Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

Get Started at MJC

Step 1: Apply Online
Step 2: College Orientation 
Step 3: English & Math Placement
Step 4: Education Plan
Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid
Step 6: Register for Classes

Need help?

Contact the friendly Admissions Office staff if you have questions about adding or dropping classes, or filing for pass/no pass.

The Assessment Testing Office administers tests to help you select appropriate courses or satisfy pre-requisites.

International students should start by visiting our Information for International Students.

Modesto Junior College


So Much to See

These are but a few of the many current exhibits on display at the GVM.

* Current Rotating Exhibit

An exhibit on Homo naledi.

In October 2013 an astonishing trove of hominid fossils were discovered in South Africa’s Rising Star Cave. This exhibit explores those findings and the role of MJC anthropology professor Dr. Debi Bolter’s as part of international team that analyzed the Homo naledi fossil bones in May 2014. The exhibit has 3D fossil replicas of skulls, dentition, hands and feet of several species of hominids, including H. sapiens, which are compared with H. naledi fossil replicas.

This wonderful and unique exhibit is scheduled to run through the end of 2017. It was curated by Denise Godbout-Avant, a retired Modesto Junior College and Merced College biology educator/technician and current Great Valley Museum docent.

Using the links below, you can watch interviews of Denise, Dr. Bolter and others that helped bring this exhibit to the GVM.

Denise =
Dr. Bolter =
Dr. Bolter's students =
Dr. Martin and Faculty Emeritus Joel Hagen =

Videos provided by Dr. Richard Anderson.

*This exhibit runs through Fall 2017.

Native Californians


A look at Yokut and Miwok history and artifacts.

Science on a Sphere


See real-time worldwide events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other phenomenon projected on a 1.5 meter sphere.

Central Valley Plants & Flowers


You see them everyday.  But did you know that some of our plants are fire-tolerant?

Animals of the Grassland


Skunks spray a smelly musk for protection when they feel threatened.  But you already knew that.

Museum Originals


From our first day in 1972, our Kodiak and polar bears have been regulars in the museum.

Live Animals


Native and exotic animals on display in the Discovery Room.  But please don't tap the glass!

Central Valley Habitats


Find out who or what might live in your backyard. Learn about the five habitats found in the Central Valley featuring native flora and fauna.

Birds of the Grassland


Look closely because there's lots of birds in those trees!

Great Valley Museum

Connect With Us

Great Valley Museum
Science Community Center
MJC West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Avenue
Modesto, CA 95358
209 575-6196
209 575-6466 fax


Museum Hours

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Tuesday 9 to 4
Wednesday 9 to 4
Thursday 9 to 4
Friday 9 to 4
Saturday 9 to 4

Parking on the MJC campus is $2 Monday - Friday. Please bring small bills. Parking is free after 5 pm on Fridays and all day on weekends. Please check our planetarium page for planetarium show times.