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Math Pathways Information

Purpose of Math Pathways

The purpose of Math Pathways is not to provide less math content, but to expose students to the branches of mathematics that will be most applicable to their degree.

College Algebra (Precalculus Algebra), which has been the math requirement regardless of intended major or program, does not introduce areas of mathematics such as geometry, statistics, probability, combinatorics, logic, or applied mathematics that students could find useful in their chosen careers.  The goal is to give students the opportunity to learn different branches of rigorous mathematics.  They will now have the choice of Precalculus Algebra, Statistics, and Quantitative Reasoning to help prepare them with the math required for their degree.

We at MACC know that the new math requirement options can be confusing and, in some cases, overwhelming. Read through this FAQ to learn more. Each student situation is unique and we are here to help you make the best decision - connect with an MACC advisor today to learn more about your next steps: http://www.macc.edu/academic-advising-m.

 

Frequently Asked Questions: (Click on question for answer)

Q: Why is the math requirement changing?

A:  As would be expected in today’s rapidly-changing world, faculty and staff involved in all levels of education engage in ongoing discussion and analysis related to the curriculum across all disciplines. Nationwide discussions about math have taken place over the last several years. These discussions have centered around ensuring that all students have access to rigorous math pathways that align with their chosen field.

Q: Is this change only for MACC students?

A:  Math faculty leaders around the nation agree that College Algebra has one purpose – to prepare students to take Calculus. In 2014, Missouri was one of six states selected to participate in “Building Math Pathways to Programs of Study.” Institutions throughout the state of Missouri are exploring and implementing math pathways to ensure that all students have access to math courses that are applicable to their chosen field.

Q: What degree goes to each pathway?

A: Your degree requirements will determine which math pathway course you will need to complete. Each Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate program will have a specific math course requirement and this requirement will be noted on your academic map. The transfer degrees at MACC will also have specific requirements. For example:

Associate of Arts: While any pathway is acceptable for your AA degree, it will be important for you to research your transfer program’s requirements so you will not take unneeded courses; for example, the University of Missouri’s Psychology Department requires Precalculus Algebra (College Algebra) for the Bachelor of Science degree and Statistics for the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is anticipated that the following disciplines will require the indicated math pathway:

Precalculus Algebra (College Algebra): Business, Science, Technology, Math Elementary Statistics: Social Sciences (i.e., Psychology, Sociology, etc.) Quantitative Reasoning: Humanities (i.e., Art, Theatre, Philosophy, etc.)

Associate of Science: Pre-engineering students advance to Calculus I by completing Precalculus or Precalculus Algebra and Precalculus Trigonometry.

Associate of Arts in Teaching: Students pursuing a teaching degree are required to complete Precalculus Algebra.

Q: How do I know which math course I should take?

A:  Each student situation is unique. MACC’s academic advisors will help you to make sure you are taking the math class that is most appropriate for your degree path and your field of study. If you plan to transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree it will be important that you connect with your intended transfer institution to learn which math course is required for your major.

Q: What is Quantitative Reasoning?

A:  This course focuses on math literacy and problem solving skills. MACC’s Math Department faculty are currently developing this new course with plans to offer it for the first time in the Spring 2018 semester.

Q: Why is “College Algebra” changing to “Precalculus Algebra”?

A:  The name is changing to better fit the purpose of the course which is to prepare students for Calculus.

Q: When will each of the pathways be in place?

A:  Two of the pathways, College Algebra and Statistics, are currently offered at MACC; the name of College Algebra will change to Precalculus Algebra beginning with the Spring 2018 semester. Quantitative Reasoning will be offered for the first time in the Spring 2018 semester.

Q: What is a “corequisite” course?

A:  A corequisite course design enables students who do not place directly into Quantitative Reasoning or Statistics to enroll in these courses, while also enrolling in an accompanying corequisite course designed to help them develop the skills needed to be successful. For example, if your ACT or Accuplacer scores are just below the required score to enroll in Statistics, you can enroll in the Statistics Corequisite course AND the Statistics course during the same semester. This model enables you to complete your math requirement in one semester, rather than taking one semester to complete the prerequisite and a second semester to complete the required math pathway. The same faculty member teaches both the college-level course and the corresponding corequisite course. The corequisite course for Precalculus Algebra is currently offered, while corequisite courses for Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning will be first offered in Fall 2018.

Q: I attended MACC several years ago and would like to return now to complete my Associate of Arts degree. How do I know which math class to take?

A:  Any of the three pathways will satisfy the requirement for an Associate of Arts degree. If you plan to transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree it will be important that you connect with your intended transfer institution to learn which math course is required for your major.

Q: What if I have taken College Algebra a couple of times and failed it? Will these courses stay on my transcript even if I take another math pathway?

A:  Yes, but taking a different pathway may help you complete your degree program.

Associate of Applied Science - Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

 

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The two-year Associate of Applied Science Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) degree, housed in the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico, Missouri, provides theoretical information and practical training to prepare a person to function competently in most areas of medical laboratories. MLT clinical courses may only be taken after students have successfully completed prerequisite courses.

The Medical Laboratory Technician courses include a theoretical component plus experience in clinical situations such as in hospital laboratories and private laboratories.

Course Semester Hours Milestone
  First Semester - Fall
   
 BIO205 Human Anatomy 4  BIO205
 LAL101  ^Composition I 3  LAL101
 MTH140  ^College Algebra 3  MTH140
 PHY121  ^General Chemistry I 5  
 SKL101  College Orientation 1  SKL101
    16  
 
  Second Semester - Spring)
Must Apply to MLT Program
   
 BIO206  ^Microbiology** 4  
 BIO209  ^Physiology** 4  
 HSC171  Medical Terminology 3  
   Humanities (PHI152 Introduction to Ethics Recommended) 3  
    14  
 
  Summer Semester
   
 HST105 or
 PSC105
 American History to 1865 or
 Functions & Policies of American Government
3  
 MLT150  ^Lab Methods and Management (with lab) 3  
    6  
 
  Third Semester - Fall
   
 MLT210  Immunology (with clinicals) 2  
 MLT230  Urinalysis and Body Fluids (with clinicals) 2  
 MLT250  Hematology (with clinicals) 5  
 MLT260  Phlebotomy (with clinicals) 2  
 MLT290  Parasitology, Mycology and Virology 1  
 MLT291  Clinical Hematology Practicum 2  
    15  
 
  Fourth Semester - Spring
   
 MLT220  Clinical Chemistry (with clinicals) 5  
 MLT270  Immunohematology (with clinicals) 4  
 MLT280  Clinical Microbiology 5  
    14  
 
  Second Summer Semester
   
 MLT292  Clinical Chemistry Practicum 2  
 MLT293  Clinical Microbiology Practicum 2  
 MLT294  Immunohematology Practicum 2  
    6  
 
  Total Hours for Degree 70  

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

**Physiology and Microbiology must be repeated if completed five years or more before the date of entry into the program.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).

Note: Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks in length; Summer semester is 8 weeks.

To successfully complete an MLT course, students must achieve a minimum score of 78% or "C" in both the didactic and clinical components.

Prior to clinical experience, a physical examination, current drug test, program-required inoculations, and a TB test are required. Students are responsible for the cost of these as well as the cost of background checks.

A significant portion of the MLT program involves experience in affiliate laboratories. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. Affiliate laboratories are located throughout Central and Northeast Missouri.

 

Systems Administration Certificate of Specialization

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System Administrators keep information systems running. The demand for highly skilled IT professionals knowledgeable of system administration is essential to doing business in today's world. The Certificate of Specialization in System Administration offers a path to this exciting career focus through course work in Windows Server management, Linux Administration I and II, and Network Security. Completion of this certificate may allow a student to gain employment and work part-time in an IT setting while continuing either the Computer Information Technology 32 credit hour certificate or AAS degree.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Course Required Courses
Hours Milestone*
 CIT106  IT Essentials 3  
 CIT150  Linux Administration I 3  
 CIT238  ^Windows Server Management I 3  
 CIT239  ^Windows Server Management II 3  
 CIT250  ^Linux Administration II 3  
 CIT255  ^Cyber Security 3  
 
  Total Hours for Certificate of Specialization 18  

 

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the certificate of specialization in a timely manner. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).

Web Development Certificate of Specialization

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The Internet provides the portal for doing business today. Web programmers and developers are in high demand. The Certificate of Specialization in Web Development trains web specialists in languages congruent to up-to-date web technology. Visual Basic, C#, Java and PHP all have web capabilities. Individuals also learn SQL, a database query language used in database management. Concepts using web server technology are delivered through Linux and Windows courses. Completion of this certificate may allow a student to gain employment and work part-time in a web development setting while continuing either the Computer Information Technology 32 credit hour certificate or AAS degree.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Course Required Courses
Hours Milestone*
 CIT135  ^Object Oriented Programming I 3  
 CIT145  Web Design I 3  
   Directed Electives (See Below) 3  
 GRA102  Graphics Software 3  
 GRA225  Digital-Multimedia Development 3  
 SKL101  College Orientation 1  SKL101
     16  
 
  Directed Electives (select one course)
   
 CIT201  ^Relational Database Systems 3  
 CIT245  ^Web Design II 3  
 CIT251  ^Object Oriented Programming II 3  
 GRA235  ^Product Design 3  
 MKT105  Principles of Marketing 3  
 
  Total Hours for Certificate of Specialization 16  

 

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the certificate of specialization in a timely manner. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).

Networking Certificate of Specialization

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Networks and computer networking drive the speed of business. The demand for information in the global economy requires consistent and robust network connectivity. Networking professionals provide this ever-increasing need. MACC offers a path to this exciting career focus through our nationally recognized Cisco Academy. In two semesters an individual can prepare to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Completion of this certificate may allow a student to gain employment and work part-time in an IT networking setting while continuing either the Computer Information Technology 32 credit hour certificate or AAS degree.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Course Required Courses
Hours Milestone*
 CIT106  IT Essentials 3  
 CIT150  Linux Administration I 3  
 CIT152  Introduction to Networks 3  
 CIT153  ^Routing and Switching Essentials 3  
 CIT201  ^Relational Database Systems 3  
 CIT238  ^Windows Server Management 3  
 
  Total Hours for Certificate of Specialization 18  

 

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the certificate of specialization in a timely manner. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).