Associate Degree Requirements

All Associate Degrees must have a General Education core. That core draws not from specific occupational or professional objectives but from thought processes of the mathematician, the scientist, the writer, the humanist, and the social scientist. Grappling with universal questions, students learn how the past developed answers and how past answers become foundations for dealing with questions in the present and future.

The General Education core consists of courses that are drawn from the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, and other courses which prepare the student for life experiences. They are essential elements in the achievement of identified competencies and are not directed toward specialized study or specific occupational or professional objectives.

Associate in Arts Degree programs will have a minimum of sixty-four (64) credits from the following distribution:

English Composition 3-4 credits*
English Electives 3-4 credits
Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language 9 credits
Mathematics 6-8 credits
Lab Science 8 credits
Social Science 9 credits
Liberal Arts Electives 15 credits
Open Electives** 9-12 credits

 

Associate Arts in Liberal Arts Degree program with specialization will have a minimum of sixty-four (64 credits) from the following distribution:

English Composition 3-4 credits*
English Electives 3-4 credits
Humanities/Fine Arts/ World Language 9 credits
Mathematics 6-8 credits
Lab Science 8 credits
Social Science 9 credits
Specialized area electives 20 credits
Liberal Arts or Open Electives** 2-5 credits

 

Associate in Science Degree programs will have a minimum of sixty-four (64) credits from the following distribution:

English Composition and Literature or Communication 6 credits*
Social Science 3 credits
Mathematics 3-4 credits
Science 3-4 credits
Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language 3 credits
Liberal Arts Electives 6 credits - Minimum of two (2) courses and six (6) credits from categories 1-5
Program Specific Courses 32 credits

* Requirements for transfer students from other colleges or colleges within the CCSNH System can be met with a successfully completed 3-credit English Composition course
** May include computer literacy course or competencies within the open elective area
 


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Degree Requirements

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)

Programs leading to this degree provide students with continuous education, career mobility, and full participation in community life. The Associate of Arts degree offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year Baccalaureate program.

The program is consistent with the objectives to provide an educational background that is broad enough for the student to continue their education and training according to their and society’s changing needs, and to provide an educational experience that ensures flexibility of occupational choice. It also serves students who plan on directly entering the workforce or enhancing their career mobility. The degree provides a planned sequence of arts and sciences courses that give students the core competency skills required by today’s businesses, as well as the ability to learn how to learn, thereby enhancing their ability to retrain for new and unanticipated application of knowledge and skills.

The Associate of Arts Degree program requires a minimum of sixty (60) credits from the following distribution. Remedial and developmental work does not count toward degree completion.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements: Every A.A. degree program shall have a general education core consisting of a minimum of 37 credits in program-specific courses. Specific course requirements are defined by individual programs; see the Liberal Arts section of the Programs of Study page for specific degree requirements.

English Composition 3-4 credits
English Electives 3 credits
Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language  9 credits
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 6-8 credits
Science 7-8 credits
Social Science 9 credits
Electives in Specialized Major
OR
Liberal Arts Electives and
Open Electives
21-24 credits*
OR
12-15 credits
9 credits

*at least 8 credits must be 200 level liberal arts credits.

Associate of Science Degree (A.S.)

The minimum number of credits for the Associate of Science degree is sixty (60). Remedial and developmental work does not count towards degree completion.

  • Major: Every AS Degree program shall have a major consisting of a minimum of 30 credits in program-specific courses.
  • General Education: A minimum of 20 credits in general education.
English Composition 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Humanities/Fine Arts/Language 3 credits
Open Electives 10 credits

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The minimum number of credits for the Associate of Applied Science is sixty (60). Remedial and developmental work does not count towards degree completion. The degree emphasizes specific outcomes designed to meet competencies required for direct entry into employment and to provide a basis for transfer, at a minimum, of the general education component of the curriculum.

Although Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs are designed for direct entry into the workforce, they cannot be considered terminal. In addition to the necessity for lifelong learning due to rapidly changing technologies, students can expect to make several career changes during their lifetime. A.A.S. programs do not have a directly related occupational-specific curriculum upper-division component. It should be noted, however, that some bachelor’s degree institutions have developed upper-division programs to recognize this degree for transfer purposes.

The A.A.S. degree programs must have a minimum of 60 credits and shall provide:

  • A minimum of 30 credits of specialized study in courses clearly identifiable with technical skills, proficiency, and knowledge required for career competency.
  • A minimum of 20 credits in General Education.
English Composition 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Humanities/Fine Arts/Language 3 credits
Open Electives 10 credits

Dual Associate Degrees

Students may earn additional associate degrees either by concurrent completion of the requirements of the several degrees or by subsequent study after the first degree is received. The requirements for earning additional degrees are as follows:

  1. Complete all requirements of each program of study, including general education requirements not in common with the additional program(s), and
  2. Earn a minimum of fifteen (15) additional credits at the college, beyond those required for the first and subsequent degrees, excluding Credit by Examination, Credit for Experiential Learning, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Transfer Credit.

Professional Certificate Requirements

A Professional Certificate requires completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours of credit to develop skills in an occupational field and a minimum of 12 General Education credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Each is designed to facilitate transfer to an associate degree if the student decides to continue.

Directed Study

Under certain circumstances, a matriculated student may take a course in a semester when the course is not offered. A directed study allows a matriculated student to pursue the learning objectives/outcomes for a course independently under the guidance of a qualified faculty member. A matriculated student must have a minimum CGPA of 2.0 to be eligible.

The student must provide compelling reasons why the course could not be taken in a subsequent semester or was not taken in the semester when it was originally offered. Barring exceptional circumstances, a directed study will not be granted for a course currently offered.

Independent Study

Opportunities for credit-bearing Independent Study (IS) are available to matriculated students to explore areas of a discipline not covered in the normal curriculum but related to the student’s program. IS is not available to non-matriculated students. Students must have a minimum CGPA of 2.0 to be eligible. The intent of the IS is to expand a student’s learning experience beyond the normal program curriculum. Typically undertaken for 1-2 credits, an IS may not be done in lieu of any course in MCC’s catalog.

Residency Requirement

To establish residency at Manchester Community College, the following is required:

  • For an associate degree, a minimum of 16 semester credits must be completed through MCC. At least eight credits must be taken in advanced level courses in the student’s major. Advanced courses carry a course number of 200 or higher. Students may not test out of courses in order to fulfill their residency requirement.
  • For a Professional Certificate, a student must complete at least nine credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, required for the Professional Certificate, at MCC.
  • For a Certificate, a student must complete at least six credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, required for the Certificate at MCC.

Changing Course Requirements

MCC is constantly reviewing and upgrading the content of programs to ensure that each graduate receives adequate knowledge and training to perform competently in a chosen technical field. To accomplish this, the college reserves the right to modify course requirements based on its educational and professional objectives and the needs of its students.

 
 
 
 
 
 


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