Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Introduction

With four campuses in Kalamazoo, Michigan – the Texas Township Campus, the Groves Campus, the Arcadia Commons Campus and the Bronson Healthy Living Campus – Kalamazoo Valley Community College offers associate degrees in 25 areas of study. A fully accredited institution, Kalamazoo Valley offers day and evening, online and weekend classes. Kalamazoo Valley works closely with four-year institutions to ensure the transfer of students’ credits for those interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree after goal completion at Valley. With more than 70 different transfer programs to choose from – in areas such as engineering, business, computer science, and nursing – students have the opportunity to earn credits that are fully transferable to a four-year college or university while at Kalamazoo Valley, for a fraction of the cost of attending a four-year college or university. 5 reasons Students can join more than 20 different clubs and organizations or participate in one of five intercollegiate sports teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, and softball.

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?

Community colleges are two-year schools that provide affordable post-secondary education as a pathway to a four-year degree. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 1,167 community colleges in the United States enroll more than 12.4 million students and serve almost half of all undergraduate students in the United States. Community colleges offer a distinct learning environment and are recognized for smaller class sizes, more individualized attention and a supportive atmosphere.

HOUSING

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is a commuter school and therefore does not offer on-campus housing. However, as home to three institutions of higher learning, Kalamazoo is a college town and offers a number of affordable furnished and unfurnished apartments with amenities including swimming pools, volleyball courts, and fitness centers. Many apartment complexes offer shuttle service to Kalamazoo Valley Community College or are within walking distance of the city’s Metro Transit bus line.

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

Located in Southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo is about two hours from both Chicago and Detroit. With nearly 75,000 residents, Kalamazoo has a big city mindset and small town features. A vibrant and progressive downtown that includes quality dining, nightclubs, microbreweries, shops, live entertainment and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo is minutes away from sprawling beaches and winding nature trails. Kalamazoo experiences all four seasons. Fall signals its arrival with cool temperatures and the slow turning of leaves into vibrant shades of crimson, orange and gold. Winter brings cold air, with an average temperature of 26 degrees and heavy snowfall in Southwest Michigan, providing outdoor enthusiasts with the perfect landscape for skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. The snow melts and Kalamazooans shake off winter and eagerly welcome spring, its warmer weather, lush landscapes and sun-filled days. Spring rolls into summer when the average summer high temperatures reach the low 80s, providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy nearby Lake Michigan, part of the nation’s longest freshwater coastline and one of the more than 11,000 inland lakes across the state. Kalamazoo

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Associate of Applied Science

Accounting Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

The two-year AAS degree in accounting prepares students for entry-level accounting positions such as bookkeeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable, or payroll clerk; as assistants to line and staff accountants; or as a paraprofessional accountant in a CPA firm. Both manual and computer integrated accounting systems are emphasized. To transfer for a bachelor’s degree majoring in accounting, students should see a counselor concerning a transfer program. [+]

The two-year AAS degree in accounting prepares students for entry-level accounting positions such as bookkeeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable, or payroll clerk; as assistants to line and staff accountants; or as a paraprofessional accountant in a CPA firm. Both manual and computer integrated accounting systems are emphasized. To transfer for a bachelor’s degree majoring in accounting, students should see a counselor concerning a transfer program.

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Principles of Accounting 1 Principles of Accounting 2 Accounting with QuickBooks Accounting with Peachtree Intro to Corporate Accounting Acct/Computerized Spreadsheets Business Taxation Accounts Payable/Receivable Spec Industry Record Keeping Financial Accounting Accounting Internship Business Principles/Practices Business Computer Applications Organizational Behavior English/Communication Mathematics Political Science Social Science Wellness/Physical Education [-]

Automotive Drivability Systems Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses in the automotive drivability systems degree program are designed to give the student experience in base automotive technology with a focus on automotive electrical, computer, and engine performance. [+]

The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses in the automotive drivability systems degree program are designed to give the student experience in base automotive technology with a focus on automotive electrical, computer, and engine performance. This program can be used to prepare the student for entry level employment or to further the skills of currently working technicians. It can be taken alone or in conjunction withother automotive related courses and is designed to complement the automotive undercar systems AAS for those students that wish to receive a dual associate degree with minimal additional credit hours. Some of the automotive technology programs transfer to four-year colleges and universities. To explore transfer opportunities, please see a counselor.... [-]


Culinary Arts and Sustainable Food Systems Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

This new program of study was developed with advisory groups of chefs, farmers, food processors/distributors, and food industry entrepreneurs incorporating the latest professional culinary standards. Graduates of the program will work as chefs or food entrepreneurs in a variety of settings using their "farm to table" competencies to positively impact health. [+]

This new program of study was developed with advisory groups of chefs, farmers, food processors/distributors, and food industry entrepreneurs incorporating the latest professional culinary standards. Graduates of the program will work as chefs or food entrepreneurs in a variety of settings using their "farm to table" competencies to positively impact health.

Students will spend most of their time working in a real production kitchen and foodservice environment, on a sustainable farm, and in an active food production and distribution facility. The curriculum is grounded at the intersection of food production, social justice, environmental sustainability, nutrition and health. Our close proximity to nursing and allied healthcare programs at the college and new state-of-the-art facilities for culinary, food production, and urban growing environments make this a unique hands-on learning opportunity.... [-]


Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

This program prepares students as engineering technicians. With careful selection of electives, this program will transfer to several Western Michigan University engineering degrees. For transfer to WMU MFT or EUM, MATH 156 and MATH 160 are recommended. For transfer to WMU EDT, MATH 160 and MATH 162 are recommended. For transfer to WMU UEM, ACC 101 and ECO 202 are recommended. For transfer to WMU EDT, EDMT 103 and EDMT 145 are recommended. [+]

This program prepares students as engineering technicians. With careful selection of electives, this program will transfer to several Western Michigan University engineering degrees. For transfer to WMU MFT or EUM, MATH 156 and MATH 160 are recommended. For transfer to WMU EDT, MATH 160 and MATH 162 are recommended. For transfer to WMU UEM, ACC 101 and ECO 202 are recommended. For transfer to WMU EDT, EDMT 103 and EDMT 145 are recommended.

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes General Chemistry I Trends in Manufacturing Tech Drawing w/AutoCAD Statics Strength of Materials Metallurgy/Mechanical Testing Applied Electricity Industrial Electronics Electrical Machines College Writing I College Writing & Research Technical Writing Technical Mathematics College Algebra Trigonometry College Physics I College Physics II Political Science Social Science Wellness/Physical Education Program Elective Courses [-]

Marketing Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

This program develops abilities and skills in organization and management, business procedures, leadership techniques, and other fundamental aspects of business administration. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in business. [+]

This program develops abilities and skills in organization and management, business procedures, leadership techniques, and other fundamental aspects of business administration. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in business.

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Business Principles/Practices Math for Business & Industry Business Computer Applications Principles of Marketing Business Writing Skills Business Law Promotional Strategies Organizational Behavior Professional Sales Internet Marketing Concepts eBusiness Strategies Business Internship Microeconomics College Writing I Political Science Wellness/Physical Education Program Elective Courses [-]

Software Developer Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

These programs prepare students for entry-level positions in careers requiring certified computer service assistance, programming computer systems, support of end users in hardware and software set-up and use, and the exchange of electronic data. Students will develop skills in operating equipment, logic, programming, documentation, and systems analysis. Emphasis is placed on business systems. [+]

These programs prepare students for entry-level positions in careers requiring certified computer service assistance, programming computer systems, support of end users in hardware and software set-up and use, and the exchange of electronic data. Students will develop skills in operating equipment, logic, programming, documentation, and systems analysis. Emphasis is placed on business systems.

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Principles of Accounting 1 Business Principles/Practices Business Info Infrastructure Business Computer Applications Creating/Managing Projects Programming Logic Web Page Coding w/Dreamweaver DataBase/SQL Systems Analysis & Design Business Reporting & Analysis Advanced DataBase/SQL CIS Internship Mobile Application Development Public Speaking College Writing I College Writing & Research Technical Writing Intermediate Algebra Political Science/Economics Program Elective Courses [-]

Sustainable Brewing Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

This new go-to-work degree combines the competencies in brewing science and technology found in the brewing certificate with additional coursework in the sciences, business, sustainability studies, and allied fields. The program is designed to prepare students for technical and entrepreneurial careers in the brewing industry. Its development has been informed by industry partners and focus/advisory groups. [+]

This new go-to-work degree combines the competencies in brewing science and technology found in the brewing certificate with additional coursework in the sciences, business, sustainability studies, and allied fields. The program is designed to prepare students for technical and entrepreneurial careers in the brewing industry. Its development has been informed by industry partners and focus/advisory groups.

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Principles of Accounting 1 Business Principles/Practices Food Industry Career Planning Intro Sustainable Food Systems Summer/Fall Crops Practicum Winter Crops Practicum Cellular Biology Cell Biology/Health Careers Microbiology Brewing History & Introduction Materials, Malting & Mashing Recipe, Process & Technology Yeast Ferment & Microbiology Styles Sensory & Food Pairing Fermenting & Finishing Tech Brewing Practicum Packing & Distribution Brewing Quality Control Brewing Internship Food Safety Essentials College Writing I College Writing & Research Writing for the Workplace Fundamental Prof Communication Culinary & Food Industry Math Nutrition for Health Political Science Program Elective Courses [-]

Associate of Arts

Aviation Technology Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Interpersonal Communication Microeconomics College Writing I College Writing & Research Physical Geography Applied Calculus Business Statistics Probability & Statistics College Physics I College Physics II American Government Introductory Psychology Fine Arts Humanities Other Cultures Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

Business Administration Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

This is a sample transfer guide. Plans also exist for CMU, Cornerstone, Davenport, EMU, FSU, and GVSU. Consult with a counselor or advisor for specific program information. Currently enrolled students can utilize the “What-If” tool in Degree Works to compare programs. Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Principles of Accounting 1 Principles of Accounting 2 Business Principles/Practices Business Computer Applications Principles of Marketing Organizational Behavior Business Info Infrastructure Intro/International Business Macroeconomics Microeconomics College Writing I College Writing & Research College Writing II: Literature Interpersonal Communication Finite Mathematics Precalculus/Trigonometry Business Statistics Probability & Statistics American Government Fine Arts3 Humanities Science Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

Communication Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Public Speaking Interpersonal Communication Intro Communication Theory College Writing I College Writing & Research Critical Thinking Introduction to Logic American Government Fine Arts Foreign Language Humanities Mathematics Other Cultures Science Social Science Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

Computer Information Systems Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Principles of Accounting 1 Principles of Accounting 2 Business Principles/Practices Business Computer Applications Principles of Marketing Organizational Behavior Business Info Infrastructure Business Reporting & Analysis Interpersonal Communication Macroeconomics Microeconomics College Writing I College Writing & Research Finite Mathematics Precalculus/Trigonometry Business Statistics Probability & Statistics American Government Fine Art Humanities Science Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

International Studies Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes College Writing I College Writing II: Literature Public Speaking Interpersonal Communication Introduction/Political Science American Government Foreign Language Humanities/Fine Arts Mathematics/Science Social Science/U.S. Culture Wellness/Physical Education Program Elective Courses [-]

Psychology Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes College Writing I College Writing & Research College Writing II: Literature Interpersonal Communication Intermediate Algebra Probability & Statistics Critical Thinking Introduction to Logic American Government Introductory Psychology Child Psychology Applied Behavior Analysis Principals of Sociology Contemporary Social Problems First Year Experience Fine Arts Foreign Language Humanities Other Cultures Science Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

Social Work Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Fundamentals of Biology Public Speaking Microeconomics College Writing I College Writing & Research College Writing II: Literature Interpersonal Communication Intermediate Algebra Probability & Statistics American Government Introductory Psychology Principles of Sociology Contemporary Social Problems The Family Racial & Ethnic Relations First Year Experience Fine Arts Humanities Other Cultures Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

Associate of Science

Architecture Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes General Chemistry I Tech Drawing w/AutoCAD AutoCAD College Writing I College Writing II: Literature Precalculus/Trigonometry Calculus 1 & Analytic Geometry College Physics I Engineering Physics I College Physics II Engineering Physics II Humanities Political Science Social Science Wellness/Physical Education ART Elective Courses Credits Elective Courses [-]

Biological Sciences Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes

Cellular Biology Organismal Biology Microbiology Genetics General Chemistry I General Chemistry II Organic Chemistry I College Writing I College Writing & Research College Writing II: Literature Interpersonal Communication Calculus 1 & Analytic Geometry Probability & Statistics College Physics I American Government Fine Arts Humanities Other Cultures Social Science Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

Computer Science Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes Cellular Biology General Chemistry I Physical Geology Engineering Physics I Programming Logic C# Programming Advanced C# Programming Public Speaking College Writing I College Writing & Research College Writing II: Literature Interpersonal Communication College Algebra Precalculus/Trigonometry Calculus 1 & Analytic Geometry American Government Fine Arts Humanities Other Cultures Social Science Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

Engineering Associate Degree

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Kalamazoo

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information. [+]

Currently, enrolled students should check their Degree Works audit for specific course and program information. Students should also consult with a counselor or advisor for program specific information.

Required Classes General Chemistry I C# Programming Java Programming Tech Drawing w/AutoCAD College Writing I College Writing & Research College Writing II: Literature Interpersonal Communication Calculus 1 & Analytic Geometry Calculus 2 & Analytic Geometry Calculus 3 & Analytic Geometry Engineering Physics I Engineering Physics II American Government Fine Arts Humanities Other Cultures Social Science Wellness/Physical Education Elective Courses [-]

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