At White Mountains Community College, students will experience various methods of classroom, lab and online instruction. While some courses are lecture-based, others subscribe to a performance-based, student-directed learning philosophy. Performance-based learning is a systematic, organized approach to education and training that specifies the knowledge and skills required for graduates to perform competently and confidently in a rapidly changing economy and society. Programs and courses are structured within a competency-based framework. By defining competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) in each course, educators and learners work together to maximize the potential of each individual in the learning process. Intellectual, interpersonal and physical-manual competencies are assessed continuously to assist learners in improving their performance. The college continually strives to provide a physical, intellectual and social environment that supports the unique learning styles, backgrounds and needs of each individual.

Academic Requirements

Associate Degree

The Associate Degree prepares students for immediate employment or the opportunity to further their education. The curriculum provides students with the tools to think critically, reason, compute, communicate and adapt to change. The minimum number of 60 credits is required for an Associate Degree.

Associate Degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

Programs leading to this degree provide direct entry into employment and/or  transfer opportunities into an associated baccalaureate program.

  1. A minimum of 60 credits.
  2. A minimum of 30 credits in major and related courses.
  3. In addition to major courses, earn at least 20 credits in general education courses consisting of at least one course in the following areas:
a.English Composition4 Credits
b.Science3-4 Credits
c.Mathematics4 Credits
d.Social Science3 Credits
e.Humanities/Fine Arts/ Foreign Language3 Credits
f.Liberal Arts Electivesvaries
  1. The remaining credits to reach the required minimum total of 60 may be assigned from any subject area deemed by faculty to be appropriate to the curriculum.
  2. Any credit granted through options (ex: transfer credit or experiential learning) will count towards degree/professional certificate/certificate requirements, but will not be included in computing grade point averages.

Programs leading to this degree prepare students for continuous education and career mobility and full participation in community life. The Associate in Arts Degree program offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year baccalaureate program. The program is flexible; students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer.

The Associate in Arts Degree program requires a minimum of 60 credits from the following distribution:

a.College Composition4 Credits
b.English Elective3 Credits
c.Humanities/Fine Arts/Language9 Credits
d.Mathematics/Quantative Reasoning4-8 Credits

Natural or Physical Science   
(including at least one lab science)   

7-8 Credits


f.Social Science9 Credits
g.Liberal Arts Electives15 Credits
h.Open Electives9-12 Credits

Students can have only two majors at one time. To qualify for a second major, the student must have first successfully completed one semester in a major, and then submit a dual major form. A second major is defined as a program of study identified by its own unique title as it appears on the credential, a title different from that of the first major.

Students may earn additional associate degrees either by concurrent completion of the requirements of the several degrees or by subsequent study after the first degree is received.
The requirements for earning additional degrees are as follows:

  1. Complete all requirements of each program of study, including general education requirements not in common with the additional program or programs, and
  2. Earn a minimum of fifteen (15) additional credits at the college, beyond those required for the first and subsequent degrees, excluding Credit by Examination, Credit for Experiential Learning, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Transfer Credit.

Matriculated students, who want a credential less than a degree, while still pursuing the degree, can pursue the lesser credential as a second major. The student does not have to withdraw from the degree and apply to the certificate. The transcript will show both certificate and degree at the same time.


A professional certificate requires completion of at least 30 credits to develop skills in an occupational field.  The 30 credits must include 10 credits of general education coursework.

Regardless of their duration or composition, certificate programs emphasize specific skills and outcomes required for employment or for career advancement.  There are no specific general education requirements, except as required to meet stated competency requirements.  There are four levels of certificates:

  1. Certificate programs up to 12 credits.
  2. Certificate programs more than 12 credits.
  3. Certificate programs requiring licensure and accreditation.

In addition to the completion of all required credits, a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher through the last semester of study must be obtained before becoming eligible for an associate degree, professional certificate or certificate.  Remedial or developmental coursework does not count toward the total number of required credits. Twenty-five percent of the credits must be earned at WMCC.

Liberal Arts Categories

English Courses with ENGL prefix (except ENGL087W and ENGL089W)
Humanities Courses with ENGL prefix (except ENGL120W, ENGL211W, ENGL220W, ENGL225W and ENGL230W).  Courses with ANTH, ARTS, HIST, HUMA, LANG and PHIL prefixes.
Literature Courses with ENGL prefix (except ENGL120W, ENGL211W, ENGL220W, ENGL225W, and ENGL230W).
Mathematics Courses with MATH prefix (except MATH087W, MATH089W and MATH220W)
Science Courses with BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, GEOL and PHYS prefixes
Social Science Courses with ANTH, ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC and SOCI prefixes

WMCC Credit Hour Policy

A credit hour shall be the equivalent of one (1) hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two (2) hours of out-of-class student work each week for 15 or 16 weeks. A credit hour shall be allocated based on the following:
Category Contact Hours per Week Contact Hours per Semester (based on a minimum 15 wk semester)
Direct Faculty Instruction 1 15
Laboratory 2 or 3 30-45
Clinical 3 to 5 45-75
Practicum, Field Work 3 45
Internship 3-6 45-90
Co-op Variable by Dept. Variable by Dept.
One instructional hour shall be equal to fifty (50) minutes of classroom/direct faculty instruction or laboratory/studio or sixty (60) minutes of clinical, practicum/fieldwork, internship or co-op. Awarding of credits for coursework offered in formats other than face-to-face (e.g. online, hybrid, accelerated, etc.) shall be based on documentation retained by the Academic Affairs Office that demonstrates equivalency to the above allocation chart.

Students seeking a degree at the college must earn a minimum of 16 credits from White Mountains Community College. At least eight credits of the courses taken to meet the minimum residency requirements shall be advanced courses in the student’s major field of study or in appropriate advanced courses in related fields. Advanced courses are associate degree program courses listed in the first and second semesters of the second year, or in the second semester of the first year of one-year programs. Students seeking a professional certificate must complete a minimum of 9 credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, from WMCC courses. For a certificate, students must complete at least 6 credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, from WMCC courses.

Students outside of WMCC may transfer credits earned at accredited institutions to their WMCC programs by providing official transcripts of work completed, with evidence of a grade of “C” or better. Students may be asked to provide course descriptions for which credit transfer is requested. Acceptance of transfer credit shall be determined by the Office of Academic Affairs based on the evidence provided and judged by WMCC to be equivalent in nature and content to program offerings. Students may transfer credit from within the Community College System of NH by following the same process.

Directed Study

Under certain circumstances, a matriculated student may take a course in a semester when the course is not offered either during the day or through the Division of Community Education. A Directed Study allows a matriculated student to pursue the published learning objectives/outcomes for a course independently under the guidance of a qualified faculty member. A matriculated student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for a Directed Study. The student must demonstrate compelling reasons why the course could not be taken in a subsequent semester or was not taken in the semester when it was originally offered in the curriculum. Barring exceptional circumstances, a Directed Study will not be granted for a course currently being offered in the day or DCE divisions.

Independent Study

Opportunities for credit-bearing Independent Study are available to matriculated students who wish to explore areas of a discipline not covered in the normal curriculum but related to the student’s program. Independent study is not available to non-matriculated students. Matriculated students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for an Independent Study. The intent of Independent Study is to expand a student’s learning experience beyond the normal program curriculum. Typically undertaken for 1-3 credits, Independent Study may not be done in lieu of any course existing in the college catalog.

Distance Education


Distance Education is for independent learners. Courses are offered via the Internet in a 100% online environment using the Canvas platform. Students work from home or office to complete the course content. All competencies and knowledge presented is the same as the student would experience in a classroom based course.

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Alternative Delivery

Alternative Delivery is anything other than the once or twice a week traditional classroom meeting. It includes 100% Online Learning or Distance Education, hybrids, video conference, and other condensed formats. These methods offer flexibility in scheduling while placing more responsibility for learning on the student. Online Learning and hybrid courses are taught using the Canvas web-based delivery system. Students are required to take an online learning assessment and have basic computer skills before registering for a hybrid or Distance Education course.

Graduation Requirements

The college has established minimum competencies that must be attained in each program. Students will be awarded associate degrees upon completion of academic requirements and demonstration of the required competencies. To be eligible for graduation, students must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete each requirement in their academic program
  2. Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  3. Meet all obligations to the college, including payment of all fees
  4. File the Intent to Graduate form with the registrar no later than November 1st for fall term completion or December 31st for May completion of the academic year in which graduation is anticipated.

The student has the primary responsibility for ensuring that he/she meets degree/professional certificate/certificate requirements for graduation. The student should initiate at least one meeting with his/her faculty advisor each semester to insure that all the requirements of the transcript checklist have or will be met by the intended time of graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates

As required by the U.S. Department of Education, 34 CFR Part 668, Student Assistance General Provisions, “An institution shall make readily available to all enrolled students and prospective students, through appropriate publications and mailings, the institution’s completion and graduation rate (or a projected completion or graduation rate) of its full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students who enroll for the first time” at White Mountains Community College “and have not previously enrolled at any other institution of higher education.”

The retention rate at WMCC for the student cohort that started in the fall of 2017 was 69% for full-time students, 52% for part-time students. Retention rates measure the percentage of entering students who continue their studies the following fall.

The graduation rate for full-time, first-time undergraduates in the 2015 cohort at 150% time was 54%.  The 100% time graduation rate was 45%.

It is important to note that many students do not have the goal of graduating from the College. Students often enroll to complete a semester or two before transferring, to explore a potential career area, to resolve academic deficiencies before returning to their original college, or to take courses for self-improvement/personal enrichment.


A student may request an official transcript (record of a student’s academic history) by submitting a Transcript Request Form  to the Registrar’s Office. All college obligations must be met, including student loan payments, outstanding tuition, payment of fines, and athletic uniforms and met, including student loan payments, outstanding tuition, payment of fines, and athletic uniforms and library materials turned in before a transcript can be released. The transcript is valid only with the college seal and the signature of the registrar. Transcripts are released in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment) and will not be released to a third party, including parents and spouses, without written permission of the student. Transcripts are free.

Students may obtain an unofficial copy of their transcript at any time using the Student Information System