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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AAD - Applied Art and Design
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ACC - Accounting</div>]
ACC - Accounting
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ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
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AGS - Agricultural Studies
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ANT - Anthropology
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ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
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ART - Art
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ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
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ATP - Automotive Technology
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BIO - Biology
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BUS - Business
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CDL - Interdisciplinary
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CE - Cooperative Education
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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
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CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
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CIN - Cinema Studies
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CIS - Computer Information Systems
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CIS - Information and Computer Technologies
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CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
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CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician
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COM - Communication
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COS - College Success
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CPT - Computer Technology
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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
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ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
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EMG - Emergency Management
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EMS - Emergency Medical Services
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ENG - English Literature
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ENG - English Writing
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ENR - Engineering Science
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ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
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FPT - Fire Protection Technology
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FRE - French/Foreign Language
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">FSA - Food Service Administration</div>]
FSA - Food Service Administration
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">GEG - Geography</div>]
GEG - Geography
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GEO - Geology
GEO 101 - Introduction to Geology I (Physical Geology)
A general survey course in the integrated study of the principles of physical geology. Emphasis is on analysis of processes that are at work upon and within the earth such as mountain building and plate tectonics. Three class hours, three laboratory hours, field trips. (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.
GEO 102 - Historical Geology
Historical Geology is the study of the history of Earth and life through time. It addresses the Earth's origin, evolution, changes in the distribution of lands and seas, growth and destruction of mountains, succession of animals and plants through time, and the developmental history of the solar system. Spring semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours, field trips. 4 Credits. (SUNY-NS_ 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: GEO 101 or 131 or permission of instructor.
GEO 103 - Great Mysteries of the Earth
This course investigates Earth mysteries to gain an understanding of the differences between science and pseudoscience. The student will learn and use critical thinking skills, logic, and the scientific method of inquiry to better understand allegedly unexplainable phenomena. This course will investigate topics related to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, extinction events, early engineering structures, plate tectonics, climate concerns, legendary creatures and enigmatic landforms. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
GEO 105 - Astronomy
An introduction to general astronomy. Topics include: solar system, stellar energy, stellar evolution, galaxies, the universe and constellation identification. Three class hours. NOTE: Students who successfully complete GEO 105 may, with addition of GEO 115, complete the requirement of SUNY Natural Science General Education. GEO 115 may be taken concurrently or in a later semester, but the student will not have satisfied the SUNY requirement until both GEO 115 and GEO 105 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS) 3 Credits.
GEO 106 - Introduction to Oceanography
An introductory course which will survey ocean sciences. Geological, chemical, physical, and biological processes and interrelationships will be examined. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
GEO 115 - Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
This course explores the hands-on, practical applications of basic knowledge gained in the companion course, GE0 105. Exercises involve use of telescopes, observation of stars and constellations, stellar spectra, Hubble red-shift, astrophotography, and computer based exercises. Three laboratory hours. NOTE: This course only meets SUNY General Education Natural Science requirements when both GEO 105 and GEO 115 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS) 1 Credit.

Corequisite: GEO 105
GEO 116 - Special Topics in Geosciences
This course is designed to address specific topics of interest in the geosciences. Examples of potential course offerings could include volcanology, mineralogy, climate change, or the study of a particular geographic region. Topics may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest. Primarily lecture format, but field experiences may be included. 1-3 Credits.
GEO 131 - Our Changing Earth
A course of study designed for non-science majors to acquaint the student with the wonders and complex workings of our planet. This course will guide the student to an understanding of the infinitely varied landscapes of Earth and the powerful geologic forces of modification at work, leading to a true appreciation of our changing Earth. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
GEO 133 - Ancient Life
Covers the parade of life on earth from the oldest remains, nearly 3.5 billion years ago, to the emergence of the human species during the Ice Age. The origin of life will be briefly discussed. Emphasis on the evolution of vertebrates, especially dinosaurs. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
GEO 137 - Dangerous Earth
An introduction to the destructive power of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanos, hurricanes, tornadoes and related phenomena. The origin and occurrence of such hazards will be examined. Recent disasters as well as catastrophic events in the Earth's past will be utilized as case studies. Methods of prediction and strategies for minimizing loss of life and property will be emphasized. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
GEO 150 - Geology of the National Parks
An examination of the interaction of geological processes responsible for the development of the landscape found within the National Parks System. Regional setting and geologic history will be examined. Three class hours. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: GEO 101 or GEO 131 or permission of instructor.
GEO 152 - Environmental Geology
An in-depth discussion of man's environment as related to resources, wastes, pollution, and geologic hazards. The consequences of use and misuse of our geologic environment will be stressed. Three class hours. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: GEO 101 or GEO 131
GEO 154 - Geology of New York State
The geological history of the state will be studied chronologically from the Pre-Cambrian era to the Pleistocene epoch. The geology of Monroe County and the Genesee River region will be stressed. Alternate Spring semester only. Three class hours. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: One semester of physical geography OR any geology course EXCEPT GEO 104 and GEO 105 is recommended.
GEO 195 - Field Studies in the Geosciences
This course is designed for students who wish to study a specific geologic or geographic topic or locality in a focused, hands-on, field setting. A significant portion of the course work is completed in the field at a local or distant location depending upon the title and focus of the course for a given semester. Students will make field observations, create sketches, record data, and construct a field notebook detailing all aspects of their field experience. The course title will have a sub-title attached to it for any given semester identifying the field setting for that semester. Two examples include "Field Studies in the Geosciences/Volcanic Landscapes of the Western US" or "Field Studies in the Geosciences/Geologic History of the Pacific Northwest". Credit hours are variable depending upon the field experience offered. Additional fees for travel, lodging, food, and other field expenses may apply. (SUNY-NS) Variable Credit.

Prerequisites: One Geology or Geography class preferred; permission of the instructor(s) required
GEO 201 - Invertebrate Paleontology
A detailed study of the various invertebrate groups important as fossils with emphasis on their major characteristics and evolutionary trends. Insight will be gained into how fossils are indispensable as indicators of geologic time and past environments. Fall semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours, field trips. 4 Credits.

Prerequisites: GEO 101 and 102 or permission of instructor.
GEO 203 - Geomorphology
A study of the genesis of land forms, resulting from the action of running water, glaciers, waves, wind, ground water, and other gradational agents. The approach is analytical in terms of structure, process, and stage. Alternate Spring semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: GEO 101 or permission of instructor.
GEO 204 - Introduction to Mineralogy
A study of the formation, occurrence and association of minerals with an emphasis on mineral identification through the study of their chemical, physical and crystallographic properties. Spring semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisites: GEO 101 and CHE 100 or permission of the instructor.
GEO 290 - Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson. Variable Credit.
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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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HSE - Fire Protection Technology
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HSE - Health and Safety Education
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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 - 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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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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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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- Cinema Studies
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- Honors Studies
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- Public Speaking
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