Areas of Study

Program List


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Agriculture

Muskegon Community College and Michigan State University – Institute of Agricultural Technology have joined efforts to simplify how you can gain the training and education you need to work in the exciting field of agriculture. Currently, 50,000 agriculture jobs open up every year, but only 25,000 students graduate from agriculture schools each year. Muskegon Community […]

Alternative and Renewable Energy

Energy is a big part of our lives. It is purchased and used in the forms of electricity, automotive fuel, and heating fuel. A lot of the sources include fossil fuels, carbon based structures. Many of the decisions for production and use are based on economics – but there is a renewed interest of looking […]

American Sign Language

American Sign Language is the fourth fastest growing foreign language in the US. During this course you will learn ASL grammatical structure, signed vocabulary, fingerspelling, non-verbal elements, and Deaf Culture. Students learning the basis of American Sign Language can use their skills in numerous career settings, especially those wanting to pursue a career in Sign […]

Anthropology

“Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the […]

Art

Since 2007, seventeen MCC art students have won significant scholarships totaling nearly $160,000 to attend Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. These scholarships were awarded based on the strength of their MCC art portfolios. MCC art students also successfully transfer to many other colleges, universities, and art academies all across the country- […]

Astronomy

This course will help meet science requirements for a college degree. For a person majoring in Astronomy, they will be well equipped to move into a junior level course at transfer institution. The students will learn to identify the contents of the known universe and their currently accepted place in it. Their knowledge will be […]

Automotive Technology

You love the sound of a finely tuned engine, you love cars. You want to know how to make a car run well and repair it properly. Your passion can become a great paying, fulfilling career. The Muskegon Community College A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology is a blend of scientific examination and practical application. You […]

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Biology

Why study biology? If you have ever asked any of the following questions, you should take a biology course. Why and how do we have so many different species? (BIOL 104, BIOL 200) What is this illness or organ that my doctor is explaining to me? (BIOL 103, BIOL 105, BIOL 106, BIOL 115, BIOL […]

Biomedical Electronics Technology

The growing demand for healthcare services is driving the employment needs for medical equipment technicians. According to the 2012 data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of biomedical electronic technicians (BMET) has an expected growth rate of 30.3% between 2012 and 2022. The Biomedical Electronics AAS program prepares students for entry-level BMET […]

Business Communications

Business today is mobile, global, and highly connected. In this increasingly complex, networked digital environment, professional communication skills matter more than ever. These “soft skills” are even more desirable in the competitive job market. Technical communication is another area experiencing tremendous growth. As our world continues to evolve technically, we need communicators who write so […]

Business Technology

Administrative Assistants play a key role in the effective management and functioning of an office. The functions may include, but are not limited to, understanding social media, document production, interpersonal skills with customers and vendors, and a high degree of organizational, oral and written skills. This is a very rewarding career that allows you to […]

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CAD/CNC

Employers are demanding students who can design and build. They spoke. . . . we listened. CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) programming/machining are separate skilled areas of applied technology. Join the two and you have a new hybrid program that aims to foster the development flexible, multiple skilled manufacturing workers. Programmer, […]

Chemistry

Why Study Chemistry? Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. There are many reasons to study chemistry, even if you aren’t pursuing a career in science. Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners… […]

Child Development Associate

This program is meant to be a building block in preparing a student for the national credential from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington D.C.. This CDA preparation program is available at a preschool and infant-toddler level as well as the option to continue on into an associate degree. The State of Michigan recognizes […]

Communication

Communication as an academic field relates to all the ways we communicate: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It also addresses the essential skills necessary for a successful work and personal life. Whether you’re interested in improving your public speaking and relationship skills or you want to have a communication-specific career, MCC has the communication offerings […]

Composition/Writing

The English department offers remedial and basic composition courses, often called “gateway” courses, that get students started in their college careers. Knowledge of the English language and skill in using it are required in many aspects of life, including one’s employment; consequently, many MCC courses, programs, and degrees require competency in English composition. The English […]

Computer Networking Technology

Employment in the field of computer networking is projected to grow faster nationally than the average for all occupations between now and 2022. Demand for computer network architects will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks. In Michigan, jobs like network systems analysts and network administrators are recognized among […]

Computer Programming

Employment in the field of computer programming is projected to grow about 8% between now and 2022. In Michigan jobs like computer systems analysts, computer software engineers, computer systems administrators and computer information system managers are recognized the the State of Michigan’s top 50 hot careers (high-demand jobs with high pay) through 2018. The Muskegon […]

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

“…Regardless of the language they speak, people all over the world use technical drawings to communicate their ideas. Graphic representation is a basic, natural form of communication that isn’t tied to a particular time or place. It is, in a sense, a universal language…” Technical Drawing with Engineering Graphics 14th Edition From bicycles to rockets, […]

Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice? Technically, it’s a government system designed to withhold practices and institutions in order to maintain social obedience. Muskegon Community College’s Criminal Justice program will introduce you to a myriad of career choices such as: Police Officer Corrections Officer Deputy Sheriff U.S. Marshall Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Officer Security Guard Public […]

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Dance

Dance offers a variety of classes and performance opportunities from the novice to the student planning to major in dance. There are courses in modern dance, social dance, jazz, ballet, choreography/design, and repertory. The Repertory Dance Company has public performances as well as the dance theater and dance performances for the annual Studio on Stage.

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Economics

Both macroeconomics and microeconomics are suitable for economics, social sciences, business administration, and engineering majors. The principles of macroeconomics analyzes fiscal and monetary policies by utilizing modern economic theory. Inflation and taxes, full employment, GDP, economic growth, money and banking are some of the topics discussed in the course. The principles of microeconomics teaches the […]

Electronics Technology

The Electronics Technology program at MCC combines electrical theory with practical hands on learning in a modern laboratory environment. As business and industry increasingly rely on complex electronic equipment to operate, electronics technicians may be needed to maintain the systems. The electronics industry offers a variety of career opportunities across many fields. These include Industrial […]

Engineering (AAS)

Engineering has 4 major fields of study, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical and Civil. Off of those 4 main areas there are thousands of different but related fields. In West Michigan the highest demand is for Manufacturing Engineers. A manufacturing engineer can design tool, equipment and machines for all types of applications in business and industry. Many […]

Engineering (ASA)

Do you want to know how things work? Do you like building things? Do you like to tackle challenges? Then become an engineer. Engineering is the application of science and mathematics to solve problems facing society, both big and small, in an efficient way. Engineers create the products, processes, machines, and structures everyone uses on […]

Entrepreneurial Studies

Why not make a career out of doing what you love to do? MCC’s entrepreneurial training gives you the skills, confidence, and contacts to help start a business in your field of study. As the global economy continues to impact jobs, starting or owning a business is the only way to ensure control over your […]

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Family Childcare

This degree program provides students with the foundation skills necessary to own an operate a Family Child Care business. As part of this program students develop knowledge of administrative tasks, business responsibilities, record keeping and curriculum development along with an understanding of the personnel, parent involvement and developmental growth of children in a care setting. […]

Food Science

Food Scientists often work directly with food processing and production to ensure proper nutrition, quality control, public health and safety. There are many such establishments in West Michigan who are looking for good employees. A certificate in this area will prepare you for the demands of this industry.

French

French is one of the world languages used on five continents in more than 40 countries. It is as near to us as Canada, where French is one of the two official languages. Anyone planning on going into business, the arts or many other fields may find French useful. Anyone who enjoys travelling to Canada, […]

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Geography

Geography is the spatial study of the earth’s surface (from the Greek word geo, meaning “Earth,” and graphein, which means “to write”). The first known use of the word geography was by Eratosthenes of Cyrene (in what we today call Libya in North Africa). Geographers explore the spatial relationships between all physical and cultural phenomena […]

Geology

Geology is amazing!! It includes any and all topics that pertain to the study of the Earth. That means anything from sand dunes and coral reefs to pollution and climate change to tsunamis and earthquakes, magma and volcanoes. A basic knowledge of geology is essential for understanding the place we humans call home. For the […]

German

German is a Global Connector. More than 185 million people in the world speak German. It is the most frequently spoken language in Europe and among the top 10 most frequently spoken languages in the world. German is a critical success factor. German is the key to success in college and job opportunities. German companies account for […]

Graphic Design

Graphic Design, Graphic Reproduction and Photography are critical in today’s work environment. You see the results of all three disciplines everywhere you go…on the web, on mobile devices, on park benches, in museums, virtually everywhere you go. These areas of study help prepare you to transfer to a four year degree institution OR go to work […]

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Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Health and Physical Education is very important in today’s society because over 50% of the population is presently overweight and the 30% is obese. The average person should be walking at least 10,000 steps per day which is 5 miles but instead most individuals only walk about 2,000-3,000 steps a day. At MCC, all students […]

History

The study of history involves looking at the achievements, events, and people which have shaped our past and current events. History provides us with a reflection of who we are, what we do and why has our nation and world developed as it has. By studying history you will be able to critically reflect, communicate […]

Humanities

Studying the humanities will help become a more thoughtful and cultured person. The humanities examine areas such as art, theater, philosophy, literature, history, and music. You will learn to appreciate music, art, and dance. You will explore great thinkers and deep thoughts. You will be inspired to ask questions and seek answers to the many […]

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Industrial Technology

The Industrial Technology AAS provides the student with all the basic technical classes to obtain employment in the many aspects of manufacturing. It includes all the basic applied technology class along with general education classes.

Interactive Media and Game Design

Our world is becoming more digital and effective presentation of this media is in high demand. Whether it be in Video Games, Movies, Advertising or the gamification of any type of consumer oriented product or offering, knowledge of the fundamentals of interactive media is the educational foundation of successful implementation and consumer engagement. Some of […]

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Literature

A Taoist proverb reminds us that, “The Journey is the reward.” MCC’s English Department’s Literature courses guide students on a journey of self-discovery, encouraging them to find their unique voices and points of view, honing their writing skills and sharpening their powers of critical thinking. Along the way they encounter literary works–stories, characters, places, and […]

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Machining Technology

Industry is looking for people in this area. There’s a national shortage of toolmakers, die makers, mold makers, machinists, and CNC programmers.

Management

Business today is global.   Local companies are now working with foreign suppliers and customers, or have subsidiaries and partners in Asia, South America, or Europe. How do you obtain, coordinate, and measure success of all of the people and resources it takes to do business around the world? This is the role of management, and […]

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

The Manufacturing Engineering AAS provides a well rounded education to gain immediate placement into entry level engineering positions in manufacturing companies. The program combines both theory and applied technology to give the student an understanding of manufacturing. The focus is on the design and development of tools and equipment that produce products.

Marketing

Our world is driven by marketing. It doesn’t matter if it is a product, service, idea, or you (think resume and job interview). Everything is marketed. Trillions of dollars are spent each year in marketing which means the field will create numerous jobs well into the future. Marketing covers a wide span of job opportunities […]

Materials Technology

“…Those who dominate materials, dominate technology…” Tadhiro Sekimoto This morning you woke out of bed, had a shower, ate your breakfast, brushed your teeth, combed your hair and went off to your daily tasks. In those few short minutes from your bed to walking out the door. You touched or used hundreds of different materials. […]

Mathematics

We should study math because it is Useful: Mathematical problems abound in daily life Mathematical proficiency is required for many jobs Mathematics is essential for science, engineering, and research We should study math because it is Important: A mathematically informed citizenry will make better economic and political decisions about risk, policy, and resource allocation We […]

Media

Media at MCC offers classes in radio, TV, film, journalism, and mass media. A broadcasting degree is available as well as classes for transfer. The department runs the student-led radio station and the college’s student newspaper The Bay Window. A film club is also available for students interested in the film editing, production, and acting.

Music

The study of music allows and encourages careers in performance, education and even more opportunities in the entertainment industry which is projected to grow at a rate of 5% over the next 3 years with music directors and composers expecting a job growth of nearly 13% over the next 10 years earning on average $46,000 […]

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Nursing

The MCC Nursing Program offers a career ladder nursing curriculum consisting of the practical nurse diploma and the Associate Degree in Applied Science Nursing (AAS) with the opportunity to enroll concurrently in the Michigan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students who successfully complete the Practical Nurse Diploma will be eligible to write the […]

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Philosophy

Philosophy means the love of wisdom. Philosophy classes help people to think clearly and critically. Philosophy asks the big questions such as “Does God exist?” “What is beauty?” “Do we have free will?” “Is Artificial Intelligence possible?” “Why be moral?” and “Is ethics relative?” These are central questions about our lives and as Socrates said, […]

Physical Science

Physical Science is the study of the natural world. Would you like to be able to explain what causes a rainbow or why the sky is blue or how a transformer works? Take Physical Science. This class will fulfill your lab requirement for non-STEM majors. We focus on understanding and learning. This is an excellent […]

Physics

Do you want to understand why things work the way they do? Do you want to develop problem solving and analytical skills? Then study physics. Physics is the most basic and fundamental science; the backbone of all other sciences. As a whole, physics is concerned with matter, energy, and how they interact and transform. The […]

Political Science

A bachelor’s degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching. Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in […]

Preschool

These degree options allow a student to prepare for the national CDA credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington D.C.. As well as completing the minimum requirement to be a lead teacher in a preschool center based setting in the State of Michigan. Other areas of employment can include a director, family […]

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of “ABC” (A = affect/emotions, B = behavior/actions, and C = cognition/thinking). MCC offers Applied Psychology, which is intended for students who are earning a certificate. The General Psychology course is for those who seek an Associate’s Degree or wish to transfer to a university.  We also offer courses in […]

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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapists work in a fast-paced environment where technical and scientific responsibilities are matched by a real need for human relations skills. They are involved in a wide range of life-supporting and life-saving activities. Therapists provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment to patients suffering from heart and lung disorders. They administer life supporting therapies such as […]

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Sociology

Because society must be explained. Sociology is the scientific, humanistic, and critical discipline which studies almost all aspects of society from the ways parents socialize their children, to how different forms of inequality are reproduced in daily life. Sociologists use varied methods of analysis surveys, interviews, observation, participation, ethnography, and historical investigation to probe into […]

Spanish

Our country is a bilingual community. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S. Having at least a moderate understanding of a second language enhances your job skills and opens you to other people and cultures.

Special Education

This degree is intended to prepare students to work as a paraprofessional in a school setting. The age group and classroom environment is specific to special education. Opportunities for employment maybe in a traditional classroom, self contained smaller room or one to one care for a child.

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Teacher Aide

This program of study prepares students for positions as paraprofessionals in all grade levels and classroom abilities. It is an opportunity for students to gain professional recognition and meet the Leave No Child Behind legislation. This degree is meant to be terminal and prepare students for the workforce.

Teacher Preparation

A stepping stone in the State of Michigan towards transferring to a university for completion of a teacher certification this general studies programs allows a student to explore teachable majors and minors of interest. . With clear guidance and exploration this degree is the beginning of a life long teaching career. We are here to […]

Theater

At Muskegon Community College we have been teaching the art of theater for over 85 years. We are proud of our program and our students’ achievements. MCC students receive a beginning foundation in acting and technical theater through our courses and our productions. We offer a variety of classes to develop your knowledge of theater. […]

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Web Design and Development

Web designers and developers design and create websites. Depending on their area of specialty, they may be responsible for the look and navigation of the site or the back end operations and functionality of a site. Web developers do not necessarily need both the technical and aesthetic skills, but those with knowledge and understanding in […]

Welding Technology

MCC offers an associate in applied science in welding technology as well as a welding technology certificate program. Welding Technology is a diversified program of skills dealing with the fabrication of metal products from rolled, stamped, forged or cast shapes. The type of metal, position of weldments, and use of structural shapes will be handled […]

Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies arose on college campuses in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a way to rebalance the higher education curriculum. In response to the absence, misrepresentation, and trivialization of women in the higher education curriculum courses the field of Women and Gender Studies emerged. MCC offers one Women and Gender Studies […]