General Education Core Curriculum

The general education core curriculum at MWCC provides graduates with the skills, knowledge, and intellectual understanding they need to function effectively in a dynamic, complex, and interdependent world.

All students graduating from MWCC must complete one of the following core curricula, depending upon their degree program.

Transfer degree programs have a core as follows:

ENG101                 English Composition I                                3 credits
ENG102                 English Composition II                   3 credits
Health Elective                                             2/3 credits
Humanities Electives                                        9 credits
Social Science Electives                                   9 credits
Science Electives                                         7/8 credits
Mathematics Elective                                    3/4 credits

Career degree programs have a twenty-two credit core as follows:

ENG101              English Composition I                      3 credits
ENG102              English Composition II                     3 credits
Health Elective                                               2/3 credits
Humanities Elective                                        3 credits
Social Science Elective                                    3 credits
Mathematics Elective                                      3 credits
Science Elective                                               3/4 credits
Business Elective/Computer Elective                 3 credits

Contact the advising center at 978-630-9109 with questions.

Elective Courses by Abbreviation

Social Sciences Electives

Behavioral Social Science: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
Non-behavioral Social Science: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC

Business Electives

ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MAS, MGT, MKT, PLS

Science Electives

BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
(3 credit courses)

Lab Science Electives

BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
(4 credit courses)

Health Electives

BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC 102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130

Humanities Electives

ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

Literature Electives

ENG 201, 203, 205, 210, 213, 214, 221, 224, 227, 228, 233, 235, 236, 237
259, 260, 261, 265

General Electives

Any course other than the following: Any ELC, ELG, ELR, or ELW course, BIO099, ENG096, ENG098, MAT 001, MAT 002, MAT 003, MAT090, MAT092, MAT096, NUR099, RDG090, RDG096, RDG098

Earning Potential

Earning potential information on the following academic program pages is from the national median ranges posted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unless otherwise noted. Earnings may vary based on experience, education, and location.

Technical Standards

Students are expected to meet the technical standards for enrollment in some college programs and four credit lab sciences. In some cases, assessment and foundation courses may help students meet these standards.

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations. The college complies with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the college will make a reasonable accommodation for an applicant with a disability who is otherwise qualified. Please see appropriate program page(s) for technical standards.

Technical Standards for Lab Courses

Applies to the following departments: BIO, CHE, CLS, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY, PLB

  • Comprehend textbook and lab book material at the college level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Be able to use a microscope, where appropriate, to visualize specimens.
  • Be able to function individually and as part of a team, where appropriate.
  • Be able to differentiate changes in color, texture, and shape for the purpose of laboratory experimentation.
  • Respond to instrumentation alarms and monitor signals for laboratory equipment.
  • Perform and understand the operation and manipulation of mechanical equipment.
  • Determine by touch (or other means) hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, or motion/non-motion.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity (or other means) necessary to do such things as gloving and operating controls on laboratory instrumentation.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during an emergency situation.
  • Be able to articulate, and follow written and verbal instructions.