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.

Prefix Title Credits
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
FYEX 1131Personal Learning Skills I 31
FYEX 1996Special Topics 22
College Level English Courses
Approved FYEX Elective1
ENGL 1110GComposition I 44
Course Level Math Courses
MATH 1134Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 1130GSurvey of Mathematics3
MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra3
MATH 1250GTrigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
MATH 1350GIntroduction to Statistics3
MATH 1430GApplications of Calculus I3
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 1521GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 2134GFundamentals of Elementary Math II3
MATH 2415Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH 2530GCalculus III3
Approved MATH Elective3

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).