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Programs and Classes at BCC

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Berkshire Community College is a public, community college offering a Associate Degree Certificate Programs, as well as other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Most of the college's programs of study can be classified as one of the following:

Transfer Programs

These programs parallel the first two years of similar programs at most public and private baccalaureate institutions and provide a solid basis for transfer with advanced standing. The advantages of beginning these programs at BCC before transferring to a baccalaureate institution include such items as smaller classes, personal attention, and cost. There is also much evidence to suggest that students who begin their post-secondary education at a community college tend to do better than their counterparts who start at a baccalaureate institution.

Career Programs

These programs provide the theory and technical skills needed for entry into the job market immediately after graduation. Individual courses within these programs may transfer into related programs at baccalaureate institutions.

General Studies Program

This program (Liberal Arts) meets the needs of students who have not yet decided on a particular field of study, as well as students who have already chosen a program and college or university to which they plan to transfer. In either case, the program provides a flexible curriculum that combines a core of transfer courses with an opportunity to explore various courses through free electives.

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DEGREE OFFERINGS

BCC currently offers 36 associate degree and 19 certificate programs, including options and concentrations.

ASSOCIATE IN ARTS

A.A. degree programs include a minimum of 33 general education credits and conform to the requirements of the Massachusetts Transfer Compact.

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE

A.S. degree programs include a minimum of 21 general education credits and do not conform to the Massachusetts Transfer Compact. Students who wish to be eligible for compact status may pursue additional courses.

CERTIFICATIONS

may be completed in one year or less, provide the skills needed for immediate entry into the job market upon program completion. Students wishing to pursue a certificate program must complete a learning skills assessment and be formally admitted to the college.

SECOND BCC DEGREE

Students are eligible for a second degree upon completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours beyond those earned toward their first degree. They also must meet all the course requirements of their second program.

SECOND OPTION OR CONCENTRATION

Students may complete a second option or concentration in a degree program from which they have already earned a degree. Completion of the second option will be noted on the student's academic transcript, but does not lead to another degree or formal award.

CURRENT PROGRAM OFFERINGS

ALLIED HEALTH 
Massage Therapy & Bodywork (Certificate)
Physical Fitness (Certificate)
Physical Fitness Option (A.S.)
Physical Therapist Assistant (A.S.)
Respiratory   Care (A.S.)  
 
APPLIED MANUFACTURING

Applied Manufacturing Technical Skills (Certificate)
Applied  Manufacturing Technology (Certificate)

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
Atmospheric Science (A.A.)

BIOLOGY
Animal Care (Certificate)
Biological Science  (A.A.)

Biotechnology Concentration (A.A.)
 
BUSINESS
Business Administration (A.A.)

Business Careers (A.S.)
Business Software Systems (A.S.)
Business Software (Certificate)

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Business Systems (A.S.) 
Computer Science (A.S.) 
Networking   (A.S.) 
Programming - Business (Certificate) 
Programming - Technical (Certificate)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice (A.S.) 

EDUCATION
Early Childhood Education (A.A.)
Early Childhood   Education (A.S.)
Early Childhood Education - Introductory (Certificate) 
Early Childhood Education - Intermediate (Certificate) 
Elementary  Education (A.A.)

ENGINEERING & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Engineering   (A.S.)

Computer/Electronic Technology (A.S.)
Manufacturing  Technology (A.S.)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Environmental Science (A.S.)

FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
Music   (A.A.)
Music   Production (Certificate)

Theatre   (A.A.)
Visual   Arts (A.A.)

FIRE SCIENCE
Fire Science (A.S.)


FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Foreign   Language (A.A.)

HEALTH INFORMATION & MEDICAL CODING
Health Information Management Option (A.S.)
Health Information Management Medical Coding Technical (Certificate)

Health Information Management  (Certificate)

HEALTH SCIENCE
Health Science Option (A.S.) 
McCann/BCC Options
Dental Assisting (A.S.)

Medical Assisting (A.S.)
Surgical Technology (A.S.)

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
Culinary Arts (Certificate)
Hospitality  Administration Career Option (A.S.)
Transfer Option (A.S.)

HUMAN SERVICES
Human   Services (Certificate)
Social   Work Transfer (A.S.)

LIBERAL ARTS
Liberal   Arts (A.A.)

International   Studies (A.A.)

NURSING
Practical   Nurse (Certificate)  

Nursing   (A.S.)
Nursing   (B.S.)

PEACE AND WORLD ORDER
Peace and World Order (A.A.)