Associate of Arts Degree

60 credits

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.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communication
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
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 II: Mathematics
Select one MATH 1000-2000G course from the New Mexico General Education list 1, 23
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences10
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. 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Select any 3 credit course from the New Mexico General Education link; see link above. 23
General Education Elective 23-4
Other Core Requirements
OECS 105Introduction to Information Technology3
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 PHED credits. SPAN 1110, SPAN 1120, and ENGL 1120 are recommended for some Bachelor degree programs. 325
Total Credits60-61

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.

A Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science course 1 3
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3
Elective 2 3
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Area V: Humanities 1 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3
Elective 2 3
Second Year
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
Area IV: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 3
Elective 2 3
Elective 2 3-4
Elective 2 3
General Education Elective 1 3-4
Elective 2 3
Elective 2 3
Elective 2 3-4
 Total Credits59-62

Name: Program Manager: Gene Romero

Office Location: McClure Hall

Phone: (505) 287-6668