Degrees

  • Administration of Justice 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Allied Health major is designed for students who plan to apply to 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 (painting, ceramics, or weaving) while employing a variety of materials and techniques.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Administrative Assistant prepares students for positions of responsibility in business, industry, government, and the professions. This major offers training for students desiring to qualify for administrative positions. This training involves a solid grounding in secretarial, word processing, and time management skills, as well as communication and interpersonal skills.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Communication Studies is a broad-based discipline that covers the exchange of messages from interpersonal to masscommunication 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.

  • 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, as well as other administrative and commercial positions. 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.

  • Computer Science graduates can work in a great variety of fields and pursuits, including programming, systems analysis and administration, game design, project leadership, web design, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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