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Associate of Science

Program Description

The associate of science in mathematics degree provides the first two years of study for a student who plans to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Mathematics is an intriguing discipline even without regard to applications outside mathematics. Mathematics emphasizes fundamental ideas in everyday life. The degree can be excellent preparation for future study in the areas of mathematics and statistics, as well as being good pre-professional training for students wanting to pursue engineering, medicine or other professions.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The degree program provides students with quality instruction in math, statistics and other core courses to facilitate the mastery of knowledge and the attainment of the skills necessary to complete a bachelor's degree in math or related field. A student who completes the associate degree would also be prepared to enter jobs that require one or two years of college. Mathematics is a key component of a variety of fields, including engineering. Students may also prepare to teach as a career.


Information about the associate of science in mathematics degree program is available from the Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or, 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 of ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 111/112, 113 or 110

Credit Hours: variable (3-6) depending on course track; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 120 or MATH 101/102/103 – or place into MATH 121;

Credit Hours: 3; 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 ENGL 219 (Technical and Professional Writing), ENGL 220 (Expository Writing), CJ 130 (Public Speaking) or PHIL 156(Reasoning and Critical Thinking).
Mathematics (17-26 credits)
MATH 121 (College Algebra)3
MATH 123 (Trigonometry)3
MATH 150 (Pre-Calculus)3
MATH 130 (Exploring Topics and Careers in Mathematics)2
MATH 162 (Calculus I)4
MATH 163 (Calculus II)4
MATH 264 (Calculus III)4
STAT 145 (Introduction to Statistics)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (7-8 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, one of which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Science (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM 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.
General Electives (9 credits)
Depending on the choices in the Mathematics area, choose up to 9 credit hours of General Electives, to reach 60 degree credit hours total.
Total required (60 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.