MGC EXPANDS BACHELOR DEGREE OPTIONS
(Cochran, GA) – Middle Georgia College offers Bachelor Degrees in Biology, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Education. These programs are focused on a regional need, said MGC Interim Vice- President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mary Lou Frank. “We are tied to the communities that we serve and provide programs that yield positions for graduates,” she said. “Any new program will also have been tied to meeting the needs of employers.”
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration has five tracks in Aviation: Air Traffic Management, Airline Management, Airport Management, Flight Management, and Logistics Management. The BA in Business Administration was first offered in 2007 under the name BS in Aviation Management. The Board of Regents approved the name change earlier this year. MGC also offers the Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship/Small Business, which was approved in 2010. The first upper level courses will be offered in fall 2012, and the first graduates will receive their degrees in spring 2014.
Junior and senior level courses for the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education began in fall 2010, and the first cohort will graduate in spring 2012. MGC has been accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which certifies MGC’s graduates by the State of Georgia based on the PSC’s recommendation.
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program can choose between two tracks: biology and biology education. The biology degree can be used as a pre-professional degree in the medical and veterinary fields, or it can be used to prepare for a master’s degree in the biological sciences. Junior level classes in the biology and biology education program will begin in fall 2012, while senior level classes will begin in fall 2013. Graduation for the first Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with the option of a Certificate in Secondary Education will be spring 2014.
The Criminal Justice program will be implemented in fall 2013, with a projected number of 70 students. The first class is expected to graduate in spring 2015. The program aims to take advantage of the closeness of MGC to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and will strive to prepare students to work with these agencies.
MGC’s bachelor degree programs only further enrich the campus, said Dr. Frank. “Students who are here for the four-year programs get deeper involved in faculty projects and research, clubs and sports,” she said. “Faculty enjoy working with students across several levels and can provide deeper mentoring, research projects, and professional experiences.”