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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog
2013-2014

COLLEGE of EXTENDED LEARNING

Interim Dean · Christa Slaton

Acting Associate Dean · Donna Alden

Bachelor of Applied Studies
Bachelor of Individualized Studies

The College of Extended Learning extends New Mexico State University's reach beyond traditional academic programs to provide educational opportunities for students to meet their academic, professional, and personal learning goals. The College of Extended Learning offers flexible degree programs in the Bachelor of Applied Studies and the Bachelor of Individualized Studies, giving students the opportunity to develop their own interdisciplinary studies program, appropriate to their unique educational and career goals.

Advising for the Bachelor of Applied Studies and Bachelor of Individualized Studies is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Visit the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website to make an appointment.

DEGREE: Bachelor of Applied Studies

The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree promotes the mission and purpose of NMSU by making available flexible degree options and by providing a pathway of study for community college graduates with technical and applied degrees, from an accredited institution. It also helps minimize credit loss for associate degree graduates when they want to pursue a baccalaureate degree at NMSU. The student population targeted for this program differs significantly from traditional degree programs at NMSU. The BAS offers new opportunities for current and prospective students, and welcomes those who are employed full-time, completing their upper division coursework at a distance, veterans, active duty military personnel or active duty family, transfers from other institutions, or returning to college after time away.

To Declare a BAS

Students seeking to enter the BAS program are required to:

  • Have an Associate of Applied Science or a similar degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above from an NMSU campus, or other institution, if applicable
  • Demonstrate basic academic skills in English and mathematics at NMSU (see Regulations - Basic Academic Skills)
  • Have not yet completed the requirements for, or simultaneously be a candidate for, another baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree

Additional information is available at: http://artsci.nmsu.edu/basbis-programs.

Degree Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Complete the total number of credits as determined by your academic advisor (Note: a maximum of 30 credit hours in course subjects offered by the NMSU College of Business may be counted towards the degree.)
  • Pass all courses approved with a grade of C- or higher

To graduate from the Bachelor of Applied Studies program, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 128 credit hours (or more, depending on your program of study)
  • Complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of upper-division courses (300-499 level) including six hours of Viewing a Wider World from two separate colleges at NMSU
  • Complete the university's general education core requirements (at least 35 credit hours of approved New Mexico Common Core courses)
  • Not have completed the requirements for, or be a candidate for another baccalaureate degree

DEGREE: Bachelor of Individualized Studies

The Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS) program is ideal for students with academic and career aspirations that require inter- or multi-disciplinary study. The program attracts motivated and self-directed students who feel constrained by the specialized nature of traditional degree programs and want to design their own, personalized plan of study. Other students, particularly those returning to the university after years away, or those with full-time jobs, choose the BIS degree because they have specific personal or job-related academic needs that can be met most efficiently through the BIS.

Universities across the nation are discovering that traditional degree programs sometimes do not address society's interdisciplinary educational needs. NMSU has responded by creating a more flexible program in the form of the individualized studies degree. The program allows students to pursue their educational goals in areas not available within an existing departmental curriculum or traditional majors. The BIS offers new opportunities for current and prospective students, and welcomes those who are employed full-time, completing their upper division coursework at a distance, veterans, active duty military personnel or active duty family, transferring from other institutions, returning to college after time away, completing their baccalaureate degree for the purpose of attending graduate school.

To Declare a BIS

Students seeking to enter the BIS program are required to:

  • Demonstrate basic academic skills in English and mathematics at NMSU (see Regulations - Basic Academic Skills)
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above from an NMSU campus, or other institution if applicable
  • Have not yet completed the requirements for, or simultaneously be a candidate for, another baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree
  • Develop, in consultation with a BIS advisor, a Program of Study that builds on the applicant's existing coursework and meets the stated education or career goals

Additional information is available at: http://artsci.nmsu.edu/basbis-programs.

Degree Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Complete the total number of credits as determined by your academic advisor (Note: a maximum of 30 credit hours in course subjects offered by the NMSU College of Business may be counted towards the degree).
  • Pass all courses approved with a grade of C- or higher

o graduate from the Bachelor of Individualized Studies program, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 128 credit hours (or more, depending on the Program of Study)
  • Complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of upper-division courses (300-499) including six hours of Viewing a Wider World from two separate colleges at NMSU
  • Complete the University's general education core requirements (at least 35 hours of approved New Mexico Common Core courses)
  • Not have completed the requirements for, or be a candidate for another baccalaureate degree

Focused Studies

The College of Extended Learning works closely with other NMSU Colleges, and the NMSU Community College academic departments and advisory boards, to establish focused studies for associate degree graduates seeking a BAS degree. Students who are studying and/or working in any of the focus areas should consider the respective course recommendations, concentrations, and minors when applying to, and continuing study in the BAS degree program. Students who have not completed an associates degree, but are studying and/or working in any of the focus areas, should consider the respective course recommendations, concentrations, and minors when applying to, and continuing study in the BIS degree program.

Concentrations

Students seeking either the Bachelor of Applied Studies or the Bachelor of Individualized Studies may elect to complete a concentration, which is designated on their transcript and consists of a minimum of 24 credits, at least 12 of which must be upper-division. A concentration may be in a single subject or may be interdisciplinary. Courses required to complete concentrations are offered through various NMSU colleges and departments and are subject to availability. Concentrations will not be acknowledged after the degree has been conferred. For information and specific requirements on concentrations, see the College of Extended Learning website at Arts and Sciences website.

Minors

Students seeking a Bachelor of Applied Studies or Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree are encouraged to complete one or more minors offered through various NMSU colleges. A minor will be designated on a transcript and consists of a minimum of 18 credits, at least nine of which must be upper-division. Courses required to complete a minor may be in a single department or interdepartmental, are offered through various NMSU colleges, and are subject to availability. Students seeking to complete a minor must have the minor verified, prior to graduation, by the respective college academic department. Specific requirements for minors are available in printed form in departmental and college deans' offices, and may also be found in the college departmental listings of this catalog. (Note: the College of Business offers only the Business Administration minor to BAS and BIS majors.)