General Education Courses

The New Mexico Common Core Requirements

General Education at NMSU provides all students with a broad foundation and common framework upon which to develop knowledge and skills, social consciousness and respect for self and others, thus enabling them to function responsibly and effectively now and in the future. General education courses at NMSU can be identified by the G suffix.

The New Mexico General Education Common Core includes designated general education courses guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico public college or university. A complete list of approved courses can be found on the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at The current approved NMSU courses are listed below under each of the five general education areas.

In accordance to state law (Chapter 21, Article 1B NMSA 1978), the New Mexico Higher Education Department has established policies to guarantee successful transfer of completed core courses between New Mexico postsecondary public institutions.

Lower Division General Education Course Transfer Curriculum

The NMSU Prefix and Course Number will be listed first, the New Mexico Transfer Curriculum number will then be listed in parenthesis' followed by the course title and credit hours.

AREA I: Communications9-10
Select one course from each sub group:
English Composition-Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
Rhetoric and Composition Honors4
Rhetoric and Composition for International and Multilingual Students4
English Composition-Level 2
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics/Algebra3-4
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II3
College Algebra3
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Trigonometry and Precalculus4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors4
Mathematics Appreciation3
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III3
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences8
Introductory Plant Science
Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Human's Place in Nature Laboratory
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Computer Science4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Introduction to Food Science and Technology4
Food Science I4
Introduction to Natural Resources Management4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
Life, Energy, and Evolution4
Earth, Time, and Life4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Introduction to Acoustics4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
General Physics for Life Sciences I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
General Physics for Life Sciences II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II
Area IV/V- Social/Behavorial Sciences and Humanities/Fine Arts15
Area IV: Social/Behavorial Sciences 1
Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
American Political Issues3
International Political Issues3
The Human Mind3
Window on Humanity3
Archaeology: Search for the Past3
The Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues3
American Politics in a Changing World3
Media and Society3
Introduction to Language3
Personal Health and Wellness3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Social Welfare3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts 1
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Introduction to Art History I3
Introduction to Art History II3
Dance Appreciation3
Perspectives on Literature3
Perspectives on Film3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Literature and Culture3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Making History3
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 15003
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
Music in Time and Space3
Encounters with Art3
The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern3
Foundations of Western Culture3
Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy3
Religion and the State3
The New Testament as Literature3
Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature3
The Worlds of Arthur3
Medieval Understandings: Literature and Culture in the Middle Ages3
Claiming an American Past3
Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
The World of Theatre3
Total Credits35-37

 For Areas IV and V of the NM Common Core, students can take 6-9 credits of each area for a total of 15 credits.

Alternatives for Meeting General Education Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as General Education courses, will have met the general education requirements for that subject area. For example, a student may complete ART 150 Drawing I, ART 155 2-D Fundamentals and ART 156 3-D Fundamentals (9 hours) and thereby satisfy one course from the Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts category, even though none of those courses carries a G suffix. Please check with the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.

NMSU Viewing a Wider World Requirements

The Viewing a Wider World (VWW) requirement fosters intelligent inquiry, abstract logical thinking, critical analysis, as well as the integration and synthesis of knowledge. The program strives for literacy in writing, reading, speaking and listening. It teaches mathematical structures, acquainting students with precise abstract thought about numbers and space. The program also encourages an understanding of science and scientific inquiry, as it provides a historical consciousness, including an understanding of one’s own heritage as well as respect for other peoples and cultures. To achieve its goals, the program includes an examination of values and stresses the importance of a carefully considered values system as it fosters an appreciation of the arts and general education. It provides the breadth necessary to have a familiarity with the various branches of human understanding. All VWW courses can be identified by the "V" suffix.

Prior to graduating, NMSU students are required to take two courses from separate colleges from the Viewing a Wider World list in the Catalog. These courses are upper-division (300-400 level) Viewing a Wider World courses and should be taken in a student’s junior and/or senior year. One of the two courses must be in a college other than their own. The other course may be taken within their home college, but this course:

  1. must be in a different department from their major department;
  2. must not be cross-listed with a course in their home department;
  3. cannot be counted as one of the requirements for the student’s major.

These courses strongly emphasize the international character and multicultural influences in the fields of study and strengthen information retrieval skills. There are two options that NMSU allows for replacing 3 credits of VWW requirement with another form of educational experience, these are:

  1. Study Abroad Experience- consisting of at least four weeks of a Study Abroad program or university coursework in a foreign country earning 3 credits.
  2. Military Experience- for students who have served at least four weeks of military service in a foreign country.

The Military and Veterans Programs Office website provides the istructions on how to request the waiver for Military Experience replacing 3 credits of VWW.

NOTE: This list is under continuous revision. Please check with the office of the college associate dean or with college advisors for additional eligible courses. Honors courses have a specific college designation based on course content. These are listed near the end of this section.

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

AG E 315VWorld Agriculture and Food Problems3
AG E 337VNatural Resource Economics3
AG E 384VWater Resource Economics3
AG E 445VAgricultural Policy3
AGRO 303VGenetics and Society3
ANSC 312VCompanion Animals and the Human- Animal Interaction3
ANSC 351VAgricultural Animals of the World3
AXED 466VJohn Muir: Lessons in Sustainability3
CAST 301VIntroduction to Child Advocacy3
EPWS 325V Insects, Humans, and the Environment3
EPWS 380VScience & Society3
FCS 449VFamily Ethnicities and Subcultures3
GENE 303VGenetics and Society3
HORT 302VForestry and Society3
RGSC 302VForestry and Society3

College of Arts and Sciences

ANTH 305VContemporary Native Americans3
ANTH 306VPeoples of Latin America3
ANTH 330VMagic, Witchcraft and Religion3
ANTH 357VMedical Anthropology3
ANTH 360VFood and Culture Around the World3
ASTR 301VRevolutionary Ideas in Astronomy3
ASTR 305VThe Search for Life in the Universe3
ASTR 308VInto the Final Frontier3
ASTR 330VPlanetary Exploration3
C J 440VComparative Criminal Justice Systems3
ENGL 321VModern European Drama3
ENGL 327VShakespeare around the Globe3
ENGL 328VLiterature of Science Fiction and Fantasy3
ENGL 330VStudies in Poetry3
ENGL 335VStudies in the Novel3
ENGL 339VChicana/o Literature3
ENGL 341VAmerican Indian Literature3
ENGL 380VWomen Writers3
ENGL 392VMythology3
ENGL 394VSouthwestern Literature3
GEOG 315VWorld Agriculture and Food Problems3
GEOG 325VNew Mexico and the American West3
GEOG 328VGeography of Latin America3
GEOG 331VEurope3
GEOG 361VEconomic Geography3
GEOG 363VCultural Geography3
GEOG 365VUrban Geography3
GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 335VEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present3
GER 333VGerman Culture through Cinema3
GOVT 380VContemporary World Political Ideologies3
GPHY 340VPlanet Earth3
HIST 302VScience in Modern Society3
HIST 311VColonial Latin America3
HIST 312VModern Latin America3
HIST 330VIntroduction to Religious Studies3
HIST 366VBritish Imperialism3
HIST 374VThe European City: History and Culture3
HIST 382VModern Russia3
HIST 390VThe Holocaust3
HIST 425VHistory of Magic and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Europe3
JOUR 377VMass Media Ethics3
LING 302VLanguage and Society3
MATH 411VGreat Theorems: The Art of Mathematics3
PHIL 323VEngineering Ethics3
PHYS 303VEnergy and Society in the New Millennium3
PHYS 305VThe Search for Water in the Solar System3
PSY 417VIntercultural Relations3
SOC 330VIntroduction to Religious Studies3
SOC 336VSociology of Pop Culture3
SOC 360VIntroduction to Population Studies3
SOC 361VSocial Issues in the Rural Americas3
SOC 374VComparative Family Systems3
SOC 376VSocial Change3
SOC 394VSports and Society: A Global Perspective3
SOC 458VComparative Global Family Systems3
SOC 465VEnvironmental Sociology3
SPAN 364VCulture and Civilization of Mexico3
SPAN 365VCulture and Civilization of Spanish America3
THTR 307VSociety in Style: Fashion, History and Culture3
THTR 321VModern European Drama3
W S 380VWomen Writers3
W S 381VWomen s Health Issues3

College of Business

BLAW 385VConsumers and the Law3
BLAW 430VAmerican Indian Law and Policy3
ECON 324VDeveloping Nations3
ECON 325VEconomic Development of Latin America3
ECON 335VBusiness and Government3
ECON 337VNatural Resource Economics3
ECON 384VWater Resource Economics3
ECON 432VEconomics of Health Care3
FIN 303VPersonal Financial Planning and Investing in a Global Economy3
MGT 315VHuman Relations in Organizations3
MGT 335VBusiness and Government3
MGT 345VQuality and Competitiveness: An International Perspective3
MGT 360VNegotiation and Business Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice3
MGT 375VGlobal Environmental Assessment and Management3
MGT 388VLeadership and Society3
MKTG 311VConsumer Behavior3

College of Education

C EP 300VHuman Relations Training3
C EP 451VIntroduction to Counseling3
DANC 451VWorld Dance3
EDUC 317VMulticultural Issues in Society3
ELA 350VIntroduction to Educational Leadership in a Global Society3

College of Engineering

C E 355VTechnology and the Global Environment3
CHME 395VBrewing Science and Society3
E T 309VManufacturing: History and Technology3
E T 360VTechnology in Business and Society3

College of Health and Social Services

PHLS 301VHuman Sexuality3
PHLS 305VGlobal Environmental Health Issues3
PHLS 380VWomen's Health Issues3
PHLS 464VCross-Cultural Aspects of Health3
S WK 331VIntroduction to Social Policy: History3

University Library

LIB 311VInformation Literacy3

Honors - Viewing a Wider World

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

HON 321VAgriculture in an Interconnected World3

College of Arts and Sciences

HON 304VDilemmas of War and Peace3
HON 305VGlobal Environment3
HON 306VScience, Ethics and Society3
HON 308VInto the Final Frontier3
HON 318VThe World of Cinema3
HON 324VScience and the Arts: Theatre and Story3
HON 326VArt and Mythology3
HON 328VRock History: 20th Century Popular Music3
HON 341VThe Old Testament as Literature3
HON 348VComparative Mythology: Myth, Ritual, and the Life Cycle3
HON 349VIslam and the West: Cultural Contacts, Conflicts, and Exchanges3
HON 351VInterpersonal Relations and the Self3
HON 353VJustice without Prejudice3
HON 362VNative American Philosophy and Spirituality3
HON 365VAfrican and Caribbean: Literature and Film3
HON 366VThe Gothic Imagination3
HON 370VDesign: The Creative Act3
HON 371VParis: Beyond the Eiffel Tower3
HON 374VThe European City: History and Culture3
HON 375VThe U.S. City: A History of Race, Space, and Urbanization3
HON 377VFreedom of Speech and the Law3
HON 379VLiterature as Film3
HON 387VComparative Perspectives on Women3
HON 390VWorlds of Buddhism3
HON 394VSouthwestern and Border Literature3
HON 411VGreat Theorems: The Art of Mathematics3
HON 425VMagic and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance3
HON 450VThe Sundt Honors Seminar3

College of Business

HON 335VLegal Issues in Modern Society3
HON 340VIndian Law and Policy3
HON 380VComparative Economic Systems3
HON 381VEconomic Development of Latin America3
HON 384VEthical Decisions in Organizations3
HON 385VConsumers and the Law3

College of Education

HON 347VWorld Dance3
HON 388VLeadership and Society3

Alternatives for Meeting Viewing a Wider World Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as Viewing a Wider World courses, will have met the VWW requirements for that subject area.

The 9 credit hours must be in 300- to 400-level courses in one prefix area. For example, 9 upper-division ECON credits would fulfill one VWW area for students majoring in programs other than Economics.