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.

General Education Common Core
Area I: English & Communication
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Select one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics
Select 3 credits from a MATH or STAT “G” course3
Area III: Laboratory Science
Select 8 credits from Science “G” courses with a lab from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ES, GEOG (must be GEOG 111G if selected), GEOL, or PHYS8
Area IV & V: Social/Behavioral Science & Humanities/Fine Arts
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Select 2-3 Social/Behavioral Science “G” courses from ANTH, CJ, CEP, ECON, GEOG (must be GEOG 112G or 120G if selected), GOVT, PHLS, LING, PSY, SOC, or SWK
Select 2-3 Humanities/Fine Arts “G” courses from ART, ENGL, HIST, MUS, or THTR
Branch Requirement
COLL 101College/Life Success3
Electives
Select 27 credits of electives 127
Total Credits66
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No more than 9 credits may be from any combination of: BOT, CMT, COLL, NURS, RDG, OE, UNIV (excluding UNIV 150 The Freshman Year Experience), or applied ART/MUS/THTR. Also, no more than 9 credits of PE may apply.

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
COLL 101 College/Life Success 3
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
Area III 4
Area IV/V 3
Elective 4
 Credits18
Spring
Area II 3
Select one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Area III 4
Area IV/V 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COMM 253G
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
3
Area IV/V 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
Area IV/V 3
Area IV/V 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits66