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 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.

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:

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication 13
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
Select one course from the New Mexico General Education list The following courses are recommended for this degree: 2, 33
College Algebra3
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
Introduction to Statistics3
Area III: Laboratory Science8
Select two Area III: Laboratory Sciences Courses (8 credits) 3, 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences3
Select one Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 3, 5
Area V: Humanities
Select one 3 credit course from the New Mexico General Education list; see link above. 33
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Select one 3 credit course from the New Mexico General Education list; see link above. 33
General Education Elective
Take one 3 credit MATH course from the New Mexico General Education list; see link above. 3, 63
Other Core Requirements
OECS 105Introduction to Information Technology3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60
Select a minimum of 24 credits of lower division courses, 12 credits of which must be in MATH or a Laboratory Science. SPAN 1110, SPAN 1120, and ENGL 1120 are recommended for some Bachelor degee programs 624
Total Credits60

A Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MATH 1220G College Algebra 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Elective 2 3
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
MATH or Science Elective 2 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3
Second Year
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics 3
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
Science Elective 2 3-4
Elective 2 3
Area VI: Creativeand Fine Arts Course 1 3
Science Elective 2 3-4
Math or Science Elective 2 3
Electives 2 6
 Total Credits60-62
Program Manager: Dr. Eyrusalam Bedasso
Phone: (505) 287-6644
Email: ebedasso@nmsu.edu
Office: Room 113C, Martinez Hall, 2nd Floor