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Astronomy Courses

The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons. - Edwin Powell Hubble, Astronomer Honored by NASA      

What is Astronomy?

Some of the world’s earliest civilizations studied the night sky, looking for clues about their universe. The invention of the telescope gave astronomy the tool it needed to develop into a respected natural science.  NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope now orbits the Earth above the atmosphere, capturing images undistorted by atmosphere and providing an even clearer picture of the Milky Way and beyond.      

Astronomy Courses at Macomb

Whether you are an amateur astronomer, an interested student fulfilling Arts and Sciences requirements, or an astronomy major, Macomb’s Astronomy Courses will take you on a journey to the stars, galaxies, nebulae and interstellar material that exist both inside and outside of Earth’s own solar system.

Learn about the tools used by ancient astronomers and, then, view the same sky they saw through the lens of a telescope in Macomb’s own mini observatory on South Campus.   

Astronomy Courses at Macomb include:

  • General Astronomy 1
  • General Astronomy 2  

Career Opportunities with a Degree in Astronomy

Career opportunities for those who major in astronomy can be found in education, research and the space industry. While support positions in research and teaching positions at a community college will be available to you with a master’s degree in astronomy, a Ph.D. in Astronomy and a strong background in physics, math, and computer science is required if you want to become an astronomer or teach at a university.  

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree  in Astronomy

The credits earned in Macomb’s Astronomy Courses transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied to a bachelor’s degree program.

If you intend to transfer and pursue advanced degrees in Astronomy or any other field, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Astronomy Courses?

For more information on the Astronomy Courses at Macomb, contact the Associate Dean at Center Campus: 586.286.2147 or, or at South Campus: 586.445.7354 or

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