2015-2016 Catalog: Associate of Science

Associate of Science Degree

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The Associate of Science degree allows students to complete many of the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree while still at the community college. Students should take electives that apply toward the requirements of their chosen bachelor’s degree. The science electives may be taken at DACC or at NMSU.

Associate of Science (66 credits)

Students must complete 66 credits with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0. The last 15 credits must be completed at DACC or any other 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 in ENGL 111G.
4
ENGL 211G • Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
—OR— ENGL 218G • Technical and Scientific Communication
3
COMM 253G • Public Speaking (see Note 7)
—OR— COMM 265G • Principles of Human Communication
3

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 6)
—OR— MATH 142G • Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences
—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 6):

Course (Prefix & Number)8 credits
ASTR 105G, 110G;  BIOL 101G+GL, 111G+GL, 211G+GL;
C S 171G;  CHEM 110G, 111G; GEOG 111G;  GEOL 111G, 212;
PHYS 110G, 120G, 211G+GL, 212G+GL, 215G+GL, 216G+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 6):
ANTH 120G, 125G, 201G, 202G, 203G;  C EP 110G;  C J 101G;
ECON 201G, 251G, 252G;  GEOG 112G, 120G;
GOVT 100G, 110G, 150G, 160G;  PHLS 150G;  JOUR 105G; LING 200G;
PSY 201G;  SOC 101G, 201G;  S WK 221G;  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 6):
ART 101G, 110G;  DANC 101G, ENGL 116G, 244G;
HIST 101G, 102G, 201G, 202G;  MUS 101G, 201G;
PHIL 101G, 136G, 201G, 211G, 223G;  THTR 101G
6–9

Electives (sufficient to reach 66 credits)

Option A:  Physical Science and Mathematics

This option is designed for students planning to enter a baccalaureate program in astronomy, biochemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, math, physics, or related areas. Consult with advisors to select appropriate science sequence below.

Mathematics (6–9 credits): MATH 190G and 191G are required; MATH 192G is recommended.

Laboratory Sciences Core (6–8 credits): At least one of the following sequences, which includes the associated laboratory along with one additional course having the same prefix as the lecture-laboratory sequence (these courses may be completed as part of the Common Core). Consult with advisors to select an appropriate science sequence from those courses listed below, based on desired baccalaureate program.

*ASTR 110G, PHYS 110G, GEOL 111G PHYS 211G, 211GL, 212G, 212GL
CHEM 111G, 112G PHYS 213, 213L, 214, 214L
CHEM 115, 116 PHYS 215G, 215GL, 216G, 216GL
MATH 192G, 291G

*NOTE 1: ASTR 110G, PHYS 110G, GEOL 111G may not be applied toward a specific bachelor of science program. The balance of the electives must be chosen from prefixes listed for the General Science Option.

NOTE 2: English 218G is required for Option A. Second-language courses are recommended if required by the intended bachelor’s degree.

Option B:  Life Science

This option is designed for students planning to enter a baccalaureate program in AG, biology, ecology, geography, genetics, microbiology, or related areas:

Mathematics: MATH 142G (recommended)

Laboratory Sciences Core (6–8 credits): At least one of the following sequences, which includes the associated laboratory along with one additional course having the same prefix as the lecture-laboratory sequence (these courses may be completed as part of the Common Core). Consult with advisors to select an appropriate science sequence from those courses listed below, based on desired baccalaureate program.

BIOL 111G, 111GL, 211G, 211GL PHYS 211G, 211GL, 212G, 212GL
CHEM 111G, 112G PHYS 221G, 222G
CHEM 115, 116

The balance of the electives must be chosen from prefixes listed for the General Science Option.

NOTE: Either ENGL 211G or ENGL 218G are required for Option B. Second-language courses are recommended if required by the intended bachelor’s degree. PSY 266 is an approved elective for this option.

Option C:  General Science

Courses are to be selected in consultation with advisor. Second-language courses are recommended if required by the intended bachelor’s degree.

A ST, AGRO, ANSC, ASTR, BCHE, BCIS, BIOL, C E, C S (C S 110 is recommended), CHEM, E E, E S, E T, ENGR, ENVE, EPWS, G EN, GEOG, GEOL, HORT, I E, M E, MATH, MOLB, PHYS, PSY 266, RGSC, SMET, STAT, SUR, FWCE (See Note 3 regarding applied electives.)

NOTE: Either ENGL 211G or ENGL 218G are required for Option C.

Option D:  Health

This option is designed for students interested in any health field. The courses prepare a student for transfer to the Bachelor of Science Degree at the University in Biology, Chemistry, or Microbiology.

Required Courses

Students must take the following courses to complete the required 66 credits for the Associate of Science Degree, Pre-Health option.

AHS 120/OEHO 120

BIOL 101G+GL

BIOL 111G+GL

BIOL 211G+GL

BIOL 221+L

BIOL 225

BIOL 226

CHEM 111G

CHEM 112G

CHEM 210

Common Core Course Preferences

Students will be better served by taking the following courses from the common core:

Area I—ENGL 218G

Area II—MATH 121G

Area III—CHEM 110G, PHYS 211G+GL, PHYS 212G+GL

Note: The balance of the electives must be chosen from Area III.

Course Sequence

Biology Sequence: *BIOL 101G+GL, 111G+GL, 221+L, 225, 226

*BIOL 101G+GL can be waived if a student received a B or better in high school biology within last three years.

Chemistry Sequence: CHEM 111G, 112G, 210

*CHEM 111G AND 112G can be waived If a student received an AP score of 3 or above within the last 3 years.

NOTE: Second-language courses are recommended if required by the intended bachelor’s degree. PSY 266 is an approved elective for this option.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Check applicable university catalog to determine appropriate math course(s) for intended bachelor’s degree. MATH 210G may not fulfill the Common Core transfer requirement for some NMSU science degree programs.
  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. Applied Credits: A maximum of nine applied credits from the list that follows, taken in any combination, will be accepted as electives for the Associate of Science degree. Applied courses include those with the following prefixes: AERT, AHS, ARCT, CMT, DAS, DHYG, DMS, DRFT, ELT, FIRE, HVAC, MAT, NURS, OECS, OEEM, RESP, and WATR. 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. Students transferring into a math or science program at NMSU must take their science courses in a sequence, such as CHEM 111G and 112G or BIOL 111G and 211G.
  6. Math 190G, 191G, and 192G count as electives toward all options in the Associate of Science Degree program.
  7. Other course options are available at DACC and NMSU. The following courses may also be used in fulfillment of Associate of Science Degree requirements. However, they may not necessarily apply to a student’s chosen bachelor’s degree plan.

Area I—Communications:

AXED 201

Area II—Mathematics:

AST/STAT 251G;

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

STAT 271G

Area III—Laboratory Sciences:

AGRO/HORT 100G;

ANTH 130G+GL;

BIOL 110G;

CHEM 112G;

E S 110G;

HNDS 236G;

PHYS 212G+GL, 215G+GL, 216G+GL, 221G, 222G

Area IV—Social/Behavioral Sciences:

AG E 210G/HNDS 201G;

S WK 221G

Area V—Humanities and Fine Arts:

ART 295G, 296G;

ENGL 115G, 220G;

HIST 111G, 112G, 211G, 212G, 221G, 222G