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Degree Programs

The next step in your career path is to decide what degree program(s) interests you and then start taking classes within that program. In the list below, you’ll see programs of study for just about every career field you can imagine. The list includes degree programs offered at Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell. If you’re not sure what career field you want to pursue, browse the list and see what interests you! Many of our students are undecided, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you are also undecided, click the “Undecided” link to ensure you make the best use of your time here.

Within the various degree programs, MCC offers specific awards (Certificate, Diploma, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Associate of General Studies Degree, Associate of Arts Degree, and Associate of Science Degree), depending on the program, the number of credits required for completion, and the needs and qualifications of the graduates. For each of the programs listed below, you can click through to the degree program page, then scroll to the bottom of the page to see which credential(s) is offered; the list can be found under Degree(s) Awarded.

Business & Computers

  • Whether you are an accounting or business major, or just trying to gain a better understanding of business and personal financial information, the MCC Accounting program will help develop a knowledge of financial and managerial accounting topics. MCC offers a wide range of financial accounting courses, from Introduction to Accounting through Computer Accounting. MCC also…

  • Business is a diverse, dynamic field requiring skilled professionals with a wide range of abilities and expertise.  Business can mean many different things to people, it can include accounting, finance, all aspects of computers, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, or many other related fields such as sports management/marketing, fashion merchandising, banking, international business and the teaching of…

  • Maybe the field of education interests you. Or maybe you’ve thought about going into business. The Business Education program allows you to put your feet into both worlds! To be a business educator, the same basic business core will be expected. You can combine new developments in each field to better educate students for the…

  • Classes offered in this area provide support for those interested in updating technology skills through one or two classes or for those interested in completing a program in preparation for range of careers working in administrative services and information support in industries across the business spectrum. The need for effective computer skills is essential for…

  • Computers continue to be a vital aspect in every business today and they are guaranteed to be part of our future. Businesses depend on computer networks in greater numbers and for more tasks with each passing day. Marshalltown Community College’s Computer Network Management program provides the technical training you’ll need to be a valuable resource…

  • The rapid and widespread use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained workers proficient in various job functions. These computer specialists include computer scientists, database administrators, and network systems and data communication analysts. The computer field requires people who show leadership skills, the ability to concentrate and pay close attention…

  • The love of computers and creativity is the right combination for this career program. There’s a virtual explosion of web page development today and businesses are turning to the Internet and electronic media more every day to offer their services and products. Businesses want people who can make a profitable connection between clients and the…

  • Every company needs to sell its products and services profitably. The way to do that is through advertising, promotions, marketing, sales, and public relations. Market research, marketing strategy, sales, advertising, pricing, product development, promotion and public relations activity all fall under the realm of marketing. If you’re interested in helping a business profit through promotion,…

  • If you’d like to work in an office environment and are interested in a career in health care, this is the program for you! As a medical office assistant, you will play a key role in running an efficient, productive medical office. In just one year, you can earn a diploma and obtain the administrative…

Humanities

  • Welcome to MCC’s Art Department! Below is an open letter from Tim Castle, MCC Professor of Art My name is Tim Castle and I’ve been teaching at MCC for 16 years. I’m a full-time professor so you will have access to me every weekday on campus. I am a practicing artist myself and I like…

  • This career field includes “on-air” personalities as well as the behind-the-scenes production such as writing, producing, editing and directing. While good communication skills are a must for on-air careers, people involved in production need expertise in problem solving and multi-tasking. Career Students are trained for careers in radio, TV, video production, corporate media and web-based…

  • Creativity, initiative, good communication skills, and self-confidence are qualities of someone in the communications field. Journalism centers on newspaper and magazine writing, radio and television broadcasting, and advertising. Public relations professionals work at management and public relations firms, healthcare organizations, social services agencies, advertising agencies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. They help build and…

  • If you enjoyed your high school English and literature courses, English could be your specialty. Businesses and industries sometimes require technical writing for instruction manuals, equipment manuals and scientific and technical materials. An English background is always a plus for any writing-related job, as well as teaching English. Job outlook Employment of writers and editors…

  • A graphic artist is responsible for creating design solutions that have a high visual impact. Their designs are required for a huge variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity, i.e. giving organizations a visual ‘brand’. Career Graphic Design is a…

Public & Professional

  • Personal characteristics such as honesty, sound judgment, integrity and a sense of responsibility are especially important in this field. The ability to relate to a variety of people is also important. In most agencies, applicants’ character traits and backgrounds are investigated or a psychiatrist or psychologist interviews them. Most applicants are subjected to lie detector…

  • Think about your favorite teacher and what qualities he or she has that make you appreciate them. Your answers will tell you what makes a good teacher. Those qualities include the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate. A teacher must be knowledgeable about a subject and be able to recognize and respond…

  • *Pre-engineering program. An advanced degree is required to become a professional in the engineering field. Engineering professionals employ mathematical and scientific principles to develop effective solutions to real-world, technical problems. Engineers design, develop and build machinery and complex systems used in the production of a large variety of consumer goods. Engineers are also instrumental in…

  • *Pre-law program. An advanced degree is required to become a licensed lawyer/attorney. People working in law like to work with other people; can win the respect of their clients, associates, and the public; and have perseverance, creativity and reasoning abilities. They can analyze complex cases and handle new and unique legal problems. Besides lawyers, other…

  • – Offered entirely online and/or at Iowa Valley Grinnell – Paralegals (and Legal Assistants) perform some of the same tasks as lawyers, and also do legal research and write reports to help prepare and support legal cases.  A lawyer may delegate any legal work to a Paralegal except tasks that involve giving legal advice or…

  • Patience, understanding and a strong desire to help others are valued characteristics of people working in the human services field. Human services workers usually work under the direction of professionals from a variety of fields such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or physical therapy or social work. They provide direct and indirect client services. They…

Social Sciences

  • “Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles…

  • The study of history informs majors and non-majors alike about how to make sense of the world by comprehending how the past influences the present and how the past can shape the future. Students learn about individuals, groups, communities, nations, or empires from every perspective. The study of history is one of the best ways…

  • Patience, understanding and a strong desire to help others are valued characteristics of people working in the human services field. Human services workers usually work under the direction of professionals from a variety of fields such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or physical therapy or social work. They provide direct and indirect client services. They…

  • Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems and public policy. They study all phases of government from the state and local levels to international relations. Many political scientists specialize in a general area such as political theory, U.S. political institutions and processes or international relations. A strong curiosity about government and…

  • Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Psychology is concerned with the way we behave as individuals as well as in groups; it is concerned with the way we act as well as the way we think; and it is concerned with our interaction with the physical world as well as…

  • An inquiring mind about the nature of society and why groups and individuals behave as they do, relating well with others, and the ability to communicate findings of research and studies are important qualities of sociologists. Sociologists study human society and the social behavior of families, communities and government, social, religious, political, business, and other…

Health Occupations

  • Certified athletic trainers are highly qualified health professionals who are trained in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Athletic trainers can help you avoid unnecessary medical treatment and disruption of normal daily life; if you’re injured, they are trained to work with your health care provider to get you on…

  • Dental Assisting is named a top U.S. Job! Dental Assisting is the #17 best healthcare support job in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Career Dental assistants perform patient care, office and laboratory duties. They work chair side as dentists examine and treat patients. Dentists want assistants who are reliable, who…

  • People who work in this field are outgoing, good at motivating others and like leisure activities that range from arts and crafts to aerobics and dance. This field attracts many applicants and the number of career positions is limited. Most jobs in this field are seasonal, temporary or part-time. The rising interest in personal training…

  • Medical assistants provide medical office administrative services, perform clinical duties, and conduct lab testing. This diploma program includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law ethics, patient psychology and communications, medical office procedures, clinical examination testing and treatment procedures. Is Medical Assisting For You? What is a Certified Medical Assistant? (CMA)? Why…

  • *Pre-medicine program. An advanced degree is required to become a physician, family doctor, or other related medical profession. Physicians diagnose illness and injury, prescribe and administer treatment and advise patients about how to prevent and manage disease. There are two paths to becoming a doctor: allopathic medicine, which leads to an M.D. (medical doctor), or osteopathic…

  • Nurses are known for their caring and sympathetic nature. They use their nursing skills to assist individuals to regain or maintain their health. Interest and training must be strong in the sciences of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, nutrition, math and psychology. One of the 10 occupations projected to have the largest numbers of new jobs is…

  • The Nurse Aide specialist certificate prepares students with knowledge and skills to begin a career in a health occupation field. Beginning with successful completion of a background check, Phase I meets federal regulations of OBRA Act of 1987. This course has an emphasis to provide safe, effective care for residents in long term care. Upon completion…

  • *Pre-pharmacy program. An advanced degree is required to become a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacists dispense medications prescribed by physicians and other health professionals. They provide information to patients about the medications. Pharmacy aides help pharmacists with the administrative duties in running a pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians help prepare prescriptions by counting tablets, labeling bottles, mixing and pouring…

  • *Pre-physical therapy program. An advanced degree is required to become a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants need strong interpersonal skills to successfully educate patients about their treatments. They should be compassionate and have a desire to help patients. They provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent…

Mathematics & Sciences

  • There are numerous career opportunities in agriculture today ranging from the production sector such as farming to scientific research to conservation. Even though the number of farms is declining, farm labor contractors and farm management services are still in demand. Employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to…

  • This is a ‘department’ page. MCC does not offer a degree in Biology, but offers several Biology courses. Programs of study associated with Biology: Athletic Training Horticulture Medicine Mortuary Science Nursing (PN) Nursing (ADN) Physical Therapy Science Veterinary Medicine Wildlife/Fisheries/Forestry List of classes: BIO105 Introductory Biology AA Approved BIO112 General Biology I AA Approved BIO113…

  • This is a ‘department’ page. MCC does not offer a degree in Chemistry, but offers several Chemistry courses. Degrees associated with Chemistry: Horticulture Medicine Mortuary Science Pharmacy Physical Therapy Science Veterinary Medicine Wildlife/Fisheries/Forestry List of classes: CHM103 Metallurgy CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry AA Approved CHM165 General Chemistry I AA Approved CHM175 General Chemistry II…

  • Horticulture is defined as the science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, turf grass and ornamental plants. The field can take you in many directions, but most careers involve some type of science including biology, chemistry, and physics. Activities within the field include plant breeding, growing and maintaining fruits/vegetables/ornamentals in the field and/or greenhouse,…

  • Math at MCC isn’t just for Math Majors. Whether you are going into carpentry or nursing, accounting or engineering, art or sports training, we offer the right level of math for you. All over the country, many students struggle with math during their school years. We offer flexible options for helping students for whom math…

  • Working in a funeral home requires tact, discretion, and compassion in dealing with grieving people. Persons interested in the field should have the desire and ability to comfort people in their time of sorrow. Funeral directors arrange the details and handle the logistics of funerals. They communicate with family members, members of the clergy, social…

  • While the field of science is extremely broad, there are many different career opportunities available that begin with a science background. If you have a curiosity about living things and how they tick, you should check out the various categories in life sciences including biology, anatomy, botany, genetics, toxicology, and zoology, just to name a…

  • *Pre-Veterinary Medicine program. An advanced degree is required to become a licensed veterinarian. A love of animals and an interest in taking care of them is a good start for someone thinking about a career in veterinary medicine. People in the field have the ability to get along with people and can make decisions quickly…

  • The wise use of our natural environment is of ever-increasing importance if our quality of life is to be maintained. Careers involve protecting the environment. If you love the outdoors and can’t imagine having a job that keeps you inside all the time, this career is one to consider. Job outlook Employment demand is expected…

Skilled Trades

  • – Offered at Iowa Valley Grinnell – Automotive service technicians and mechanics represent a 6% increase in employment projected through 2018, with several nearby states having higher growth rates. This is represented in a field that enjoys annual salaries from the mid-$30,000’s to the lower $50,000’s in Iowa, and slightly higher across the United States….

  • – Offered at Iowa Valley Grinnell – This program is not currently accepting new applicants. New applicants will be placed on a waiting list. This 3-year, part-time program includes a training program plus a 6,000-hour apprenticeship (registered with the US Department of Labor). Classes take place on Mondays at the Grinnell College catering kitchen, which…

  • Working with your hands, using tools, problem solving, fixing something that is broken… If these are some of your favorite things to do, then Marshalltown Community College’s Electro-Mechanical Systems Technologist program may be right for you and your future. Students in this program can put that intuitive desire to work while they learn the broad…

  • – Offered at Iowa Valley Grinnell – Deadline for Fall 2018 registration is April 1, 2018 Gunsmith Technology is a program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to make, repair, maintain, and modify firearms according to blueprints or customer specifications, using specialized hand tools and machines. Hunters, sportsmen, collectors, and firearms enthusiasts…

  • If you enjoy making things, using tools and equipment, and responsibility as part of a team, machine trades is a great career to consider! People who have precise technical skills will always be needed in such fields as automotive, aerospace and agricultural manufacturing, and industrial component and consumer product manufacturing. You can be one of…

  • The Utility Technician field employs people involved with the generation, distribution, or use of electrical or gas utilities. These workers should have a mechanical aptitude along with knowledge of mathematics, computers, electronic equipment, and map and schematic reading. With just a 2-year degree, you can earn a base pay of $70,000 per year! Every day…

  • Welding is the process of applying heat to join metal parts to form a permanent bond. Welding is used to build and repair cars, to build bridges and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants and refineries. Automated welding is used in an increasing number of production processes. A machine or robot…

Undecided/Other

  • The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree is generally considered our best transferable degree, and has been designed with this in mind. The AA degree is essentially a “Liberal Arts” transfer degree, with a broad educational focus, including an Elective category providing opportunities to explore college-level course offerings and/or to focus more specifically on major course…

  • SDV022 Study Strategies: Strategies for improving textbook reading, note-taking, test-taking, and time management. Career choice guidance. Independent study or classroom setting. (DEVELOPMENTAL CREDIT) SDV108 The College Experience: REQUIRED COURSE FOR ALL STUDENTS. Designed to direct students’ attention to the college academic culture, facilitate development of academic success skills and connect them to campus resources that…

  • Semester 1 ENG 048 Communication through Reading and Writing (first eight weeks) ENG 073 Academic Transitions Writing III (second eight weeks) ESL 917   Introduction to American Culture SPC122 Interpersonal Communication SDV 108 College Experience Semester 2 ENG 074 Academic Transitions IV (first eight weeks) ENG 060 College Prep II (second eight weeks) SDV113 Strategies for…