Associate of Science

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. The last 15 credits must be completed at DACC or any other campus of NMSU. New Mexico Common Core courses can be found in the section titled, “Transfer Among New Mexico Institutions of Higher Education".

Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
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 I requirements may also be met by other approved Common Core Area I courses listed in the current NMSU Catalog.
Area II: Mathematics/Algebra3
Select one course from the following: 1
College Algebra3
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Trigonometry and Precalculus4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Select two courses from the following:8
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 to Geology4
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
Other approved Common Core 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 & 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:15
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences:
Select 2-3 courses from the following:
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology3
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
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Social Welfare3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
Other approved Common Core 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 and Fine Arts:
Select 2-3 courses from the following:
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
Other approved Common Core Area III courses listed in the current NMSU Catalog. Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate course(s) for intended bachelor's degree.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health (STEM-H) Electives
Select any course from within the following STEM prefixes (minimum of 21 credits): 221
IMPORTANT: 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.
A E, A EN, A ST, AERT, AGRO, AHS, ANSC, ARCT, ASTR, AUTO, AXED, BCHE, BCIS, BCT, BIOL, CE, CS, C D, CHEM, CHME, CMI, CMT, DAS, DHYG, DMS, DRFT, E E, E S, E T, ELT, ENGR, ENVE, EPWS, FIRE, FSTE, FWCE, GENE, GEOG, GEOL, GERO, GPHY, HIT, HNDS, HORT, HVAC, I E, ICT, INMT, M E, MAT, MATH, MOLB, NA, NSC, NURS, OEBM, OECS, OEEM, OEET, OEGR, OEGS, OEMN, OETS, PE P, PHLS, PHTH, PHYS, RADT, RESP, RGSC, SMET, SOIL, SP M, STAT, SUR, SURG, TCEN, TOX, WATR, WELD, WERC, WSAM
In addition the following courses will meet STEM electives: ANTH 130G/130GL, 202G, 205, 316, 318, 355, 357V, 362, 378, 388, 389, 398, 402, 414, 419, 431, 434/L, 467, 472, 473/L, 474/L, 477, 488; HON 205G, 219G, 305V, 306V, 308V, 322V, 330V, 342V, 378V, 411V; PSY 310, 342, 374, 375, 376
Additional College Elective (should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor and the bachelor's degree requirements.)3
Total Credits60
1

A minimum grade of C- is required.

2

 Not all prefixes are offered at DACC.

Name: DACC Academic Advising

Office Location: DASR 103

Phone: (575) 528-7272

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