Associate of Science

Doña Ana Community College

2020-21 Catalog

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science degree allows students to complete many of the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree while still at the community college. Students should take electives that apply toward the requirements of their chosen bachelor’s degree. The science electives may be taken at DACC or at NMSU.

Associate of Science

(60 credits)

Students must complete 60 credits with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0. A minimum of 15 of the total degree credits for the associate’s degree must be completed at DACC, or any other NMSU campus. The New Mexico General Education Requirements can be found in the section titled, “Transfer Among New Mexico Institutions of Higher Education".

NOTE: Not all General Education ('G') courses listed below are taught at DACC. Please check DACC's current schedule for actual course offerings.

A grade of C- or better is required in ENGL 1110G Composition I and designated Mathematics courses.

Prefix Title Credits
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I 14
English Composition - Level 2
Select one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
COMM 1130GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication
Area I requirements may also be met by other approved General Education Area I courses listed in the current NMSU Catalog.
Area II: Mathematics
Select one course from the following: 13-4
College Algebra3
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
Introduction to Statistics3
Applications of Calculus I3
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Statistical Methods3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Select two courses from the following:8
The Planets4
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Introduction to Computer Science4
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Physical Geography4
Physical Geology4
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Physics of Music4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
4
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
4
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab
4
Calculus -Based Physics II
and Calculus -Based Physics II Lab
4
Other approved General Education Area III courses listed in the current NMSU Catalog. Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate course(s) for intended bachelor's degree.
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Select one course from the following:3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Survey of Economics3
Macroeconomic Principles3
Microeconomics Principles3
Human Geography3
Introduction to Political Science3
American National Government3
Media and Society3
Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
Personal Health & Wellness3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work3
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
Other approved General Education Area IV courses listed in the current NMSU Catalog. Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate course(s) for intended bachelor's degree.
Area V: Humanities
Select one course from the following:3
Introduction to Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Film as Literature3
World Literature I3
Making History3
United States History I3
United States History II3
Western Civilization I3
Western Civilization II3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking3
Quest for God3
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics3
Introduction to Ethics3
Philosophical Thought3
Other approved General Education Area V courses listed in the current NMSU Catalog. Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate course(s) for intended bachelor's degree.
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Select one course from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
History of Art I3
History of Art II3
Dance Appreciation3
Music in Time and Space3
Encounters with Art3
Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
Other approved General Education Area VI courses listed in the current NMSU Catalog. Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate course(s) for intended bachelor's degree.
General Education Elective 23-4
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health (STEM-H) Electives
Select any course from within the following STEM-H prefixes (minimum of 21 credits of 100/200-level courses): 321
STEM-H electives should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the NMSU Catalog and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer. 4
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60 56-4
Additional College Electives (should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor and the bachelor's degree requirements.) Take the appropriate number of electives to reach 60 credits.
Total Credits60

(60-62 credits)

A Suggested Plan of Study

The contents of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. This is only a suggested plan of study for students, and is not intended as a contract.  Individual student academic plans may vary. Please contact your academic advisor to create a plan that works for you. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change. 

Students must complete at least 60 credits with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0. A minimum of 15 of the total degree credits for the associate’s degree must be completed at DACC, or any other NMSU campus. The New Mexico General Education Requirements can be found in the section titled, “Transfer Among New Mexico Institutions of Higher Education".

NOTE: Not all General Education ('G') courses listed below are taught at DACC. Please check DACC's current schedule for actual course offerings.

A grade of C- or better is required in ENGL 1110G Composition I and designated Mathematics courses.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
Area I: Communications - English Composition Level 1 4
Composition I  
or other Approved New Mexico General Education Area I course listed in Level 1 in the current DACC/NMSU Catalog
 
Area II: Mathematics/Algebra - Choose one from the following: 3-4
College Algebra  
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus  
Introduction to Statistics  
Applications of Calculus I  
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  
Statistical Methods  
Calculus III  
or other Approved New Mexico General Education Area II course listed in the current DACC/NMSU Catalog
 
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences - Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Anthropology  
Human Ancestors  
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  
World Archaeology  
Human Growth and Behavior  
Introduction to Criminal Justice  
Survey of Economics  
Macroeconomic Principles  
Microeconomics Principles  
Human Geography  
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  
Representing Women Across Cultures  
Media and Society  
Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics  
Personal Health & Wellness  
Introduction to Political Science  
American National Government  
Introduction to Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
Contemporary Social Problems  
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work  
or other Approved Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course listed in the current DACC/NMSU Catalog
 
Area V: Humanities - Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Literature  
Introduction to Creative Writing  
Film as Literature  
World Literature I  
Making History  
United States History I  
United States History II  
Western Civilization I  
Western Civilization II  
Introduction to Philosophy  
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking  
Quest for God  
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics  
Introduction to Ethics  
Philosophical Thought  
or other Approved New Mexico General Education Area V: Humanities course listed in the current DACC/NMSU Catalog
 
STEM-H Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the DACC/NMSU Catalog, and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer. 3
 Credits16-17
Semester 2
Area I: Communications - English Composition Level 2 3
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
 
Area III: Laboratory Sciences - Choose one from the following: 4
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)  
The Planets  
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
 
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
 
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
 
Introduction to Computer Science  
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)  
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors  
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors  
Physical Geography  
Physical Geology  
Survey of Physics with Lab  
Physics of Music  
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
 
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
 
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab
 
Calculus -Based Physics II
and Calculus -Based Physics II Lab
 
or other Approved New Mexico General Education Area III: Laboratory Sciences course listed in the current DACC/NMSU Catalog
 
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts - Choose one from the following: 3
Orientation in Art  
History of Art I  
History of Art II  
Visual Concepts  
Dance Appreciation  
Music in Time and Space  
Encounters with Art  
Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway  
Music Appreciation: Jazz  
Music Appreciation: Western Music  
Introduction to Theatre  
or other Approved New Mexico General Education Area VI course listed in the current DACC/NMSU Catalog
 
STEM-H Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the DACC/NMSU Catalog, and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer.) 3
STEM-H Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the DACC/NMSU Catalog, and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer.) 3
 Credits16
Semester 3
Area I: Communications - Oral Communications 3
Introduction to Communication
or Public Speaking
 
Area III: Laboratory Sciences - Choose one from the following: 4
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)  
The Planets  
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
 
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
 
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
 
Introduction to Computer Science  
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)  
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors  
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors  
Physical Geography  
Physical Geology  
Survey of Physics with Lab  
Physics of Music  
Algebra-Based Physics I  
Algebra-Based Physics II  
Calculus -Based Physics I  
Calculus -Based Physics II  
STEM-H Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the DACC/NMSU Catalog, and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer.) 3
STEM-H Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the DACC/NMSU Catalog, and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer.) 3
 Credits13
Semester 4
General Education Elective (To complete this requirement, take a GE Elective course for 3-4 crits. See the NMGE Section of the DACC/NMSU Catalog for a full list of courses. 3-4
STEM-H Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the DACC/NMSU Catalog, and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer.) 3
STEM-H Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor, the DACC/NMSU Catalog, and the bachelor's degree requirements to ensure course transfer.) 3
College Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor and the intended bachelor's degree requirements.) 3
College Elective (Selected in consultation with an academic advisor and the intended bachelor's degree requirements.) 3
 Credits15-16
 Total Credits60-62

Name: DACC Academic Advising

Office Location: DASR 103

Phone: (575) 528-7272

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