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Associate of Arts - Health Science (General)
(Effective UG21)

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Health Science is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in pre-professional students (e.g. medicine, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, pharmacy, etc.), nursing, public health, health administration, and health science. Suggested coursework under the health science emphasis will cover biology, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, physics, and mathematics. Careers related to health science include but are not limited to physician, pharmacist, optometrist, dentist, public health administrators, community health specialists, dietician, and health educator.

Transferring Credit

Transfer Credit to Other Institutions

Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Academic Map

This academic map is a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AA degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses, and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. To ensure that milestone courses are completed, it is important that you, when possible and appropriate, enroll in any needed developmental coursework during the first semester(s) of enrollment. Additionally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years. Finally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information.

Math Pathways Information


Course Semester Hours Milestone*
  First Semester (Fall)
   Biological or Physical Science (BIO205 Human Anatomy - Recommended) 4  BIO205
 LAL101  ^Composition I 3  LAL101
   ^Mathematics 3  Math
 SPK101  Public Speaking 3  
  Second Semester (Spring)
   Elective (^BIO209 Physiology - Recommended) 4  
   History or Government 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
 LAL102  ^Composition II 3  
   Social and Behavioral Science 3  
  Third Semester (Fall)
   Core Elective 3  
   Core Elective (Social and Behavioral Science Elective - Recommended) 3  
   Elective (BIO101 Biology - Recommended) 4  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
   Social and Behavioral Science 3  
  Fourth Semester (Spring)
   Elective (^BIO206 Microbiology - Recommended) 4  
   Elective (HSC171 Medical Terminology - Recommended) 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
   Biological or Physical Science (^PHY121 General Chemistry I - Recommended) 5  
  Minimum Required Hours for Degree 60  

*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.

^Please refer to the college catalog and 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).


Additional Graduation Requirement
Missouri law, included in Senate Bill 807, requires every college student pursuing an associate’s or bachelor's degree at a public institution to pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination with at least a 70 percent to graduate. The rule will apply to the incoming class of first-time college students in the fall of 2019 and all students thereafter.

This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.