General Education

The following core matrix of approved courses are guaranteed to transfer and meet general education requirements at any New Mexico public college or university. The New Mexico General Education Requirements commonly offered at DACC are listed here. For a complete list of all NMSU courses that meet the New Mexico General Education Requirements, consult the current NMSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Associates Degree

The New Mexico General Education Requirements

General Education at NMSU provides all students with a broad foundation and common framework upon which to develop knowledge and skills, social consciousness and respect for self and others, thus enabling them to function responsibly and effectively now and in the future. General education courses at NMSU can be identified by the G suffix.

In accordance to state law (Post-Secondary Education Articulation Act), the New Mexico Higher Education Department has established a state-wide model for General Education. Within the General Education model, is nine credits of electives that will be determined at an institutional level. The current approved NMSU General Education courses are listed below under each of the six general education areas.

Prefix Title Credits
Area I: Communications10
Select one course from each sub group:
English Composition-Level 1
Composition I4
Composition I Honors4
Composition I Multilingual4
English Composition-Level 2
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communications Honors3
Area II: Mathematics3-4
Survey of Mathematics3
College Algebra3
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
Introduction to Statistics3
Applications of Calculus I3
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors4
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II3
Statistical Methods3
Calculus III3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 110-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab
4
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)4
The Planets4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Introductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors)4
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
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
Environmental Science I4
Introduction to Food Science and Technology4
Food Science I4
Introduction to Natural Resources Management4
Physical Geography4
Physical Geology4
Earth, Time and Life4
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
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
4
General Physics for Life Science II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II
4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
Introduction to Anthropology3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Indigenous Peoples of North America3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Survey of Economics3
Macroeconomic Principles3
Principles of Macroeconomics Honors3
Microeconomics Principles3
Principles of Microeconomics Honors3
World Regional Geography3
Human Geography3
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
Window of Humanity3
The Human Mind3
Archaeology: Search for the Past3
American Politics in a Changing World3
Citizen and State Great Political Issues3
Media and Society3
Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
Personal Health & Wellness3
Introduction to Political Science3
American National Government3
Issues in American Politics3
International Relations3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work3
Area V: Humanities3
Introduction to Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Film as Literature3
World Literature I3
Making History3
United States History I3
United States History II3
World History I3
World History II3
Western Civilization I3
Western Civilization II3
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
The Present in the Past: Contemporary Issues and their Historical Roots3
The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern3
Foundations of Western Culture3
Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy3
Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature3
Celtic Literature3
New Testament as Literature3
The Worlds of Arthur3
Middle Ages3
Democracies, Despots and Daily Life3
Claiming a Multiracial Past3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking3
Quest for God3
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics3
Philosophy of Music3
Introduction to Ethics3
Philosophical Thought3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
History of Art I3
History of Art II3
Dance Appreciation3
Music in Time and Space3
Encounters with Art3
Shakespeare on Film3
Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
Acting for Non-Majors3
General Education Elective3-4
This requirement can be met with any "G" course in any area, excluding Area I: Communications and any crosslisted courses, that exceeds the minimum requirement.
or
Introduction to Engineering3
Introduction to Engineering Honors
Total Credits32-35

Alternatives for Meeting General Education Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as General Education courses, will have met the general education requirements for that subject area. For example, a student may complete ARTS 2610 Drawing II, ARTS 1240 Design I and ARTS 1250 Design II (9 hours) and thereby satisfy one course from the Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts category, even though none of those courses carries a G suffix. Please check with the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.

Transferring Courses Within Degree Programs

To facilitate the transfer of courses within certain degree programs, New Mexico colleges and universities have collaborated to develop transferable discipline modules. These are made up of an agreed-upon number of hours and courses. When discipline module courses are taken in addition to the 35-hour general education core, the total number of hours in a transfer module are approximately 64.

Student Responsibility in the Transfer Process

New Mexico’s colleges and universities have collaborated to produce guides to assist students who plan to transfer before completing a program of study. Course modules are designed to help students select courses carefully so that they may transfer with little or no loss of credit. However, planning for effective transfer with maximum efficiency is ultimately the student’s responsibility. Responsible transfer planning includes early and regular consultation with the intended degree-granting institution to assure that all pre-transfer coursework will meet the requirements of the desired degree.

Transfer Credit Appeal Process

All New Mexico public post-secondary institutions are required to establish policies for receiving and resolving complaints from students or from other complainants regarding the transfer of coursework from other public institutions in the state. A copy of NMSU’s transfer credit policy may be obtained from the University Registrar’s Office, or from:

Deputy Secretary for Academic Affairs
Higher Education Dept.
2048 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100

Applied Associates Degree

The New Mexico General Education Requirements

General Education at NMSU provides all students with a broad foundation and common framework upon which to develop knowledge and skills, social consciousness and respect for self and others, thus enabling them to function responsibly and effectively now and in the future. General education courses at NMSU can be identified by the G suffix.

In accordance to state law (Post-Secondary Education Articulation Act), the New Mexico Higher Education Department has established a state-wide model for General Education. Within the General Education model, is nine credits of electives that will be determined at an institutional level. The current approved NMSU General Education courses are listed below under each of the six general education areas.

Prefix Title Credits
Select one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 12-14 credits12-14
Each course selected must be from a different area and students cannot take multiple courses in the same area.
Area I: Communications
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Composition I4
Composition I Honors4
Composition I Multilingual4
Professional & Technical Communication3
Professional and Technical Communication Honors3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Introduction to Communications Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
Survey of Mathematics3
College Algebra3
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
Introduction to Statistics3
Applications of Calculus I3
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors4
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II3
Statistical Methods3
Calculus III3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab
4
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)4
The Planets4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Introductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors)4
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
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
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Environmental Science I4
Introduction to Food Science and Technology4
Food Science I4
Physical Geography4
Physical Geology4
Earth, Time and Life4
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
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
4
General Physics for Life Science II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II
4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
Introduction to Anthropology3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Indigenous Peoples of North America3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Survey of Economics3
Macroeconomic Principles3
Principles of Macroeconomics Honors3
Microeconomics Principles3
Principles of Microeconomics Honors3
World Regional Geography3
Human Geography3
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
Window of Humanity3
The Human Mind3
Archaeology: Search for the Past3
American Politics in a Changing World3
Citizen and State Great Political Issues3
Media and Society3
Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
Personal Health & Wellness3
Introduction to Political Science3
American National Government3
Issues in American Politics3
International Relations3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work3
Area V: Humanities
Introduction to Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Film as Literature3
World Literature I3
Making History3
United States History I3
United States History II3
World History I3
World History II3
Western Civilization I3
Western Civilization II3
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
The Present in the Past: Contemporary Issues and their Historical Roots3
The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern3
Foundations of Western Culture3
Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy3
Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature3
Celtic Literature3
New Testament as Literature3
The Worlds of Arthur3
Middle Ages3
Democracies, Despots and Daily Life3
Claiming a Multiracial Past3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking3
Quest for God3
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics3
Philosophy of Music3
Introduction to Ethics3
Philosophical Thought3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
History of Art I3
History of Art II3
Dance Appreciation3
Music in Time and Space3
Encounters with Art3
Shakespeare on Film3
Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
Acting for Non-Majors3
General Education Elective3-4
This requirement can be met with any "G" course in any area, excluding any crosslisted courses.
or
Introduction to Engineering3
Introduction to Engineering Honors
Total Credits15-18

Alternatives for Meeting General Education Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as General Education courses, will have met the general education requirements for that subject area. For example, a student may complete ARTS 2610 Drawing II, ARTS 1240 Design I and ARTS 1250 Design II (9 hours) and thereby satisfy one course from the Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts category, even though none of those courses carries a G suffix. Please check with the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.