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.


New Mexico Core Curriculum

The state of New Mexico adopted a new general education core curriculum in the fall of 2019.

By providing a base of knowledge and flexible tools for thinking, the general education core curriculum empowers students to face a rapidly changing world. General education equips students for success throughout their education and in future employment. It also provides pathways to community engagement, awareness of diverse local and global experiences, and enhancement of life through curiosity, learning, and tolerance.  A student's program of study offers the opportunity to specialize in an area of specific interest and in the practices belonging to a particular field (for example, General Science or Liberal Arts). In contrast, the general education core curriculum provides a set of essential skills: communication, critical thinking, information and digital literacy, quantitative reasoning, and personal and social responsibility. Students develop these skills from different angles by taking one or more courses in each of the areas of the core curriculum: Writing and Speaking, Mathematics, Physical and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Languages, and Arts.  Completing the general education core curriculum early on sets students up for achievement throughout their college careers.

All students must complete 31 credit hours of course work in general education, following the guidelines below. General education consists primarily of lower-division courses (numbered at the 1000- and 2000-level). Only some of these courses fulfill a requirement within a major and only some are prerequisites to the major. Except where noted (see the Student Services section of this catalog), students may apply AP or CLEP credit to general education requirements.

Departments and colleges at main campus or other four-year institutions may restrict student choices within the core curriculum to meet departmental and college degree requirements. A grade of C (not C-) is required in all courses used to the requirements of the core curriculum. Courses taken CR/NC can be applied to the core curriculum, 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.

Transfer students who have demonstrated completion of all of the requirements for General Education at another higher education institution in New Mexico will not be required to General Education requirements at UNM, unless they opt to do so. Transfer students who have not completed all of the requirements for General Education at another higher education institution in New Mexico will need to follow the University of New Mexico requirements for General Education listed here. 

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 based on the program to which they are admitted in order to establish an appropriate program that will meet their needs and the aims of the core curriculum. Where degree program requirements are so structured that a student’s total academic program credits would be increased by taking a core curriculum course in a particular area, a department may approve a blanket substitution of a course in a particular area for all students pursuing a degree in that particular program. Approval of substitutions or exceptions is handled through the department and the Dean of Instruction, after the student consults with an advisor.

The General Education Core Curriculum requires a minimum of 31 credit hours of courses in eight areas of study: 

  1. Communication (6 hours): ENGL 1120 (Composition II), plus one additional course from the following:
     ENGL 2120 (Intermediate Composition)
     ENGL 2210 (Professional & Technical Communication)
     COMM 1130 (Public Speaking)
     PHIL 1120 (Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking)
     UHON 201 (Seminar in Public Rhetoric and Discourse)1

*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply three credit hours from Area 8 (Student Choice) to fulfill the pre-requisite ENGL 1110 (Composition I).

  1. Mathematics and Statistics (3 hours): One course at the appropriate level as determined by placement from the following:
      MATH 2118 (Math for Elementary and Middle School Teachers III)
      MATH 1130 (Survey of Mathematics)
      MATH 1220 (College Algebra)   
      MATH 1240 (Pre-Calculus)
      MATH 1250 (Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus)
      MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics)
      MATH 1430 (Applications of Calculus I)
      MATH 1440 (Applications of Calculus II)
      MATH 1512 (Calculus 1)
      MATH 1522 (Calculus II)
      UHON 202 (Seminar in Mathematics in the World)1


  1. Physical and Natural Sciences (4 hours): One course and, where applicable, the related laboratory from the following:
      ANTH 1211 and 1211L (Archeological Method and Theory and Lab)
      ANTH 1170 and 1170L (Human Life and Lab)
      ANTH 1175 and 1175L (Evolution & Human Emergence and Lab)
      ASTR 1115 and 1115L (Introduction to Astronomy and Lab)
      BIOL 1110 and 1110L (General Biology and Lab)
      BIOL 1140 and 1140L (Biology for Health Sciences and Lab)
      CHEM 1110 (Chemistry in our Community)
      CHEM 1120 (Introduction to Chemistry for Non-Majors)
      CHEM 1215 and 1215L (General Chemistry I for STEM Majors and Lab)
      CHEM 1225 and 1225L (General Chemistry II for STEM Majors and Lab)
      CHEM 1217 (Principles of Chemistry I)1
      CHEM 1227 (Principles Chemistry II)1
      CS 108L (Computer Science for All)
      GEOG 1160 and 1160L (Home Planet and Lab)1
      GEOL 1110 and 1110L (Physical Geology and Lab)
      GEOL 1120 and 1120L (Environmental Geology and Lab)
      GEOL 2110 (Historical Geology)
      NTSC 1110 (Physical Science for Teachers)
      NTSC 1120 (Life Science for Teachers)
      NTSC 2110 (Environmental Science for Teachers)
      PHYS 1110 (Physics and Society)1
      PHYS 1115 and 1115L (Survey of Physics and Lab)1
      PHYS 1125 and 1125L (Physics of Music and Lab)1
      PHYS 1230 and 1230L (Algebra-based Physics I and Lab)
      PHYS 1240 and 1240L (Algebra-based Physics II and Lab)
      PHYS 1310 and 1310L (Calculus-based Physics I and Lab)
      PHYS 1320 and 1320L (Calculus-based Physics II and Lab)
      UHON 203 (Seminar in Science in the 21st Century)1      


  1. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours): One course from the following:        
AFST 1120 (Race in the Digital Age)1
AMST 1110 (Introduction to Environmental & Social Justice)1
AMST 1140 (Introduction to Race, Class, & Ethnicity)1
ANTH 1115 (Introduction to Anthropology)
ANTH 1140 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology)
ANTH 1155 (Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology)
ANTH 2175 (World Archaeology)  
ARCH 1210 (Introduction to Environmental Planning)1
CST 1110 (Introduction to Comparative & Global Ethnic Studies)1
CRP 181 (Environmental Issues in a Changing World)1
ECON 2110 (Macroeconomic Principles)
ECON 2120 (Microeconomic Principles)
ENG 200 (Technology in Society)1
GEOG 1165 (People and Place)1
GEOG 217 (Energy, Environment, & Society)1
LING 2110 (Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics)
ME 217 (Energy, Environment, & Society)
PCST 240 (International Politics)1
PH 101 (Introduction to Population Health)1
PH 102 (Global Health Challenges and Responses)1
POLS 1120 (American National Government)
POLS 1140 (The Political World)
POLS 2110 (Comparative Politics)
POLS 2120 (International Relations)
PSYC 1110 (Introduction to Psychology)
SOCI 1110 (Introduction to Sociology)
SOCI 2315 (The Dynamics of Prejudice)
UHON 204 (Seminar in the Individual & the Collective)1


  1. Humanities (3 hours): One course from the following:  
     AFST 1110 (Introduction to Africana Studies)
     AMST 1150 (Introduction to Southwest Studies)1
     CCST 2110 (Introduction to Chicano/a Studies)1
     CLST 1110 (Greek Mythology)1
     CLST 2110 (Greek Civilization)1
     CLST 2120 (Roman Civilization)1
     COMP 224 (Literary Questions)1
     ENGL 1410 (Introduction to Literature)
     ENGL 2650 (World Literature I)
     ENGL 2660 (World Literature II)
     GEOG 1175 (World Religions)1
     HIST 1110 (United States History I)
     HIST 1120 (United States History II)
     HIST 1150 (Western Civilization I)
     HIST 1160 (Western Civilization II)
     HIST 1170 (Survey of Early Latin America)
     HIST 1180 (Survey of Modern Latin America)
     MLNG 1110 (Approaches to Languages and Culture)1
     NATV 1150 (Introduction to Native American Studies)1
     PHIL 1115 (Introduction to Philosophy)
     PHIL 2210 (Early Modern Philosophy)
     PHIL 2225 (Greek Thought)
     RELG 1110 (Introduction to World Religions)
     RELG 2110 (Eastern Religions)1
     RELG 2120 (Western Religions)1
     UHON 121-122 (Legacy Seminar)1
     UHON 205 (Seminar in Humanities in Society & Culture)1


  1. Second Language (non-English language; 3 hours): One course in the student’s second language. Students will follow campus guidelines on placement in the appropriate language level. Languages regularly offered at UNM-Valencia include American Sign Language, French, and Spanish.

  1. Arts and Design (3 hours): One course from the following:      
ARCH 1120 (Introduction to Architecture)  
ARTH 1120 (Introduction to Art)
ARTH 2110 (History of Art I)
ARTH 2120 (History of Art II)
DANC 1110 (Dance Appreciation)1
FA 284 (Experiencing the Arts)1
FDMA 1520 (Introduction to Film & Digital Media)
FDMA 2110 (Introduction to Film Studies)
MUSC 1120 (Music Appreciation: Rock and Roll)1
MUSC 1130 (Music Appreciation: Western Music)
THEA 1110 (Introduction to Theatre)
UHON 207 (Seminar in Fine Arts as Global Perspective)1

   * Students may elect to take one 3-hour studio course offered by the Humanities Division to fulfill this requirement.

  1. Student Choice (6 hours): The remaining 6 credit hours of the general education core curriculum are student choice. A student should choose two additional courses from two of the different areas. Students who do not place into ENGL1120 may apply 3 credit hours from the Student Choice area to fulfill the pre-requisite ENGL 1110.

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

Note: The University of New Mexico has a US and Global Diversity requirement, which can be satisfied with a qualified general education course. This is a university requirement that applies to all undergraduates, including transfer students.

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 Campus.
  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 099/100/021/022, 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.