Online Bachelor of Science in Astronomical and Planetary Sciences

Study the stars in this online astronomy and planetary science degree. You will explore planets, solar systems and galaxies to understand where we came from and where we are going using the universe as your laboratory.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/12/2020


Total classes: 36

Weeks per class: 7.5 - 15

Total credit hours: 120

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Details

The online Bachelor of Science in astronomical and planetary sciences program provides you with broad training in the scientific foundations and fundamentals of space exploration, including ongoing advances in the field.

What can I do with this astronomy degree?

 

Learners can expect to find careers in fields that value scientific knowledge and complex problem-solving skills. This includes the ability to use modern statistical data analysis techniques. Graduates may find jobs within K-12 STEM teaching, writing and journalism, science policy or statistical data analysis and computer programming.

This online astronomy degree is ideal for individuals who would like to gain a solid understanding of astronomy and planetary science. Because this program focuses on critical thinking and innovative problem-solving, it may prepare you for law school or other graduate school opportunities related to this skill set.

However, if you plan to apply to a graduate program in astronomy or astrophysics or pursue a path as a university professor or professional astronomer, you’ll need additional advanced coursework in mathematics and physics and in-person research experience. You may want to consider ASU’s campus Bachelor of Science in earth and space exploration.

Astronomical and planetary science courses

You’ll complete courses in communication, mathematics, physical sciences, astronomy, planetary science and engineering. You’ll also gain a greater understanding of the computational tools and techniques used to carry out astronomy and planetary science research.


MAT 170: Precalculus (MA)


MAT 210: Brief Calculus (MA)


PHY 111: General Physics (SQ)


PHY 113: General Physics Laboratory (SQ)


PHY 112: General Physics (SQ)


PHY 114: General Physics Laboratory (SQ)


AST 301: Physics of Astrophysics


AST 321: Introduction to Planetary and Stellar Astrophysics (SQ)


Astronomy bachelor’s degree jobs

Faculty in the School of Earth and Space Exploration are academic leaders in their respective fields. Our faculty focus on collaboration, research, innovation and teaching, with an emphasis on advancing scholarship, discovery, research and science. Our expertise spans a variety of fields, from astrobiology, astrophysics and astronomy to geological and planetary science, systems design and more.

Computer Programmer


Growth: -7.2 %
Salary: $82,240

Data Analyst


Growth: 9.2 %
Salary: $47,400

Elementary Teacher


Growth: 7.4 %
Salary: $57,160

High School Teacher


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $59,170

Middle School Teacher


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $57,720

News Reporter


Growth: -10.0 %
Salary: $39,370

Production Assistant


Growth: 9.9 %
Salary: $47,900

Technical Writer


Growth: 11.0 %
Salary: $70,930

Web Developer


Growth: 15.0 %
Salary: $67,990

Explore space with experts in astronomy and planetary studies

Faculty in the School of Earth and Space Exploration are academic leaders in their respective fields. Our faculty focus on collaboration, research, innovation and teaching, with an emphasis on advancing scholarship, discovery, research and science. Our expertise spans a variety of fields, from astrobiology, astrophysics and astronomy to geological and planetary science, systems design and more.

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elected Member.
  • American Chemical Society Medalist.
  • American Geophysical Union Fellows.
  • American Astronomical Society Fellows.
  • Mineralogical Society of American Roebling Medalist.
  • National Academies of Sciences Lectureship.

Explore space with experts in astronomy and planetary studies

Faculty in the School of Earth and Space Exploration are academic leaders in their respective fields. Our faculty focus on collaboration, research, innovation and teaching, with an emphasis on advancing scholarship, discovery, research and science. Our expertise spans a variety of fields, from astrobiology, astrophysics and astronomy to geological and planetary science, systems design and more.

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elected Member.
  • American Chemical Society Medalist.
  • American Geophysical Union Fellows.
  • American Astronomical Society Fellows.
  • Mineralogical Society of American Roebling Medalist.
  • National Academies of Sciences Lectureship.

Admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Study with a school that’s out of this world

The School of Earth and Space Exploration is focused on exploring planet Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond. We break traditional boundaries by combining the strengths of geological sciences, exploration systems design, astronomy, astrobiology and astrophysics to answer some of the biggest questions in science and set the stage for a new era of exploration.

12


NASA missions in progress at the school.

40,000


individual meteorites, the largest university collection.

1


satellite launched into space.

1 of 5


schools capable of building NASA-certified flight instruments for space.

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