Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts degree allows students to complete many of the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree while still at Doña Ana Community College. Students should take electives that apply toward the requirements of their chosen bachelor’s degree.

Associate of Arts (60 credits)

Students must complete 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The last 15 credits must be completed at DACC or another campus of NMSU. New Mexico Common Core courses are can be found in the section titled, “Transfer Among New Mexico Institutions of Higher Education".

Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
or Other Approved Common Core Area I course listed in Level 1 in the current NMSU Catalog
Select one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
or other Approved Common Core Area I course listed in Level 2 in the current NMSU Catalog
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
or other Approved Common Core Area I course listed in Oral Communication in the current NMSU Catalog
Area II: Mathematics/Algebra
Select one from the following: 1, 23
College Algebra3
Mathematics Appreciation 33
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
or other Approved Common Core Area II course listed in the current NMSU Catalog
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Select two from the following: 28
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
Introduction to Computer Science4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Introduction to Acoustics4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
or other Approved Common Core Area III course listed in the current NMSU Catalog
Area IV & V: Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities Fine Arts
Select a minimum of 15 combined credits from Areas IV and V, with at least 9 credits in one of the two areas: 215
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences:
Select 2-3 from the following: 2
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
Culture and Environment3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
Media and Society3
Introduction to Language3
Personal Health and Wellness3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Social Welfare3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
or other Approved Common Core Area IV course listed in the current NMSU Catalog
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Select 2-3 from the following: 2
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Perspectives on Film3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Literature and Culture3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Making History3
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Ethics3
The World of Theatre3
or other Approved Common Core Area V course listed in the current NMSU Catalog
Electives
Take the appropriate number of electives to reach 60 credits.24
IMPORTANT: Electives should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the NMSU Catalog and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer. Second language courses are recommended if they are required by the intended bachelor's degree.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Nine or more credits, all under one prefix, may be substituted for a single general education (G) course with the same prefix. For example, ART 150, 155, 156 (totaling 9 credits) could be used in place of the general education course, ART 101G in the NMSU system.
Total Credits60
1

A minimum grade of C- is required.

2

Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate course(s) for intended bachelor's degree.

3

May not apply to all NMSU B.A. degree programs.

Name: DACC Academic Advising

Office Location: DASR 103

Phone: (575) 528-7272

Website: http://dacc.nmsu.edu/aad/