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 and Advising Information

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 FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215, or MATH 1215X, MATH 1215Y, and MATH 1215Z – or place into MATH 1220;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 239+ (A & F)/22+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
3
Select an additional course from the following: COMM 1130, ENGL 2120, ENGL2210, PHIL 1120.
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
3
For terminal degree concentrations, select one course of MATH 1215X/1215Y/1215Z or MATH 1215; for transfer concentrations, choose one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Mathematics and Statistics. (Suggested courses are MATH 1220, MATH 1130, or MATH 1350, which are the options for the UNM BIS degree.)
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
4
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
Electives (29 credits)
Select a minimum of 29 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 up to 15 hours of electives. For the remaining electives, choose academic courses that complement the technical certificate chosen, making you more competitive in the chosen technical field. 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 a four-year institution.

2) Academic Concentration: Explore academic fields. For the electives, choose academic courses, especially core courses that reflect your chosen academic interest. You should work closely with advisors when making choices, and be aware that academic courses chosen will transfer to the University of New Mexico and to most four-year institutions.

Total required (60 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main should be aware that all core curriculum requirements are met, unless they choose 1215X/1215Y/1215Z or MATH 1215 to fulfill Mathematics requirements. If students use MATH 1215X/1215Y/1215Z or MATH 1215, they will, upon transfer, need to complete MATH 1220, MATH 1130, or MATH 1350 to complete all core curriculum requirements in the Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree.