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Contact: Marc Frankenberry, Department Chair
301.846.2606

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics A.S. Degree The STEM A.S. Degree Program trains students how to think analytically, creatively, logically, and scientifically, and how to ask questions and pose solutions to the challenges facing our society. The STEM discipline helps develop the technological, medical, and scientific breakthroughs that drive our economy and prepare us for the future.

This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in one of the traditional STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math) with a heavy emphasis on undergraduate mathematics or science. Students wishing to concentrate in one of these areas should consult with an advisor or ARTSYS as early as possible to ensure that all or most of their course credits will transfer to the four-year school of their choice.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core MATH 165 Precalculus or MA 185 Calculus I*   3 Credits
3 Program Requirement Choose a STEM course in consultation with an advisor (see list below)**   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed (BSCI 150 Principles of Biology I, CHEM 101 General Chemistry I, or PHYS 151 General Physics I recommended)   3/4 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed with a lab (BSCI 150 Principles of Biology I, CHEM 101 General Chemistry I, or PHYS 151 General Physics I recommended)   4 Credits
8 Program Requirement Choose a STEM course in consultation with an advisor (see list below)**   4 Credits
9 Program Requirement Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

10 Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed   3 Credits
11 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Science Gen Ed   3 Credits
12 Program Requirement Choose a STEM course in consultation with an advisor (see list below)**   4 Credits
13 Program Requirement Choose a STEM course in consultation with an advisor (see list below)**   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

14 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Gen Ed in a different discipline from first   3 Credits
15 Gen Ed Core General Education Elective   3 Credits
16 PHED/ HLTH/ NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
17 Program Requirement Choose a STEM course in consultation with an advisor (see list below)**   4 Credits
18 Program Requirement Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor (credits may vary; to fulfill 60 credits for degree)   4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
*Areas of Concentration in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and Mathematics require MATH 185 Calculus I or more advanced math.                     

** Choose a course from Biology (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Computer Aided Design (CADT), Computer & Information Sciences (CMIS), Engineering (ENGR), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PHSC), Physics (PHYS). Recommend CMIS 106 Object Design and Programming and MATH 185 Calculus I (or more advanced math).  A minimum of 6 credits must be in the same discipline.

Note: The STEM program is also the appropriate major for students interested in taking courses towards a bachelor's degree in preparation for careers in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate analytic thinking and problem solving skills in mathematics and the sciences. 
  • Effectively communicate mathematical explanations (verbal, graphical, numerical, and symbolic representations) and a basic understanding of the scientific method. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in biological, chemical, computer science, physical, mathematics, or engineering disciplines. 
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply quantitative methods to chemical, computer science, biological, or engineering applications. 
  • Be prepared to enter transfer institutions in STEM fields. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology appropriate to mathematical and scientific problem solving.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

 2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

2015 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

STEM Technology A.A.S. Degree The STEM Technology A.A.S. Degree Program is designed for students who plan to enter a career field. Some students will choose an approved Area of Concentration, others will explore STEM disciplines more generally.

If a student plans to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in one of the traditional STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math) with a heavy emphasis on undergraduate mathematics or science, it is advised that they consult with an advisor or ARTSYS as early as possible to ensure that all or most of their course credits will transfer to the four-year school of their choice.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement Choose STEM courses in consultation with an advisor (recommend CMIS 106, Object Design and Programming)   9 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Science Gen Ed   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Science Gen Ed   3 Credits
6 Departmental Requirement Choose STEM courses in consultation with an advisor   9 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

7 Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement Choose STEM courses in consultation with an advisor   6 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
12 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1 Credit
13 Departmental Requirement Choose electives in consultation with an advisor   11 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply technology tools responsibly, appropriately, and effectively.
  • Evaluate physical, mathematical, and scientific concepts in career fields. 
  • Employ contemporary and emerging technology resources in diverse and dynamic environments.
  • Analyze technical requirements to determine and recommend resource requirements for organizations.
  • Identify and resolve real-world problems/issues utilizing engineered techniques and approaches.
  • Apply engineering design processes in developing solutions for business needs.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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