Pre-Business - Associate Degree

(60 credits)

This program is administered by NMSU College of Business. All courses listed may be applied toward a degree at NMSU.

Core Requirements
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication 13
COMM 253GPublic Speaking 13
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra 13
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 13
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 1,23
A ST 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences 23
or STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Select two from two different departments from the following:8
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Introduction to Computer Science4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology
The Great Ideas of Physics4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Area IV & V: Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Select a total 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: 3
Select 6-9 credits from the following:
Principles of Macroeconomics 2,43
Principles of Microeconomics 2,43
Introduction to Psychology3
Approved Social/Behavioral Science Course
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts: 3
Select 6-9 credits from the following:
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Literature and Culture3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
The Art of Wondering3
The Quest for God3
Informal Logic3
The World of Theatre3
Business Core, Lower Division
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I (Financial)3
ACCT 222Principles of Accounting II (Managerial)3
BCIS 110Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems3
or C S 110 Computer Literacy
BUSA 111Introduction to Business3
Approved Electives 5
Select sufficient electives to complete a total of 60 credits.3
Recommended Electives
Introduction to Marketing3
Introduction to Management3
Introduction to Finance3
Legal Issues in Business3
Total Credits60

Grade of C or better required.


Majors in economics must have a final grade of C or better in ECON 251G Principles of Macroeconomics, ECON 252G Principles of Microeconomics, and A ST 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences or STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences or equivalent, and MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences.


Courses listed are taught at DACC. See these categories listed under “New Mexico Common Core” in the section titled, “Transfer Among New Mexico Institutions of Higher Education,” for a comprehensive list.


Should not be taken until sophomore year.


Electives chosen in consultation with advisor or satellite center director. In most cases, a maximum of eight applied credits (i.e., credit for technical courses) may be counted toward this degree.