Associate of Science degree is a program that fulfills the first two years of several science bachelor’s degree programs.

Courses taken as part of the Associate of Science degree can be transferred to New Mexico State University and other four-year institutions. Most students earning an Associate of Science purse Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a four-year program offered at NMSU Grants.

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 Communication3
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
Select one 3 or 4 credit course from the New Mexico General Education list for Area II; see link above. The following courses are recommended.3
College Algebra3
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
Introduction to Statistics3
Area III: Laboratory Science8
Select two 4 credit courses from the New Mexico General Education list for Area III; see link above. The following courses are recommended.
Introduction to Astronomy Lecture & Laboratory4
The Planets Lecture & Laboratory4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
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
Physical Geography4
Physical Geology4
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences3
Select one 3 credit course from the New Mexico General Education list for Area IV; see link above. The following courses are recommended.
Introduction to Anthropology3
Macroeconomic Principles3
Principles of Microeconomics 3
World Regional Geography3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Political Science3
Introduction to Sociology3
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work3
Area V: Humanities
Select one 3 credit course from the New Mexico General Education list for Area V; see link above. The following courses are recommended.3
World Literature I3
United States History I3
United States History II3
World History I3
World History II3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Ethics3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Select one 3 credit course from the New Mexico General Education list for Area VI; see link above. The following courses are recommended.3
Orientation in Art3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
Take one 3 credit MATH course from the New Mexico General Education list; see link above.3
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 and SPAN 1120 are recommended for some Bachelor degee programs. 624
Total Credits60

Required Courses for Students Pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at NMSU

Prefix Title Credits
BIOL 2310Microbiology3
BIOL 2310LMicrobiology Lab1
BIOL 2210Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences4
BIOL 2225Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
CHEM 1120GIntroduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra3
MATH 1350GIntroduction to Statistics3
NUTR 2110Human Nutrition3
PSYC 1110GIntroduction to Psychology3

A Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MATH 1220G College Algebra 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Elective 2 3
 Credits14
Spring
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
MATH or Science Elective 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
3
MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics 3
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
Science Elective 2 3-4
Elective 2 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 3
Science Elective 3-4
Math or Science Elective 3
Electives (two 3 credit courses) 6
 Credits15-16
 Total Credits60-62
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See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

2

Select a minimum of 24 credits of lower division courses, 12 credits of which must be in MATH or Laborotory Science. SPAN 1110 and SPAN 1120  are recommended for some Bachelor degee programs.

Program Manager: Dr. Eyrusalam Bedasso
Phone: (505) 287-6644
Email: ebedasso@nmsu.edu
Office: Room 113C, Martinez Hall, 2nd Floor