2015-2016 Catalog: Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts Degree

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The Associate of Arts degree allows students to complete many of the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree while still at Doña Ana Community College. Students should take electives that apply toward the requirements of their chosen bachelor’s degree.

Associate of Arts (66 credits)

Students must complete 66 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The last 15 credits must be completed at DACC or another campus of NMSU. A maximum of 9 credits in applied courses are accepted for electives (see note 3). New Mexico Common Core courses are listed on page 28 of this catalog. The complete list of approved Common Core courses can be found on the NMHED Web site at www.hed.state.nm.us/Transfer.aspx

Core Requirements—Area I: Communications (10 credits)

Course (Prefix & Number • Title)10 credits
ENGL 111G • Rhetoric and Composition
NOTE: A minimum grade of C is required.
4
ENGL 203G • Business and Professional Communication
—OR— ENGL 211G • Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
—OR— ENGL 218G • Technical and Scientific Communication
3
COMM 253G • Public Speaking (see Note 5)
—OR— COMM 265G • Principles of Human Communication

Core Requirements—Area II: Mathematics/Algebra (3 credits)

NOTE: A grade of C or better is required in all Area II courses.

Course (Prefix & Number • Title)3 credits
MATH 121G • College Algebra (see Note 5)
—OR— MATH 210G • Mathematics Appreciation*
*May not apply to all NMSU B.A. degree programs
3

Core Requirements—Area III: Laboratory Sciences (8 credits)

Two courses selected from the following (see Note 5):

Course (Prefix & Number)8
ASTR 105G, 110G;  BIOL 101G+GL, 111G+GL, 211G+GL;
C S 171G;  CHEM 110G, 111G, 112G;  GEOG 111G;
GEOL 111G, 212;  PHYS 110G, 211G+GL
8

Core Requirements—Area IV: Mathematics/Algebra (6–9 credits)

NOTE: A minimum of 15 combined credits from Areas IV and V are required, with at least 9 credits in one of the two areas.

Course (Prefix & Number)6–9 credits
Select two to three courses from the following list (see Note 5):
ANTH 120G, 125G, 201G, 202G, 203G;  C EP 110G;  C J 101G;
ECON 201G, 251G, 252G;  GEOG 120G;  GOVT 100G, 110G;
PHLS 150G; JOUR 105G; LING 200G;  PSY 201G;  SOC 101G, 201G;
S WK 221;  W S 201G, 202G
6–9

Core Requirements—Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6–9 credits)

NOTE: A minimum of 15 combined credits from Areas IV and V are required, with at least 9 credits in one of the two areas.

Course (Prefix & Number)6–9 credits
Select two to three courses from the following list (see Note 5):
ART 101G, 110G;  ENGL 115G, 116G, 220G, 244G;
HIST 101G, 102G, 110G, 201G, 202G;  MUS 101G, 201G;
PHIL 101G, 136G, 201G, 211G, 223G;  THTR 101G
6–9

Electives (sufficient to reach 66 credits)

Option A:  The Humanities and Fine Arts

Students interested in the humanities and fine arts should consider courses with these prefixes:

ART, DANC, ENGL, HIST, MUS, PHIL, THTR

Second-language courses are recommended if they are required by the bachelor’s degree.

Option B:  Social and Behavioral Science

Students interested in the social and behavioral sciences should consider courses with these prefixes:

ANTH, CEP, C J, ECON, GEOG, GOVT,
PHLS, JOUR, LING, PSY, SOC, SWK, WS

Second-language courses are recommended if they are required by the bachelor’s degree.

Option C:  Interdisciplinary Studies

Courses selected in consultation with advisor. General education (G) courses are recommended to ensure course transfer. Second-language courses are recommended if they are required by the intended bachelor’s degree.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate math course(s) for intended bachelor’s degree.
  2. It is recommended that electives be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor and that students plan to take electives to meet the requirements of their planned bachelor’s degree, or specific requirements within the major, such as the foreign language requirements.
  3. Electives: A maximum of nine applied credits, taken in any combination, will be accepted as electives for the Associate of Arts degree. Applied courses include those with the following prefixes: ARCT, BOT, CMT, COLL, DHYG, DRFT, ECED, ELT, MAT, L SC, LAWE, NURS, PL S, as well as prefixes starting with the letters “OE-”. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree are strongly encouraged to consult with academic advisors at both DACC and NMSU early in their associate degree program to ensure that their elective credits will apply toward the requirements in their intended bachelor’s degree.
  4. Nine or more credits, all under one prefix, may be substituted for a single general education (G) course with that same prefix. For example, ART 150, 155, and 156 (totaling 9 credits) could be used in place of the general education course, ART 101G in the NMSU system.
  5. Other course options available at DACC and NMSU. The following courses may also be used in fulfillment of Associate of Arts Degree requirements. However, they may not necessarily apply to a student’s chosen bachelor’s degree plan.

Area I—Communications:

AXED 201G

Area II—Mathematics:

A ST/STAT 251G;

MATH 112G, 142G, 190G, 191G, 192G, 275G, 291G;

 STAT 271G

Area III—Laboratory Sciences:

AGRO/HORT 100G;  ANTH 130G+GL, 203G;

BIOL 110G, 211G+GL;  C S 171G; E S 110G;  HNDS 236G;

PHYS 120G, 211G+GL, 212G+GL, 215G+GL, 216G+GL, 221G

Area IV—Social/Behavioral Sciences:

AG E 210G/HNDS 201G;  GEOG 112G;  GOVT 150G, 160G

Area V—Humanities and Fine Arts:

ART 295G, 296G;  DANC 101G; HIST 111G, 112G, 211G, 212G, 221G, 222G