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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog


Dean and Chief Administrative Officer and Regents Professor • Lowell B. Catlett

Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs • James D. Libbin

Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service • Jon C. Boren

Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station • David Thompson

Scholarship Coordinator • Will Waller

Assistant Director of Student Services • Kristy Mason

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture—Majors in Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, Agricultural and Extension Education, Agriculture and Community Development, Agronomy, Animal Science, General Agriculture, Horticulture, Natural Resource Economics and Policy, Rangeland Resources, Soil Science, Turfgrass Science and Management, and Wildlife Science. Programs in Preveterinary Medicine and Preforestry

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences—Majors in Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising; Family and Consumer Science Education; Family and Child Science; and Human Nutrition and Food Science

Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science in Genetics

Bachelor of Science in Conservation Ecology

Requirements for Bachelors of Science in Agriculture; Family and Consumer Sciences; Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management; Genetics; and Conservation Ecology

  1. Constants or courses required of all qualifying for this degree.
  2. General education requirements.
  3. Courses to be taken in the particular field of your major interest.
  4. Free electives sufficient to bring the total number of credits to a minimum of 128 semester credits. Of this total at least 48 semester credits must be in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above).
  5. A grade-point average of not less than 2.0.
  6. All students will have an official degree check on file in the Academic Dean's Office prior to start of senior year.

Typical Curricula in Agriculture

The following suggested curricula are presented for your guidance. With the consent of the head of the department in which you are majoring, you may select electives and changes in a curriculum except in the case of constants.

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
MAJOR: General Agriculture

The general agriculture major is designed for students searching for a well- rounded education that builds on the diversity of the other degree programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The flexibility of the general agriculture degree allows students to tailor a program to fit their individual interests and career goals. Students completing the program earn a Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture. Students choose general agriculture for a variety of reasons. Some may enter the program with a specific career goal in mind. Others may choose general agriculture to obtain a broader education that will give them more flexibility. The curriculum in General Agriculture is administered by the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science.

New Mexico and University Requirements

Area I. Communications (10 credits)

AXED 201G or COMM 253G or COMM 265G 3
ENGL 111G 4
ENGL 203G, 211G, 218G, 311G or 318G 3

Area II. Mathematics (select 3 credits)

MATH 121G, 142G, 190G, 191G, or 210G 3

Area III. Science, with Laboratory (8 credits)

See Catalog 8

Area IV. Social/ Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)

See Catalog 6-9

Area V. Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9 credits)

See Catalog 6

Viewing a Wider World (6 cr. 300 or 400 Level)

Two general education courses: one must be from a college outside of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences 6

College Requirements in addition to the courses listed above (note that some ACES classes will meet general education requirements)

Students must select three areas of concentration from ACES departments. At least 18 credits must be taken from the primary department and at least 12 credits must be taken from two secondary departments. A minimum of 52 credits (20 of which need to be 300+) of the 128 required for the degree, must be completed in courses offered by the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.

Concentration Areas (departments)

  • Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Animal and Range Science
  • Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Veterinary Medicine

(Preprofessional Training Only, Nondegree)

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree is a professional degree that is not offered by any college or university in New Mexico; however, you may complete at New Mexico State University the preparatory program required for admittance to the professional colleges of veterinary medicine.

The D.V.M. degree normally requires four years of training in a professional college subsequent to completion of a preveterinary program that requires at least three years of college-level instruction. In most instances a baccalaureate degree is a distinct advantage to the applicant.

Curriculum requirements are determined by the particular school or college of veterinary medicine. The Department of Animal and Range Sciences maintains current requirements for Colorado State University, Washington State, Oregon State and Texas A&M. You should check with an advisor for specific course requirements. As a student from New Mexico, you may be eligible for financial assistance under the program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). See the section on WICHE in the “General Information” chapter under “Student Services” for more information.