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Degree Requirements

General Education and Program requirements

Associate degree curricula require a variety of courses to broaden students’ understanding of the world as well as prepare them for employment or advanced study in their fields. Curricula therefore stress the students’ major subjects, but also include general education courses. There are two General Education tracks for consideration. The first is the UNM Core Curriculum; it is for students who intend to continue their studies with UNM. The other is the Lower-Division General Education Common Core at New Mexico’s Public Colleges and Universities, which will be referred to as the N.M. Common Core; it is for students who intend to transfer to other four-year colleges in New Mexico, such as New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico University, Highlands University or Western University. The courses required of each General Education requirement are, for the most part, quite similar. However, there are some significant differences that must be carefully considered. Students are highly encouraged to consult with an advisor prior to selecting any General Education electives.

The University of N.M. Core Curriculum

Note: Follow this General Education Core if you are continuing your education with UNM.

The university adopted a revised Core Curriculum as of Junen 2015 that all undergraduate students must complete as part of their baccalaureate program. The Core consists of several groups of courses designed to enhance each student’s academic capabilities. Its goal is to give all students at the university a grounding in the broad knowledge and intellectual values obtained in a liberal arts education and to assure that graduates have a shared academic experience. The required courses encourage intellectual development in seven areas of study: writing and communication; social and behavioral sciences; mathematical reasoning; scientific methods in the physical and natural sciences; the humanities; the fine arts; and languages. The Core consists of lower-division courses that develop these skills and abilities, and students are strongly encouraged to complete the Core early in their college careers. Individual student substitutions should be minimal and are discouraged. Except where noted (see “Alternative Credit Options” in the Undergraduate Admissions section of the UNM Catalog), students may apply AP or CLEP credit to the Core requirements. Departments and colleges may restrict student choices within the Core to meet departmental and college degree requirements. A grade of C (not C-) is required in all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the Core Curriculum. Courses taken CR/NC can be applied to the core, subject to general university and individual college and department regulations on the number of credits that can be taken CR/NC and the applicability of courses taken CR/NC to the individual degree. UNM-Valencia recognizes, however, that the highly structured nature of many degree programs and the presence of numerous transfer and non-traditional students requires flexibility on its part. Transfer and returning students will receive advising in the college and department to which they are admitted in order to establish an appropriate program which will meet their needs and the aims of the Core. Where degree program requirements are so structured that a student’s total academic program credits would be increased by taking a Core course in a particular Core area, a department may approve a blanket substitution of a course in a particular Core area for all students pursuing an undergraduate degree in that particular program. Approval of substitutions or exceptions is handled on a department and college basis.

The basic Core Curriculum requires approximately 37 hours of courses in seven areas of study.

  1. Writing and Speaking (9 hours): English (ENGL) 110 (or 112 or 113) and 120 plus an additional course chosen from ENGL 219, 220; Communication and Journalism (CJ) 130; Philosophy (PHIL) 156.
  2. Mathematics (3 hours): One course chosen from MATH 121, 129, 150, 162, 163, 180, 181, 215, STAT 145.
  3. Physical and Natural Sciences (7-8 hours): Two courses, one of which must include a laboratory, chosen from Anthropology (ANTH) 150 and 151L, 121L (lab required), 1601 and 161L1; Astronomy (ASTR) 101 and 101L; Biology (BIOL) 110 and 112L, 123 and 124L, 201 and 202; Chemistry (CHEM) 101, 111L (lab required), 121L and 123L, and 122 and 124L; Earth and Planetary Science (EPS) 101 and 105L, 201L (lab required); Environmental Science (ENVS) 101 and 102L ; GEOG 1011 and 105L1; Natural Science (NTSC) 261L (lab required), 262L (lab required), 263L (lab required); Physics (PHYS) 1021 and 102L1, 1051, 151 and 151L, 152 and 152L, 160 and 160L, 161 and 161L.
  4. Social and Behavioral Sciences (minimum 6 hours): Two courses chosen from American Studies (AMST) 1821, 1851; Anthropology (ANTH) 101, 130; Community and Regional Planning (CRP) 1811; Economics (ECON) 105, 106; Engineering-F (ENGF) 2001; Geography (GEOG) 1021; Linguistics (LING) 101 ( Anthropology 110); Political Science (POLS) 110, 200, 2201, 2401; Psychology (PSY) 105; Sociology (SOC) 101, 216.
  5. Humanities (6 hours): Two courses chosen from American Studies (AMST) 1821, 1851, 1861; Classics (CLST) 1071, 2041, 2051; Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (COMP) 2231, 2241; English (ENGL) 150, 292, 293; Foreign Languages (MLNG) 1011; History (HIST) 101L, 102L, 161, 162, 181, Honors Legacy Seminars (UHON) at the 1001- and 2001-level; Philosophy (PHIL) 101, 2011, 2021; Religious Studies (RELG) 107, 2631, 2641.
  6. Foreign Language (non-English language; minimum 3 hours): One course chosen from any of the lower-division non-English language offerings of the Departments of Linguistics (including Sign Language – SIGN), Spanish (SPAN) and Portuguese, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and foreign languages in other departments and programs.
  7. Fine Arts (minimum of 3 hours): One course chosen from Architecture (ARCH) 1011; Art History (ARTH) 101, 201, 202; Dance (DANCE) 1051; Music (MUSE) 139, 140; Theatre (THEA) 1051; Media Arts (MA) 210. Students may elect to take one 3-hour studio course offered by the Departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, and Media Arts to fulfill this requirement.

1 These courses are not generally offered at UNM-Valencia.

New Mexico Common Core

Note: Follow this General Education Core if you will be transferring to another four-year institution in New Mexico.

This list of courses, consisting of 35 credit hours, has been developed by the public colleges and universities of New Mexico as an aid to student transfer between public institutions. Students who contemplate transferring to New Mexico four year colleges other than The University of New Mexico (e.g., New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico University, Highlands University or Western New Mexico University) are advised to select courses consistent with this list in order to assure that their work will apply to future degree requirements. Students should consult campus advisors for help in selecting specific courses. According to state law, and as detailed in a regulation of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, each public university within New Mexico will (a) accept in transfer toward bachelor’s degree programs all work completed satisfactorily by a student at another regionally accredited public institution within New Mexico and consistent with this common core and (b) will guarantee application of that work toward graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Each university may prescribe additional general education requirements unique to its institution or certain programs, but such requirements must apply equally to students originating their study at that institution. The following are the five general areas of the N.M. Common Core. In each instance the corresponding UNM courses which are offered at UNM-Valencia are listed. Corresponding UNM Core Curriculum and non- Core courses offered at UNM-Valencia are listed by each sub-area in bold italics.

AREA I: COMMUNICATIONS

Three courses (9 credit hours total) selected from the following:

  1. One course (3-4 credit hours) in college-level English composition. UNM Core Curriculum: ENGL 110, ENGL 112 or ENGL 113.
  2. One course (3 credit hours) in college-level writing (a second course building on the above). UNM Core Curriculum: ENGL 120, ENGL 219 or ENGL 220.
  3. One course (3 credit hours) in oral communication. UNM Core Curriculum: CJ 130; non-Core: CJ 221 or CJ 225.

AREA II: MATHEMATICS

One course (3 credit hours total) selected from any one of the following:

  1. One course (3 credit hours) in college algebra (or higher). UNM Core Curriculum: MATH 121 or MATH 150.
  2. One course (3 credit hours) in calculus. UNM Core Curriculum: MATH 162, 163, 180 or 181.
  3. One course (3 credit hours) in selected from other college-level mathematics. UNM Core Curriculum: MATH 129.

AREA III: LABORATORY SCIENCE

Two courses (8 credit hours total), both of which must include a lab, selected from any one or two of the following:

  1. One or two courses (4-8 credit hours) in general biology. UNM Core Curriculum: BIOL 110/112L or BIOL 123/124L.
  2. One or two courses (4-8 credit hours) in general chemistry. UNM Core Curriculum: CHEM 111L, or CHEM 121 and 123L, or CHEM 122 and 124L.
  3. One or two courses (4-8 credit hours) in general physics. UNM Core Curriculum: PHYS 151/151L or PHYS 152L.
  4. One or two courses (4-8 credit hours) in geology/ earth science. UNM Core Curriculum: EPS 101/105L or EPS 201L.
  5. One or two courses (4-8 credit hours) in astronomy. UNM Core Curriculum: ASTR 101/101L.

AREA IV: SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Two or three courses (6-9 credit hours) selected from any two or three of the following:

  1. One course (3 credit hours) in economics (macroeconomics or microeconomics). UNM Core Curriculum: ECON 105 or ECON 106.
  2. One course (3 credit hours) in introductory political science. UNM Core Curriculum: POLS 110 or POLS 200.
  3. One course (3 credit hours) in introductory psychology. UNM Core Curriculum: PSY 105.
  4. One course (3 credit hours) in introductory sociology. UNM Core Curriculum: SOC 101.
  5. One course (3 credit hours) in introductory anthropology. UNM Core Curriculum: ANTH 101 or ANTH 130.

AREA V: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS

Two or three courses (6-9 credit hours) selected from any two or three of the following:

  1. One course (3 credit hours) in introductory history survey. UNM Core Curriculum: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 161, or HIST 162.
  2. One course (3 credit hours) in introductory philosophy. UNM Core Curriculum: PHIL 101, PHIL 156, PHIL 201, PHIL 202, or PHIL 245.
  3. One course (3 credit hours) in introductory history, theory, or aesthetics of the arts or literature. UNM Core Curriculum: ARTH 101, ARTH 201, ARTH 202, ENGL 150, ENGL 292, ENGL 293, MUS 139, or THEA 105.

Associate Degree and Certificate Program Requirements

  1. Complete the number of credit hours and the specific course requirements as outlined for the degree or certificate.
  2. Earn a minimum of 15 credit hours for the degree and/or 9 credit hours for the certificate in residence at UNM-Valencia.
  3. Complete all required coursework for the degree or certificate with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Please be aware that UNM and other four year institutions may require a higher GPA for admission to upper division course work. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor for specific requirements in this respect.
  4. No basic skills courses (e.g., ENGL 099/100, MATH 099/100, ACAM 100, ACAD 099/100 are accepted toward the number of credit hours required for graduation.
  5. Must receive a grade of “C” or better on all General Education and Degree Core Requirement courses.