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Find Your Pathway With Our Program Maps

Welcome to Program Maps; A place to explore your Educational Pathway! Mission College is excited to offer an innovative planning tool that gives you an example of possible pathways to complete a program of study.

Each of our Program Maps provide you with the opportunity to explore a possible semester-by-semester path from program entry to completion. We believe that there is an educational pathway for everyone at Mission College! 

Currently our map pathways are built around either the local Mission College GE Requirements (indicated as "To Degree") or around the IGETC requirements (indicated as "To UC/CSU.")

The differences between the IGETC for CSU versus for UC are indicated in the maps.  Students may also choose to complete the CSU-GE Breadth instead if only interested in transferring to a CSU. Students should always meet with a counselor regularly to discuss their personal educational goals and progress. 

Specific Major and Career Pathways

The Program Maps are organized into our Major and Career Pathways.  You can browse all maps for each pathway via the icons below. 

Art Design Meta Major

Art & Design

The Art & Design major and career pathway focuses on creativity and self-expression. Learn how to express your ideas visually through technique, design, and problem solving. Career pathways include being an entrepreneur or freelancer, designer/web designer, teacher, and more.

Business & Hospitality Meta Major

Business & Hospitality

Focus on leadership, planning, problem solving, and entrepreneurial skills. Choose to focus on specific industries such as tourism, restaurant/bakery, Accounting, office administration, project management, and more.

ESL Noncredit Meta Major

ESL & Noncredit

ESL students may complete a variety of noncredit certificates, or earn a Certificate of Proficiency through credit courses. Mission also offers noncredit certificates in Graphic Design and Computer Applications. Maps for all noncredit programs are found here.

Exploratory Meta Major

Exploratory & General Studies

The Exploratory & General studies major and career pathway allows you to explore various paths or as a flexible path towards a transfer major. Learn creative thinking, critical analytical skills, and writing through a broad range of subjects.

Health Sciences Meta Major

Health Sciences

The Health Sciences major and career pathway is focused on patient and client care in a healthcare setting. Learn how to improve the lives of others through human biology, health care, nutrition, and wellbeing. Career pathways include Nursing, Nutrition, food science, physical training/physical education (Kinesiology).

Language Meta Major

Language & Liberal Arts

The Language & Liberal arts major and career pathway focuses on creativity, expression, writing, and working with ideas. Learn how to communicate, understand cultures, and think critically. Career pathways include media, journalism, writing/editing, public relations, publishing, and teaching.

Public Service & Social Sciences Major

Public Service & Social Sciences

Work with people, help others, and make connections. Solve problems through being inquisitive, empathetic, and cooperative. Career pathways include helping professions such as social services, education, emergency responders, mental health, and government/law.

STEM Major

STEM Major and Career Pathway

Focus on solving problems through data, analytics, facts, innovation and research. Learn how to use science, mathematics, and technology through theory and application. Work in private and public industries including education, government, health, and technology as a scientist, engineer, developer, manager, researcher, or teacher.

Program Map FAQs

Q: Does the Program Mapper replace the need to meet with a counselor?

No, students should still meet with a counselor regularly to discuss their educational goals and progress.

Q: Is a Program Map the same as an Educational Plan?

Counselors work with students to create Educational Plans tailored for each individual's needs. Program Maps simply show one or more possible paths through a certificate or degree program. You and your counselor may refer to Program Maps as you develop your personalized Education Plan. 

Q: Can I begin as a part-time student and still follow the Program Map?

Some programs have multiple maps, guiding a student through a program on different timelines. At the top of each map page is a "Pathway" drop down menu.  Be sure to check here to see if there is more than one map for the certificate or degree.

Q: Can I begin in the Spring semester and follow the map?

Some maps will specifically indicate Fall or Spring semesters. This is typically done when certain courses in that semester are offered only in the Fall or Spring semester. Other maps simply indicate "Semester 1", "Semester 2", etc. indicating that it is likely a student could begin following the map on either the fall or spring semester.  However, it is always good to discuss your specific plans with a counselor.

Q: Are Winter and Summer Terms included in the maps?

Occassionaly maps provide students with options to complete sooner by incorporating courses during the Winter and/or Summer Terms. Maps which include Winter and/or Summer Terms are identified as such in the "Pathway" drop down menu at the top of each map page.

Q: Do all programs have maps?

No, our departments are still building some maps, and they may continue to build additional map options for some certificates and degrees.  If no map exists for a program, you will be directed to the catalog for more information. Check back regularly, as we will be building more maps for you!