Graduation and Degree Requirements
General Requirements for Graduation

Upon successful completion of an approved plan of study and provided the following requirements have been fulfilled, the student will be awarded an associate degree from Monroe County Community College:

  • The student must earn a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of credit, 15 of which must be earned at Monroe County Community College.
  • The student must attain a cumulative grade point average of "C" or higher (2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale) at graduation.
  • The student must meet the general education requirements for his or her program of study as specified in the Monroe County Community College catalog under which the student has applied for graduation.
  • The student may fulfill requirments for graduation using any Monroe County Community College catalog published during their period of attendance, with the limitation that no student may use a catalog more than 10 years old at the time of graduation. Exceptions may be considered by the appropriate administrator.

Requirements for Graduation from a Certificate Program

The student must attain at graduation a grade point average of “C” or higher (2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale) in the course work required for the certificate. Students who enroll in certificate programs of substantial length (45 or more semester hours) for the first time in Fall 2002 must meet the general education requirements as specified in the 2002-2003 or subsequent Monroe County Community College catalog.

Second Degree

To earn a second associate degree from Monroe County Community College, the student must complete twenty (20) semester hours in a specific subject area beyond the requirements of the first associate degree.

About MCCC Degrees and Programs

Any MCCC degree may be earned by fulfilling the general requirements and the requirements specific to the individual degree (AS, AA, AAS, AFA). This type of degree is called an undesignated degree and appears on the transcript as the degree only. 

In addition to earning the specific degree, students who complete one of the career/occupational degree programs will have the program designation entered on their transcript along with the degree. 

Specific program outlines which reflect a high level of specialization are listed elsewhere in this catalog. Deviation from degree requirements or from a specified program may be made only with approval of the division dean, the vice president of instruction, or their designee.

General Education

General education unites students from diverse areas of study in the pursuit of knowledge that community college graduates should possess. At Monroe County Community College, general education courses are the foundation of each associate degree. To earn an associate degree from MCCC, students must demonstrate competency in the following areas.

MCCC GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE SATISFIERS

C1 GE Natural Sciences Competency

BIOL 151  Biological Sciences I
BIOL 156  Introduction to Environmental Science
CHEM 150  Fundamental Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 151  General College Chemistry I
ESC 151  Earth Science
PHY 101  Technical Physics
PHY 151  General Physics
PHY 251  Engineering Physics I
PHYSC 151  Physical Science

C2 Mathematics Competency

MATH 124  Technical Mathematics II
MATH 126  Mathematics for Business
MATH 151  Intermediate Algebra
or higher
or competency

C3 Writing Competency

ENGL 151  English Composition I

C4 GE Computer Literacy Competency

BMGT 160  Managing in the Digital Enterprise
CIS 130  Introduction to Computer Information Systems
MDTC 160  Mechanical Drafting and CAD I
or competency

C5 Human Experience Competency

ART 280  Art History: Prehistoric
ART 281  Art History: Renaissance to Baroque
ART 282  Art History: Neo-Classical/Early Modern
DANCE 251  History of Dance
ENGL 240  African American Literature
ENGL 251  Introduction to Poetry and Drama
ENGL 252  Introduction to Short Story and Novel
ENGL 253  American Literature
ENGL 255  Women’s Writing
ENGL 256  Children’s Literature
ENGL 260  Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 266  Non-Western Literature
ENGL 267  British Literature: Anglo Saxon to 18th
Century
ENGL 268  British Literature: Romantic to Modern
FREN 151  Elementary French I
HUMAN 151  Introduction to Humanities
HUMAN  250 Visual Media Literacy
HUMAN 256  Film & American Society:  1920s to Early 1960s
HUMAN 257  Film & American Society: 1960s to Present
MUSIC 150  Agora Chorale
MUSIC 265  History and Appreciation of Jazz
MUSIC 266  History of Rock Music
MUSIC 268  Popular Music in America
PHIL 152  Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHIL 253  Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
THEA 151  Introduction to Theater
THEA 251  Fundamentals of Acting

C6 GE Social Systems Competency

ANTHR 152  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
COMM 151  Introduction to Mass Media
HIST 151  Western Civilization to 1650
HIST 152  Western Civilization: 1650 to Present
HIST 158  World History to 1500
HIST 159  World History: 1500 to Present
HIST 173  20th Century History and Civilization
POLSC 151  Introduction to Political Science
PSYCH 151  General Psychology
SOC 151  Principles of Sociology
SOC 153  Women in Society
SOC 161  Death, Loss and Grief

General Education Goal: Critical Thinking

C1 Natural Science Competency

Understand and apply the elements of scientific inquiry and scientific principles in a natural science college laboratory course setting.

Learning Objectives: In order to achieve the learning outcome, the student will be able to:

1. Observe and describe natural phenomena and formulate hypotheses.
2. Plan and implement scientific experiments to test hypotheses.
3. Utilize scientific laboratory skills for data collection within a college laboratory setting.
4. Evaluate experimental data and propose solutions based on this data.
5. Evaluate the proposed implications of a solution.

Courses Meeting GE Competency (Take one.)
BIOL 151  Biological Sciences I
BIOL 156  Introduction to Environmental Science
CHEM 150  Fundamental Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 151  General College Chemistry I
ESC 151  Earth Science
PHY 101  Technical Physics
PHY 151  General Physics
PHY 251  Engineering Physics I
PHYSC 151  Physical Science

C2 GE Mathematics Competency

Use mathematics to effectively model and evaluate quantitative relationships.

Learning Objectives: In order to achieve the learning outcome, the student will be able to:

1.Use arithmetic and geometric concepts and representations to solve, estimate, calculate and check answers to problems to determine the reasonableness of results.
2. Utilize linear, exponential and other nonlinear models to evaluate the nature of relationships in real world problems.
3. Organize, analyze and interpret various representations of data, including functions, graphs and tables.
4. Utilize a variety of problem solving strategies to solve problems and communicate findings using appropriate mathematical language and symbolism.

Courses Meeting GE Competency (Take one course below or earn a passing score on the competency exam.)
MATH 124  Technical Mathematics II
MATH 126  Mathematics for Business
MATH 151  Intermediate Algebra
or higher

General Education Goal: Communication

C3 GE Writing Competency

Write effectively.

Learning Objectives:
In order to achieve the learning outcome, the student will be able to:
1. Write clear and concise sentences using Standard American English with appropriate syntax and mechanics.
2. Write paragraphs that demonstrate unity and coherence with appropriate details and examples that support the topic and thesis.
3. Develop written compositions using organizational patterns or rhetorical modes appropriate for the desired audience and purpose.
4. Combine the composition skills of prewriting, revising and editing to complete a final, college-level draft.

Courses Meeting GE Competency (Take one.)
ENGL 151  English Composition I

C4 Computer Literacy Competency

Understand and apply current and appropriate technology tools and resources.

Learning Objectives: In order to achieve the learning outcome, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the functionality and terminology associated with current information technology tools and resources.
2. Demonstrate the ability to conduct online research to locate and retrieve relevant information from credible sources.
3. Demonstrates the ability to use document processing software.
4. Demonstrate the ability to use presentation software to communicate information and ideas.
5. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and responsibly utilize current communication technology methods.

Courses Meeting GE Competency (Take one course below or earn a passing score on the competency exam.)
BMGT 160  Managing in the Digital Enterprise
CIS 130  Introduction to Computer Information Systems
MDTC 160  Mechanical Drafting and CAD I

General Education Goal: Social and Cultural Awareness

C5 GE Human Experience Competency

Recognize expressions of the human experience.

Learning Objectives:
In order to achieve the learning outcome, the student will be able to:
1. Analyze key events (including historical, social, economic and/or personal) that influenced a particular form of creative human expression.
2. Analyze key events (including historical, social, economic and/or personal) that demonstrate how a particular form of creative human expression influenced other works.
3. Evaluate a particular form of creative human expression in the context of the appropriate academic discipline.
4. Create or reconstruct an expression of the human experience and share with others (if the class is performance based).

Courses Meeting GE Competency (take one)
ART 280  Art History: Prehistoric
ART 281  Art History: Renaissance to Baroque
ART 282  Art History: Neo-Classical/Early Modern
DANCE 251  History of Dance
ENGL 240  African American Literature
ENGL 251  Introduction to Poetry and Drama
ENGL 252  Introduction to Short Story and Novel
ENGL 253  American Literature
ENGL 255  Women’s Writing
ENGL 256  Children’s Literature
ENGL 260  Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 266  Non-Western Literature
ENGL 267  British Literature: Anglo Saxon to 18th Century
ENGL 268  British Literature: Romantic to Modern
FREN 151  Elementary French I
HUMAN 151  Introduction to Humanities
HUMAN  250 Visual Media Literacy
HUMAN 256 Film & American Society: 1920s to Early 1960s
HUMAN 257  Film & American Society: 1960s to Present
MUSIC 150  Agora Chorale
MUSIC 265  History and Appreciation of Jazz
MUSIC 266  History of Rock Music
MUSIC 268  Popular Music in America
PHIL 152  Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHIL 253  Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
THEA 151  Introduction to Theater
THEA 251  Fundamentals of Acting

C6 GE Social Systems Competency

Understanding the processes that influence human values, thoughts, social systems, and behavior

Learning Objectives:
In order to achieve the learning outcome, the student will be able to:
1. Recognize the processes by which individuals acquire social knowledge attitudes and beliefs.
2. Recognize major influences on social behavior and social systems.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of human diversity including characteristics of a culture outside the student’s own.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of at least one systematic method for obtaining knowledge about social influences according to a recognized social science discipline.

Courses Meeting GE Competency (Take one.)
ANTHR 152  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
COMM 151  Introduction to Mass Media
HIST 151  Western Civilization to 1650
HIST 152  Western Civilization: 1650 to Present
HIST 158  World History to 1500
HIST 159  World History: 1500 to Present
HIST 173  20th  Century History and Civilization
POLSC 151  Introduction to Political Science
PSYCH 151  General Psychology
SOC 151  Principles of Sociology
SOC 153  Women in Society
SOC 161  Death, Loss and Grief

Important Notes Regarding General Education

Courses required in the curriculum for particular programs may also fulfill General Education requirements. Students should carefully compare course requirements for their programs with General Education requirements to ensure they enroll in the most efficient manner possible.

Particular programs may recommend students take specific courses meeting General Education requirements for the purpose of transfer. Students should check the transfer requirements for the college or university they plan to attend to ensure they enroll for the appropriate required courses. Students meeting General Education requirements, by earning passing scores on the competency exam, may need to make up credit hours for degree requirements. A student must earn a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit, 15 of which must be earned at MCCC.

Transfer courses not having an equivalency at MCCC may be evaluated for competency by a faculty content expert and approved by the dean of that division. This process is initiated by the transfer student and will be done on a case-by-case basis

 

Graduation with Honors

Students who maintain a 3.5 overall average or higher upon graduation are awarded graduation honors at the commencement. As grades are not available in time for the ceremony, honors in the commencement program are based on the cumulative GPA at the end of the term preceding graduation. Graduation with honors is , however placed on the transcript and the diploma using the GPA upon completion of the requirements for the degree.

Honors Designation        GPA Required
Summa Cum Laude          3.900 to 4.000
Magna Cum Laude           3.700 to 3.899
Cum Laude                      3.500 to 3.699