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
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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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Cinema Studies
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CIS - Computer Information Systems
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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
ELT 101 - Electric Circuit Analysis I
First course in a two-semester algebra-based electric circuit analysis sequence for majors in Electrical Technology, and others interested in a course of this level. Topics include voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's law, resistor combination, Kirchoff's laws, power, source conversion, capacitance, superposition, mesh and nodal analysis, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems. Computer analysis of DC circuits introduced. Concurrent lab applies classroom theory, teaches use of multimeters and power supplies, and introduces the oscilloscope, breadboarding, schematic reading and troubleshooting. Two class hours, four laboratory hours, one conference hour. A scientific calculator is required. Contact the department for details. 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: Three years high school math or MTH 135 or MTH 098/104/164.
ELT 102 - Electric Circuit Analysis II
Continuation of ELT 101 into AC circuit analysis using complex numbers and phasors. Topics include: magnetism, inductance, reactance, impedance, power, resonance, filters, Fourier series, transformers and dependent sources. Includes network analysis using Thevenin, Norton, mesh, and nodal techniques. Computer analysis of AC circuits is introduced. Concurrent lab applies theory and develops competence in measuring voltage, current, time, frequency, phase, and frequency response, using the dual-trace oscilloscope, multimeters, and swept frequency function generator. Construction project is a power supply which is used to introduce rectifiers, filters, regulation and ripple. Three class hours, four laboratory hours, one conference hour. A specific programmable scientific calculator is required. Contact Department for details. 5 Credits.

Prerequisites: ELT 101 or ELT 121 required; MTH 140 or MTH 135 or MTH 164 or some trigonometry background recommended.
ELT 111 - Introduction to Digital Electronics
Covers a wide range of introductory skills and techniques required by an electronic technician. Topics include AND, OR, NAND, NOR, NOT logic functions and integrated circuits, Boolean Algebra, number systems, flip-flops and simple applications. Two class hours, three laboratory hours. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: Level 6 Math placement or MTH 098 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent
ELT 112 - Linear Circuits
Covers a wide range of introductory skills and techniques required by an electronic technician. Topics include semiconductor physics, general purpose and zener diodes, linear power supplies, transistors, transistor amplifiers, and basic operational amplifiers. Three class hours, four laboratory hours. 5 Credits.

Prerequisite(s): ELT 111 with a grade of C- or better (required) and ELT 102 (taken concurrently or previously completed); TEK 101 (recommended).
ELT 121 - AC/DC Circuit Analysis
A one-semester algebra-based electric circuit analysis course for majors mainly in Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Technology and Optical Technology, as well as others requiring an introduction to both DC and AC signal driven circuit analysis of series, parallel and series parallel resistive circuits and series RC circuits. Topics include: voltage, current, resistance, conductance, Ohm's law, Kirchoff's Voltage and Current laws, voltage and current dividers equations, power, capacitance, a brief introduction to inductance, RC time constant circuits, capacitive reactance and impedance, superposition, Thevenin, Norton, Theorems, computer analysis, and an introduction to troubleshooting. Lab teaches use of digital multimeters, analog VOM, power supplies, dual-trace oscilloscope, function generators, and an introduction to computer generated circuit analysis using Multisim, the concept of circuit loading and meter frequency limitations. Three class hours, four laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: High school algebra with some trigonometry or MTH 135. NOTE: Students with no trigonometry should consider taking MTH 164 concurrently.
ELT 130 - System Electricity
This course introduces students to basic principles of electricity with an emphasis on their use in technical applications. While learning basic theorems of electricity and completing problem solving exercises, students are required to build and test a simple robotic car that uses electric circuits in its operating functions. Two class hours, two laboratory hours. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite/corequisite: MTH 104 or MTH 135 or permission of department.
ELT 170 - Printed Circuit Layout and Fabrication
Students will be introduced to the techniques of fabrication of a printed circuit board. This includes the design of a printed circuit artwork pattern, the process of layout of an artwork positive on acetate, the making of a negative film of the positive artwork using a photographic process, and the fabrication of the printed circuit board from a copper clad board using photo-resist developing, and an etching process. Each student actually will go through these steps and build a small electronic circuit. One class hour, two laboratory hours. 2 Credits.

Prerequisite: A general knowledge of electricity and electronics.
ELT 201 - Linear Systems
A study of linear amplifier and power supply circuits. Course topics include small-signal and power amplifiers using bipolar and field effect transistors. Frequency response of amplifiers, op amps, and applications of op amps. Negative feedback principles. Students build, test and troubleshoot amplifier circuits in the laboratory. Computer analysis of multi-stage amplifier circuits. Three class hours, four laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisites: ELT 102 and ELT 112 with a grade of C- or better.
ELT 202 - Pulse and Digital Circuits
This course covers pulse waveforms, linear circuit responses and switching circuit analysis, pulse-shaping and pulse-generating circuits, flip-flops, one-shots, registers and counters. Different IC logic family characteristics (TTL, NMOS, ECL, CMOS, LVT) will be analyzed and compared. An integral study and analysis of the circuits used when interfacing the different types of IC logic families will be covered. There will be an in-depth analysis and practical applications of the various digital number systems and codes. Arithmetic manipulation of signed and unsigned binary numbers will be also covered. An introduction to the 8-bit microcomputer architecture will be presented. The student will perform computer analysis of digital circuits using the “Electronics Workbench Multisim” software. By means of a Capstone design project, this course offers an integrated learning experience that was designed to give the students a hands-on, real world engineering problem solving experience. Students will design, build, troubleshoot, demonstrate and present a digital capstone design project. Several laboratory experiments throughout the semester will require formal written reports. Three class hours, four laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisites: ELT 102 and ELT 112 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of department.
ELT 204 - Industrial Electronics and Control
A survey of electrical and electronic applications in industrial settings. Topics include a brief physics and mathematics review, operational amplifiers, sensors and transducers, first and second order systems, electromagnetic radiation principles, DC and AC motors and generators, stepper motors, electronic switching devices (field-effect transistors, unijunction transistors, silicon controlled rectifiers and TRIACS), and applications in motor speed control, sequential process control, and programmable controllers. Computer data acquisition and control. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisites: ELT 201 and 202 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of department.
ELT 205 - Communication Systems
An introduction to radio communication theory. Topics include Barkhausen criteria for oscillation, tuned amplifiers, rf amplifiers, transmission line effects, matching techniques using the Smith chart, spectral analysis using the Fourier series, signal/noise and noise figure calculations, non-linear mixing of rf signals, transmitter and receiver designs using amplitude, frequency and single-sideband techniques, superheterodyne principles, spectral analysis of FM systems using the Bessel function, modulators, detectors, stereo techniques, video principles, digital/data communication techniques, modems, networks, and fiber-optic systems. In the laboratory, students build, test, and measure the performance of communication circuits/systems using an assortment of popular devices such as the 3N211, 3080, 565, 1496 lumped-oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, rf voltmeter, DMM, and service monitor. The compute is used to emulate, analyze, and collect data for communication circuits and systems. Through the use of Mathcad basic communication theorems are proven on the computer. Three class hours, five laboratory hours. 5 Credits.

Prerequisite: ELT 201 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of department chairperson. NOTE: In addition to prerequisite, ELT 202 is recommended.
ELT 206 - Digital Systems and Microprocessors
A study of digital systems and the building blocks that make up digital systems. The emphasis will be on microprocessor-based systems hardware, programming and interfacing. The major topics include arithmetic circuits, multiplexers, demultiplexers, decoders, encoders, tri-state bus devices, DACs and ADCs, memory devices (SRAM, DRAM, Flash, PLD's, ROM), microprocessor architecture, microcomputer architecture, I/O modes and interfacing, digital communication standards. The student will learn to program an 8-bit microprocessor (MC68HC11) in assembly language, and will develop the hardware and software for microprocessor-controlled applications. The student will be introduced to a 16-bit microprocessor (MC68000). Major differences between 8-bit and 16-bit microprocessors will be discussed. The lab portion of the course will concentrate on building, testing, and troubleshooting of digital systems including MC68HC11 and MC68000 based microcomputer systems, using oscilloscope, logic analyzer, signature analyzer and computer. Three class hours, five laboratory hours. 5 Credits.

Prerequisite: ELT 202 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of department.
ELT 232 - System Electronics
This course introduces students to the use of analog and digital electronics in the control of electrical and nonelectrical processes. Students are introduced to the use of sensors, actuators, and control circuitry along with the use of micro-controllers in controlling various processes. Three class hours, two laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: ELT 130 or PHY 231 or ELT 121.
ELT 290 - Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson. Variable Credit.
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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
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FSA - Food Service Administration
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GEG - Geography
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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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HEG - 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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HON - Honors Studies
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Honors Studies
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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 - 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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SGT - Surgical Technology
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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