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.
Next start date: 06/29/2022
Total classes: 36
Weeks per class: 7.5-15
Total credit hours: 120
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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 not currently provided in this degree. You may want to consider ASU’s campus Bachelor of Science in earth and space exploration.
Will my astronomy and planetary science degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
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.
AST 301: Physics of Astrophysics
AST 321: Introduction to Planetary and Stellar Astrophysics
AST 322: Introduction to Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics
SES 106: Habitable Worlds (SQ)
SES 350: Engineering Systems and Experimental Problem Solving
SES 376: Communicating Astronomical and Planetary Sciences I
SES 377: Communicating Astronomical and Planetary Sciences II
AST 111: Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy (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.
You are considered a first-year student 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).
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.
NASA missions in progress at the school.
individual meteorites, the largest university collection.
satellite launched into space.
1 of 5
schools capable of building NASA-certified flight instruments for space.