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Modular Math

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Modular Math is an accelerated study of mathematics. These courses provide students with the opportunity to progress through multiple developmental math courses in one semester. [learn more]

There are modular sections of math available to students who are enrolling in Math 20, Math 40 or Math 110. Students enrolled in these courses will work at their own pace with the aid of ALEKS software, e-books, and a math instructor present at each class session.

How does it work?

In this class, students will have the opportunity to advance through as many levels of algebra as they can master in one be given an assessment using the computer software ALEKS. Upon completion of the assessment, ALEKS will indicate which learning objectives have already been mastered and those which need to be completed and the student will be given an individualized study plan. After the assessment, a student will begin working on the areas that have not yet been mastered. Students may work at their own pace. Study plans with suggested dates are discussed with the instructor on an individual basis. A student may work faster or slower depending on their own approach. After completion of the assigned units, students will test over that material. There will be periodic tests and a comprehensive final exam in each math class. If a student completes the requirements for the course they are enrolled in before the end of the semester, that student will be given the opportunity to proceed to the next course in the developmental sequence. (I.e. completion of Math 40, start of Math 110 or completion of Math 20, start of Math 40) Students can complete as many levels of math as they can master during one semester. All modular math courses are taught in a "hybrid" fashion. This means half time in the classroom and half time completed by the student away from class.

Who will benefit from it?
  • Self motivated students wishing to devote themselves to the math curriculum so that they may finish more than one level of math during a semester
  • Students who may have been away from Math for a while and may need only to review portions of a particular class curriculum to become proficient
  • Students who can be successful at self study (one on one tutoring from the instructor is available during class sessions)
  • Student with minimum of 7-8 hours outside of the classroom to devote to course work

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Accelerated English

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Accelerated English 30 is a 3-credit course designed to help students understand and more effectively use the conventions of Standard American English and to write focused, adequately supported, and mechanically sound paragraphs and essays. [learn more]

This specialized course is designed to provide motivated students the opportunity to progress through both English 30 and English 101 in a single semester. Students, therefore, must be enrolled in both Accelerated English 30 and English 101 at the same time.
How does it work?

First, it is best to understand that Accelerated English 30 is not a remedial writing course. It differs from a regular English 30 course in the following several ways: 1. The class is coupled with an English 101 course and the student will be completing all the assignments of the English 101 class; 2. The class size is smaller and more intimate; 3. The course can be structured to meet the writing needs of individual students; 4. More time is allotted for revision—either individually or through peer review sessions/writers' workshops; 5. More time is available for student/instructor conferences.

Who might most benefit from Accelerated English 30?

Students who are self-disciplined and motivated tend to be most successful. The course requires attention to detail in one's writing as well as participation in significant revision activities. Ideal candidates for this course will be prepared to engage in an in-depth inquiry into their own writing and thinking. For more information, students are encouraged to contact the instructors listed below.

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Journey Abroad with MCC

These courses consist of on-line lectures with the lab at the Tropical Research and Education Center aka TREC in Belize, Central America, ( [learn more]


BIOL 211 Intensive Field Biology - Short Winter Break trip to Costa Rica, 5 Cr Prerequisite: Biol 101, Biol 104, or Biol 106. This course, which involves an 11 day trip to Costa Rica, Central America, is completed before the start of the regular spring semester. Planning meetings will be held at the convenience of enrolled students, with departure Thursday, December 26 and return on Sunday, January 5. We will visit Pacific beach communities and lowland rainforests, upland cloud forests, dry tropical forests and coral reef communities. We will stay in jungle lodges to facilitate close study of this biologically rich, very safe, tropical country. For further information contact Keet Kopecky at or (816) 604-2353.

BIOL 239 International Field Biology - Extended Winter Break trip to Costa Rica, 5 Cr Prerequisite: Biol 101, Biol 104, or Biol 106. This course, which involves an 18 day trip to Costa Rica, will depart at the same time as Biol 211, following the same itinerary but will include an additional 7 days of study along the full length of the Caribbean coast. We will spend part of our time at the black sand beach communities of Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, a few days at the white sand beaches of Cahuita National Park, and the rest of our stay alongside the Tortuguero flooded forests of the north Caribbean. We will return on Sunday, January 12. For further information contact Keet Kopecky at or (816) 604-2353.

BIOL 238 International Human Ecology - Extended Winter Break trip to Costa Rica, 3 Cr Co-requisite: Biol 211 or Biol 239. This course, which must be taken concurrently with BIOL 211 or BIOL 239, will focus on problem-solving by the diverse Latin American cultures of Costa Rica. Students will visit villages, schools, and homes in Costa Rica acquiring knowledge and appreciation of local solutions to traditional and contemporary environmental challenges.

Service Learning Courses

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Service-learning is a form of experiential learning that aims to build knowledge, character, and civic skills in students by combining service to the local and/or global community with academic learning. [learn more]
By directly linking service to the academic curriculum, service-learning creates a place for service that is integrated into a school’s core mission: education. By requiring student reflection as part of the process, the course content and service experience are connected. (Derived from: Students in Service to America: A Guidebook for Engaging America’s Students in a Lifelong Habit of Service.)
Last Modified: 10/29/14