2017-2018 Catalog

About the MCC Catalog

Catalog Editions

Students must meet the program requirements in the catalog year in which they first attend (not enroll or register) unless they opt to meet the requirements in a later catalog in a year in which they attend. All requirements must be completed within four years of the initial or chosen catalog year. Those not completing within four years must select a later catalog in a year in which they attended and meet the requirements listed in that catalog.

Course prerequisites and/or the need for developmental work in English, math, reading, and/or science may extend the time necessary for completion of a degree, certificate of achievement, or career certificate.  

Programs of Study

The catalog presents the complete program of study, or program requirements, needed to successfully complete a chosen degree, certificate of achievement, or career certificate. 

General Education Requirements

All programs of study have general education requirements dedicated to educating the whole person. These courses broaden opportunities and enrich perspectives by preparing students for the ever-changing world outside the classroom.

Major Requirements

Associate degrees and certificates of achievement require completion of a specific set of courses designated as major requirements. These courses give students career skills or prepare students for transfer to other institutions.

Since some major requirement courses are offered once or twice a year, students should feel free to combine their general education courses with their major requirements to ensure timely graduation.

Course Descriptions

Descriptions of all courses currently taught at MCC can be found in the Courses section of this catalog.  Each course description provides a brief summary of the course content. Requisites, lecture – lab – credit hours, and other pertinent course information can be found in this section. Courses marked with a mouse indicate the course is offered online; those marked with a yinyang indicate a hybrid format (part classroom/part online).


Many of the courses required to complete a major or to meet general education requirements have prerequisites. Course prerequisites comprise a course (or courses) or other criteria that must be completed prior to enrollment in that course. If a course has one or more prerequisites, they are noted under the course title in the course descriptions section.  (Note: Some prerequisites may have their own criteria that need to be completed.)

When enrolling in a course, the prerequisites for the current catalog year are the ones that must be met even though students are graduating under the provisions of an earlier catalog.

A limited number of courses also have corequisites that are required to be taken at the same time as the course described. Corequisites appear beneath the prerequisites. In some cases, previous completion of the required corequisite is acceptable and noted.

Certain courses, proficiencies, or conditions may be recommended for the student prior to or at the same time as enrollment in a course.  While these recommendations are suggested for student success in the course, they are not required.

New College Students

For those students who are just starting their college education or who are returning to college after a long absence, MCC offers a course titled College Success Strategies (RDLS 1200).  This course helps students in orienting to the college culture, setting personal and career goals, managing their time, and improving their study strategies (note-taking and test-taking skills).  This course helps students better succeed in college and meet their academic, personal, and professional goals.  RDLS 1200 has no prerequisites and may be used elective toward a degree or certificate when permitted.

Developmental Classes and Basic Skills Assessment

College-level English, math, reading, and science skills are essential to success at MCC. New students to MCC are expected to take the College’s basic skills assessment in order to assist counselors and advisors in determining readiness for college-level coursework. Based on the skills assessment, students may then be required to take developmental courses prior to starting college-level coursework in some program areas.