronomy

If you’re interested in a future career in Astronomy, seeking science credits, or just captivated by the universe, enroll in ACC Astronomy courses.

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Bring your fascination for the universe, galaxies, stars, planets, and comets and enroll in Astronomy courses at ACC. During lab sessions, you can study the mysteries of space in our state-of-the-art Astronomy classroom. Learn about celestial bodies and the universe while you earn science credits that are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Colorado.

Jennifer Jones
Program Chair / Faculty
Astronomy
jennifer.jones [at] arapahoe.edu

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Students successfully completing any Guaranteed Transfer Courses with a "C" or better are guaranteed acceptance of the course at any public four-year College or university in Colorado. The State Guaranteed Transfer Courses and the Colorado Community College General Education requirements have been incorporated into the degree. Students who complete a 60 credit-hour A.S. degree with appropriate course requirements and grades of "C" or better may be able to complete a Baccalaureate degree in 60 additional credits after transferring to a four-year public institution. Consult your ACC Advisor about Colorado's 60 + 60 agreement.

NOTE: This guarantee excludes majors in Education, Business, Engineering and Nursing.

NOTE: No course substitutions will be accepted for the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (39 credit hours)
Written Communications (6 credit hours)
Oral Communications (3 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (GT-AH1, GTAH2,
    GT-AH3, or GT-AH4). See GT-Pathways courses
Social and Behavioral Science (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two Guaranteed Transfer Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3).
    See GT-Pathways courses
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One Guaranteed Transfer course from: History (GT-HI1). See GT-Pathways courses
Natural and Physical Sciences (12 credit hours)
  • GT - Two LAB course sequence in any Guaranteed Transfer Science discipline (GT-SC1) and an additional Guaranteed Transfer LAB Science course from (GT-SC1); SCI 155 and SCI 156 are excluded and will not satisfy this requirement. See GT-Pathways courses
Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes

Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): AST (100 or higher), BIO (100 or higher), CHE (100 or higher), EGG (100 or higher), MAT (121 or higher, except 155 or 156), PHY (111 or higher), or any foreign language (111 or above).

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

ACC offers the following Astronomy courses for credit that is guaranteed transferrable to any Colorado public college or university.

For full course descriptions, please see the ACC Course Catalog.

Meet Our Program Chair

Jennifer Jones is a member of the ACC faculty and the Program Chair of the Astronomy Department. She holds an MS in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Physics and in Astronomy, both from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ms. Jones advises ACC’s Astronomy Club, which brings people together to view the night sky through a telescope and learn about the Universe. She also coordinates the Astronomy Star Parties, which are held four times each semester.

Jennifer Jones

Star Parties

Observe the night sky and explore the vastness of the universe during Astronomy Star Parties. Held four times each semester, the parties are free and open to the public. ACC provides telescopes and refreshments. jennifer [dot] jone [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (Email) Astronomy Program Chair Jennifer Jones for information about the next event.

Upcoming Star Parties

  • Thursday, October 3, 7:30 - 9:30pm - Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock
  • Friday, October 25, 7:30-9:30pm - Littleton Campus
  • Monday, November 4, 7:30-9:30pm - Parker Campus
  • Friday, November 15, 7:30-9:30pm - Littleton Campus

Space Grant Teams

ACC is affiliated with Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) and funded by NASA. As a member of the COSGC, we have 4 student teams that design, build, and tests scientific apparatuses. We have the DemoSat Team, the Wearables Team, the Robotics Team, and the RockSat team. For more information, contact Jennifer Jones at jennifer [dot] jones [at] arapahoe [dot] edu.

DemoSat

Builds a scientific payload (portable experiment) that is launched to the stratosphere (~100,00 ft up) via high altitude balloon. We have a fall and spring team. The students design and build the experiment and attend launch and recovery.

RockSat

Builds a scientific payload (portable experiment) that is launched to the space (~100 miles up) via sounding rocket (a type of rocket launched from a NASA facility). We have one team per year that goes from September to the following August. Students get to travel to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in VA to test the payload and attend launch. The students design and build the experiment.

Robotics

Builds an autonomous robot that will go the Great Sand Dunes and compete in a Challenge. We have one team per year that goes from September to the following May. The students design and build the robot. They will learn coding as well to make the robot move and navigate on its own.

Wearables

Builds a piece of wearable technology and will create a video about their creation. We have one team per year that goes from September to the following May. Students design and build a piece of wearable technology designed to solve a problem of their choice.
 
For all 4 teams there are stipend opportunities, award opportunities, and scholarship opportunities to members of the team.

Robotics Challenge

Check out the great work our ACC Space Grant Robotics Team has been working on.