Science Program Learning Outcomes

The Astronomy option (LAAS-AS) is part of the program Liberal Arts And Sciences: Science Emphasis / A.S. Degree. Click on the link above to read the Program Mission Statement, Goals and Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).

Astronomy Courses

These are the general syllabi for the courses offered in Astronomy. Click on the courses to read the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs). However, each instructor writes a specific course outline with detailed guidelines every semester. Students should check with their instructors for more specific information at the start of the semester.

  1. AST101   Astronomy of the Solar System
  2. AST102   Astronomy of Stars and Galaxies
  3. AST103   Search for Life in the Universe
  4. AST201   Observational Astronomy
  5. AST202   Einstein's Universe ‒ High-Energy Astronomy
  6. AST295   Special Topics in Astronomy
  7. AST296   Honors Special Topics in Astronomy
Liberal Arts & Science Associate Degree: Astronomy option (LAAS-AS)

Suggested 2-year schedule for ASTRONOMY MAJORS at SCCC

We encourage students to ask advice about class scheduling to the faculty: we want you to make the best use of your time. Research shows that earning an associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution is associated positively with earning a bachelor's degree (Crosta & Kopko 2014, and references therein). "Completion at the community college could lead to four-year college outcomes that are nearly 10 percentage points greater than comparable to students who do not complete."



Click on faculty names for link to their website, when available.
name / title phone1 office2 e-mail3
Philip Harrington
Adjunct Instructor
Joan Horn
Adjunct Associate Professor (ESC)
Professional Assistant II (ESS)
x4267 T-218 hornj
Dr. Michael Inglis
x4120 T-204 inglism
Matthew Pappas
Associate Professor
x4301 T-202 pappasm
Dr. Robert L. Warasila
Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy


1Please note that all phone numbers begin with 631-451- unless otherwise indicated.

2Offices are located at the Smithtown Science Building (T) on the Ammerman Campus, unless otherwise noted.

3E-mail addresses are "@", unless otherwise noted.