The General Education Certificate will provide students with principles, knowledge, and skills required for careers requiring a general education foundation. This certificate also provides the general education foundation required for New Mexico Associate and Bachelor programs, as well as essential skills valued by employers, including critical thinking, communication, personal and social responsibiltiy, information and digital literacy, and quantitative reasoning.
The State of New Mexico requires that students seeking an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science program complete a minimum of 31 credits from the following areas with an additional 9 credits from 3 of the areas, with not more than 1 extra course being in a specific area.
Area 1: Communications: 6 Credits
Area 2: Mathematics: 3-4 Credits
Area 3: Laboratory Science: 4 Credits
Area 4: Social/Behavioral Science: 3 Credits
Area 5: Humanities: 3 Credits
Area 6: Fine Arts: 3 Credits
Remaining: 9 Credits (3 courses from different areas)
Each program has designated specific general education requirements for students in the program. Please consult your program requirements and advisor as you choose your general education courses.
The following courses are courses that meet general education requirements for A.A. and A.S. programs. NOTE: The State of New Mexico redefined General Education Courses in 2019. Some courses that were formerly classified as General Education, no longer have that classification. Should an older Gen Ed class not count in your program, please contact your advisor for possible substitution.
Students who complete the 31 credits required for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program will be eligible for the General Education Transfer Certificate.