Developmental Programs and Services

The mission of the Developmental Education Program at NMSU Carlsbad is to help students cultivate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for success in college level curriculum by providing quality instruction and academic support that encourages students to be active participants in the learning process.

New students are placed into developmental education curses based on their ACT and/or Accuplacer placement testing scores. The course placement level is determined based on system wide standardized “cut-off” scores. The university strongly recommends that all required developmental education coursework be started during the first year of enrollment.

Students must pass all developmental coursework with a grade of “C” or higher, in order to move on to the next course in the sequence. Students who earn less than a “C” in a course will be required to repeat that course and must obtain the required minimum grade before moving to the next course in the sequence. Please note that credit earned in developmental coursework is not applied toward any degree or certificate at NMSU Carlsbad, but completion of developmental coursework may be a requirement for any degree or certificate. Credit for developmental coursework is included in the credit calculations for financial aid. Most developmental courses are offered for 4 credits, which includes 3 credits of instruction and 1 credit of laboratory time to practice skills taught during instruction. A variety of course instructional formats may be offered. Please refer to the semester course schedule or visit the L.A.C. for more information regarding specifics for each course section.

Developmental Reading
CCDR 105 NFundamentals of Academic Reading.3
CCDS 109 NStudy Skills for Reading1
Developmental English Sequence
CCDE 105 NEffective Communication Skills4
CCDE 110 NGeneral Composition4
Developmental Math Sequence
CCDM 105 NMathematics Preparation and Pre-Algebra 15
CCDM 114 NAlgebra Skills4
CCDR 110 NEffective College Reading3
Tutorial/Skills Courses
COLL 155Special Topics 22
UNIV 110Personal Learning Skills I 31
College Level English Courses
Approved UNIV Elective1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 44
Course Level Math Courses
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II3
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra3
MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
MATH 190GTrigonometry and Precalculus4
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 210GMathematics Appreciation3
Approved MATH Elective3
STAT 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
1

An accelerated mathematics preparation and pre-algebra review sequence, which can be taken by those students who have recently had math.

2

May be taken concurrently with MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra and MATH 121G College Algebra and any college level English. Graded on an S/U scale, based on the number of tutoring hours required. Students must contact the Tutor Coordinator in the L.A.C. prior to the start of the semester to receive additional information and sign a contract agreement that stipulates the number of required tutoring hours. Students may only enroll for a total of 2 credits of COLL 155 Special Topics per semester and the course may be repeated in subsequent semesters for a maximum of 8 credits.

3

Requires the student to design a curriculum of study to meet individualized learning goals. Graded on an S/U scale, based on the number of hours completed and amount of progress made during the semester. Students must contact the Tutor Coordinator in the L.A.C. prior to the start of the semester to receive additional information and sign a contract agreement that stipulates the number of required hours and dictates the curriculum to be followed. This course may be repeated in subsequent semesters for a maximum of 3 credits.

4

This course is required for all degree programs. Also, this course should be taken only by those who either initially “placed” into the course (by placement testing) or by those who have first successfully completed CCDE 110 N General Composition prior to enrollment in the course.

Developmental Courses and Course Sequence

Before students enroll for any college level course listed above, they should have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. have taken and passed any stated prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better, or
  2. have taken the placement examination earlier, the result of which must affirm a student’s placement at a college course level.

Courses beyond the developmental level may or may not be degree required (check the degree plan first).