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ACADEMIC MAPS
Academic Maps were designed in collaboration with advising and program
faculty. They encourage students to take 15 credits each semester, but can
"Every student is unique and has different needs," said Andreadis.
"Academic Maps give students the tools they need to clearly understand
what classes they need to take and to help them define what their individual
Academic Maps come complete with helpful hints for students like
reminding them some courses are only offered in the spring or fall semesters,
not both or to consider taking a class in the summer to get ahead. The maps
also offer a "Career and Transfer Outlook" section for each degree program,
"We haven't made any curriculum changes with these maps," said Andreadis.
"We are just changing the way we present the information to students. They
will have all the information they need to keep themselves moving forward."
BLOCK SCHEDULING
Block Schedules help students progress through their major program of
study by scheduling all their required courses in sequential, connected blocks
of time. A Block Schedule also provides students with enhanced classroom
Last fall, approximately 170 first-time, full-time students were enrolled in a
Block Schedule pilot program. "The pilot was very successful," said Andreadis.
"We are expanding it campus-wide. This fall, we are planning to include 400
seats in 20 different blocks, based on program of study, schedule, campus
While Block Scheduling is not mandatory, the benefits are measurable. Having
a predictable schedule makes it easier for students to balance their education
Additionally, students in Block Schedules gain the value of a cohort. All of
the students in a block have the exact same schedule and instructors. This
allows students to get to know their classmates better, and creates
opportunities for them to learn from and support one another. "Studies
have proven that students are more likely to succeed when they don't feel
"All of these initiatives 15-to-FINISH, Academic Maps and Block Scheduling,
are smart choices for students who want to keep on track, take the courses
they need, in the right sequence, and graduate on time," said Andreadis.
"These elements work together to increase our graduation rates. But more
importantly, they help students succeed. They can save time, save money,
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Tura Linderholm
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ke the courses you n
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sequence and graduat
e right on schedule
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Are you planning to be a full-time student? If so, then it is possible to
graduate with an associate
degree in two years
. Most MCC degree programs require approximately 60 credits. If you were to tak
e
a full-time course load of
15 credits per semester
, you could finish your degree in two years.
However, some degree programs may require more than 60 credits in which case, you might need to
take some summer courses in order to complete your degree in two years.
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For more information about Block Scheduling, contact
Patricia Bruno, Associate Dean of Academic, Career
& Transfer Advising:
brunop@middlesex.mass.edu
or 978-656-3212
.
BLOCK SCHEDULING
It's the
SMART
Choice!
*Also, if you require any pre-college coursework in English and math, this, too, might mean you will ne
ed to take summer courses..
What are Block S
chedules?
Block Schedules have been designed
for new MCC students in many major
programs of study to help them
graduate sooner
. Block Schedules
include all of the courses you would
need in your major program of study
,
and include a full-time schedule of five
classes per semester
.
What are the benefits o
f a
Block Schedule?
You will receive a set schedule to put you
on course for graduation in two years
Y
ou will get into the classes you
need for your program
Y
ou will be with many other students
who have the exact same schedule
and instructors
You will get to know your classmates
better and have opportunities to
study together
study together
Do all students need to sign
up for a Block Schedul
e?
No. We understand that many students
need to balance multiple responsibilities
in addition to college, including working
and caring for families, etc. W
e are here
to help you choose the schedule and
options that make sense for you.
Be sure to speak with an Academic
Advisor about Block Schedules and what
works best for you. W
e want to help you
be successful here at Middlesex!
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Helpful Hints
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Career and Transf
er Outlook
To learn more, call us at
1-800-818-3434
or visit
www.middlese
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Liberal Arts and S
ciences Physical S
cience
Associate in Arts
SEMESTER 1 FALL
CHE 151 General Chemistry I
4
MAT 195 - Precalculus
4
ENG 101 - English Comp I
CAP 103 - Computers for
Tech. CSC 10 Intro to CS
ENV 110 ENV 113
ENV 115
1
SEMESTER 2 SPRING
CREDITS MILEST
ONE COMPLETED
CHE 152 - General Chemistry II
4
MAT 165 - Trigonometry
3
ENG 102 - English Comp II
Literature elective:
ENG 119, 121, 123,
ETH 101- Ethics and Society
2
SEMESTER 3 FALL
MAT 290 - Calculus I
4
PHY 171 - Physics I
4
History elective: HST 121
HST 130
HUM 102 - Intro to the Humanities
PSY 101 SOC 101
3
SEMESTER 4 SPRING
MAT 291 - Calculus II
4
PHY 172 - Physics II
4
History elective: HST 122
HST 131
3
PHL 101 HUM 103
3
GGY 120 - World Geograph
y
3
4
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Student Success
"Our goal with these initiatives is to
give students all the information
they need to know right up front so
they are fully equipped to see exactly
what they need to do, and when they
need to do it in order to meet their
goals and earn their degree."
Academic Maps and Block Scheduling materials help build a culture of completion.