Astronomy, the oldest of all scientific studies, has played a vital role in the development of modern science. Astronomers study the formation, composition, and evolution of objects such as planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, black holes, and the universe itself. Students may take courses to prepare for a major in astronomy or to fulfill general education requirements.

Career options include teaching, museum or planetarium director, astronomer/astrophysicist, space scientist, mission data analyst, space craft and instrument designer, observatory technician, telescope operator, optics or electronics technician, computer programmer, and mathematician.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Chris Metzler
Office: San Elijo, Room 403
P 760.944.4449 x7738

Dean: Carlos Lopez
Building 4700
P 760.795.6809

Department: Physical Science

Secretary: Kathy Thiele
Office: Building 3600
P 760.795.6874

Full-Time Faculty

Rica French
Office: Oceanside, Room 4512
P 760.757.2121 x6506
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Instructional Associate

Larry Hernandez
Office: Oceanside, Building 4500
P 760.757.2121 x6329

Associate Faculty