Liberal Arts & Sciences

A liberal arts program provides you with an excellent background for understanding broad global, social, and economic issues, as well as gives you a solid foundation for a bachelor's degree or graduate degree in a wide variety of areas. These areas include communications, marketing/advertising/sales, public relations/public affairs, human resources, support services, legal services, public/nonprofit service, finance, and information resource management. MCC's Liberal Arts and Sciences programs are specifically designed to allow you to transfer as a junior to almost any four-year college or university. The category of liberal arts and sciences includes the study of humanities (literature, language, philosophy, fine arts, and history), social and behavioral sciences (sociology, anthropology, social psychology, and political science), physical and biological sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), education, and mathematics.

Degree Programs


Liberal Arts and Sciences - Diversity and Community Studies (A.S.)

A two-year transfer degree will provide students with a deeper understanding of issues of group identity rooted in historical experiences and contemporary examples. Students will choose from five study tracks: African American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Global Studies, or Urban Studies.
Requirements: Pre-Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 3 Math at MCC)



Liberal Arts General Studies

This program is designed for students who want flexibility in their course selections and an opportunity to explore many areas of interest. You will select from a wide range of core courses and electives in humanities, social science, natural science, and mathematics. Choose from the following areas of specialization:

  • American History - You'll study American traditions and the forces and personalities that have shaped the United States. After obtaining a four-year degree, graduates often pursue a career in law, teaching, government, and public administration. Some also choose careers as journalists, archivists, curators, and public historians.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC.
  • Child Care Practitioner - Designed for students wishing to transfer to a bachelor's degree program in Early Care and Education and eventually pursue a career in a child care center, provide home-based care, or open a center of their own.
    Requirements: Pre-Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 3 Math at MCC)
  • Global History - You'll focus on exploring the interrelationships of different cultures over time and how their value systems compare. Graduates pursue degree programs leading to careers as lawyers, teachers, government and public administrators, journalists, archivists, curators, and public historians.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC.
  • Landscape Architecture - Learn to apply your artistic talents to the design and creation of private and public spaces, including residential areas, public parks, playgrounds, college campuses, shopping centers, golf courses, parkways, and industrial parks. Most students transfer to the School of Landscape Architecture at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC
  • Nutrition - Ideal for students interested in a four-year degree leading to a career as a nutritionist or Registered Dietitian. If you enjoy working with people and are interested in learning about food, culinary arts, nutrition, and health science, it's the right transfer program for you.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC.
  • Political Science - You'll study the origin, development, and operation of political systems and public policy as well as the theory and practice of domestic and international relations. Upon obtaining their bachelor's degrees, graduates usually pursue careers in law, government and public administration, diplomatic service, business and marketing, or journalism and teaching.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - This sequence appeals to students interested in studying people. After completing a bachelor's degree, graduates usually choose careers in anthropology, education, museum work, psychology, or sociology.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC.
  • Undeclared - Not sure what you want to major in yet? With this option, you'll take courses covering a broad range of interests, while still staying on track to graduate in two years. Career assessments and ongoing personalized counseling are part of the program. After 30 hours, you'll choose your final major.

Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities & Social Science (A.A.)

This degree provides you with the ten SUNY General Education Knowledge and Skills areas desirable for transfer to a SUNY four-year college or university to pursue a Liberal Arts major in disciplines such as English, philosophy, anthropology, history, political science, sociology, education, and psychology. Requirements: Pre-Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 3 Math at MCC)


Liberal Arts and Sciences - Mathematics (A.S.)

This program is intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year college to major in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics, or a related field. Course work is generally equivalent to the first two years of a typical four-year Mathematics program. Successful completion will demonstrate readiness for continued study at the junior- or senior-year level.
Requirements: Pre-Calculus (Pre-Calculus in high school with an 85 or better or Math 175 at MCC). Biology and Chemistry recommended


Liberal Arts and Science - Science (A.S.)

This program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geosciences, physics, or any profession where a solid science background is needed, such as medicine or pharmacy. Choose from the following areas of specialization:

  • Biology - Study the science of living things, from the smallest particles to large, complex systems. Provides pre-professional preparation for degrees in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, research, paramedical specialties, and environmental services
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC. Biology. Chemistry.
  • Chemistry - If you're the analytical type and enjoy math and science, this sequence provides an excellent foundation for a degree leading to a career as a professional chemist in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, or processing industries.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC. Chemistry.
  • Environmental Science - Ideal for students who want a four-year degree in environmental planning, environmental impact and resource science.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC. Biology. Chemistry.
  • Geosciences - Interested in studying the earth's surface? Would you like to teach or go into hydrology, resource conservation, or petroleum and mining? This sequence provides the background to transfer to a bachelor's degree program in geology and earth sciences.
    Requirements: Pre-Calculus (Pre-Calculus in high school with an 85 or Math 175 at MCC)
  • Physics - If you like solving complex problems found in the natural world and enjoy math, science, and research, a career as a physicist may be right for you. This program provides the foundation for a four-year program in physics.
    Requirements: Pre-Calculus (Pre-Calculus in high school with an 85 or Math 175 at MCC)
  • Pre-Chiropractic - If you want to become a professional chiropractor, this is where to start. This sequence prepares you to transfer to the New York Chiropractic College.
    Requirements: Pre-Calculus (Pre-Calculus in high school with an 85 or Math 175 at MCC)
  • Pre-Forestry - If you like the outdoors and are interested in a career in resource management, forest engineering, landscape architecture, or paper science, this sequence will prepare you to transfer to the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry.
    Requirements: Pre-Calculus (Pre-Calculus in high school with an 85 or Math 175 at MCC)
  • Pre-Pharmacy - This sequence prepares you to transfer to a three-year pharmacy program and pursue a career as a professional pharmacist.
    Requirements: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 at MCC. Biology. Chemistry.


Liberal Arts and Sciences - Sustainability (A.S.)

This new degree programs takes an interdisciplinary approach where students will learn how energy, the environment, social and economic justice, and agriculture are interconnected. Students can specialize in Sustainability Science, which offers science-intensive courses, or Sustainability Studies, a more liberal-arts oriented path that prepares students for transfer to environmental studies programs at four-year institutions. The degree is designed to transfer into sustainability-related baccalaureate programs such as conservation biology and environmental science at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Nazareth College and Paul Smith's College.


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