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Astronomy

Study Astronomy

Earn your science credit and expand your horizons when you study astronomy. It’s more than peering through telescopes at the moon and stars.


Student photographed through a transparent star map.

What can I learn?

JCCC’s offers two ways to study astronomy. The following classes will automatically transfer to any Kansas post-secondary public institution and most other four-year schools:

Earn your science credit and expand your horizons when you study astronomy. It’s more than peering through telescopes at the Sun, Moon, planets, stars and other deep sky objects.

The following astronomy classes are KBOR-approved to automatically transfer to any Kansas post-secondary public institution and most other four-year schools:

  1. ASTR 120 Fundamentals of Astronomy is an online course that offers 3 credit hours. Choose this option if you’ve already fulfilled your science lab requirement or want a more flexible schedule.
  2. ASTR 122 Astronomy is on campus and offers 4 credit hours. You’ll get five 45-minute observing sessions to gaze at the cosmos. This class fulfills your science lab requirement.

Why JCCC?

JCCC offers both online and on-campus classes to start your studies. On-campus classes

feature lectures, labs, and time in our fully equipped Paul Tebbe Observatory.

Located five stories high on the roof of the Classroom Laboratory Building (CLB), the Paul Tebbe Observatory is comparable to those you'd find at many four-year schools. It features:

  • Two mounted 12-inch reflecting telescopes and removable hydrogen-alpha filters for observing the Sun
  • Four additional 8-inch reflecting telescopes that can be placed on one of the two other hard mounts on the observing deck or placed on portable tripods
  • Astronomical CCD for creating remarkable, detailed images
  • A dedicated, portable solar telescope with a built-in hydrogen-alpha filter
  • A special camera to track nearby meteor traffic and trajectory
  • Red lights to maximize night vision during observations

Get an even deeper learning experience when you apply for an honor’s extension or independent study. You can work with a faculty mentor to pursue a topic of study or design and complete a research project.

Can I get a job?

By studying astronomy, you will expand your skillset and knowledge of physics, mathematics, computer programming and statistics. These skills are in demand for many high-paying jobs. With a bachelor’s degree in astronomy, you can

  • pursue a rewarding career as a science educator,
  • laboratory technician,
  • computer programmer,
  • even a science journalist.

You may choose to work in national observatories, research centers, private industry, museums or planetariums. Another option is to enter a graduate program and continue toward becoming a professional astronomer. Check your transfer options.

What does it cost?

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.