Agriculture - Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture program prepares student with classes in the basic agricultural and foundation sciences; business and economics, education, communication, technology, agronomy, animal science, mechanics and horticulture. The purpose of this program is to prepare individuals to apply the broad-based curriculum towards an agricultural career as professional educators, communicators and leaders of agricultural, natural resource, technology and related disciplines. The courses provided through this program will assist in building a strong base of students who are willing to pursue further education opportunities in the agriculture industry. New Mexico has a viable and productive agricultural industry, with cash receipts totaling more than $3 billion and a total economic impact with over $6 billion. These facts alone constitute an educated workforce that is prepared for the ever-changing markets and production of the state’s food supply, natural resources, and environment. This degree will equip student with the necessary skills for employment within this growing industry.

Program Entrance Requirements

  1. Apply for admission to NMSU Carlsbad. Anyone who did not attend the previous year must reapply.
  2. Request official transcripts from high school or GED and any college attended be sent to NMSU Carlsbad.
  3. Complete NMSU Carlsbad placement tests.
  4. Meet with an academic advisor once admission is complete (application and transcripts received) and register.

Previous college credits will be considered and evaluated for credit following admission to the University. Placement tests, with the exception of reading, may be waived if the applicant has completed courses equivalent to MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I with a grade of “C” or higher.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:  Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program can be found on the following Gainful Employment Disclosure

Graduation Requirements

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, math, and English as evidenced by sufficient scores on the WorkKeys ® assessments (for certificates) and the college placement test (for associate degrees). Additional proficiency in typing may be required for Business Office Technology (BOT) majors.
  2. Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Complete coursework as specified on the curriculum.
  4. Submit a graduation application and pay the designated fee.
  5. The last 15 credits must be taken at NMSU.

Additional coursework in developmental studies may be required based on WorkKeys ® and/or college placement test results. Courses are included in calculating GPA but not in total graduation credits.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Choose one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 12-14 credits. 1, 212-14
This degree requires courses from Areas I, III and IV students must select one course from the remaining areas to complete General Education requirements
Area I: Communications
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture (Core Requirement)3
Area II: Mathematics
Area III: Laboratory Science
Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab) (Core Requirement)4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues (Core Requirement)3
Area V: Humanities
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
General Education Elective
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
Core Requirements
AEEC 1110Introduction to Agricultural Economics and Business3
AEEC 2110Principles of Food and Agribusiness Management3
AGRO 2160Plant Propagation3
ANSC 1120
Introduction to Animal Science
and Introduction to Animal Science Lab
ANSC 2330Animal Production3
AXED 1130Techniques in Agricultural Mechanization3
BCIS 1110Introduction to Information Systems3
ECON 2110GMacroeconomic Principles3
or ECON 2120G Microeconomics Principles
MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
POLS 1120GAmerican National Government3
WELD 105Introduction to Welding3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60 310
Total Credits60-62

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and/or course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ANSC 1120
Introduction to Animal Science
and Introduction to Animal Science Lab
AGRO 1110G Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab) 4
BCIS 1110 Introduction to Information Systems 3
GEN Ed Course - One course from Areas II, V or, VI 1 3-4
ANSC 2330 Animal Production 3
AEEC 2130G Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues 3
AXED 2120G Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture 3
MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra 3
WELD 105 Introduction to Welding 3
Second Year
AEEC 1110 Introduction to Agricultural Economics and Business 3
AXED 1130 Techniques in Agricultural Mechanization 3
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
Elective Course 2 3
Elective Course 2 3-4
AEEC 2110 Principles of Food and Agribusiness Management 3
AGRO 2160 Plant Propagation 3
ECON 2110G
Macroeconomic Principles
or Microeconomics Principles
POLS 1120G American National Government 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Total Credits60-62