60 credits

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree represents the completion of the first two years of several bachelor’s degree programs related to the sciences. Students pursuing the Associate of Science degree are advised to select courses that fulfill requirements for specific programs at New Mexico State University and that transfer to other four-year institutions. Many of the courses are General Education (G) courses. Students interested in the natural sciences (e.g., biology or chemistry) or fields closely related to the sciences (e.g., allied health science) are encouraged to follow this degree plan.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor for help in planning their studies and should be prepared to select their coursework from the following areas:

General Education Requirements
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication3
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication3
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
Select one from the following:3
College Algebra3
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Area III: Science
Select two from two departments from the following: 18
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
Introduction to Computer Science4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Area IV & V: Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities/Fine Art
Select 15 credits from 2-3 departments from Areas IV and V:15
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences:
Select 6-9 credits in 2-3 departments from the following: 1
ANTH G Course
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
ECON G Course
Personal Health and Wellness3
Media and Society3
GEOG G Course
GOVT G Course
Introduction to Language3
Introduction to Psychology3
SOC G Course
Introduction to Social Welfare3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Area V: Humanities/Fine Arts:
Select 6-9 credits in 2-3 departments from the following: 1
Orientation in Art3
MUS G Course
THTR G Course
Perspectives on Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing
HIST G Course
PHIL G Course
Related Course Requirements
Select 3 credits in addition to Area II: Mathematics above from the following: 13
College Algebra3
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Trigonometry and Precalculus4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Other Math or Science Requirements
Select 12 credits in lower division “G” courses and non “G” courses from ASTR; BIOL; CHEM; C S; GEOG: GEOL; PHYS; MATH or lab science 212
Other Course Requirements
COLL 101College/Life Success3
or OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology
Select a minimum of 6 credits from electives 6
Total Credits60

ENGL 112 Rhetoric and Composition II, Rhetoric and Composition II recommended if you earned a C in ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition.


One must be a “G” course

Name: Program Manager: Luciana Caporaletti

Office Location: 

Phone: (505) 287-6661