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2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog

Liberal Arts and Science, A.S.*

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Program Design

The Liberal Arts and Science associate in science degree program provides students with a broad background preparing them for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at another college or university or to move directly into the workforce. Students planning to continue their education in a baccalaureate degree major such as agriculture, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, physics or psychology will be well served by the Liberal Arts curriculum. By following the curriculum guidelines detailed on this page and by working with an advisor to choose courses related to the student’s interests, a student can, in a sense, customize his or her own degree program.


Students may enroll in this program full-or part-time. For any student who is not prepared for the required mathematics and English courses, MCC offers a wide range of developmental classes.

Foreign Language Requirements

Although the associate in science degree does not require the study of a language, the college or university to which a student wishes to transfer may require two to four semesters of the same foreign language. These requirements may be met at MCC.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Liberal Arts and Science associate degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Read, write and communicate analytically in forms that involve and document outside sources.
  2. Understand the major literary, artistic and philosophical features of western and non-western cultures.
  3. Define the concept and function of culture.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the major developments in western civilization.
  5. Understand world events in terms of social scientific theories and paradigms.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct meaningful research.
  7. Use mathematical tools and technology to create mathematical models.
  8. Analyze and solve problems numerically, graphically and symbolically.
  9. Use appropriate techniques to gather and analyze data.
  10. Apply the scientific method to solving problems.
  11. Understand and apply scientific principles.
  12. Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse peoples; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Students selecting the Liberal Arts and Science as a major who have completed 30 transferable credits or fewer may be eligible to enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program with the University of Connecticut (UConn). The Guaranteed Admissions Program is designed for students choosing to transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, or the School of Business at UConn.

Liberal Arts and Science Program Required Courses

General Education Requirements

Liberal Arts and Science Requirements

Electives 15 Credits

Choose three liberal arts courses from the list below and two free electives:

ANT*, ART*, AST*, BIO*, CHE*, COM*100, COM*101, COM*209, EAS*, ECN*, ENG* (with the exception of  ENG* 003 , ENG* 093 , and ENG*096), EVS*, FRE*, GEO*, GLG*, MET*, HIS*, HUM*, IDS*101, IDS*201, MAT* (with the exceptions of MAT* 075 , MAT* 095  and MAT* 096 ), MUS*, OCE*, PHL*, PHY*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*, SPA*, THR*

Total Minimum Credits Required: 62

Additional Courses

In addition to following the requirements for an A.S. degree, the courses listed below are suggestions of applicable courses to take if you are interested in transferring to a certain major. Be sure and meet with the academic chair of the particular department to confirm the selected courses.

BIOLOGY: For students who want to transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in ecology, human biology, biotechnology and secondary education, as well as pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary studies.

BIO* 211 , BIO* 212 , ENG* 114 , MAT* 254  (formerly MAT* 250), MAT* 256  and MAT* 165 . It is also recommended that students take BIO* 121 , BIO* 122 , and CHE* 121 , CHE* 122 .

CHEMISTRY: For students who want to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program leading to job opportunities in such fields as industrial chemistry, chemical and pharmaceutical sales and service, education, dentistry and medicine.

MAT* 165 , MAT* 286 , MAT* 268 , CHE* 211 , CHE* 212 , CHE* 121 , CHE* 122 ,CHE* 220 , PHY* 221 , PHY* 222  

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: For students who want to transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in agricultural resource management, environmental studies, earth sciences, or ecology and evolutionary biology.

EVS* 100 , GLG* 121 , BIO* 121  and BIO* 122 , PHY* 121 , PHY* 122 , CHE* 121 , CHE* 122 , MAT* 254  are strongly recommended. Note that BIO* 173  and MAT* 165  are also suggested.

MATHEMATICS: For students who want to transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in mathematics, computer science, information services or related fields. Mathematics graduates may find positions in statistics, actuarial science, operations research, computer programming, systems analysis and teaching.

MAT* 274 , MAT* 268 , MAT* 286 , MAT* 287 , CSC* 215 , PHY* 121 , PHY* 122  

PSYCHOLOGY: For students who want to transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in psychology.

PSY* 111 , PSY* 112  and at least two of the following, PSY* 201  or PSY* 203 , PSY* 240 , PSY* 243 , PSY* 245 . It is also recommended that students take MAT* 165 , SOC* 101  or ANT* 101 , and BIO* 105  or BIO* 115  or BIO* 121 .

PHYSICS: For students who want to transfer into bachelor’s degree majors in physics, engineering physics, physical science or earth science. Physics graduates are prepared to pursue a wide variety of employment opportunities ranging from basic research and development to computer programing, software engineering, and teaching..

PHY* 221 , PHY* 222 , PHY* 223 , MAT* 268 , MAT* 286  

PRE-MED/PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, and Optometry): Students are advised to check with the transfer institution and confer with their advisor.

In addition to following the requirements for an A.S. degree, you may want to include the following suggested courses as electives in your program of study.

NUTRITION: For students interested in nutrition or dietetics.

CHE* 121 , CHE* 122 , BIO* 121 , BIO* 122 , CHE* 210 , BIO* 111 , BIO* 211 , BIO* 212 .


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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