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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CE  - Interior Design</div>]
CE - Interior Design
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CE  - Office Technology</div>]
CE - Office Technology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CEL - Leadership</div>]
CEL - Leadership
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CHE - Chemistry</div>]
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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CIS - Computer Information Systems</div>]
CIS - Computer Information Systems
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CIS - Information and Computer Technologies</div>]
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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">COM - Communication</div>]
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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">CRJ - Criminal Justice</div>]
CRJ - Criminal Justice
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CSC - Computer Science
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">DAS - Dental Assisting</div>]
DAS - Dental Assisting
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">DEN - Dental Hygiene</div>]
DEN - Dental Hygiene
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EBL - Experiential and Adult Learning
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ECE - Education and Early Care
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ECO - Economics</div>]
ECO - Economics
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">EDU - Education</div>]
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">EMG - Emergency Management</div>]
EMG - Emergency Management
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)
Hide details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">FPT - Fire Protection Technology</div>]
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FPT 101 - Introduction to Fire Protection Technology
A basic survey course of the entire medium of fire protection, fire prevention and fire extinguishment. The application of scientific principles to the studies of fire protection technology and development of career positions in the discipline for the individual are important goals in this course. Fall semester only. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
FPT 102 - Fire Prevention and Inspection
The fundamental requirements of fire prevention. This course emphasizes the laws applied to fire prevention, including federal fire safety requirements for industry and commerce, solving technical problems encountered, recognition of hazards, prevention of fires and inspection techniques. Special attention is applied to life safety from fire in the home, school, public assembly, and all other places where people are assembled and endangered by fire. Fall semester only. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
FPT 103 - Building Materials and Construction
Fundamentals of building construction methods and materials of construction. The approach is to study the stability of buildings and materials under fire conditions. The emphasis is upon safety under fire conditions and the technology of limiting fire spread in new and existing buildings. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
FPT 104 - Fire Suppression Technology
A course illustrating the physical and chemical aspects of fire suppression technology. The student will pursue a detailed study of the chemistry of fire, along with modern methods of fire suppression, tactical decisions and post fire analysis. Spring semester only. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
FPT 107 - Introduction to the New York State Building Code
A course to acquaint the student with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Construction Code and supporting reference standards. Students will be presented an overview of the code and will be able to confidently research design and modification issues pertaining to new construction, new use, remodeling, renovations, alterations, and repairs to buildings using the current New York State Building Construction Code. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
FPT 111 - Firefighter I
This course gives the firefighter the basic skills and education to work safely and effectively as a member of a fire fighting team. Topics include fire behavior, safety practices, use of self-contained breathing apparatus, personal protective equipment, use of fire-fighting appliances, hazardous materials first response at the operations level, and working as part of a fire-fighting team. Five class hours. 5 Credits.
FPT 113 - Firefighter II
This 30 hours of advanced fire fighting is specifically designed to provide structural firefighters with the higher level of skills and knowledge required to handle fires in commercial, residential and institutional properties. Both hands-on use of fire training simulators and classroom presentations will be provided to the students. The classroom presentation will familiarize students with building construction, fire service hydraulics, chemistry of fire, foam systems, fire detection, and tactical considerations in suppression. The hands-on application will consist of conducting advanced rescue techniques, room and content fire suppression in commercial and residential environments, application of fire fighting foams, and sprinkler systems application. Students will also be presented with flashover simulations and re-ignition of fires. 2 Credits.

Prerequisite: FPT 111
FPT 120 - International and Domestic Terrorism
A course designed to acquaint the student with the major issues in the growing threat of global terrorism. The student will be presented an overview of the history and development of terrorism, types of terrorism, terrorist groups, psychology of terrorism, structure and dynamics of terrorist groups, terrorists techniques, financing of terrorism, the media and terrorism, legal issues, and terrorism of the future. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
FPT 130 - Basic ARFF Class
This Basic Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) class is specifically designed to provide new airport firefighters with the basic skills and knowledge required to handle aircraft crashes and conduct fire suppression operations as they relate to rescue and fire extinguishment. Both hands-on use of the aircraft fire training simulators and classroom presentations will be provided to the students. The classroom presentation will provide familiarization of chemistry of fire, fire extinguishing agents, the Incident Management System (IMS), airport familiarization, aircraft types and familiarization, hazardous materials and cargo handling, and pre-incident planning/post incident operations. The skills application session will consist of conducting advanced rescue techniques, fire suppression operations in an aviation environment, application of firefighting foams on flammable liquids, and specialized apparatus and equipment operations. Forty class hours. 2.5 Credits.
FPT 135 - Aircraft Fuel Spill Fire Fighting
This course provides firefighters with the knowledge and skills to extinguish aircraft fuel spill fires, utilizing both classroom and live-fire extinguishment simulation. This course exceeds FAR 139 annual requirements for live fire training. Must have firefighter certification. Eight class hours. .5 Credits.
FPT 136 - Specialized Aircraft Fire Fighting
This course provides firefighters with the knowledge and skills to extinguish specialized aircraft fires, including fires in the cockpit, cabin, lavatory, engine, and brakes. This course utilizes both classroom and live-fire extinguishment simulation. This course exceeds FAR 139 annual requirements for live fire training. Must have firefighter certification. Eight class hours. .5 Credits.
FPT 137 - Specialized Aircraft and Fuel Spill Firefighting
Utilizing a mixture of classroom instruction and live fire training scenarios, this course provides ARFF firefighters with the knowledge and skills required for annual FAA Part 139 training. Both Spill and specialized aircraft system fires are extinguished utilizing vehicle turrets and hand lines. .5 Credits.
FPT 141 - Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher I
This course is part of a four-course sequence which provides a systematic course of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. It also provides a means to integrate technological advances in the various disciplines involved in firefighting with the student's existing knowledge and skills. Completion of the four-course sequence meets requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19 NYCRR Part 426.7. 2 Credits.

Prerequisite: FPT 113 or equivalent
FPT 142 - Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher II
This course is one of four courses which, taken together, provides a systematic plan of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. Successful completion of the four courses meets the requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19NYCR Part 426.7. Two class hours. 2 Credits.

Prerequisite: FPT 113 or equivalent
FPT 143 - Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher III
This course is one of four courses which, taken together, provides a systematic plan of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. Successful completion of the four courses meets the requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19NYCR Part 426.7. Two class hours. 2 Credits.

Prerequisite: FPT 113 or equivalent
FPT 144 - Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher IV
This course is part of a four-course sequence which provides a systematic plan of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. Completion of the four-course sequence meets requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19NYCR Part 426.7. Two class hours. 2 Credits.

Prerequisite: FPT 113 or equivalent
FPT 211 - Fire Investigation: Cause and Origin
A broad study of fire investigation is presented. The means to identify the origin and cause of a fire, properly conduct a fire scene investigation, and understand arson laws are emphasized. Topics include fire behavior, determining point of origin, ignition sources, fire scene investigation, and legal aspects of the discipline. Three class hours. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: PST 146 or permission of instructor.
FPT 213 - Automatic Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems
Basic principles of the design, operation and maintenance of the various types of fire protection systems. Includes automatic sprinkler systems, standpipes, fire and smoke detection systems, and explosion suppression systems. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
FPT 220 - Fire Officer I
This course is designed to assist the new and prospective fire officer in developing the necessary skills to effectively lead and manage a fire department in today's rapidly changing environment. Topics covered include leadership and management, responsibilities of the company officer, political and legal issues facing the fire service, incident management, fire service organization, health and safety issues, emergency responses, and strategy and tactics. Twenty-seven lecture hours. 1.5 Credits.
FPT 230 - Advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighting
This class is designed to enhance the skills of the basic ARFF Firefighter. This training will place the firefighter above the minimum requirements and provide multi-faceted skills required to meet aviation fire protection demands. An extensive use of the aircraft fire training simulators and classroom presentations will be provided. The student will be introduced to rescue systems and equipment, tools and apparatus, airport facilities, chemistry of fire, foam systems, Incident Management System (IMS), and strategies and tactical considerations in fire suppression operations. The hands-on sessions will consist of conducting advanced rescue techniques and extrication of trapped victims, firefighting foams and mass applications, motor vehicle fires, structural fires suppression operations, water rescue, and advanced aircraft fire suppression. Forty class hours. 2.5 Credits.

Prerequisite: FPT 130 or equivalent combination of training and experience.
FPT 290 - Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson. Variable Credit.
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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
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GER - German/Foreign Language
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">GLF - Golf Management</div>]
GLF - Golf Management
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HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
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HED - Health Education
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HIM - Health Information Technology</div>]
HIM - Health Information Technology
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HIS - History
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HMN - Honors Studies</div>]
HMN - Honors Studies
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HMN - Humanities</div>]
HMN - Humanities
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HSE - Fire Protection Technology</div>]
HSE - Fire Protection Technology
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HSE - Health and Safety Education
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HSM - Homeland Security Administration</div>]
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HSP - Hospitality</div>]
HSP - Hospitality
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">HTL - Hotel Technology</div>]
HTL - Hotel Technology
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HUM - Human Services
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HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">IDC - Honors Studies</div>]
IDC - Honors Studies
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IDE - Interior Design
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">INT - Industrial Instrumentation Technology</div>]
INT - Industrial Instrumentation Technology
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">ITA - Italian/Foreign Language</div>]
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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics</div>]
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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">PE  - Physical Education--Coed</div>]
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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content">QCT - Quality Control Technology</div>]
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
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content"> - Cinema Studies</div>]
- Cinema Studies
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- Honors Studies
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- Public Speaking
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