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Associate’s Degrees in Astronomy & Astrophysics

16 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in astronomy. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 50 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Education Levels of Astronomy Majors

In 2018-2019, 16 associate's degrees were awarded to astronomy majors. This makes it the 246th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in astronomy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 740
Master’s Degree 225
Doctor’s Degree 185
Associate’s Degree 16
Undergraduate Certificate 1
Basic Certificate 1

Earnings of Astronomy Majors With Associate’s Degrees

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for astronomy majors with their associate's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in astronomy. About 56.2% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 9
Women 7
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Astronomy

The racial-ethnic distribution of astronomy associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 5
White 8
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Astronomy Associate's Degree Students

There are 23 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in astronomy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey, California
4 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monterey Peninsula College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for astronomy majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 7,900 attend the school each year. The astronomy program at Monterey Peninsula College awarded 4 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#2

Palomar College

San Marcos, California
2 Yearly Graduations

The 2nd most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Palomar College. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 associate's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at Palomar College.

#2

El Camino College

Torrance, California
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

El Camino College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in astronomy. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. The astronomy program at El Camino College awarded 2 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#2

San Diego City College

San Diego, California
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 2nd most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Diego City College. Roughly 14,000 attend the school each year. The astronomy program at San Diego City College awarded 2 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#2

Hartnell College

Salinas, California
2 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Hartnell College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their associate's degree in astronomy from Hartnell College. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#6

Lee College

Baytown, Texas
1 Yearly Graduations

Lee College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in astronomy. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their associate's degree in astronomy from Lee College.

#6

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino, California
1 Yearly Graduations

The 6th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Bernardino Valley College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their associate's degree in astronomy from San Bernardino Valley College.

#6

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 6th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Saddleback College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their associate's degree in astronomy from Saddleback College.

#6

North Idaho College

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

North Idaho College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in astronomy. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 associate's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at NIC. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to astronomy that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Physical Sciences 4,132
Physics 1,541
Chemistry 1,199
Geological & Earth Sciences 156
Other Physical Science 67

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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