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Astronomy & Earth Science

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Earth Sciences and Astronomy Programs

The Mt. SAC Earth Sciences and Astronomy Department is among the largest in the California Community College system, offering a full range of exciting courses for transfer credit and for general interest. Our modern facilities include a state-of-the-art planetarium, well-equipped laboratories, and evening sky observing opportunities . Mt. SAC is known for its excellent geology field program, and instructors who strive to bring you an education that is relevant to today’s world. Explore Mt. SAC’s Astronomy and Earth Sciences Department and prepare for a lifelong love of science and the world around you. Come and investigate the stars, planets, rocks, and waters of our existence - the universe awaits!

Visit our Earth Science Resource Center, a place for students in our courses to meet and study, use rock samples and maps, and borrow textbooks. It is located in Building 11 Room 2310.


Opportunities in Earth and Space Science:

Redinger Family Earth and Space Science Research Award (Mt. SAC): 

The Earth and Space Science Research Grant (ESSRG) was established to provide Mt. San Antonio College students the opportunity to gain experience in authentic and original scientific research, and to contribute to increasing knowledge within the Earth and Space Sciences. In collaboration with an Earth Science and Astronomy faculty member (serving as a mentor) of the supporting departments, the grant awardee will use the $1900 funds to investigate a geo- or space-science-based research problem and disseminate the results in a public forum. Deadline to apply is Deadline to apply is Friday March 6, 2020.

Redinger Grant Application

Kepler Astronomy Scholarship (Mt. SAC)

Awarded annually to outstanding students who have completed astronomy coursework and/or contributed toward the advancement of the college’s Astronomy Program. Students currently enrolled at Mt. SAC are selected based on academic achievement and program participation. Deadline to apply is March 7, 2019. Kepler Scholarship application

L'Space Virtual Academy (NASA)

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids is currently accepting applications for its new student collaboration program - the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE)Virtual Academy. This interactive, team and project-based, 12-week program is designed to engage a diverse population of college/university science and engineering students in rigorous, project-based STEM workforce development. L'SPACE info  

Student Independent Research Intern (NASA)

The Student Independent Research Intern, or SIRI, program offers academic-term internships at JPL for students enrolled in an independent study course at participating area community colleges. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. NASA-SIRI info