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.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHE 100 - Preparatory Chemistry

4 Credits

This course meets the pre-admission chemistry requirement for selected health related programs. It is also recommended to students with limited mathematics and/or science background who plan to take higher level chemistry courses such as [CHE 121] CHE 124 or 145. Topics include dimensional analysis, atomic structure, nomenclature, bonding, reactions, chemical calculations, periodicity, states of matter, solutions, acids, bases, and the pH concept. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisite: MCC level 6 Mathematics placement or MTH 098 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 099 with a minimum grade of C.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Make observations and record measurements appropriately.
2. Compute conversions such as dimensional analysis and metric conversions.
3. Describe the basic concepts of matter.
4. Discuss the fundamental concepts and characteristics of atoms and molecules.
5. Explain chemical periodicity and predict trends using a periodic table.
6. Identify electron configurations.
7. Explain why and how ionic and covalent bonds form.
8. Apply the rules of chemical nomenclature to name and write formulas for chemical compounds.
9. Calculate molar mass and percent composition.
10. Determine molecular geometry and polarity from electron dot structures.
11. Use symbols to represent chemical formulas and balance chemical equations.
12. Discuss and apply the mole concept in chemical calculations and chemical formulas
13. Describe the gas laws and how gas variables relate to each other.
14. Describe how solutions form.
15. Compute molar concentration.
16. Predict products of reactions using solubility rules.
17. Explain basic concepts of acids and bases.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHE 110 - The Chemistry of Indulgence

3 Credits

Designed for non-science majors, this course does not require a background in chemistry or math. This class provides an integrated laboratory/lecture experience as students explore various principles of chemistry using everyday contexts such as food. Two class hours, two laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe basic concepts of matter.
2. Discuss the atomic nature of matter and characteristics of atoms and molecules.
3. Use symbols to represent chemical formulas and balance reactions.
4. Explain the organization of, and information in, the periodic table.
5. Distinguish ionic and molecular compounds.
6. Apply the rules of chemical nomenclature to name and write formulas for chemical compounds.
7. Identify molecular geometry from Lewis dot structures.
8. Discuss the mole concept.
9. Describe concepts of solution chemistry.
10. Explain basic concepts of acids and bases.
11. Discuss and compute energy changes in chemical reactions.
12. Apply aspects of the scientific method.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHE 115 - Special Topics in Chemistry

Variable Credit

This course is intended to address specific topics of interest in chemistry. Polymer Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Instrumentation/Spectroscopy, and Environmental Chemistry are a few examples of possible course offerings. Subject matter may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest. Primarily lecture format, but a laboratory component may be included. 1-4 credits.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 098 WITH A GRADE OF C OR BETTER OR MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT AT LEVEL 6.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe chemical concepts in the context of the course.
2. Apply previously learned chemical fundamentals to new subject matter.
3. Describe aspects of a scientific topic through written or oral formats.
4. Draw conclusions from laboratory based or other scientific experiences.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHE 124 - General, Organic, and Biochemistry

4 Credits

This course is an introduction to the principles of general, organic, and biological chemistry that are relevant to students interested in a health related profession. A strong knowledge base of general chemistry is necessary in order for the student to be successful in CHE 124. See prerequisites below. Students are expected to be familiar with concepts such as: significant figures, dimensional analysis, ionic compounds, molecular geometry, polarity, the mole concept, and stoichiometry prior to taking CHE 124. Topics for CHE 124 include: measurement; dimensional analysis; chemical compounds and their bonds; redox reactions and energetics of chemical reactions; gases; solutions; acids and bases; nuclear chemistry; structural formulas, chemical and physical properties of organic compounds, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and metabolism. This is a Natural Science course. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisite(s): CHE 100 or high school Chemistry with a minimum grade of C; and MCC level 6 Mathematics Placement or MTH 098 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 099 with a minimum grade of C.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe and compute concentrations of mixtures (such as solutions, colloids, and suspensions).
2. Evaluate the effects of mixtures on cells.
3. Discuss qualitative and quantitative aspects of acids and bases and their reactions.
4. Discuss radiation, including the sources, measurement, uses, and harmful effects.
5. Examine redox reactions and the energetics of these reactions.
6. Discriminate structural formulas of organic compounds in order to name compounds, identify functional groups, or evaluate isomerism.
7. Compare structures of organic compounds and relate them to physical and chemical properties.
8. Predict products of chemical reactions based on functional groups in the reactants.
9. Analyze structures or levels of organization of carbohydrates, lipids, or proteins.
10. Describe the biological roles and chemical reactions of biomolecules.
11. Interpret the metabolic pathways that release energy from biomolecules.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHE 136 - Introductory Forensic Science

4 Credits

This is an introductory natural science course designed for the non-science, primarily criminal justice, major. The course will cover those biological and chemical fundamentals necessary for the student to understand topics of instrumentation and techniques employed in a crime laboratory. Topics such as matter, atomic theory, chemical bonding, chromatography, hair and fiber examination, blood and drug analysis, toxicology, and DNA typing will be included. The laboratory will include demonstrations and hands-on activities of methods used to study chemical and biological evidence. This course complements the existing CRJ 209 course which emphasizes the investigative procedures involved at the crime scene. A student may earn credit for CHE 136 or BIO 136, but cannot earn credit for both courses because they are equivalent courses. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisite: MCC Level 6 Mathematics placement or MTH 098 with a minimum grade of C.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the importance of measurements,their conversions, and their use in the metric system.
2. Be able to apply biological and chemical principles and the scientific method to forensic science.
3. Describe the basic concepts of matter, atoms,elements,chemical bonding, molecules,and chemical formulas.
4. Identify and describe types of biological molecules and their functions.
5. Describe basic cell structure and function and apply to different cell types.
6. Describe the structure and composition of DNA. Explain DNA replication and gene expression in the determining protein structure.
7. Describe the role of DNA in analyzing forensic trace evidence.
8. Explain the basic theory behind the instrumentation and techniques employed in the analysis of crime scene evidence.
9. Be able to analyze biological and chemical data collected from analytical instrumentation and draw conclusions with regards to crime scene evidence.

Course Offered Fall only

CHE 145 - Preparation for General College Chemistry

4 Credits

This course should be taken prior to CHE 151 by students who fall into one of the following categories provided they have adequate mathematics preparation (see prerequisite and recommendation below): (a) students with no previous background in chemistry, (b) students with an average or below average background in high school chemistry, or (c) students in need of a review of basic chemical problem solving skills. Topics include problem solving using the factor-label method, dimensional analysis, linear relationships, graphing, and significant figures; the atomic mass system and the mole concept; chemical formulae and inorganic nomenclature; basic chemical reactions, balancing equations, reaction stoichiometry, and limiting reagent problems; atomic structure and the principles of chemical bonding; solution concentrations and stoichiometry. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisite: MCC level 8 Mathematics placement or MTH 104 with a minimum grade of C. Completion of or concurrent registration in MTH 165 is strongly recommended.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Use dimensional analysis to perform unit conversions and stoichiometry problems.
2. Discuss the evolution of atomic theory.
3. Describe the forms and states of matter.
4. Discuss the fundamental concepts and characteristics of atoms and molecules.
5. Discuss models of chemical bonding.
6. Apply the rules of chemical nomenclature to name and write formulas for chemical compounds.
7. Use chemical symbols to represent chemical formulas and balance chemical equations.
8. Discuss the mole concept and reaction stoichiometry.
9. Discuss solution chemistry.
10. Demonstrate proper laboratory technique such as using scientific glassware and instruments in a precise, accurate, and safe manner.
11. Apply aspects of the scientific method.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHE 151 - General College Chemistry I

4 Credits

This is the first semester of college chemistry and is appropriate for students interested in pursuing further studies in science or engineering. It is a mathematical approach to the principles of chemistry and assumes that students have had an above average preparation in chemistry. Topics include a brief review of problem solving using dimensional analysis, graphing, and significant figures; chemical stoichiometry; gas laws; thermochemistry; an in-depth treatment of atomic structure, periodicity, and chemical bonding; phase relationships. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisite(s): CHE 145 with a minimum grade of C or Chemistry Regents exam grade of 70 or higher (or equivalent for students who did not attend New York State Public School); and MCC level 9 Mathematics placement or MTH 165 with a minimum grade of C.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss the fundamental concepts and characteristics of atoms and molecules.
2. Discuss Lewis, VSEPR, and Valence Bond Theory models of chemical bonding.
3. Use chemical symbols to represent chemical formulas.
4. Write balanced chemical equations.
5. Predict products of aqueous reactions for precipitation or acid-base reactions.
6. Use dimensional analysis to perform unit conversions and stoichiometry problems.
7. Explain chemical periodicity and periodic trends using the periodic table.
8. Identify electron configurations using the periodic table.
9. Discuss the behavior of gases with respect to the kinetic theory of gases and applications of the ideal gas law.
10. Calculate heats of reaction from bond energies, standard heats of formation, or Hess’ Law.
11. Analyze calorimetry data at constant pressure conditions.
12. Deduce molecular-level mechanisms from macroscopic observations and data.
13. Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques, such as measurements with correct significant figures, graphing, or using volumetric glassware.
14. Apply aspects of the scientific method.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHE 152 - General College Chemistry II

4 Credits

A continuation of CHE 151. Topics include: solution concentrations and properties; chemical kinetics; gas and solution phase chemical equilibrium including solubility; acids; and bases; thermodynamics; electrochemistry. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisite: CHE 151 with a minimum grade of C-.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Calculate solution concentrations such as percent concentration, mole fraction, molarity, and molality.
2. Determine reaction order from graphical and experimental data.
3. Use integrated rate equations to make predictions related to reaction order and half life.
4. Calculate equilibrium concentrations based on initial concentrations.
5. Predict the direction of an equilibrium reaction based on changes in reaction conditions.
6. Discuss acids and bases and their reactions using Bronsted-Lowry theory.
7. Calculate the pH of strong/weak acids and bases.
8. Calculate the pH of buffer systems.
9. Calculate the solubility of sparingly soluble salts.
10. Predict the spontaneity of a chemical process based on thermodynamic considerations.
11. Write balanced oxidation/reduction reactions.
12. Distinguish galvanic, concentration, and electrolytic cells.
13. Calculate cell potentials for galvanic cells at standard and nonstandard conditions.
14. Explain the different parts of a voltaic cell and write its corresponding cell diagram.
15. Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques, such as using volumetric glassware or performing titrations.
16. Apply aspects of the scientific method.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHE 251 - Organic Chemistry I

5 Credits

A modern treatment of organic chemistry which integrates fact and theory. The study of structure and its relation to properties, reactions, and reaction mechanisms is emphasized. Both aliphatic and aromatic compounds are studied in the first semester along with an introduction to stereochemistry and conformational analysis. The laboratory experiences include syntheses of a variety of organic compounds with an emphasis on basic laboratory techniques. The fundamental techniques of infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography are also introduced. Three class hours, four laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 152 with a grade of C- or higher.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Utilize International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) nomenclature rules to name simple alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, or alcohols based on structure or determine their structure from an IUPAC name.
2.Interpret the structure of a molecule to identify key principles, including atomic/molecular properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, conformational analysis, or stereochemistry.
3.Predict reaction products of an organic reaction from given starting materials and reagents.
4.Provide the necessary starting material or reagents required to produce a given organic product.
5.Design multistep (3 or 4 steps) synthesis for organic compounds using retrosynthetic analysis.
6.Propose reasonable reaction mechanisms for a given reaction using curved arrow notation.
7.Generate the complete structure of simple unknown organic compounds using ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis), infrared (IR) or proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
8.Perform microscale organic reactions and determine product identity, purity or percent yield.
9.Purify products from a chemical reaction using extraction, re-crystallization, or chromatography.
10.Write formal lab reports to convey results of experiments in a clear, logical manner.

Course Offered Fall only

CHE 252 - Organic Chemistry II

5 Credits

A continuation of the study of different classes of organic compounds. The interpretation of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra is emphasized. The laboratory is a continuation of CHE 251 laboratory with an extensive introduction to qualitative organic analysis. Three class hours, four laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 251 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Assign IUPAC names to simple aromatic compounds, amines, carboxylic acid derivatives, aldehydes, and ketones. Draw the structure of an aromatic compound, amine,carboxylic acid derivative, aldehydes, or ketone from an IUPAC name.
2. Predict reaction products of an organic reaction from given starting materials and reagents.
3. Provide the necessary starting material and/or reagents required to produce a given organic product.
4. Assess and predict the relationship between the structure of an organic compound and its chemical properties and reactivity.
5. Design multistep (5-10 steps) synthesis for organic compounds using retrosynthetic analysis.
6. Propose reasonable reaction mechanisms for a given reaction using curved arrow notation.
7. Generate the complete structure of moderately complex unknown organic compounds using UV/Vis, IR, proton and carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry.
8. Perform microscale organic reactions and determine product identity, purity and percent yield.
9. Determine the identity of an unknown liquid and solid using various experimental techniques learned during the course of the year.
10. Write formal lab reports to convey results of experiments in a clear, logical manner.

Course Offered Spring only

CHE 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology