Transfer and Pre-professional Options
The university parallel and pre-professional programs are designed for the students who will eventually finish their education at a four-year college or university. Credits earned in the parallel or pre-professional programs are generally transferable to four-year colleges and universities if the credits meet the following criteria:
- Satisfactory grades. Grades of “C” or better are necessary for a student to transfer the course to most colleges or universities.
- Proper selection of courses. A student must select courses designed for college transfer which are consistent with the requirements of the school to which the student plans to transfer. Since no two schools have identical requirements, students should consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to discuss any questions regarding specific programs.
Students following a transfer guide provided by a particular four-year college can complete the first two years of a baccalaureate program at MCCC. In addition, students fulfilling appropriate graduation requirements of Monroe County Community College will be eligible to receive an associate degree.
General Education Transfer Distribution Requirements
Four-year colleges and universities have university-wide requirements called “general education core curriculum.” Usually, colleges and universities expect most of these requirements to be met during the first two years of a four-year program of study. Colleges within a university may also have general education requirements beyond the university-wide requirements. Usually, these requirements can be met at Monroe County Community College.
Students who attend MCCC prior to transferring to a four-year college or university will be taking courses at MCCC recommended by the specific four-year college where they intend to receive a bachelor’s degree (four-year degree).
The courses offered by the Humanities/Social Science Division and Science/Mathematics Division may be transferred to a four-year college or university. These courses and sequences can be used to meet specific program requirements in areas such as pre-professional programs in architecture, biology, chiropractic, computer science, education (elementary, secondary and special), chemistry, criminal justice, engineering, journalism, law, mathematics, medicine, mortuary science, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physics, psychology, social work and veterinary medicine. These courses and sequences are also used to fulfill general education distribution requirements at four-year colleges and universities. Some of the courses and sequences offered by the Business, Health Sciences, and Applied Science and Engineering Technology divisions may also transfer to specialized programs at four-year colleges and universities in accounting, business administration, engineering technology and nursing.
First- and second-year, college-level courses and sequences in the following disciplines are frequently taken for transfer credit: accounting, art, astronomy, biology, business administration, business law, business management, chemistry, computer information systems, drama, earth science, economics, engineering drawing, English composition, foreign language, geography, history, humanities, journalism, literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, physical science, political science, psychology, sociology and social work.
One of the transfer programs at MCCC leads to a degree in education. Students interested in elementary education are able to transfer a large number of introductory courses such as English composition, history, mathematics, political science, science and speech. This program also contains art, literature, mathematics and music courses, which are specifically geared to students planning a degree in elementary education at a four-year institution.
Those interested in teaching at the secondary level also have many classes available for transfer. Classes in art, English composition, dramatic arts, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, science, sociology and speech are frequently taken for transfer credit.
Students interested in special education may take transfer classes whether they are interested in a secondary education endorsement or an elementary education endorsement. Students may also specialize in health education and may take courses at MCCC that transfer for health education. MCCC also offers a class (EDUC 151 - Exploring Teaching ) that fulfills the pre-teaching requirement of many four-year institutions.
The recommended engineering transfer program should enable the student to transfer to any of the engineering colleges in the state with a very favorable situation for transfer credit and choice of specific engineering program. It is advisable for an engineering student to make a choice of an engineering college and a specific curriculum as soon as possible, consult with their faculty advisor and follow transfer guides available on the MCCC website.
The recommended engineering transfer program includes:
4 or 5 semesters of mathematics through
MATH 273 (Introduction to Differential Equations)
2 semesters of calculus-based physics
2 semesters of chemistry (4 semesters for chemical
2 semesters of English (composition and literature)
2 semesters of humanities (art, communication,
journalism, music, philosophy, speech)
2 semesters of social science (anthropology,
history, economics, geography, political science,
psychology, sociology and social work)
Many engineering programs have a specific requirement of ECON 252 (Principles of Microeconomics).
Coursework may also be required in the following areas depending upon the college and engineering degree program the student chooses: drafting, computer aided design, structured programming, linear algebra, statistics, biological sciences and business administration.
Humanities/Social Science Programs
In addition to fulfilling the humanities and social science general education distribution requirements at four-year colleges and universities, humanities and social science courses may be transferred as components of a baccalaureate degree program in fields such as anthropology, art, communication, education, English language and literature, foreign language, history, journalism, police administration/law enforcement, political science, pre-law, psychology, social work and sociology. Humanities and social science classes which are most frequently taken for transfer credit are courses in English composition, history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology and speech. Depending on the student’s program and the requirements of the four-year college or university, courses in art, anthropology, dance, dramatic arts, foreign language, geography, journalism, philosophy and social work are also offered for transfer credit.
Criminal Justice Program
This program prepares MCCC graduates for positions in law enforcement that require an associate of applied science degree. Check with your advisor and planned transfer schools for more details about transferring.
Students desiring to enter professional health careers such as chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine typically can transfer coursework in the following areas to four-year colleges and universities:
4 semesters of chemistry (general and organic, including laboratory)
2 semesters of biology
2 semesters of physics
2 semesters of mathematics
2 semesters of English language and literature
2 semesters of humanities (art, communication, journalism, music,
2 semesters of social science (anthropology, history, economics,
geography, political science, psychology, sociology and social
Health Occupations Programs
Students interested in health occupations may select a health program of study at MCCC or take preparatory work here that will transfer to four-year colleges or universities.
Students who complete an associate degree in nursing or respiratory therapy may also wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree. As a registered nurse, for example, students have several options for bachelor of science in nursing completion programs available in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. Students should talk to a faculty advisor for details.
Pre-Business Administration Programs
Students who wish to pursue four-year degrees in business administration may begin their education at MCCC. Transfer students may choose a variety of options for completing their first two years of study toward a bachelor of business administration degree. When pursuing any of these options, students should consult with an MCCC counselor or advisor and the institution they intend to transfer to when deciding which courses to take. The suggested options for transfer students include:
- Pursue an associate of science degree and include business and pre-business electives
- Pursue an associate of arts degree and include business and pre-business electives
- Pursue an associate of applied science degree in the business management program. (See the business management program for details.)
- Pursue a bachelor’s degree with Siena Heights University, taking up to 90 credits at MCCC
- Select and complete classes that transfer to the four-year college or university of choice (do not pursue an associate degree)
All students who wish to earn an associate degree must complete the general requirements for graduation and meet specific degree requirements.
Typical Business/Pre-Business Electives
(These courses may also be required for some programs.)
BUSAD 151 - Introduction to Business
CIS 130 - Intro to Computer Information Systems
ACCTG 151 - Accounting Principles
ACCTG 152 - Accounting Principles
ACCTG 252 - Cost Accounting
BMGT 201 - Principles of Management
BSLW 251 - Business Law
ECON 251 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 252 - Principles of Microeconomics
MATH 162 - Introduction to Statistics
MATH 171 - Calculus I
MCOM 201 - Principles of Marketing
Other MCCC accounting, business and management courses may transfer to some four-year institutions. Students should contact their prospective four-year institutions before registering for elective classes at MCCC.
Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science may earn an associate degree at MCCC and then transfer to a four-year institution. Students have the opportunity to take courses leading to an associate of science degree which could include various computer science courses, or they may take courses leading to the associate of applied science in computer information systems. Either of these will prepare the student to transfer to a four-year institution. MCCC has signed transfer agreements with the University of Michigan, Dearborn and Eastern Michigan University which indicate specific MCCC courses that transfer directly into the bachelor of science or bachelor of business administration in computer science. Students should seek assistance from a counselor or an academic advisor in the CIS program.
Applied Science and Engineering Technology Programs
Although applied science and engineering technology programs are designed as career programs for entry into jobs after the completion of a certificate or associate degree, Monroe County Community College has transfer agreements with several universities. The University of Toledo, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan Technological University and Siena Heights University allow direct transfer of several of MCCC’s two-year applied science and engineering technology programs.
Many MCCC graduates earn a bachelor of engineering technology degree after receiving an associate of applied science degree from MCCC. Some students use their technical credits earned at MCCC as their area major in teacher education programs.
In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, apprenticeship training is available in such trades as electrician, machine repair, machinist, millwright, diemaker and welder. All of these programs can be tailored to meet the needs of individual companies. College representatives, in discussion with local employers, can design unique programs of study to suit a particular industry.
On-Campus University Options
For students who plan to transfer to a four-year university, a high-quality MCCC education is a positive, low-cost stepping stone to completing a baccalaureate degree.
Our counselors and faculty advisors will help you select the proper courses for your desired area of study and the four-year institution where you intend to obtain your bachelor’s degree. MCCC maintains numerous bachelor’s degree completion agreements with four-year universities in our area.
In addition, two four-year universities have locations at MCCC.
- Siena Heights University offers a variety of its degree programs on MCCC’s Main Campus, including bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accounting, psychology, applied Science, multidisciplinary studies, RN-BSN and professional communication, as well as master’s degrees in health care leadership, organizational leadership and higher education leadership. For more information, call 734.384.4133 or visit the office in Room L 112 on Main Campus.
- Spring Arbor University’s Metro-Toledo site is located at MCCC’s Whitman Center location in Temperance. Spring Arbor offers bachelor degrees in social work, nursing and business as well as master’s degrees in social work and counseling on-site at the Whitman Center. The university also offers master’s degrees in nursing, business and education online. For more information, call 734.854.6100 or visit the office at the Whitman Center.
Michigan Transfer Agreement
In 2012, the Michigan legislature included language in the community college appropriations bill calling for improvement in the transferability of college courses between Michigan colleges and universities. The Michigan Transfer Agreement was created in an effort to increase the transferability of lower-level general education courses across all Michigan’s public institutions. To fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement, students must successfully complete at least 30 credits, with at least a 2.0 in each course. These credits should be met according to the following distribution:
- 1 course in English composition
- A second course in English composition or 1 course in communications
- 1 course in one of the following mathematics pathways: College algebra or statistics or quantitative reasoning or an upper level course in one of these subject areas
- 2 courses in social science (from two disciplines)
- 2 courses in humanities and fine arts (from two disciplines and excluding studio and performance classes)
- 2 courses in natural sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)
If these courses do not add up to 30 credit hours, the student must take an additional course from one of these groups. One of the above courses must be completed at Monroe County Community College.
Visit the college’s website for a current list of courses that will meet the MTA requirements.
Bachelor’s Degree Completion Agreements
Please be aware that this information changes frequently. For up-to-date listings, please visit the Transfer Information Center on the MCCC website.
2 + 2 and 3 + 1 Agreements
Monroe County Community College has developed articulation agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities. These agreements (sometimes called bachelor’s degree completion agreements) provide students who are pursuing one of Monroe County Community College’s specific, two-year associate degree programs an opportunity to continue their studies and complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. The 2 + 2 agreements provide that the student will be able to transfer a minimum of 60 semester credit hours from one of Monroe County Community College’s associate degree programs toward selected bachelor’s degree programs at the four-year institution. The 3 + 1 agreements are similar but give students the opportunity to transfer more than 60 credits of MCCC coursework for specified degree programs at four-year institutions. Students interested in transferring credits earned at MCCC should consult with the institution to which they are transferring.
Students interested in obtaining specific information regarding any of the special programs should contact a counselor in the Monroe County Community College Admissions and Guidance Office.
Monroe County Community College has cooperative agreements allowing students to complete components of certain programs at the college and the remainder of these programs at participating community colleges. Such agreements exist in the following areas:
- Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Option
Qualified students may enroll in a state-approved police academy through Schoolcraft College or other accredited colleges. (See the criminal justice/law enforcement program.) For additional information, contact the dean of humanities/social sciences.
- Agri-business and Agricultural Operations Options
Michigan State University and MCCC have partnered together to offer students an opportunity to earn a certificate and an associate of applied science in agriculture or a certificate and an associate degree of applied science in agri-business. The certificates, awarded by MSU, will include 34 credits of agriculture-oriented courses through the Institute of Agricultural Technology. Combining those credits with a minimum of 26 additional credits from MCCC to total 60 credits (for agricultural operations) or 28-29 additional credits to total 62-63 credits (for agri-business) will result in an associate of applied science degree. Students wishing to work toward a bachelor’s degree may receive preferred transfer status at Michigan State University after earning the associate degree at MCCC.