MCC General Education

MCC General Education Requirements (MCC-GER)

General Education is an important component of the College’s commitment to students. General Education is defined as those courses and learning outcomes which serve students to understand themselves, their society, and provides the necessary skills for careers.

MCC degree programs: Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), includes liberal arts and science courses often described as “General Education.” The MCC General Education curriculum promotes an integrated educational experience for students.

The specific requirements of the General Education curriculum are 17 credits in the following six (6) knowledge and skill areas and competencies. Students who meet all of the degree program requirements will also satisfy the MCC-GER.

MCC Courses

Knowledge and Skill Areas

Students who successfully complete MCC General Education Requirements will be able to:

ENG 101/200

Basic Communication (3 credits)

  • Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms and demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts.
  • Research a topic, develop an argument and organize supporting detail.
  • Develop proficiency in oral discourse and acquire the skills to evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria.

Any MCC Humanities*

Humanities (3 credits)

  • Demonstrate the application of analysis, criticism, or creativity to study the human condition or its cultural expressions.
  • Analyze human works such as literature, art, music, philosophy, religion, language, history, or communication.
  • Describe meta-cognitive processes involved in creating or accessing works of art, literature, etc.

Any MCC Social Science*

Social Science (3 credits)

  • Discuss elements of the theoretical foundations of the discipline(s), and an understanding of empirically based methodologies.
  • Address issues, concepts, and models related to social and cultural institutions and systems or individual behavior.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of such topics as opposing points of view, ethical concerns, cultural/ethnic contributions, diverse perspectives, contemporary social issues, ethnic traditions, individual/group behavior, and the relationships of cultural groups to their environments and to one another.

MTH 104 or higher

Mathematics (3 credits)

  • Use one or more the mathematical areas beyond arithmetic and basic algebra, such as additional algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, statistics, and/or combinatorics.
  • Use mathematical reasoning and/or quantitative analysis to interpret and solve a range of problems. For transfer degrees, the problems in the course should not be limited to one discipline or a narrow range of disciplines.

Any MCC Natural Science*

Natural Science (3 credits)

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, theories, models, methods and issues of one of the disciplines in the natural sciences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method as it applies to that discipline.


PE/Health (2 credits)

  • Engage in a significant level of physical activity and/or significantly address at least one aspect of fitness or health and wellness – physical, mental, and/or emotional.
  • Contribute to the development of their lifetime wellness.

Infused Competencies: Critical Analysis and Reasoning,  Information Management, Values, Ethics, Diverse Perspectives

  • No specific course requirement. Students will develop competencies throughout their college experiences, particularly in 200 level courses.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work and develop well-reasoned arguments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to define, interpret, and solve problems using a variety of methods.

Information Management

  • Perform the basic operations of personal computer use and understand and use basic research techniques.
  • Locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues affecting the use of information by observing laws, regulations, and institutional policies.

Values and Ethics

  • Develops knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of values and ethics.
  • Exposes students to multiple values and ethics issues.
  • Provides students and opportunity to articulate and apply values and ethical decision making to a situation involving complex dilemmas or controversial topics.

Diverse Perspectives

  • Develops knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of diversity.
  • Exposes students to a variety of issues relating to diversity and to be able to apply those multiple perspectives and contexts.
  • Fosters understanding of differences and commonalities among human cultures, and experiences; and how these impact our society.

* As listed in the current MCC Catalog, “Courses Fulfilling Degree Requirements”


The process to add or remove a course designated as meeting SUNY general education requirements is through a new course proposal or course revision proposal for existing courses. Go to the Curriculum Database to access the proposal forms.