Why Study Astronomy

Astronomy is a natural science that deals with the study of celestial objects and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth.

Specifically, you will learn about the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology and motion of celestial objects, as well as the formation and development of the universe. Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences!

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Course Prerequisites

Always check course prerequisites when planning your schedule of classes. To view course prerequisites, check the listings in the department's course catalog. Plan well in advance to submit your prerequisite clearance request form if you think you've already met the prerequisite requirement through another college.

To clear your prerequisites, you may send your completed form with unofficial transcripts to the Admissions Office Evaluations Unit at daclearprereq@deanza.edu or to the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering Division at dapsme@deanza.edu.

Contact Us

De Anza Fujitsu Planetarium

Marek Cichanski
Department Coordinator







  • B.S. Geology, Univ. of Washington 1990
  • Ph.D. Geology, Univ. of Southern Calif., 1995
  • M.S., Astronomy, Swinburne University, 2012

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