General Education Courses (New Mexico Common Core)

The New Mexico Common Core Requirements

General Education at NMSU provides all students with a broad foundation and common framework upon which to develop knowledge and skills, social consciousness and respect for self and others, thus enabling them to function responsibly and effectively now and in the future. General education courses at NMSU can be identified by the G suffix.

The New Mexico General Education Common Core includes designated general education courses guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico public college or university. A complete list of approved courses can be found on the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at The current approved NMSU courses are listed below under each of the five general education areas.

In accordance to state law (Chapter 21, Article 1B NMSA 1978), the New Mexico Higher Education Department has established policies to guarantee successful transfer of completed core courses between New Mexico postsecondary public institutions.

Lower Division General Education Course Transfer Curriculum

The NMSU Prefix and Course Number will be listed first, the New Mexico Transfer Curriculum number will then be listed in parenthesis' followed by the course title and credit hours.

AREA I: Communications9-10
Select one course from each sub group:
English Composition-Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
Rhetoric and Composition Honors4
Rhetoric and Composition for International and Multilingual Students4
English Composition-Level 2
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics/Algebra3-4
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II3
College Algebra3
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Trigonometry and Precalculus4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors4
Mathematics Appreciation3
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III3
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences8
Introductory Plant Science
Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Human's Place in Nature Laboratory
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Computer Science4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Introduction to Food Science and Technology4
Food Science I4
Introduction to Natural Resources Management4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
Life, Energy, and Evolution4
Earth, Time, and Life4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Introduction to Acoustics4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
General Physics for Life Sciences I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
General Physics for Life Sciences II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II
Area IV/V- Social/Behavorial Sciences and Humanities/Fine Arts15
Area IV: Social/Behavorial Sciences 1
Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
American Political Issues3
International Political Issues3
The Human Mind3
Window on Humanity3
Archaeology: Search for the Past3
The Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues3
American Politics in a Changing World3
Media and Society3
Introduction to Language3
Personal Health and Wellness3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Social Welfare3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts 1
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Introduction to Art History I3
Introduction to Art History II3
Dance Appreciation3
Perspectives on Literature3
Perspectives on Film3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Literature and Culture3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Making History3
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 15003
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
Music in Time and Space3
Encounters with Art3
The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern3
Foundations of Western Culture3
Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy3
Religion and the State3
The New Testament as Literature3
Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature3
The Worlds of Arthur3
Medieval Understandings: Literature and Culture in the Middle Ages3
Claiming an American Past3
Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
The World of Theatre3
Total Credits35-37

 For Areas IV and V of the NM Common Core, students can take 6-9 credits of each area for a total of 15 credits.

Alternatives for Meeting General Education Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as General Education courses, will have met the general education requirements for that subject area. For example, a student may complete ART 150 Drawing I, ART 155 2-D Fundamentals and ART 156 3-D Fundamentals (9 hours) and thereby satisfy one course from the Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts category, even though none of those courses carries a G suffix. Please check with the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.