General Requirements for Graduation

Upon successful completion of an approved program and the following requirements, 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, twenty (20) of which must be earned at Monroe County Community College.
  • The student must attain at graduation a cumulative grade point average of "C" or higher (2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale).
  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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 certificate program of substantial length (45 or more credit hours) and of each associate degree (60 or more credit hours). To earn a certificate of substantial length or an associate degree from MCCC, students must demonstrate competency in each of five general education areas:

  • Written Communications. Graduates will communicate ideas and information in writing using the rules of standard American English.
  • Mathematics. Graduates will accurately apply appropriate mathematical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of numerical information.
  • Social Science. Graduates will demonstrate understanding of social science concepts.
  • Science. Graduates will understanding of the processes of scientific inquiry.
  • Computer Skills. Graduates will use computer technology to retrieve and communicate information.The competency may be demonstrated by successfully completing an approved course or by demonstrating competency on a designated examination.

Students must complete, at the minimum, the general education coursework or the standardized tests and skills assessments described below. Some degree programs require specific or additional general education courses.

Written Communication

Complete one course (3 credits) from the following:
ENGL 101 Written and Oral Communication
ENGL 151 English Composition I

Mathematics

Complete one course (minimum of 3 credits) from the following:
Any MATH course numbered 124 or higher
BSMTH 101 Business Mathematics
OR

Achieve a satisfactory score on a standardized mathematics test.

NOTE: Students who meet the mathematics requirements by acheiving a satisfactory standardized test score do not receive academic credit and may need to earn additional credit to meet degree requirements.

Social Science

POLSC 151 Introduction to Political Science

Science

Complete one course (minimum of 4 credits) from the following:
ASTRN 151 Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL 151 Biological Sciences I
BIOL 152 Biological Science II
BIOL 154 Introduction to Environmental Science
BIOL 155 Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 157 Anatomy and Physiology I
CHEM 150 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 151 General College Chemistry I
CHEM 160 Fundamentals of Health Science Chemistry
ESC 151 Earth Science
GEOG 151 Elements of Physical Geography
PHY 101 Technical Physics
PHY 151 General Physics I
PHY 251 Engineering Physics I
PHYSC 151 Physical Science

Computer Skills

Complete one course (minimum of 2 credits) from the following:
BMGT 160 Managing in the Digital Enterprise
CIS 130 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
MDTC 160 Mechanical Drafting and CAD I
WPR 102 Word Processing I
WPR 110 Personal Word Processing
OR
Achieve a satisfactory score on the Computer Skills Assessment.

NOTE: Students who meet the computer skills requirement by acheiving a satisfactory standardized test score do not receive academic credit and may need to earn additional credit to meet degree requirements.

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