Division of General Education

University Transfer Programs
Michael Thompson


General Education Mission

General Education includes those courses traditionally labeled "arts and sciences" plus other experiences which give students a wide background of interrelated knowledge. The purpose of these courses and experiences is to enable students to think logically, to make informed choices through clarifying values, to solve problems, and to clearly communicate their thoughts, choices, and solutions. General education provides the stimulus to encourage students to investigate more deeply those unfamiliar areas that will enrich their lives and enable them to cope with the stresses and changes of life in years to come.


General Education Goals

  1. Clearly communicate in written form.
  2. Clearly communicate in oral form.
  3. Think logically.
  4. Solve problems.


University Transfer-Associate of Arts


MCC offers the University Transfer Program for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. The University Transfer Program is parallel to the courses taken by freshmen and sophomores at universities and senior colleges. Students planning to transfer from MCC should write to that institution and request a catalog so they can format their schedule at MCC to parallel those courses required in the lower division of the senior institution.


The University Transfer Associate of Arts degree consists of a series of core courses and a selection of transferable courses based on the student’s desired major. Generally, one-half of the hours required for a bachelor’s degree may be transferred from a community college to apply to a degree at a senior institution.


While there are no programs designed for transfer to senior institutions that require a minimum ACT scale for admission, the following is a guide for placement in most general education courses at MCC:


Attain a 17 composite score on the ACT. (Some courses require higher for placement purposes.)


Score a 69.5 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section.


Earn a "C" or above in Preparation for Composition (ENG 1203).


Complete 15 semester hours with a "C" average or above at an accredited college or university. Developmental courses do not satisfy this requirement.


Core Curriculum for University Transfer:


The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree is awarded to students who complete the 38 semester hour Core Curriculum for University Transfer and also complete additional 24 semester hours in approved transferable courses.


English Composition I & II

6 hours

College mathematics

3 hours

                 Approved choices: MAT 1313, MAT 1323, MAT 1613

Science with lab

8 hours

                  Approved choices: BIO 1113/1111, BIO 1123/1121, BIO 1133/1131, BIO 1143/1141, BIO 2413/2411, BIO 2423/2421, BIO 2513/2511, BIO 2523/2521, CHE 1213/1211, CHE 1223/1221, PHY 2243/2241, PHY 2253/2251, PHY 2413/2411, PHY 2423/2411, PHY 2515, PHY 2525

Mathematics/Science elective

3-4 hours

              Approved choices:  Any math course numbered higher than College Algebra (MAT 1313), any science w/lab course listed above including PHY 1113.
Speech Communications

3 hours


6 hours

                 Approved choices: ENG 2223, ENG 2233, ENG 2323, ENG 2333, ENG 2423, ENG 2433, HIS 1163, HIS 1173, HIS 2213, HIS 2223, HIS 1613, HUM 1113, MFL (Elementary or Intermediate French or Spanish)

Fine Arts

3 hours

                 Approved choices: ART 1113, ART 2713, ART 2723, MUS 1113, MUS 2313, MUS 2323, MUS 2423, SPT 2233

Social/Behavioral Sciences

6 hours

                 Approved choices: CRJ 1313, ECO 2113, ECO 2123, EPY 2533, GEO 1123, PSY 1513, PSC 1113, SOC 2113, SOC 2143, SOC 2213

Total 38 hours


MCC believes that there is a direct correlation between the quality of one’s health and his/her capacity to learn and function well in society. MCC’s physical education courses promote personal wellness, which transcends curricular considerations, and is rather a lifelong goal for every human being. Thus the college strongly encourages students to enroll in a physical education course as a degree plan elective.

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