Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts Degree allows students to complete general education requirements for most bachelor degree programs. Students should choose electives to meet other requirements for their planned baccalaureate degree such as foreign language requirements or specific requirements within the major.

Graduation Requirements

ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition with a C or higher; placement into college-level math and reading courses or completion of developmental courses with a C or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; the last 15 credits taken at NMSU.

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
Area I: Communication
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Oral Communication
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics3-4
Complete one "G" course from MATH or STAT 1, 2
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 2, 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 2, 3
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 2, 3
Area V: Humanities3
A "G" course from ENGL or HIST is recommended. 2
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
A "G" course from ART, MUS, or THTR is recommended. 2
General Education Elective 23-4
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60 428
Total Credits60-63

A Suggested Plan of Study

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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course 1 4
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3
 Credits14
Spring
Area II: Mathematics Course 1, 2 3-4
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3-4
Elective Course 3 3
An additional Area V: Humanities course is recommended
 
Elective Course 3 3
An additional Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course is recommended
 
 Credits15-17
Second Year
Fall
COMM 253G
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 3
General Education Elective Course 1 3-4
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 3 4
An additional Area III: Laboratory Sciences course is recommended
 
 Credits16-17
Spring
Elective Course 3 3
Either an additional Area IV/V: Social/Behavioral Sciences or Humanities course is recommended
 
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 3 4
Elective Course 3 2
 Credits15
 Total Credits60-63