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Earn an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree, prepare to transfer to a four-year university, or build career and technical skills. With numerous certificate, degree and transfer pathways, our programs provide you endless options for the academic path of your choice.

 

Degrees


Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice major leads to the Associate of Science degree and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be hired in the major or allied fields as a police officer, corrections officer, investigator, security supervisor, parole officer, teacher or criminologist. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Administration of Justice for Transfer

Administration of Justice is the scientific study of law enforcement, judiciary, corrections, and probation. It follows a detailed and programmatic approach in crime and injustice in society. Administration of Justice professionals are mostly involved in upholding the law and maintaining order in the community. The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Administration of Justice or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Agriculture: Horticulture

Horticulture major leads to the Associate of Science degree and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be hired in the major or allied fields as a landscape designer, florist, nursery management, botanist, landscape architect or teacher. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Alcohol & Other Drug Studies

The Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) major addresses a wide range of issues in the field of substance use and abuse through its degree and certificate course work. Students vary from recent high school graduates to working professionals with advanced college degrees. Students are able to apply and integrate their academic learning through required practicum experiences in various public and private agencies, institutions and businesses. The AODS Program exceeds the minimal standards for AODS Programs established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These standards were identified by State of California legislation as meeting the educational requirements for counselor certification. Degree and certificate completers qualify to apply for certification through a variety of state-approved certification boards. Completion of the Associate of Science degree will assist students in obtaining entry-level employment, job promotion/salary increases or transfer to a four-year college or university. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Allied Health

The Allied Health major is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year program or a community college allied health occupation program, such as Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Registered Nurse, or Respiratory Therapy. Students who plan to apply to a specific allied health occupation program at a community college must first complete a set of prerequisite courses. Students who complete the prerequisites for one of these programs will complete this major in the process. Prerequisites can vary slightly from one school to another or may change from one year to the next, so students should check with the targeted school for the current prerequisites needed. Please check with a Mendocino College counselor for additional information about preparing to apply to a specific health occupation program. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Art History for Transfer

Courses in the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer major focus on an understanding of the history of visual art from Prehistory through Modern Western art including the arts of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and indigenous North America. The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Art History or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Art: Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, or Textiles

Through the Associate of Arts degree in Art, students will be introduced to the elements and principles governing the visual arts. They will express personal creativity through the creation of art with specific focus on a particular medium (ceramics, painting, printmaking/drawing, or textiles) while employing a variety of materials and techniques.

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Automotive Technology

A degree in Automotive Technology prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform diagnosis and repair in the automotive shop environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression within the automotive industry or transfer to a university. Completing this degree prepares students to pass ASE certification tests and satisfies the California Bureau of Automotive Repair training requirements for certification as a licensed smog Inspector.

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Biological Science

Biological Science major leads to the Associate in Science degree and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be hired in the major or allied fields as a biomedical engineer, geneticist, pharmacologist, botanist, aquatic biologist, clinical lab technologist, food/drug inspector, fish and game warden or environmental specialist. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Biology for Transfer

Biology is the scientific exploration of life. It allows students to study organisms from the molecular level to the communities in which they live. The program provides a foundation for further study in the life sciences and related fields of study, which includes, but is not limited to, medicine, dentistry, agriculture, botany, genetics, microbiology, zoology, entomology, and ecology. The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Biology or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements. Students pursuing this degree must follow the IGETC for STEM GE pattern.

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Business Administration for Transfer

Business Administration prepares students for the complex decision-making of the business environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression and/or transfer to a university. The Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Business: Management

Business Management prepares students for positions of responsibility or advancement in organizations including retail, manufacturing, and service businesses, and non-profit and governmental agencies. This major offers students the opportunity to acquire or upgrade skills in the areas of personnel management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting, information management, and entrepreneurship. These skills will assist students in the pursuit of managerial careers and successful performance in these positions.

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Business: Accounting

Accounting prepares students for positions of responsibility or advancement in the field of business. This major offers education for students desiring to enter the field of accounting, finance, and taxation. This includes preparation for accounting careers including bookkeeper, payroll clerk, accountant, or budget clerk.

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Child Development /Family Relations

The Child Development Program prepares students for an Associate of Science Degree in Child Development/Family Relations. Students develop knowledge and skills needed for success in transferring to a four-year college or university. The program prepares students to work with young children in a variety of settings including child care centers for infants and toddlers, preschool children and school-aged children. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Communication Studies for Transfer

Communication Studies is a broad-based discipline that covers the exchange of messages from interpersonal to mass communication and their impact on the individual and society. Courses in this major focus on understanding the communication process and developing the skills to communicate effectively. Completing this degree along with the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements to total 60 units with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and a C or better in all classes assigned to the major will satisfy the requirements for transfer into corresponding departments at CSUs. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements. Please check with a counselor for more specific transfer information.

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Computer Applications and Office Administration

The Associate of Science in Computer Applications and Office Administration prepares students for positions that combine technical knowledge with business aptitude. Career areas include the design, implementation and maintenance/management of IT systems, office support, computer support, records management and administrative support positions in a wide variety of fields. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete with the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Computer Science for Transfer

Graduates of the two-year degree program in Computer Science will have the skills in computer programming required for transfer to a four-year college. The Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Early Childhood Education for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer prepares students to transfer and study child development and early childhood education. Students will complete lower-division coursework in principles and practices of early childhood education; curriculum; observation and assessment; child growth and development; and health and safety. The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Earth Science

Earth Science is a broad field offering countless personal and professional opportunities to work on practical and important problems in society. Job opportunities related to the earth and our environment will always be plentiful. Obtain the associate degree and build your knowledge base and your resume for finding your next local job. Or, plan to transfer to a four-year institution and study geologic hazards, planetary exploration, the environment, resource management, bioremediation, or any number of other related subfields. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete with the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Economics for Transfer

Economics is the study of how the individual or society allocates scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants. The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer explores the principles of economic decision-making as it relates to the individual, firm, industry, government and entire society. The program’s required coursework develops critical thinking and analytical skills in anticipation of the intermediate theoretical coursework of a 4-year economics degree. The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Economics or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer provides students with the breadth of skills and knowledge to pursue university level course work in education. The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teach Education for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Liberal Studies, Education, or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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English for Transfer

The English major prepares students with the reading, writing, and thinking skills required for university level study of literature, composition, and related disciplines. Courses in this major focus on understanding the communication process and developing the skills to communicate effectively. The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in English or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies major leads to the Associate of Arts degree and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be prepared for careers in bilingual education, social work, business, and community and government service. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Fire Science

The Fire Science Associate of Science program prepares students for a career in fire prevention and protection. Graduates will be eligible for employment in entry-level positions including, but not limited to, firefighter, fire officer, fire investigator, and Emergency Medical Technician.

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Geography for Transfer

Geography is an important topic that bridges the gap between the natural sciences and humans in society. This is an important field for addressing modern social and environmental issues. A student completing this degree will learn important introductory material necessary for transfer to a four-year institution in order to major in Geography. The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree Geography or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Geology for Transfer

Geology is a field offering countless personal and professional opportunities to work on practical problems that are important for life as we know it. The job possibilities are broad, and job satisfaction is high in a field that often lets you spend time outdoors. A student completing this degree will learn the necessary introductory geology information and have the supplemental math and science background necessary to transfer to a four-year institution where you will major in Geology. The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Geology or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Health Sciences

The Health Sciences degree is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Baccalaureate or Master’s degree in a health profession such as medical technology, nutrition, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary science, etc.

Students interested in vocationally-specific training which prepares them for licensing examinations, such as Home Health Aide, EMT-1 paramedic, or Registered Nursing should look in the Mendocino College catalog under “Certificates of Achievement.” Students who complete vocational training can apply the units earned in their certificate program as elective credits for an Associate of Science degree in Health Sciences.

For students planning on careers in Radiology, Dental Hygiene, Animal Health Technology, etc. (i.e. lower division level programs), Mendocino College offers the prerequisite courses and general education requirements for such Allied Health Occupation programs offered at other two- and four-year colleges. The lower division core requirements are similar from school to school, but the general education and institutional requirements for graduation can vary. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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History for Transfer

The study of history fosters an understanding of ourselves and our world through the study of the past, both remote and recent, local and geographically distant. In so doing it equips students with cultural literacy and promotes critical thinking and the formation of well-informed perspectives on today's world. It also offers fundamental preparation for careers in business, government, teaching, and professional fields. This degree provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU, while exposing students to the core principles and practices of the study of history in order to build a foundation for their future academic path. The Associate in Arts in History for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in History or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Human Services Paraprofessional

The Human Services major leads to the Associate of Science degree, providing students with an understanding of the knowledge and skills related to Social Work, Counseling and related occupations, and prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to continue their education toward an advanced degree and potential licensure in Social Work or related fields.

Social Workers are counselors, educators and advocates, and work with children, adults and elders in social and welfare institutions by addressing poverty, abuse, and drug and alcohol dependence issues. In a broad sense, the Social Worker’s role is to engage the individual, community and society to address issues of social injustice.

Students completing the Associate Degree may be hired as Social Worker Assistants, Residential Counselors, Case Managers, or in similar paraprofessional human services positions. Students completing baccalaureate degrees can find employment in more advanced Social Work, Counseling or related occupations, and those completing graduate degrees will be qualified to pursue licensure as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist.

As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should check with a counselor to determine the transfer institution's specific transfer requirements.

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Information Communications Technologies

Information Communications Technologies (ICT) graduates can work in a great variety of fields and pursuits, including programming, systems analysis and administration, game design, project leadership, web design, technical support and many others. Students earning this degree will receive a solid foundation in computer hardware, software and programming to support small-to-medium sized business needs and have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in any of these areas. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete with the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Kinesiology for Transfer

Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer degree will be provided with an integrated approach to the field that includes the biological, psychological, and social-humanistic perspectives. The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Kinesiology or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Education

The Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis on Education is designed for students who intend to earn an Associate degree which surveys a breadth of academic offerings in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and allows for a deeper investigation of a particular field of study through an area of emphasis. Employment opportunities include Instructional Aide or transfer to a four-year college/university to prepare for a post-graduate teacher credential program. The Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis consists of: 1) An Area of Emphasis* consisting of a minimum of 18 units; 2) The Mendocino College 18 unit General Education requirements; 3) The remainder of the 60 required units for the degree in degree-applicable electives, including Institutional Requirements. This degree provides the maximum flexibility in program design leading to the Associate of Arts Degree.

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Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Kinesiology and Health

The Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Kinesiology and Health degree is designed for students who intend to earn an Associate degree which surveys a breadth of academic offerings in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and allows for a deeper investigation of a particular field of study through an area of emphasis. Employment opportunities which require a general education in college level skills and those related to the area of emphasis would be appropriate for this degree. The Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis degree consists of: 1) An Area of Emphasis* consisting of a minimum of 18 units; 2) The Mendocino College 18-unit General Education requirement; 3) The remainder of the 60 required units for the degree in degree-applicable electives, including Institutional Requirements. This degree provides the maximum flexibility in program design leading to the Associate of Arts Degree.

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Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Native American Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Native American Studies is designed to introduce students to the field. Students will study history and culture from a Native American perspective while improving their analytical skills. This program is designed to foster an appreciation of Native American heritage while also providing students with the tools to view both the Native American experience and the dominant culture critically. Upon completion of this degree, students will be prepared for entry-level positions in public institutions, non-profits, federal Indian law, tribal government, Native American education, or other organizations that require a good facility with college level reading and writing skills and critical and analytical thinking. The Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis consists of: 1) An Area of Emphasis* consisting of a minimum of 18 units; 2) The Mendocino College 18 unit General Education requirements; 3) The remainder of the 60 required units for the degree in degree-applicable electives, including Institutional Requirements. This degree provides the maximum flexibility in program design leading to the Associate of Arts Degree.

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Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Social Science

Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Social Science is designed for students who intend to earn an Associate Degree which surveys a breadth of academic offerings in the Social Sciences. This degree consists of: 1) An Area of Emphasis* consisting of a minimum of 18 units; 2) The Mendocino College 18-unit General Education requirement; 3) The remainder of the 60 required units for the degree in degree-applicable electives, including Institutional Requirements. This degree provides the maximum flexibility in program design leading to the Associate of Arts Degree.

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LVN to RN Career Ladder

The Registered Nursing LVN-to-RN Program is an 18-month course of study consisting of both classroom and clinical training. Graduates of the program work as integral members of the healthcare team, providing care and educating clients across the lifespan. Graduates earn the Associate of Science degree and are eligible to sit for the State licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). Prospective students must first complete required prerequisites and general education requirements before entry to the program. Admission to the program is competitive. Initial screening is based on the CA Chancellor's Office Formula for Nursing Student Success which takes into account the applicant's overall college GPA, English prerequisite GPA, and prerequisite sciences GPA. Applicants who achieve the minimum cut score using this formula are then chosen by a random computerized selection process (lottery). For further details on admission criteria, see the Mendocino College Nursing Department webpages.

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Mathematics for Transfer

Mathematics is the language of science and is used to describe the real world as well as abstract concepts. It is the basis for all modern technological advances. The Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Music for Transfer

Through study in Music and through completion of the college's Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer degree (AA-T), this degree program prepares the student to transfer to a California State University Music Program. Completing this degree along with the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements to total 60 units with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and a C in all classes assigned to the major will satisfy the requirements for transfer into corresponding departments at CSUs. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements. Please check with a counselor for more specific transfer information.

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Music: Instrumental or Vocal

The Music major provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts in Music. The degree in Music with Vocal or Instrumental option meets the typical lower division major requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Music at a four-year institution. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Music: Recording Arts and Technology

The Mendocino College Music Department offers a comprehensive course of study that will lead to an Associate of Arts Degree in Recording Arts and Technology. The program is designed to provide technical, artistic, and historical experiences that prepare the student for career opportunities in the field of audio and for students who are currently employed in the field of audio and desire advancement. Possible career paths may include recording engineer, live sound reinforcement, recording artist, sound designer, Foley artist, and post production. There is no prerequisite or previous knowledge necessary to enter this program of study. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete with the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Natural Resources

Natural Resources major leads to the Associate of Science degree and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be hired in the major or allied fields as a conservationist, timber harvester, game warden, pollution analyst, naturalist, site selection consultant, ecologist, waste control specialist, resource development specialist or energy conservation specialist. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Political Science for Transfer

The Political Science major will provide students with a framework for understanding political theories, institutions, and processes. Students develop skills for critically evaluating issues and applying appropriate research methodologies for understanding political behavior. The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Political Science or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Psychology

The Psychology major leads to an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology. Psychology is defined as the scientific study of human behavior (including thoughts and emotions). The many and varied courses and areas of study in the Psychology Program provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of one’s own behavior; the behavior of family, friends, and co-workers; and the interactions among diverse people and groups. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Psychology for Transfer

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of human behavior (including thoughts and emotions). The many and varied courses and areas of study in the Psychology Program provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of one’s own behavior; the behavior of family, friends, and co-workers; and the interactions among diverse people and groups. The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Psychology or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Real Estate

The AS Degree prepares the student for a career in real estate sales/analysis, land development, real estate marketing, finance, mortgage lending, appraisal, escrow, and property management. The course requirements satisfy the educational requirements for both real estate broker’s license and salesperson’s continuing education requirements as prescribed by the California Department of Real Estate.

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Registered Nurse

The Registered Nursing Program is a two-year course of study consisting of both classroom and clinical training. Graduates of the program work as integral members of the healthcare team, providing care and educating clients across the lifespan. Graduates earn the Associate of Science degree and are eligible to sit for the State licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). Prospective students must first complete required prerequisites and general education requirements before entry to the program. Admission to the program is competitive. Initial screening is based on the CA Chancellor's Office Formula for Nursing Student Success which takes into account the applicant's overall college GPA, English prerequisite GPA, and prerequisite sciences GPA. Applicants who achieve the minimum cut score using this formula are then chosen by a random computerized selection process (lottery). For further details on admission criteria, see the Mendocino College Nursing Department webpages.

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Sociology for Transfer

Sociology is a social science that involves the systematic study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies as well as the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Sociology or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Spanish for Native Speakers

The Spanish for Native Speakers major leads to the Associate of Arts degree and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be hired in the major or allied fields as an international business executive, civil service officer, immigration specialist, peace corps volunteer, foreign correspondent, teacher, travel agent, interpreter, foreign trade agent or foreign service officer. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete with the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Spanish for Non-Native Speakers

The Spanish for Non-Native Speakers major leads to the Associate of Arts degree and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate work may be hired in the major or allied fields as an international business executive, civil service officer, immigration specialist, peace corps volunteer, foreign correspondent, teacher, travel agent, interpreter, foreign trade agent or foreign service officer. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete with the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Spanish for Transfer

Studying a language other than one's native tongue improves the ability to communicate, to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity, to expand general knowledge and to promote more appreciation for other cultures. The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Spanish or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Studio Arts for Transfer

Courses in the Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer major focus on an understanding of the elements and principles of Art and the development of skills necessary for effective visual communication. The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Studio Arts or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Theatre Arts for Transfer

Through study in Theatre Arts and through completion of the college’s Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer, students develop the ability to participate in the creation and performance of live theatre. In addition, students learn to analyze performances in the context of theatre history, theory and practice. Fully staged productions in the college's two theatres supplement the studio and lecture classes. The program emphasizes the importance of creative collaboration and effective interpersonal communication. The program strives to develop, nurture and train future generations of theatre artists, as well as students who may apply their theatre studies in a variety of other academic areas and careers. The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Theatre Arts or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional Requirements.

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Theatre Arts: Dance Emphasis

The Theatre Arts major leads to an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Theatre or Dance. Through sequential study in theatre arts and through completion of the college's AA degree program, students develop the ability to create and perform works of theatre and dance. In addition, students learn to analyze performances in the context of theatre/dance history, theory and practice. Study of theatre and dance also equips students with alternate methods of exploration and problem solving that are useful in multiple disciplines. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Theatre Arts: Theatre Emphasis

The Theatre Arts major leads to an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Theatre or Dance. Through sequential study in theatre arts and through completion of the college's AA degree program, students develop the ability to create and perform works of theatre and dance. In addition, students learn to analyze performances in the context of theatre/dance history, theory and practice. Study of theatre and dance also equips students with alternate methods of exploration and problem solving that are useful in multiple disciplines. As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.

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Certificates


Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement provides students with a broad-based education in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and the judicial system. The program is appropriate for students seeking entry-level employment in law enforcement, corrections probation, or parole.

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Agriculture: Landscape Practices

The Landscape Practices certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in landscape design, landscape installation, maintenance of landscapes, tree care industry and supply/equipment sales. Students will study basic plant biology and will learn to assess a plant’s maintenance needs. Landscape design, irrigation, installation and maintenance will also be studied. Students will have the opportunity to work hands on with plants in the school’s various landscapes and will learn to use the tools and techniques of the trade.

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Agriculture: Nursery Production

This program is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in the retail or production nursery field. Courses range from plant identification to soils and fertility, pest management, plant propagation and plant biology. The certificate program offers a selection of courses that focus on food and ornamental plant production, including business management. Core courses offer a solid science background in order for the student to gain a greater understanding of how ornamental and food crop plants grow. This basic knowledge is then interwoven with practical cultural and production methods.

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Agriculture: Sustainable Small Farms Management

The Small Farm Management Certificate Program will provide knowledge and skills for the next generation of farmers in sustainable, local and organic farming, and gardening practices. The core technical courses in this certificate offer a foundation for further training appropriate for farm-related employment opportunities. Students will gain fundamental skills that are applicable across disciplines while also having the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest within the farm management topic. In addition, the program provides an introduction to basic business and accounting skills, marketing and promotion, and skills that are essential to the successful development of a small sustainable farm.

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Agriculture: Viticulture Skills

This certificate will give the student basic knowledge of the science involved in the growing of grapes, the practical hands-on applications of working with wine grapes and a basic understanding of the business aspects that are involved in the process of growing wine grapes.
 

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Alcohol and Other Drug Studies

The Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) major addresses a wide range of issues in the field of substance use and abuse through its degree and certificate course work. Students vary from recent high school graduates to working professionals with advanced college degrees. 

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Automotive Chassis Specialist

This certificate program prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform diagnosis and repair in the automotive shop environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression within the automotive industry. Completing this certificate program prepares students to pass ASE certification tests in the area of brakes, suspension, electrical systems, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions.

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Automotive Technician

This certificate program prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform diagnosis and repair in the automotive shop environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression within the automotive industry. Completing this certificate program prepares students to pass ASE certification tests in the area of brakes, suspension, electrical systems, engines, and engine performance.

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Automotive Tune-Up and Electronics Specialist

This certificate program prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform diagnosis and repair in the automotive shop environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression within the automotive industry. Completing this certificate program prepares students to pass ASE certification tests in the area of engines, electrical systems, engine performance and advanced engine performance. This program also satisfies the California Bureau of Automotive Repair training requirements for certification as a licensed smog Inspector.

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Business Information Worker I

The Business Information Worker I Certificate of Achievement prepares students for entry-level office, computer, and administrative positions for a wide variety of industries including but not limited to Government, Education, Retail, Food Service, and Not For Profit Industries.

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Business: Accounting

This certificate program prepares students for accounting careers in account management of payroll, receivables, payables, as well as financial statement generation and tax preparation.

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Business: Entrepreneurship

This certificate offers a focused course of study for students who are interested in launching and growing a new business. Students develop skills and strategies for effectively planning, starting, and managing the growth of a new enterprise.

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Business: Management

Business Management prepares students for positions of responsibility in organizations including retail, manufacturing, service businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies. The Business Management major offers students the opportunity to acquire or upgrade skills in the areas of management, marketing, finance, accounting, information technology management, and entrepreneurship. These skills will assist students in the pursuit and managerial careers and successful performance in these positions.

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Business: Retail Management

The Business--Retail Management Certificate Program is a comprehensive program designed to prepare current and future retail employees and managers for the challenges in a competitive retail environment. This program is specifically designed for current and future retails professionals seeking both business education and career advancement. The curriculum covered in this program is aligned with recommendations made by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC). Students completing this 8-course Retail Management Certificate Program will be eligible for WAFC Retail Industry Management certification.

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Ceramics: Master Technician

Studio ceramics is an exciting field of personal expression with many career possibilities ranging from fine artwork and sculpture to production tableware. This comprehensive study course and certification program combines the pragmatic nuts and bolts investigation of studio ceramic technology and personal artistic development, along with important aspects of promoting and presenting finished works in the art, craft and industrial marketplace. 

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Child Development

The Child Development Certificate of Achievement is designed for the student who desires knowledge about Early Childhood Development and skills for teaching young children.

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Computer Applications and Office Administration

The Computer Applications and Office Administration Certificate of Achievement prepares students for positions that combine technical knowledge with business aptitude. Career areas include the design, implementation and maintenance/management of IT systems, office support, computer support, records management and administrative support positions in a wide variety of fields.

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Culinary Arts Management

This one-year certificate program is intended to provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to achieve success in the growing North Coast food service and hospitality industry. Students who complete this program will find themselves in high demand among employers seeking to staff restaurants, lodging and drinking establishments. Although entry-level wages in the food service industry are typically modest, the industry offers excellent opportunities for advancement to management positions, which are typically staffed from within the organization. Possession of a Culinary Arts Management Certificate, along with the requisite job experience, can give the individual a competitive edge in applying for these well-compensated management positions.

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Digital Arts and Media

This certificate will prepare the student for employment in the field of digital design and media production. It consists of experiences in applied design, graphic design principles, layout and design, and multimedia production. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising thinking, visual communication, and skills in graphic design and preparing art for reproduction.

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ESL Preparation

The ESL sequence provides students with language skills that will allow them increased job opportunities in our community. This certificate will also enable students to enter either the credit ESL sequence or lower level non-ESL English courses. All courses for this certificate are non-credit.

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Fine Woodworking I

The Fine Woodworking I Certificate is a one-year course of study designed to help prepare students for careers as independent designers and crafts workers. The program consists of classes involving lecture and extensive lab time focused on the creation of refined furniture. A limited number of seats are available. In order to qualify for admission, applicants must present evidence of one of the following: completion of WOD 70B or equivalent course at another institution, or practical experience in woodworking. Admission will be granted by a lottery of qualified applicants. For more information about the application process, see the Fine Woodworking website.

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Fine Woodworking II

The Fine Woodworking II Certificate is a one-year course of study designed to help prepare students for careers as independent designers and crafts workers, taking students from intermediate to advanced level of woodworking. The program consists of classes involving lecture and extensive lab time focused on the creation of refined furniture. A limited number of seats are available. In order to qualify for admission, applicants must complete WOD 80A and WOD 80B. Admission will be determined by a lottery of qualified candidates. For more information about the application process, see the Fine Woodworking website.

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Human Service Worker

The Human Service Worker Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform essential, entry-level Human Service Worker tasks in a competent and ethical manner, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve.

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Human Services Paraprofessional

The Human Service Paraprofessional Certificate of Achievement (HUS-P) program prepares students for employment in human service agencies (Social Services; Mental Health, Public Health and Community-Based Organizations). The Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to fulfill Human Service Paraprofessional duties and responsibilities in a competent and ethical manner, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve.

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IT Specialist

IT and networking professionals are a vital part of many businesses, and these skills are highly sought by such employers. The IT Specialist certificate helps prepare students for positions known variously as IT support, network/systems administrator, network/systems engineer, network/systems technician, and network/systems analyst.

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LVN to RN

The LVN-to-RN Certificate of Achievement is an 18-month course of study consisting of both classroom and clinical training. Graduates of the program work as integral members of the healthcare team, providing care and educating clients across the lifespan. 

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Music: Recording Arts and Technology

The Mendocino College Music Department offers a comprehensive course of study that will lead to a Certificate in Recording Arts and Technology. The program is designed to provide technical, artistic, and historical experiences that prepare the student for career opportunities in the field of audio and for students who are currently employed in the field of audio and desire advancement. Possible career paths may include recording engineer, live sound reinforcement, recording artist, sound designer, Foley artist, and post production.

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Real Estate

This certificate prepares students for a career in real estate sales/analysis, land development, real estate marketing, finance, mortgage lending, appraisal, escrow, and property management. The course requirements satisfy the educational requirements for both real estate broker’s license and salesperson’s continuing education requirements as prescribed by the California Department of Real Estate.

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Sustainable Construction and Energy Technology: Building Efficiency and Performance

This certificate combines competencies in sustainability, residential efficiency, heating and cooling, and entrepreneurial business skills. The combination of these competencies prepares students for emerging opportunities in building performance auditing, retrofitting, and efficient heating and cooling. Students completing this certificate will be well positioned to gain employment or start a business in fields such as efficiency upgrade retrofitting, building performance auditing, HVAC, and related trades.

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Sustainable Construction and Energy Technology: Construction

This certificate combines competencies in green building and clean technology, sustainability, construction technical trade skills, and entrepreneurial business. The combination of these competencies prepares students for emerging opportunities in modern construction and residential remodeling and retrofitting. Students completing this certificate will be well positioned to gain employment or start a business in fields such as green building and remodeling, building performance auditing and retrofitting, electrical, plumbing, and related trades.

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Sustainable Construction and Energy Technology: Renewable Energy

This certificate combines competencies in sustainability, renewable energy technical skills, and entrepreneurial business. The combination of these competencies prepares students for emerging opportunities in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector. Students completing this certificate will be well positioned to gain employment or start a business in fields such as photovoltaic design and installation and solar hot water installation.

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Textiles/Clothing Construction

This two-year program is intended to provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to achieve success in professional clothing construction using all techniques necessary from concept design, construction, to completion and marketing. Possession of a Textile/Clothing Construction Certificate of Achievement, along with job experience can give the individual a competitive edge in applying for advancement in the field.

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Textiles/Weaving

The Textile/Weaving Certificate provides training in the technical and creative skills necessary to enter both the commercial and fine arts fields as a studio or production artist. The knowledge of art fundamentals, textile history, weaving, dyeing, printing, fiber construction, presentation and promotion, coupled with the development of personal style in expression and content, prepare one to begin entrepreneurial work in the field. The skills and knowledge obtained are also applicable to further studies in textile appraisal, conservation, design and teaching.

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Web Development

The Web Development certificate prepares students for positions designing, implementing and maintaining web content. Skills include client and server-side web design and development, as well as programmatic interaction with databases.

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