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Undergraduate Catalog


General Education at NMSU provides all students with a broad foundation and common framework upon which to develop knowledge and skills, social consciousness and respect for self and others, thus enabling them to function responsibly and effectively now and in the future. General education courses at NMSU can be identified by the G suffix.

The New Mexico General Education Common Core are designated general education courses guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico public college or university. A complete list of approved courses can be found on the New Mexico Higher Education Department web site at The current approved NMSU courses are listed below under each of the five general education areas:

AREA I: COMMUNICATIONS (Select 9–10 credits; one course from each sub group)

English Composition – Level 1

ENGL 111G, Rhetoric and Composition4
ENGL 111GH, Rhetoric and Composition, Honors4
SPCD 111G, Advanced ESL Composition4

English Composition – Level 2

ENGL 203G, Business and Professional Communication3
ENGL 211G, Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
ENGL 218G, Technical and Scientific Communication3
ENGL 311G, Advanced Composition3
ENGL 318G, Advanced Technical and Professional Communicatio3

Oral Communication

AXED 201G, Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations..3
COMM 253G, Public Speaking3
COMM 265G, Principles of Human Communication3
HON 265G, Principles of Human Communication– Honors3


A ST/STAT 251G, Statistics for Business and Behavioral Sciences.3
HON 210G, The Accidental Mathematician3
MATH 112G, Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH 121G, College Algebra3
MATH 142G, Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences..3
MATH 190G, Trigonometry and Precalculus3
MATH 191G/MATH 191GL, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I3
MATH 192/MATH 192GL, Calculus and Analytic Geometry II3
MATH 210G, Math Appreciation3
MATH 291G, Calculus and Analytic Geometry III3
MATH/HON 275G, Spirit and Evolution of Mathematics3
STAT 271G, Statistics for Psychological Sciences3


AGRO/HORT 100G, Introductory Plant Science4
ANTH 130G/ANTH130GL, Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology4
ASTR 105G, The Planets4
ASTR 110G, Introduction to Astronomy4
BIOL 101G/101GL, Human Biology4
BIOL 110G, Contemporary Problems in Biology4
BIOL 111G/111GL, Natural History of Life4
BIOL 211G/211GL, Cellular and Organismal Biology4
C S 171G, Introduction to Computer Sciences4
CHEM 110G, Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
CHEM 111G, General Chemistry I4
CHEM 112G, General Chemistry II4
E S 110G, Introductory Environmental Science4
FSTE 164G, Introduction to Food Science Technology4
GEOG 111G, Geography of the Natural Environment4
GEOL 111G, Survey of Geology4
GEOL 212G, The Dynamic Earth4
HNDS 263G, Food Science I4
HON 205G, Life, Energy, and Evolution4
HON 219G, Earth, Time, and Life 4
PHYS 110G, Great Ideas of Physics 4
PHYS 120G, Introduction to Acoustics4
PHYS 211G/211GL, General Physics I4
PHYS 212G/212GL, General Physics II4
PHYS 215G/215GL, Engineering Physics I4
PHYS 216G/216GL, Engineering Physics II4
PHYS 221G, General Physics for Life Sciences3
PHYS 222G, General Physics for Life Sciences II3


AG E 210G/FSTE 210G, Survey of Food and Agriculture Issues3
ANTH 120G, Human Ancestors3
ANTH 125G, Introductions to World Cultures3
ANTH 201G, Introduction to Anthropology3
ANTH 202G, Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology3
ANTH 203G, Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
C EP 110G, Human Growth and Behavior3
C J 101G, Introduction to Criminal Justice3
ECON 201G, Introduction to Economics3
ECON 251G, Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 252G, Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 112G, World Regional Geography3
GEOG 120G, Culture and Environment3
GOVT 100G, American National Government3
GOVT 110G, Introduction to Political Sciences3
GOVT 150G, American Political Issues3
GOVT 160G, International Political Issues3
HL S 150G, Personal Health and Wellness3
HON 203G, Understanding the Science of Human Behavior3
HON 232G, The Human Mind3
HON 235G, The World of Anthropology3
HON 237G, Archaeology: Search for the Past3
HON 248G, The Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues3
HON 249G, American Politics in a Changing World3
JOUR 105G, Media and Society3
LING 200G, Introduction to Language3
PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 201G, Contemporary Social Problems3
S WK 221G, Introduction to Social Welfare3
W S 201G, Introduction to Women's Studies3
W S 202G, Representing Women Across Cultures3


ART 101G, Orientation in Art3
ART 110G, Visual Concepts3
ART 295G, Introduction to Art History I3
ART 296G, Introduction to Art History II3
DANC 101G, Dance Appreciation3
ENGL 115G, Perspectives on Literature3
ENGL 116G, Perspectives on Film3
ENGL 220G, Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENGL 244G, Literature and Culture3
HIST 101G, Roots of Modern Europe3
HIST 102G, Modern Europe3
HIST 110G, Making History3
HIST 111G, Global History to 15003
HIST 112G, Global History Since 15003
HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History3
HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History3
HIST 211G, East Asia to 16003
HIST 212G, East Asia Since 16003
HIST 221G, Islamic Civilizations to 18003
HIST 222G, Islamic Civilizations Since 18003
HON 208G, Music in Time and Space3
HON 216G, Encounters with Art3
HON 220G, The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern3
HON 221G, Seeking the Way: Spirit and Intellect in Premodern China3
HON 222G, Foundations of Western Culture3
HON 225G, History of Ethics3
HON 226G, Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Truth3
HON 227G, Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy3
HON 228G, Religion and the State3
HON 229G, The New Testament as Literature3
HON 230G, Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature3
HON 234G, The Worlds of Arthur3
HON 239G, Medieval Understandings: Literature and Culture in the Middle Ages3
HON 241G, Telling American Stories: Society and Culture in Early America3
HON 242G, Claiming an American Past3
HON 244G, Masterpieces of World Literature3
HON 270G, Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway3
MUS 101G, Introduction to Music3
MUS 201G, History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
PHIL 100G, Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
PHIL 101G, The Art of Wondering3
PHIL 124G, Philosophy of Music3
PHIL 136G, The Quest for God3
PHIL 201G, Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 211G, Informal Logi3
PHIL 223G, Ethics3
THTR 101G, Introduction to Theater3

Alternatives for Meeting General Education Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as General Education courses, will have met the general education requirements for that subject area. For example, a student may complete ART 150, 155 and 156 (9 hours) and thereby satisfy one course from the Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts category, even though none of those courses carries a G suffix. Please check with the office of the college associate dean or with college advisors.


The Viewing a Wider World requirement fosters intelligent inquiry, abstract logical thinking, critical analysis and the integration and synthesis of knowledge; it strives for literacy in writing, reading, speaking, and listening; it teaches mathematical structures, acquainting students with precise abstract thought about numbers and space; it encourages an understanding of science and scientific inquiry; it provides a historical consciousness, including an understanding of one's own heritage as well as respect for other peoples and cultures; it includes an examination of values and stresses the importance of a carefully considered values system; it fosters an appreciation of the arts; and general education provides the breadth necessary to have a familiarity with the various branches of human understanding. All VWW courses can be identified by the V suffix.

Prior to graduating, NMSU students are required to take two courses from separate colleges from the Viewing a Wider World list in the Undergraduate Catalog. These courses are upper–division (300–400 level) General Education courses and should be taken in a student's junior and/or senior year. One of the two courses must be in a college other than their own. The other course may be taken within their home college, but this course (1) must be in a different department from their major department; (2) must not be cross–listed with a course in their home department; (3) cannot be counted as one of the requirements for the student's major.

These courses strongly emphasize the international character and multicultural influences in the fields of study and strengthen information retrieval skills. One of the courses (3 credits) can be replaced by study abroad experience, consisting of at least four weeks of a Study Abroad program or university coursework in a foreign country earning 3 credits.

NOTE: This list is under continuous revision. Please check with the office of the college associate dean or with college advisors for additional eligible courses. Honors courses have a specific college designation based on course content. These are listed near the end of this section.


AG E/GEOG 315V, World Agriculture and Food Problems3
AG E/HORT 330V/HON 430V, Organic Fall Vegetable Productio3
AG E/HORT 331V/HON 430V, Organic Spring Vegetable Productions3
AG E/ECON 337V, Natural Resource Economics3
AG E /ECON 384V, Water Resource Economics3
AG E 445V, Agricultural Policy3
AGRO 303V, Genetics and Society3
ANSC 312V, Companion Animals & the Human/Animal Bond3
ANSC 351V, Agricultural Animals of the World3
AXED 466V, John Muir: Lessons in Sustainability3
EPWS 325V, Humans, Insects, and the Environment3
EPWS 380V, Ecosystem Earth: The Impact of Human Activities3
FCS 449V, Family Ethnicities and Subcultures3
HORT/RGSC 302V, Forestry and Society3
RGSC/HORT 302V, Forestry and Society3


ANTH 305V, Contemporary Native Americans3
ANTH 306V, Peoples of Latin America3
ANTH/HIST/SOC 330V, Introduction to Religious Studies3
ANTH 357V, Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 360V, Food and Culture Around the World3
ANTH/SOC 361V, Social Issues in Rural America3
ANTH 362V, Environmental Anthropology3
ASTR 301V, Revolutionary Ideas in Science3
ASTR 305V, The Search for Life in the Universe3
ASTR/HON 308V, Into the Final Frontier3
ASTR/HON 330V, Planetary Exploration3
C J 440V, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
CHEM 310V, Chemistry and Society3
ENGL/THTR 321V, Modern European Drama3
ENGL 325V, Contemporary International Literature3
ENGL 327V, Shakespeare around the Globe3
ENGL 328V, Literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy3
ENGL 330V, Studies in Poetry3
ENGL 335V, Studies in the Novel3
ENGL 339V, Chicano Literature3
ENGL 341V, American Indian Literature3
ENGL/W S 380V, Women Writers3
ENGL 390V, The Arthurian Tradition3
ENGL 392V, Mythology3
ENGL 394V, Southwestern Literature3
FREN 365V, Perspectives in French Culture3
GEOG/AG E 315V, World Agriculture and Food Problems3
GEOG 325V, New Mexico and the American West3
GEOG 328V, Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 331V, Europe3
GEOG 361V, Economic Geography3
GEOG 363V, Cultural Geography3
GEOG 365V, Urban Geography3
GEOL 305V, Fossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 315V, The Geology of National Parks3
GEOL 335V, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civilizations Past and Present3
GER 333V, German Culture through Cinema
GOVT 380V, Contemporary World Political Ideologies3
GPHY 340V, Planet Earth3
HIST 301V, Origins of Modern Science3
HIST 302V, Science in Modern Society3
HIST 303V, History of Technology3
HIST 311V, Colonial Latin America3
HIST 312V, Modern Latin America3
HIST 355V, The American West in Popular Culture3
HIST 359V, Latin America and the United States: Uneasy Neighbors3
HIST 366V, British Imperialism3
HIST/GOVT/GEOG 374V, Urban Geography3
HIST 381V, Early Russia3
HIST 382V, Modern Russia3
HIST 390V, The Holocaust3
JOUR 377V, Mass Media Ethics3
LING 302V, Language and Society3
MATH/HON 411V, Great Theorems: The Art of Mathematics3
PHIL 323V, Engineering Ethics3
PHYS 301V, Photonics3
PHYS 303V, Energy and Society in the New Millennium3
PHYS 305V, The Search for Water in the Solar System3
PSY 417V, Intercultural Relations3
SOC/ANTH/HIST 330V, Introduction to Religious Studies3
SOC 336V, Sociology of Popular Culture3
SOC 360V, Introduction to Population Studies3
SOC/ANTH 361V, Social Issues in Rural America3
SOC/WS 374V, Comparative Family Systems3
SOC 376V, Social Change3
SOC 394V, Sports and Society: A Global Perspective3
SOC 458V, Comparative Global Family Systems3
SOC 465V, Environmental Sociology3
SPAN 364V, Culture and Civilization of Mexico3
SPAN 365V, Culture and Civilization of Spanish America3
THTR 307, Costume History3
THTR/ENGL 321V, Modern European Drama3
W S/SOC 374V, Comparative Family Systems3
W S/ENGL 380V, Women Writers3
W S 381V/HL S 380V, Women's Health Issues3


BLAW 313V, Sports and the Law3
BLAW 385V, Consumers and the Law3
ECON 324V, Developing Nations3
ECON 325V, Economic Development of Latin America3
ECON/MGT 335V, Business and Government3
ECON/AG E 337V, Natural Resource Economics3
ECON/AG E 384V, Water Resource Economics3
ECON 432V, Economics of Health Care3
FIN 303V, Personal Financial Planning and Investing in a Global Economy3
MGT 310V, The Faces of Entrepreneurs3
MGT 315V, Human Relations in Organizations3
MGT/ECON 335V, Business and Government3
MGT 345V, Quality and Competitiveness: An International Perspective3
MGT 360V, Negotiation and Business Conflict Resolution3
MGT 375V, Global Environmental Assessment and Management3
MGT 388V, Leadership and Society3
MKTG 311V, Consumer Behavior3


C EP 300V, Human Relations Training3
C EP 451V, Introduction to Counseling3
DANC 451V/HON 347V, World Dance3
EDUC 317V, Multicultural Issues in Society3
EMD 350V, Introduction to Educational Leadership in a Global Society3


C E 355V, Technology and the Global Environment3
CH E 395V, Brewing Science and Society3
E T 309V, Manufacturing: History and Technology3
E T 360V, Technology in Business and Society3
I E 310V, Continuous Quality Improvement3


HL S 301V, Human Sexuality3
HL S 305V, Global Environmental Health Issues3
HL S 380V/WS 381V, Women's Health Issues3
HL S 464V, Cross–Cultural Aspects of Health3
S WK 331V, Introduction to Social Policy: History3


LIB 311V, Information Literacy3



HON 319V, The Natural World of Thomas Jefferson3
HON 320V, Food and Humanity: World in Crisis3
HON 321V, Agriculture in an Urban World3
HON 323V, Cultural Perspectives on Dress3
HON 430V/AG E 330V/HORT 331V, OASIS: Managing a Community Supported Farm3


HON 301V, Mass Media and Society3
HON 304V, Dilemmas of War and Peace3
HON 305V, Global Environment3
HON 306V, Science and Ethics3
HON 307V, The Political World of Women3
HON/ASTR 308V, Into the Final Frontier3
HON 311V, Intercultural Communication3
HON 317V, Cultural Lessons of Nazism3
HON 318V, The World of Cinema3
HON 322V, Science and Public Policy3
HON 324V, Science and the Arts: Theatre and Story3
HON 325V, Contemporary International Literature3
HON 326V, Art and Mythology3
HON 327V, The Novel3
HON/ASTR 330V, Planetary Exploration3
HON 331V, Using a Telescope: Observation, Technology, and Analysis in Astronomical Research3
HON 346V, Perspectives on Violence3
HON 348V, Comparative Mythology: Myth, Ritual and the Life Cycle3
HON 349V, Islam and the West3
HON 350V, Law, Culture, and Conflict3
HON 351V, Interpersonal Relations and the Self3
HON 352V, Crime, Justice, and Society3
HON 353V, Justice without Prejudice3
HON 355V, Sexuality in Christianity and Islam3
HON 364V, Jewish Literature and Culture3
HON 365V, Contemporary African and Caribbean Fiction3
HON 366V, The Gothic Imagination3
HON 370V, Design: The Creative Act3
HON 374V, The European City3
HON 376V, Latin American Women Writers3
HON 377V, Freedom of Speech and the Law3
HON 379V, Literature as Film3
HON 382V, Contemporary Multicultural Women's Literature3
HON 383V, The Sixties: Society, Culture, and Change3
HON 387V, Comparative Perspectives on Women3
HON 388V, Leadership and Society3
HON 392V, Vietnam: America's Longest War3
HON 394V, Southwestern and Border Literature3
HON/MATH 411V, Great Theorems: The Art of Mathematics3


HON 335V, Legal Issues in Modern Society3
HON 360V, Working in Teams3
HON 380V, Comparative Economic Systems3
HON 384V, Ethical Decisions in Organizations3
HON 385V, Consumers and the Law3
HON 386V, Women in the Economy3


HON 347V/DANC 451V, World Dance3


HON 378V, Technology and Policy3


HON 393V/NURS 383V, Community and Public Service3


HON 450V, The Sundt Honors Seminar3

Alternatives for Meeting Viewing a Wider World Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as Viewing a Wider World courses, will have met the VWW requirements for that subject area.

The 9 credit hours must be in 300– to 400–level courses in one prefix area. For example, 9 upper–division ECON credits would fulfill one VWW area for students majoring in programs other than Economics.