Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

Please note: Special Studies is a general heading for experimental courses or those for which the demand is untested, unknown, immediate, or temporary. You can visit our Special Studies page for a list of Special Studies courses.

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Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">AAD - Applied Art and Design</div>]
AAD - Applied Art and Design
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ACC - Accounting</div>]
ACC - Accounting
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency</div>]
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">AGS - Agricultural Studies</div>]
AGS - Agricultural Studies
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ANT - Anthropology</div>]
ANT - Anthropology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language</div>]
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ART - Art</div>]
ART - Art
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language</div>]
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ATP - Automotive Technology</div>]
ATP - Automotive Technology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">BIO - Biology</div>]
BIO - Biology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">BUS - Business</div>]
BUS - Business
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CDL - Interdisciplinary</div>]
CDL - Interdisciplinary
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CE - Cooperative Education</div>]
CE - Cooperative Education
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CE  - Hospitality</div>]
CE - Hospitality
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CE - Interior Design
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CE - Office Technology
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CEL - Leadership
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CHE - Chemistry
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language</div>]
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CIN - Cinema Studies</div>]
CIN - Cinema Studies
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Cinema Studies
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CIS - Computer Information Systems</div>]
CIS - Computer Information Systems
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CIS - Information and Computer Technologies
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CIT - Civil and Construction Technology</div>]
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician</div>]
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician
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COM - Communication
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">COS - College Success</div>]
COS - College Success
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CPT - Computer Technology</div>]
CPT - Computer Technology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CRC - Computer Related Curricula</div>]
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
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CRJ - Criminal Justice
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CSC - Computer Science
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DAS - Dental Assisting
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DEN - Dental Hygiene
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EBL - Experiential and Adult Learning
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ECE - Education and Early Care
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ECO - Economics
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EDU - Education
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics</div>]
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">EMS - Emergency Medical Services</div>]
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ENG - English Literature</div>]
ENG - English Literature
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ENG - English Writing
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ENR - Engineering Science</div>]
ENR - Engineering Science
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)</div>]
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">FPT - Fire Protection Technology</div>]
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">FRE - French/Foreign Language</div>]
FRE - French/Foreign Language
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">FSA - Food Service Administration</div>]
FSA - Food Service Administration
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GEG - Geography
GEG 100 - Physical Geography I Laboratory
Physical Geography I Lab explores the hands-on, practical applications of basic knowledge gained in the companion course, GEG-101. Exercises involve use of maps, atlases, and scientific equipment to observe, measure, and analyze the spatial significance of natural phenomena on and near Earth’s surface. NOTE: This course only meets SUNY General Education Natural Science requirements when both GEG 100 and GEG 101 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS). One credit. 1 Credit.

Corequisite with GEG 101 Physical Geography.
GEG 101 - Physical Geography I
Physical Geography is the science concerned with the spatial aspects and interactions of the physical elements and processes that make-up the environment. GEG 101 is an introductory course presented through two of Earth’s major spheres: the atmosphere and hydrosphere. Topics include Earth/Sun relations, Earth’s energy budget, atmospheric temperature, moisture and precipitation, winds, weather, climate, and Earth’s water. This is a natural science course. Three credits. NOTE: Students who successfully complete GEG 101 may, with the addition of GEG 100, complete the requirement for SUNY Natural Science General Education. GEG 100 may be taken concurrently or in a later semester, but the student will not have satisfied the SUNY requirement until both GEG 101 and GEG 100 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS). 3 Credits.
GEG 102 - Human Geography
Human geography is the spatial analysis of human populations, their cultures, their activities and behaviors, and their relationship with, and impact on, the physical landscapes they occupy. As an introductory survey course, GEG 102 is presented through three major themes: Cultural geography, population geography, and political geography. Topics include cultural evolution, popular and folk culture, cemeteries, languages, religions, demographics, overpopulation, migration, nationalism, and international political systems. Three class hours. This is a social science/other world civilizations course. (SUNY-SS/OWC) 3 Credits.
GEG 104 - Weather and Climate
Weather and climate is the scientific study of atmospheric processes and patterns, and their impact on human activities. This introductory meteorology course examines the collection and analysis of meteorological data at local, regional, and global scales. Topics include the heat, moisture, and wind dynamics of the atmosphere, application of satellite and radar data, development and impact of thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes, weather analysis and forecasting, and the study of climate and climate change. Three class hours. This is a Natural Science course. 3 Credits.
GEG 110 - Physical Geography II Lab
Physical Geography II Lab explores the hands-on, practical applications of basic knowledge gained in the companion course, Physical Geography II (GEG-111). Exercises involve use of maps, atlases, GPS units, and other geographic tools to observe, measure, and analyze the spatial significance of Earth’s plants, animals, and landforms. This is a natural science course. Three lab hours (SUNY-NS). NOTE: This course only meets SUNY General Education Natural Science requirements when both GEG 110 and GEG 111 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS). 1 Credit.

Corequisite of Physical Geography II (GEG-111). Students that take GEG 110 are required to be taking or have taken GEG 111.
GEG 111 - Physical Geography II
Physical Geography II is the study of spatial patterns and natural processes on Earth. As an introductory course, GEG 111 explores where and why plants, animals, and landforms occur where they do. Students will develop a better understanding of the natural environment and our role within it. Key topics include maps and map making, plants and animals (biogeography), as well as landforms (geomorphology) caused by volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers, and rivers. This is a natural science course. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
GEG 130 - Digital Earth
Introductory geospatial skills will be covered, including geography, as well as hands on use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), GPS, and remote sensing. Topics such as sustainability, renewable energy, and the economy will be integrated into the course through the use of GIS. One project will provide students the opportunity to use geospatial technology and real data to create original maps that begin to provide a solution to a real world problem. Prior computer knowledge such as creating, saving, deleting, and locating files on a PC, as well as preparing and printing Microsoft Word documents, using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, creating Microsoft PowerPoint slides, using e-mail and the Internet will be required to be successful in this course. A sustainability elective (GR). This is a lab course. This is a Natural Science course. (SUNY-NS) 3 Credits.
GEG 133 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the fundamentals of Geospatial Technology, with a focus on remote sensing but also including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), cartography, and spatial analysis. Students will be guided through a series of lectures and hands‐on computer‐based exercises. An end of a semester project will allow students to work on a project of their own design. Course material used are based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GCTM) for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians or Technologists. Prior computer knowledge or GIS experience will be required to be successful in this course. Natural Science elective and a sustainability elective (GR). 3 Credits.
GEG 135 - Business GIS
Business Geography integrates geographic analysis, human relationships, reasoning, and technology to improve organizational management and operational decision making. This course introduces the student to the geospatial technology component of business geography. Students will learn about the role of geospatial technology in analyzing human relationships, with an emphasis on social institutions, consumerism, structural inequality, and how these connect to business decisions. Topics such as competitive analysis and customer profiling will be covered by going through case-based and real world examples. Prior computer knowledge such as creating, saving, deleting, and locating files on a PC, as well as preparing and printing Microsoft Word documents, using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, creating Microsoft PowerPoint slides, using e-mail and the Internet will be required to be successful in this course. This is a Social Science course. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS) 3 Credits.
GEG 201 - Geography of United States and Canada
Physical and human geography of the United States and Canada with emphasis on the demographic, cultural, and economic aspects of individual regions. Three class hours. This course is a social science and not a natural science. (SUNY-SS) 3 Credits.
GEG 203 - Extreme Climate Laboratory formerly GEG 252
Central to understanding the predictions for future global warming is identifying the key components that operate within the climate system. This laboratory is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to understand the science behind global warming. Students will take the role of climate investigators and learn how changes in the climate system are analyzed through the use of simple models. Ultimately students will gain an understanding of how factors that affect climate are used to construct a geographical pattern of future warming on a global scale. This is a Natural Science. NOTE: This course only meets SUNY General Education Natural Science requirements when both GEG 204 and GEG 203 are successfully completed. Three lab hours. (SUNY-NS) 1 Credit.

MTH 098 Elementary Algebra.
GEG 204 formerly GEG 253 - Extreme Climate
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding future changes in the Earth’s climate. Students will learn how the Earth’s climate system operates and gain an informed perspective of future global climate change. Topics include measuring changes in greenhouse gases, tools used in modeling and interpreting past climate, ice ages, recent global warming, future climate projections, strategies to potentially slow and stabilize climate change, and the outlook of our future energy use. This is a Natural Science course. NOTE: Students who successfully complete GEG 204 may with the addition of GEG 203, complete the requirement for SUNY Natural Science General Education. Three class hours. 3 Credits.

MTH 098 Elementary Algebra.
GEG 211 - Economic Geography
Economic Geography examines the changing locations and spatial patterns of economic activity. Topics include spatial economic principles of trade, transportation, communications, and corporate organization; regional economic development, and the rise of the geospatial economy. As a survey course, GEG 211 is based on the theme of location theory and presented through the use of web-based, interactive geographic information technologies, such as digital maps, charts, and globes combined with digital photographs, video clips, audio, graphics, and animation. Three class hours. This is a social science course. (SUNY-SS). 3 Credits.
GEG 215 - Geography of Tourism Destinations
Geography of tourism destinations is the analysis of human leisure behavior and its socioeconomic impact, and includes the exploration of major tourism attractions and destinations on Earth. This survey course is presented through two major themes: thematic tourism geography and regional tourism geography. Topics include demand and resources for tourism, climate, transportation, spring-break, cruises, all-inclusive resorts, "sin" and "lifestyle" tourism, Rochester's tourism development, and an overview of major travel destinations across the globe. Three class hours. This is a social science course. 3 Credits.
GEG 218 - Political Geography
Analysis of the geographics and politics of the state, everyday life, political regions, demographics, the emergence of the modern state system, contemporary international relations and ecological issues. Three class hours. This is a social science course, and does not fulfill the natural science degree requirement. 3 Credits.
GEG 220 - Geography of Genocide
Geography of Genocide is the spatial analysis of modern acts of genocide and other crimes against humanity. As a survey course, GEG 220 is presented through four major themes: cultural, economic, physical, and political geography. Major topics include the Ottoman mass murder of Armenians, the Holodomor, the Holocaust, Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, “ethnic cleansing” in the former Yugoslavia, and the genocide in Rwanda. Three class hours. This is a social science course. 3 Credits.
GEG 290 - Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson. 3 Credits.
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GEO - Geology
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GER - German/Foreign Language
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GLF - Golf Management
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HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
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HED - Health Education
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HIM - Health Information Technology
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HIS - History
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HMN - Honors Studies
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HMN - Humanities
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Honors Studies
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HPR - Health Professions</div>]
HPR - Health Professions
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HSM - Homeland Security Administration
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HSP - Hospitality
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HTL - Hotel Technology
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HUM - Human Services
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HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
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IDC
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IDC - Honors Studies
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IDE - Interior Design
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INT - Industrial Instrumentation Technology
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ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
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JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
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LAW - Law
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LDS - Leadership
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MAR - Marketing
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MET - Mechanical Technology
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MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
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MTH - Mathematics
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MUS - Music
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NUR - Nursing
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OFT - Office Technology
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OPT - Optical Systems Technology
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PE - Physical Education--Coed
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PEC - Physical Education--Coed
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PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
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PEM - Physical Education--Men
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PEW - Physical Education-Women
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PHL - Philosophy
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PHO - Photography
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PHY - Physics
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PLA - Plastics Technology
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PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
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PLS - Paralegal Studies
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POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
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POS - Political Science
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PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
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PS - Public Safety Training
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PSC - Public Safety Training
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PST - Public Safety Training
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PSY - Psychology
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Public Speaking
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QCT - Quality Control Technology
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REA - Reading
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SBS - Honors Studies
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SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
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SCI - Honors Studies
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SCI - Science
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SCR - Computer Security
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SMT - Physical Studies/Physical Education
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SMT - Sports Management
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SOC - Sociology
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SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
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SPC - Speech Communication
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STT - Solar Thermal Technology
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SUS - Sustainability Studies
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SVL - Service Learning
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TAM - Tooling and Machining
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TEK - Technology
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THE - Theatre
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TLC - Telecommunications
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TRS - Transitional Studies
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TVL - Travel And Tourism
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XRT - Radiologic Technology
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