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||Advanced Manufacturing Technology*||website|
|details||Advertising + Graphic Design||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Automotive Technology||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Aviation Flight Technology||website|
|details|| Aviation Flight Technology
||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details|| Business Administration
|details|| Business Studies
Management, Software Professional
|details||Civil Engineering Technology||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Communication: New Media||brochure (PDF)|
|details||Communication: Speech and Theatre|
|details||Computer Information Systems||website|
|details||Computer Networking and Technology||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Criminal Justice - Corrections||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details|| Culinary Arts
||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Culinology / Food Science||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details|| Digital Media Arts
|details||Early Childhood Education / Special Education Assistant||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Education (K-12)||brochure (PDF)|
|details||Electronics Engineering Technology||brochure (PDF)|
|details||Engineering Science||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details|| Entertainment Technology
|details||Fashion/Apparel Design||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Fashion Merchandising||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Fire Science Technology||website|
|details||Funeral Service Preparatory||website|
|details||Game Design||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Game Programming||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Health Information Technology1|
|details|| Health Science
|details||Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning2|
|details||Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Illustration||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Liberal Arts: Global Studies|
|details||Medical Laboratory Technology||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Nursing (Cooperative Program)3|
|details||Occupational Therapy Assistant4||brochure (PDF)|
|details|| Ornamental Horticulture
||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Physical Therapist Assistant||website|
|details||Plant Science||website • brochure (PDF)|
|details||Security Systems Technology||website|
|details|| Visual Arts
* 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many students enroll at Mercer for purposes other than earning a degree or certificate. The college offers four enrollment categories for such students:
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.
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.