Pathway Map Content and Format Policy

The following are required to be on the pathway map:

  1. Pathway name
  2. Type of degree/certificate
  3. Credit range (excluding precollege coursework)
  4. Courses sequenced according to prerequisites and recommended timing
    1. If at all possible, align prerequisite courses and course sequences in the same row
  5. Pathway maps will start with Transition Studies and pre-college
  6. Pathway maps will include CCS 101 to be completed within the first two quarters.
  7. Pathway maps will include math and English sequencing so that all students can complete their first college-level math and English course by the end of the third quarter (45 credits).
  8. Course information
    1. Course prefix, number, and name
    2. Credits
    3. Pre-college courses are highlighted yellow
    4. Multi-level courses should include all courses the student could obtain
      1. For example, CMATH 146 allows students to obtain MATH 095, MATH 096, and MATH& 146 credit
    5. Note if the course(s) is required or recommended by the faculty for this pathway
      1. A required course is one that is necessary to earn the degree.
      2. A recommended course means that the faculty in this pathway believe it is the most relevant course for students, but another course from the catalog-approved distribution area may count for the degree
  9. Program Requirements
    1. Ensure that the pathway map meets the criteria for referenced certificate or degree
    2. List distribution area or degree requirement met (e.g. Human Relations; Diversity; Natural Science; or program-specific or prerequisite elective)
      1. For example, CHEM& 139 is a prerequisite elective for CHEM& 161
  10. When multiple options are available for meeting a program requirement, faculty should list the least amount of course selections necessary for degree completion. It is recommended that no more than five most relevant options be listed for each field.
  11. For certain courses that have similar outcomes, they may be grouped together on the map.
    1. For example, language courses could be listed on the pathway map as “Any language course…”
    2. Grouping of courses in this way must be approved by Instructional Council. MRC will maintain a list of approved course groupings.

The following are optional items to be on the pathway map:

  1. Course notes to provide clarity
    1. For example, if specifying when classes are only offered in specific quarters or which quarters sequences start
    2. To designate a note, use * and type below course(s) in the same field