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What will I learn?

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 JCCC Astronomy classes are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to transfer to any Kansas postsecondary public institution, and will also transfer to many 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.


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 8-inch reflecting telescopes that can be placed on one of the two other hard mounts on the observing deck or upon portable tripods
  • Astronomical CCD cameras 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 trajectories
  • Red lights to maximize night vision during observations

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

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Can I get a job?

By studying astronomy, you will expand your skill set and knowledge of physics, mathematics, computer programming and statistics. These skills are in demand for many high-paying jobs. If you go on to get a bachelor’s degree in astronomy, you can pursue a rewarding career as a

  • science educator
  • laboratory technician
  • computer programmer
  • 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. Make an appointment with an Academic Counselor who specializes in this area.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

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.