Discover the marvels of our universe

Are You Curious About the Night Sky?

Do you wonder where the stars come from or how the moon and other planets move around the Earth? By studying Astronomy at Columbia Basin College (CBC), you’ll explore the history of astronomy and the universe, including cosmology, star formation, the evolution of galaxies and more modern discoveries.

We offer a unique opportunity for hands-on learning in the Robert and Elisabeth Moore Observatory, located right here on our Pasco campus! You’ll also have a chance to learn about the mysteries of the cosmos in the Bechtel National Planetarium, which contains the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Answer life's big questions.

    Who hasn’t wondered what’s out there beyond the clouds? What child hasn’t dreamed of being able to look into the vast universe and make new, exciting discoveries? Studying astronomy gives you the chance to get up close and personal with neighboring nebulas and galaxies far, far away.

  • Build a firm foundation for life here on Earth.

    Studying astronomy provides an opportunity to build your skills in a variety of fields including physics, math, computer science, problem solving and critical thinking. Learning about the beyond gives you a great perspective and foundation to succeed right here at home.

  • Choose your trajectory.

    Starting out with a background in astronomy and other earth sciences here at CBC means you’ll be ready to pursue a variety of majors at a four-year institution of your choosing and launch into many fascinating careers once your studies are completed.

Careers in Astronomy: Shoot for the stars!

Those who study astronomy are uniquely prepared for many careers in the physical sciences and beyond including a wide range of positions related to engineering, mathematics, computer science and environmental science.

Students who concentrate on astronomy often become employed as faculty or researchers at universities, observatories, government labs or in the private sector at planetariums or museums.

Professional astronomers are motivated by curiosity and the passion to not only understand some of the grandest and most beautiful phenomena in the universe, but also a desire to share these wonders with others.

Other career fields include:

  • Data science and/or consulting
  • Engineering
  • Research and development
  • Meteorology
  • Science communication or policy-making
  • Aeronautics
  • Education




Career options in the field of Astronomy are as boundless as the universe!


Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus