Associate of Arts Degree
The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree represents the completion of the first two years of several bachelor’s degree programs. Students following the Associate of Arts degree program are advised to select courses that fulfill the New Mexico Higher Education Department Common Core Requirements for all programs at NMSU and that transfer to other four-year institutions. General Education courses are designated with “G” following the prefix. Since approximately half of the requirements for an A.A. degree are met with elective credit, it is recommended that students plan these electives to meet other requirements for their planned baccalaureate degree. Undecided students are encouraged to follow this degree program because it is flexible and will help structure their coursework.
Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.
The New Mexico General Education course list can be found here.
|Area I: Communication|
|English Composition - Level 1|
|ENGL 111G||Rhetoric and Composition||4|
|English Composition - Level 2|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Business and Professional Communication||3|
|Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences||3|
|Technical and Scientific Communication||3|
|COMM 253G||Public Speaking||3|
|or COMM 265G||Principles of Human Communication|
|Area II: Mathematics|
|Select one MATH or STAT 100-200G course from the New Mexico General Education list 1, 2||3|
|Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences||10|
Select one Area III: Laboratory Science Course (4 credits) 2
Select two Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science courses (6 credits total) 2
|Area V: Humanities|
|Select any 3 credit course listed in the New Mexico General Eucation link; see link above. 2||3|
|Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts|
|Select any 3 credit course from the New Mexico General Education link; see link above. 2||3|
|General Education Elective 2||3-4|
|Other Core Requirements|
|OECS 105||Introduction to Information Technology||3|
|Electives, to bring the total credits to 60|
|Select a minimum of 25 credits from lower division courses, one of which must be "G" course, and no more than 10 credits may consist of Career Technical Applied coursework and PE credits. SPAN 111, SPAN 112, and ENGL 112 are recommended for some Bachelor degree programs. 3||25|
Student’s subsequent transfer degree major should guide the selection of the math course.
See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses
Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, and/or certificate coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 60 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.
See an advisor to determine which courses are considered “applied” coursework and run a degree audit.
300-400 level credits may not be applied to degree, without approval.