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Degrees for Business Studies - management, Criminal Justice - corrections, and Liberal Arts may be achieved entirely online as well as by traditional classroom instruction.

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Programs of Study

Information presented here applies to students who enter these degree programs during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Those who entered any of these degree programs prior to the Fall 2019 semester should refer to the academic catalog for the year in which they began their program.

[see also CERTIFICATE programs]

details   Accounting website
details   Advanced Manufacturing Technology* website
details   Advertising + Graphic Design websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Architecture website
details   Automotive Technology websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Aviation Flight Technology website
details   Aviation Flight Technology
concentration: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)  
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details   Aviation Management
details   Biology
concentration: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinarian, Pre-Dentistry  
websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Business Administration
concentrations: Global Business, Sports Management
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details   Business Studies
concentrations: Business Systems, Entrepreneurship,
Management, Software Professional
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details   Chemistry
details   Civil Engineering Technology websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Communication brochure (PDF)
details   Communication: New Media brochure (PDF)
details   Communication: Speech and Theatre
details   Computer Information Systems website
details   Computer Networking and Technology websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Computer Science
details   Criminal Justice - Corrections websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Culinary Arts
concentrations: Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts
websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Culinology / Food Science websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Cybersecurity brochure (PDF)
details   Dance brochure (PDF)
details   Digital Film
details   Digital Media Arts
concentrations: 3-D Animation, Web Design, Multimedia
details   Early Childhood Education / Special Education Assistant websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Education (K-12) brochure (PDF)
details   Electronics Engineering Technology brochure (PDF)
details   Engineering Science websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Entertainment Technology
concentrations: Technical Theatre, Music Technology
brochure (PDF)
details   Exercise Science website
details   Fashion/Apparel Design websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Fashion Merchandising websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Fire Science Technology website
details   Funeral Service website
details   Funeral Service Preparatory website
details   Game Design websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Game Programming websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Health Information Technology1
details   Health Science
concentration: Radiography
details   Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning2
details   Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Illustration websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Liberal Arts
details   Liberal Arts: Global Studies
details   Mathematics website
details   Medical Laboratory Technology websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Music
details   Nursing website
details   Nursing (Cooperative Program)3
details   Occupational Therapy Assistant4 brochure (PDF)
details   Ornamental Horticulture
concentrations: Landscape Design, Floral Design
websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Paralegal
details   Photography website
details   Physical Therapist Assistant website
details   Physics
details   Plant Science websitebrochure (PDF)
details   Public Health
details   Radio
details   Radiography website
details   Respiratory Care5
details   Security Systems Technology website
details   Sustainability
details   Technical Studies
details   Television
details   Theatre brochure (PDF)
details   Visual Arts
concentrations: Art History, Ceramics/Sculpture, Fine Arts
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* State approval pending
1 offered with Camden County College
2 offered with Mercer County Technical Schools
3 A.S. degree awarded by MCCC; Diploma awarded by St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
4 A.S. degree awarded through a cooperative program with the School of
  Health Related Professions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

5 A.A.S. degree awarded through a cooperative program with Brookdale Community College

General Information

The academic programs offered by Mercer County Community College are among the most diversified and comprehensive in the country. Included are transfer programs that prepare students for entry into baccalaureate programs and career programs that prepare students for immediate employment after graduation.

The terms "transfer" or "career" simply describe the primary objective of the program. Many transfer graduates have been successful in gaining employment upon graduation. Many graduates of career programs have been successful in transferring to four-year colleges, with many of their MCCC credits being accepted.

In general, both kinds of degree programs require no more than 66 credits for graduation.

More general information about
faculty educational philosophy
transfer programs
career programs


General Education

Because Mercer is committed to promoting intellectual development, aesthetic appreciation, and cultural awareness, every program of study includes a general education component. This component, addressed through a variety of courses, focuses on reading analytically, communicating ideas clearly, solving problems, and developing a broad base of knowledge. Students are given the opportunity to develop analytical, synthetic/creative, and evaluative thinking; scientific reasoning; artistic response and expression; historical consciousness; cultural awareness; and sensitivity to the contemporary world.

Approved General Education Courses
General Education Policy


Transfer Programs (A.A., A.F.A., A.S.)

Transfer degree (A.A., A.F.A., or A.S.) programs are designed primarily to enable students to enter the third year of baccalaureate study at four-year colleges. The largest student enrollments in transfer degree programs are in humanities and social science, business administration, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Other transfer degree programs range from architecture, communication and visual arts to engineering science and plant science.

For many students, the transfer experience is made easier by "dual admission" and "program articulation" agreements between Mercer and other colleges.

More information about transferring after Mercer


Career Programs (A.A.S.)

Career degree (A.A.S.) programs are designed primarily to prepare graduates for entry-level employment in an occupation which requires both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Mercer has A.A.S. programs as varied as accounting, aviation, chef apprenticeship, electronics, ornamental horticulture, microcomputer systems administration, television, funeral service, and computer graphics.

Two engineering technology programs function both as transfer degree and career degree programs, with slightly more than half of all graduates transferring to four-year technology programs and others finding employment. Many employed students use career programs to gain advanced positions in their chosen field or to change careers. Some other A.A.S. programs also provide a basis for transfer to four-year colleges; a student may lose credits, however, if he or she transfers to an unrelated program of study.


Other Non-Degree Choices

Many students enroll at Mercer for purposes other than earning a degree or certificate. The college offers four enrollment categories for such students:


Special Program:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Mercer offers a comprehensive program for students who are learning English as a second language. The multilevel sequence consists of two pre-credit and eight credit courses that emphasize grammar, speech, reading and writing skills. The free ESL placement test, arranged through the ESL Learning Center, should be completed at least two weeks before registration for classes.

The noncredit preparatory courses are offered through the English Language Institute (ELI) at the James Kerney and West Windsor campuses. Contact ELI at the James Kerney Campus or the ESL Learning Center at the West Windsor Campus for further information.

ESL overview brochure (PDF)
More information about ESL programs
ESL course descriptions
suggested course sequence


Special Program:

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education integrates textbook and classroom learning with work experience. Several academic programs offer cooperative education components. The program affords many advantages to students who are able to earn an income while attending college and earn college credits for their cooperative education experiences. In addition, many graduates find employment easier to obtain if they have had prior work experiences.

A successful co-op experience requires careful delineation of learning objectives and employer willingness to support them. The college assists students in defining objectives and obtaining co-op positions.