Bakersfield College

The front of the Math and Science buiding at Bakersfield College


The Astronomy program offers three astronomy courses that satisfy all General Education certifications (BC, CSU Breadth, and IGETC): Physics of the Cosmos, Solar System, and Life in the Universe.

Professor Nick Strobel maintains the Astronomy Notes website ( as a resource for astronomy students and faculty across the nation. The class website can be found on the Canvas platform accessed through InsideBC.


The William M Thomas Planetarium opened in 1962 and was formally dedicated in January 1963. The facility provides shows for more than 4,500 K-12 students per year.

The upgraded planetarium was named after Rep. Bill Thomas, and was dedicated on Nov. 2, 2006.