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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog


Dean • Garrey Carruthers

Associate Dean • Kathleen Brook

Associate Dean • Kevin Boberg

Academic Advisor • Justine Adkisson

Academic Advisor • Debra Cardinali

Bachelor of Accountancy

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Bachelor of Business Administration

Majors in Economics, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing

Associate in Prebusiness


New Mexico State University has been accredited since 1926 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a degree-granting institution. The university was accredited in 1954 by the American Association of University Women.

The baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in business and accounting offered in the College of Business are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Mission of the College of Business

The College of Business serves the educational needs of New Mexico's diverse population by providing high quality education, conducting research, and participating in service and outreach within the global community.

Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Successful completion of requirements as listed under General Education Common Core, Viewing a Wider World, and University Graduation requirements.
  • Successful completion of College of Business Requirements: Foundation Requirements, Business Core (lower and upper division). (This requirement does not apply to those students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Economics. For this degree, see the Economics and International Business section below).
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in; all courses taken at NMSU; all courses taken in the College of Business used to meet specific college course requirements, and all courses in the College used to meet specific major course requirements.
  • A minimum of 128 credits of approved courses and a minimum of 48 upper division credits.
  • Of the last 36 credits, 30 must be completed at NMSU; of these credits, a minimum of 21 credits must be in upper-division courses, including a minimum of 12 upper-division credits in the major.
  • For transfer students, a minimum of 50% of business credits required for a bachelor of accountancy or bachelor of business administration degree or 18 business credits required for a bachelor of arts in economics degree must be completed in the College of Business and a minimum of 12 credits required in the major must be completed in the College.

The college will accept toward a degree a maximum of 8 credits combined from the following 3 categories: music organizations (band, orchestra, or chorus), physical activity courses, and other applied credits such as BMGT, BOT, CMT, DHYG, DRFT, HOST,L SC, LAWE, PL S and OE prefix courses. Additional applied credits may be counted based on articulation agreements. Students should contact the College of Business Advising Center for more information.

The only courses that may be taken on an S/U option by students in the College of Business are those designated S/U only, general electives outside the college, and up to 9 credits of HON courses used to fulfill General Education requirements.

All students in the College of Business are advised through the college’s Advising Center until they have completed all lower division (100-299) requirements after which they are assigned to a faculty advisor in their academic major.

Lower-division requirements must be substantially completed before the student is permitted to take upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) offered by the College of Business.

All students must demonstrate basic skills proficiency in English and mathematics before enrolling in upper division courses (numbered 300 or above).

General Education Common Core

The College of Business abides by the university's New Mexico General Education Common Core requirements as outlined in this catalog. To minimize the number of courses taken, students should first review the college requirements listed below. Students who follow the recommendations below will satisfy the university's general education requirements.

Area I: Communications (10 credits)

A. ENGL 111G, Rhetoric and Composition or 111H, Rhetoric and Comp - Honors or SPCD 111, Advanced ESL Composition 4
B. Business students should select ENGL 203G, Business and Professional Communication 3
C. COMM 253G, Public Speaking or COMM 265G, Principles of Human Communication, or HON 265G, Principles of Human Communication - Honors or AXED 201, Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations 3
Grades of C or better are required in each of the courses in Area I.

Area II: Mathematics (3 credits)

A ST 251G or STAT 251G, Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences, or MATH 121G, College Algebra or MATH 142G, Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences I 3

Area III: Laboratory Sciences (8 credits)

Complete two courses with labs from the approved New Mexico General Education Common Core List 8

Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)

Business students should select ECON 251G, Principles of Macroeconomics, and ECON 252G, Principles of Microeconomics and up to one additional course from the approved list. PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology, is strongly recommended for business students.

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

College of Business

Foundation Requirements (9 credits in addition to Area II above)

Business Core, lower division (18 credits)

Business Core, upper division (27 credits)

Viewing a Wider World (VWW) (6 credits)

A description of the requirement and a listing of approved VWW courses can be found in this catalog under Required Courses.

General Electives

Students must complete additional credits to bring total degree credits to a minimum of 128 and upper division credits to 48. The number of general elective credits varies by student.

Associate in Prebusiness Degree

To complete the associate degree, 66 credits are required, including the General Education Common Core, Foundation Requirements, and Business Core lower division listed above.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is also required. The last 15 credits towards the degree must be earned at NMSU.

Minors in Business

Minors are available in accounting, advertising, banking, business administration, economics, enterprise systems, finance, information systems, intelligence studies, international business, management, marketing, risk management and insurance, and sport marketing.

Prelaw Students

Because the practice of law often involves business-related problems, the majors in the college provide an excellent preparation for the prelaw student. The college has attorneys on the faculty who are available as advisors. Please contact the Finance Department for more information.

Graduate Work

The College of Business also offers programs leading to the following degrees: Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts (Economics), Master of Accountancy, Master of Science (Applied Statistics), Ph.D. in Business Administration and Doctor in Economic Development. For details on programs leading to these degrees, see the current Graduate School Catalog.

MINOR: Business Administration

This minor is available to all students except those seeking the Bachelor of Accountancy and the Bachelor of Business Administration. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required for 18 credits, nine of which must be upper division. Students must select nine credits from only one of the following course prefixes: ACCT, ECON, FIN, I B, MGT, or MKTG. Students must select an additional nine credits from any of the following prefixes: ACCT, B A, BCIS, BLAW, BUSA, ECON, FIN, I B, MGT, MKTG.

Transferring Business Courses

The following business courses have been identified as transferable from NMSU to other public two year and four year institutions in New Mexico. The equivalent course at other institutions can be identified using the common course number which appears in parentheses below. Similarly, students from other institutions can use the common course number to identify business courses that can be transferred to NMSU.

A ST 251G, Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Science, or A ST 311 or STAT 251G (MATH 2313)

ACCT 251, Management Accounting (ACCT 2123)

ACCT 252, Financial Accounting (ACCT 2113)

ACCT 301, Financial Accounting I (ACCT 2133)

BCIS 110, Introduction to Computerized Information Systems (BCIS 1113)

BLAW 316, Legal Environment of Business (BLAW 2113)

BLAW 418, Uniform Commercial Code and Advanced Business Law Topics (BLAW 2123)

BUSA 111, Business in a Global Society (BUSA 1113)

ECON 251G, Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2113)

ECON 252G, Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2123)

FIN 206, Introduction to Finance (BFIN 2113)

MKTG 303, Principles of Marketing (MKTG 2113)
MGT 201, Introduction to Management (MGMT 2113