Arts and Sciences Core Requirements

Students must fulfill University General Education requirements as listed in the General Information section of the Undergraduate Catalog and Arts and Sciences core requirements as listed in the college’s section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Many of the University General Education courses may also be used to meet the college core requirements. Listed below are courses commonly offered at other universities that will meet both the university and the college’s requirements.

Freshman Composition. NMSU requires a four-credit Rhetoric and Composition course. Many universities offer a two-semester version of this consisting of two three-credit courses. We will accept either semester of a two-semester sequence, as long as the course is at least three semester hours. If you take both semesters, the second one will count as the sophomore/junior writing requirment, see below. This course fulfills part of NMSU’s basic skills requirement in English and mathematics that must be met prior to enrolling in upper division classes.

Sophomore/Junior Writing. Also required is a second 3-credit writing course at the sophomore or junior level. The courses that will meet this requirement are Business Writing, Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences, Technical and Professional Communication, Advanced Composition, and Advanced Technical Writing.

Mathematics. Transfer students should complete a course in basic algebra, intermediate algebra, or a higher level mathematics course with a grade of C or better to meet the mathematics basic skills requirement before enrolling at New Mexico State University. The university general education requirement in mathematics can be met in a number of ways. Most non-science majors will complete MATH 210G, Mathematics Appreciation, 3 credits, to fulfill this requirement. This is a course not commonly offered at other universities. An alternative would be to complete a calculus course, particularly if calculus is required for your major. Mathematics requirements for each of the majors in Arts and Sciences can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Critical Thinking and Analysis. The courses most commonly used to complete this requirement are Computer Literacy (3 credits) and a general education course in either communications (speech) or philosophy (3 credits). The courses that meet the communications/philosophy requirement are Principles of Human Communication, Public Speaking, The Art of Wondering, Introduction to Philosophy, and Informal Logic.

Historical Perspectives. One history course is required (3 credits), and it must be chosen from early or recent European history, early or recent U.S. history, early or recent Asian history, or Islamic history.

Basic Natural Sciences. This is a four-credit requirement and the course must include a lab. Courses that meet this requirement are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog, but Arts and Sciences requires the course to be chosen from astronomy, biology, chemistry, physical geography, geology, or physics. We’re looking for a general course, for example, general biology as opposed to anatomy or zoology.

Human Thought and Behavior. Students in Arts and Sciences should take an introductory 3-credit course in anthropology, psychology or linguistics.

Social Analysis. Students in Arts and Sciences should choose from introductory economics, social geography, government, sociology, or an introduction to mass communications.

Literature or Fine Arts. The only literature class that meets this requirement is Literature and Culture, a course not commonly offered at other universities. The requirement may also be met by taking a 3-credit survey course in art, music or theater appreciation. Applied courses, such as drawing, acting, piano, etc., will not meet this requirement.

Viewing A Wider World. This is a six-credit, upper division requirement that consists of two courses, each from a different college than your own. (The six undergraduate colleges at NMSU are Agriculture and Home Economics, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Economics, Education, Engineering, and Health and Social Services.) For example, Arts and Sciences students might take one course from Business and one from Engineering. The courses must be chosen from a list of approved classes in this category. It is not likely that you will find these at other universities; it is best to take them at NMSU.