Programs of Study
Central Maine Community College offers numerous programs of study that lead to the Associate Degree and Certificate award. Beginning in the fall of 2002, the College adopted a minimum General Education Core Curriculum that is applicable to all Associate Degree programs. Therefore, all Associate Degree programs of study require courses in the disciplines that comprise ‘general education’. The goal of General Education at Central Maine Community College is to foster development of common competencies among all Associate Degree students. This will enable them as graduates to be successful and productive individuals, be it in the workplace, in upper division programs of study or in any other personal or professional endeavor they pursue.
Students undertake General Education studies which comprise the disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Sciences. These courses provide students with the opportunity to develop competencies.
Central Maine Community College believes that the educated person possesses the following:
Competency in Critical Thinking and the Scientific Method of Reasoning by Being Able to:
- Identify and define a problem or research topic to be studied
- Frame the program with questions and identify the best methodologies for studying the issues
- Effectively gather information
- Investigate potential solutions
- Analyze and interpret results
- Present results in a clear and well-articulated manner
Competency in Communication by being able to:
- Interpret and effectively present, either in oral or written format, well-reasoned interpretation of assignments
- Write a logical, well-organized document utilizing proper grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Effectively communicate (individually or as part of a team) with diverse audiences in a variety of settings
Competency in Social Responsibility by being able to:
- Recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences in human behavior, attitudes and social norms
- Examine his/her attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding the human experience
- Recognize the value of civic and political participation in the local, national and global arena
Competency in Lifelong Learning and Self Growth Skills by being able to:
- Evaluate opportunities for personal and career growth
- Initiate self-planning and management programs
- Incorporate new ideas and experiences into a personal value system
- Appreciate the importance of life-long learning
Competency in Information Literacy by being able to:
- Interpret and effectively disseminate information gathered from a wide variety of materials such as books, journals, documents, reports, tables, and graphs located in either print of electronic formats programs of study
- Use citations in written projects that show clearly their understanding of the issues of copyright and plagiarism and the ethical use of information
- Use computers and other technology appropriately to complete assigned tasks
General Education Core Curriculum
English/Communications: 6 credits
Mathematics/Science: 6-7 credits
Arts/Humanities/Social Science: 9 credits
Total Core Requirements: 21-22 credits
Graduates of the Associate Degree Programs will meet the General Education Outcomes through the sum of their individual experiences at the College.
General Education Elective Courses by Abbreviation
Communications Electives - COM 100, 101, 121, 151; ENG 131, 201, 211, 220, 221.
Humanities Electives - ART, ASL, COM, ENG, ESL, FRE, HUM, INS, MUS, PHI, REL, SPA, THE, WST
Social Science Electives - ANT, ECO, GEY, HIS, POS, PSY, SOC, SSC
Math/Science Electives - AST, BIO, CHY, GEO, MAT, PHY
Please Note: Not all programs can be completed in the evenings. Curricula may be modified without notice as adjustments are made in response to business/industry/occupational needs, Advisory Committee recommendations as well as compliance with the Maine Community College System policies and accreditation standards. Some programs have a selective admissions policy. Please contact the Admissions Office for information.
A program of study may be discontinued if it fails to meet the standards established by the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees, or if the College has insufficient funds to sustain it. In the event that a program of study is to be discontinued, the College will make reasonable effort to ensure that students matriculated in that program have the opportunity to complete the program. To that end, the College will offer the courses needed for graduation in the sequence and semester outlined in this catalog; or the College will accept credits for the courses needed from another accredited institution of higher education provided the student has earned a grade of “C” (not “C-”) or better, and when necessary will waive residency requirements.
Many courses have prerequisites and/or co-requisites. It is important to check these requirements prior to registration. A prerequisite is a course or knowledge base that is required or recommended prior to taking an advanced course. A co-requisite is a compulsory accompanying course that must be taken along with another. A students Advisor will assist in the appropriate course selection sequence.