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Integrative Studies

Integrative Studies
Associate Degree

Program Description

The program provides educational experiences that broaden academic knowledge in a variety of disciplines. It provides students with a basis for future study, develops critical thinking and expands a respect for diversity and culture. While this program is open to all qualified students, it has been designed principally for non-traditional students already in the workplace but need a degree to advance, and for traditional students with clear academic or career goals interested in novel ways of organizing an undergraduate experience.


Career and educational advancement opportunities

A graduate will be prepared to follow one of two career paths, depending upon the focus chosen. Students can enter jobs that require one or two years of college, but do not require a declared major field of study. Required academic courses, other than technical courses completed, will transfer to UNM-Main and may transfer to other 4-year institutions. The degree specifically engages students who would benefit from closer collaboration with a faculty mentor(s) through experiential research and/or participation with faculty-led problem solving teams. Students are encouraged to design an individualized program that will prepare them for unique or advanced learning experiences, including international, cooperative or professional schools.


Contact

Information about the associate of integrative studies degree program is available from the Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Academic Affairs Office, at 505-925-8600.


Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 120 and MATH 106 – or place into MATH 121;

Credit Hours: 3 and 1; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 104-120 (Elementary Algebra)/22


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (9-10 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 120 (Composition III)3
Select an additional course from UNM Core Curriculum in Writing and Speaking.
Mathematics (3 credits)
For terminal degree concentrations, select one course of MATH 101, 102, 103 or 120. For transfer concentrations, choose one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Mathematics.(Suggested courses are MATH 121, MATH 129, or STAT 145, which are the options for the UNM bachelor of integrative studies degree.)
Physical and Natural Sciences (7 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, one of which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language
Electives (23 credits)
1-4
1-4
1-4
1-4
1-4
1-4
Select a minimum of 23 credits of electives that meet your goals for your degree program, either in an academic and/or technical career field.

Suggested Concentrations

  1. Technical Concentration: Build your own degree. Choose any of the technical certificates to fulfill up to 15 hours of electives. For the remaining electives, choose academic courses that complement the technical certificate chosen. You should work closely with advisors when making choices, and be aware that the 15 credit hours required in technical certificates may not transfer to 4-year institutions.
  2. Academic Concentration: Explore academic fields. For the electives, choose academic courses, especially core courses that reflect your academic interest. Work closely with advisors when making choices, and be aware that academic courses chosen will transfer to UNM-Main Campus and most 4-year institutions.
Total required (60 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main should be aware that if he or she uses MATH 101, 102, 103 or 120, they will, upon transfer need to complete MATH 121, 129 or STAT 145 to complete all core curriculum requirements.