UNM Los Alamos

Associate Degrees and Certificates

Associate Degrees and Certificates

Program Requirements

  1. Before a degree and/or certificate program is granted by UNM–Los Alamos students must complete the following requirements:
  2. Complete the number of credit hours and specific course requirements as outlined for the degree or certificate.
  3. Earn a minimum of 15 credit hours for the degree and/or 9 credit hours for the certificate in residence at UNM–Los Alamos.
  4. Complete all required coursework for the degree or certificate with a minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) except as noted for specific programs.
  5. No basic skills courses (e.g., ENGL 099, ENGL 100, etc.) are accepted toward the number of credit hours required for graduation.
  6. Individual departments may require a higher grade on specific courses.
  7. All students planning to apply their courses to a second degree are expected to earn a “C” or higher in all courses.
  8. If a student is interested in transferring Core Curriculum courses to another institution or another degree, a “C” or better in each course is required.

Associate Degrees

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university, with the transfer of credits subject to the receiving institution’s policies. Generally, institutions within the state have articulated courses and programs to effect an easy transition.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to provide employment skills for the student. While not usually intended for transfer, specific courses within the degree may transfer depending on the receiving institution. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should confer with an academic advisor regarding transferability. The University of New Mexico has adopted a Core Curriculum, which all students must complete as part of a UNM baccalaureate program. The Core consists of approximately thirty-seven hours of courses in seven areas of study, with some noted exceptions. Students may apply AP or CLEP credit to the Core requirements. Departments and colleges may restrict student choices within the Core to meet departmental and college degree requirements. A grade of C (not C-) in each course is required to fulfill the requirements of the Core Curriculum.

General Education Requirements

Associate degree curricula require a variety of courses to broaden students’ understanding of the world as well as prepare students for employment or advanced study in their fields. Curricula therefore stress the student’s major subject, but also include General Education courses under seven general headings:

  1. Writing and Speaking: Communication and Journalism, English, Linguistics
  2. Humanities: American Studies, History, Foreign Language, Literature, Philosophy
  3. Social and Behavioral Sciences: Psychology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology
  4. Physical & Natural Sciences: Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science (geology), Environmental Science, Physics, Biology, Natural Sciences, Anthropology
  5. Mathematics: Mathematics and Statistics
  6. Foreign Language: Spanish and Portuguese, Russian, French, German, Japanese, Sign Language
  7. Fine Arts: Art History, Art Studio, Film, Music, Theater, Studio Courses

General education requirements vary for different majors (from college to college). Please follow the appropriate recommendations for degree programs. Advisors can assist students with their selections.

All degrees offered by UNM–Los Alamos are listed below. This list may not be complete because this catalog and program development is ongoing. Students should check with an academic advisor, Department Chair, or Associate Dean for program changes.

Associate of Arts

Liberal Arts

  • Public Safety Professionals Concentration

Pre-Business Administration

Pre-Professional Elementary Education

Studio Art

Associate of Science

Computer Science

Emergency Medical Services

Environmental Science

Pre-Professional Health Sciences—includes courses needed in preparation for various pre-professional medical sciences degrees.

Pre-Engineering

Science

Associate of Applied Science

Accounting

Applied Technologies

  • Electro-Mechanical Concentration
  • Solar Technology Concentration

Business

  • Marketing Concentration
  • Management Concentration

Environmental Technology

Fire Science

  • Emergency Medical Services Concentration
  • Fire Science Concentration

General Studies

Information Technology with Cybersecurity

Office Communications and Technology (program under review)

Public Safety

  • Emergency Management Concentration
  • Homeland Security Concentration
  • Police Science Concentration

Robotics

Academic Certificates

Certificates in many programs are designed primarily for students not currently pursuing an associate degree. Courses taken as part of a certificate program are accepted toward an associate degree in that field, as long as the grade earned is a C or better.

All certificates offered by UNM–Los Alamos are listed below. This list may not be complete because this catalog and program development is ongoing. Students should check with an academic advisor, Department Chair, or Associate Dean for program changes.

Accounting

Business

  • Marketing Concentration
  • Management Concentration

Early Childhood Multicultural Education

Electro Mechanical Technology

Office Communications and Technology (Program under review)

Pre-Professional Elementary Education

Pre-Professional Health Sciences

Solar Technology

Southwest Studies

Studio Art

Health Sciences Preparation

UNM–Los Alamos offers an Associate of Science in Health Science for students planning to obtain a Baccalaureate degree in a Health Science related field (see page 115 for details). Below you will find a list of courses you will need for various health science careers in order to transfer to other institutions for pre-professional medical sciences including the following: Nursing, Physician’s Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Radiography. All of these courses may be found within the AS in Health Science. We recommend that you consult with an advisor to determine your best degree plan.

Students interested in pursuing a career in the medical sciences such as Nursing, Physician’s Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Radiography can take required coursework at UNM-Los Alamos. The following course sequences list courses offered at UNM-LA. These courses articulate with the medical professional programs in the area and fulfill most of the pre-admission requirements of those programs. Sequences fulfilling the first two years of a BS program may also be used to fulfill many of the requirements for the Associate of Science in Science degree at UNM-Los Alamos. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at UNM-LA to ensure that the courses taken apply toward a particular health program. Advisors can help you articulate to nursing programs at Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College.

Pre-professional medical sciences course requirements are available in the following areas:

  • Nursing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Medical Nuclear Medicine Imaging
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Radiography

Nursing

Recommended sequence in preparation of entering UNM’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program:

SEMESTER 1
  • ENGL 110 (3) (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) 
  • Accelerated Composition (or Composition II or Enhanced Composition)
  • BIOL 123 (3)
  • Biology for Health Sciences
  • BIOL 124L (1)
  • Biology for Health Sciences Lab
  • Social/Behavioral Science (3) Select course from UNM Core Curriculum Area 4
  • Humanities (3) Select course from UNM Core Curriculum Area 5
  • Fine Arts (3) Select course from UNM Core Curriculum Area 7
SEMESTER 2
  • ENGL 120 (3)
  • Composition III
  • CHEM 111L (4)
  • Elements of General Chemistry w/Lab
  • STAT 145 (3)
  • Intro. to Statistics
  • Social/Behavioral Sci. (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum 4
  • Humanities (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum 5
SEMESTER 3
  • BIOL 239L (4)
  • Microbiology with Lab BIOL 237 (3)
  • BIOL 237 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 247L (1)
  • A & P Lab recommended, not required
  • NUTR 244 (3)
  • NUTR 244 (3) Human Nutrition
  • Human NutritionWriting/Speaking (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum 1
  • Writing/Speaking (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum 1Foreign Language (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum 6
  • Foreign Language (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum 6

SEMESTER 4
  • BIOL 238 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 248L (1) A & P Lab recommended, not required

Begin Nursing Courses
**Note: If you are planning to enter a nursing program other than UNM’s BSN program, see advisor for more specific coursework. Some area nursing programs require specific core curriculum courses which will also be available.


Dental Hygiene

Recommended sequence in preparation of entering UNM’s Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program:

SEMESTER 1
  • ENGL 110 (3) (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) 
  • BIOL 123 (3) 
  • BIOL 124L (1) 
  • CHEM 111 (4) 
  • PSY 105 (3) 

Elective (3) 

SEMESTER 2
  • ENGL 120 (3) 
  • BIOL237 (3) 
  • BIOL 247L (1) 
  • CHEM 212L (4) 
  • CJ 221 (3) Interpersonal Communication
SEMESTER 3
  • SOC 101 (3) Introduction to Sociology
  • BIOL 238 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 248L (1) Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • BIOL 239L (3) Microbiology with Lab
  • NUTR 244 (3) Human Nutrition
  • STAT 145 (3) Introduction to Statistics

Physician’s Assistant

Recommended sequence in preparation of entering UNM’s Bachelor of Science with Physician’s Assistant Certificate.

UNM Core Curriculum requirements (others may be included):
ENGL 110 (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) and ENGL 120 (6 credits)
Two Humanities courses (6)
Two Social Science courses (6)
Fine Arts (3)
PSY 105 (3) General Psychology
Foreign Language (3)

Communication requirements:
English: Writing or Literature (6 additional credit hours)

Science and Mathematics requirements:

  • MATH 121 (3) College Algebra
  • OR MATH 162 (3) Calculus I
  • OR STAT 145 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • BIOL 123 (3) Biology for Health Sciences
  • BIOL 124L (1) Biology for Health Sciences Lab
  • CHEM 121 and 123L (4) General Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM 122 and 124L (4) General Chemistry with Lab
  • BIOL 237 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 227L (1) Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BIOL 238 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 228L (1) Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • Highly Recommended:
  • BIOL 239L (4) Microbiology with Lab
  • NUTR 244 (3) Human Nutrition
  • CHEM 212L (4) Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry w/Lab
  • CS 150L (3) Computing for Business Students

Spanish or other regional language


Pharmacy

Recommended sequence in preparation of entering UNM’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

SEMESTER 1
  • ENGL 110 (3) (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) Accelerated Composition (or Composition II or Enhanced Composition)
  • MATH 123 (3) Trigonometry
  • ECON 106 (3) Introduction to Microeconomics
  • CHEM 121 and 123L (4) General Chemistry I
SEMESTER 2
  • ENGL 120 (3) Composition III
  • MATH 150 (3) Precalculus
  • STAT 145 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • BIOL 123 (3) Biology for Health Sciences
  • CHEM 122 and 124L (4) General Chemistry II
SEMESTER 3
  • PHYC 151* (3) General Physics

*PHYC 151L is not required but is highly recommended

  • MATH 180 (3) Elements of Calculus I
  • BIOL 237 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • CJ 130 or 221 (3) Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication
SEMESTER 4
  • BIOL 238 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 239L (4) Microbiology with Lab
  • Electives (9) Must include one: ENGL 220, Math 129 or 151, Phil 101, 102 or 156, Phys 152

Physical Therapy

Recommended sequence in preparation of entering UNM’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy:

SEMESTER 1
  • ENGL 110 (3) (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) Accelerated Composition (or Composition II or Enhanced Composition)
  • BIOL 123 (3) Biology for Health Sciences
  • BIOL 124L (1) Biology for Health Sciences Lab
  • PSY 105 (3) General Psych
  • MATH 121 (3) College Algebra
SEMESTER 2
  • ENGL 120 (3) Composition III
  • CHEM 111L (4) Elements of General Chemistry with Lab
  • PSY 220 (3) Developmental Psychology
  • MATH 123 (3) Trigonometry
SEMESTER 3
  • STAT 145 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • BIOL 237 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 247L (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • PHYC 151/151L (4) General Physics with lab
  • MATH 150 (3) Pre-Calculus
SEMESTER 4
  • BIOL 238 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 248L (1) Human Anatomy and Phys. II Lab
  • PHYC 152/152L (4) General Physics
  • NUTR 244 (3) Human Nutrition

Medical Laboratory Sciences

SEMESTER 1
  • ENGL 110 (3) (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) Accelerated Composition (or Composition II or Enhanced Composition)
  • CJ 221 or CJ 225 (3) Interpersonal Communications or Small Group Communication
  • STAT 145 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • MGT 113 (3) Management and Introduction

Social & Behavioral Sciences (3)
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum

SEMESTER 2
  • MATH 121/107 (4) College Algebra/ Problems in College Algebra
  • ENGL 120 (3) Composition III
  • CHEM 121/123L (4) General Chemistry I
  • BIOL 201 (4) Molecular and Cell Biology

Social & Behavioral Sciences (3)
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum

SEMESTER 3
  • CHEM 122/124L (4) General Chemistry II
  • BIOL 237 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL 247L (1) Human Anatomy and Phys. Lab I
  • BIOL 202 (4) Genetics

Humanities Elective (3)
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum
Foreign Language (3)
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum

SEMESTER 4
  • BIOL 238 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology II for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL 248L (1) Human Anatomy and Phys. Lab II
  • BIOL 239L (4) Microbiology for Health Sciences

Humanities Elective (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum
Fine Arts Elective (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum
CS 150L (3) Computing for Business Students


Medical Nuclear Medicine Imaging

SEMESTER 1
  • ENGL 110 (3) (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) Accelerated Composition (or Composition II or Enhanced Composition)
  • CS 150L (3) Computing for Business Students
  • MATH 121/107 (4) College Algebra and Problems in College Algebra
  • CHEM 121/123L (4) General Chemistry I and lab
  • BIOL 123 & 124L (4) Biology for Health Related Sciences and Lab
SEMESTER 2
  • ENGL 120 (3) Composition III
  • CHEM 122/124L(4) General Chemistry II and lab
  • PSY 105 (3) Introduction to Psychology

Humanities, Fine Arts, or Foreign Language Elective (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum

  • STAT 145 (3) Introduction to Statistics
SEMESTER 3
  • BIOL 237 & 247L (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology I and lab
  • PSY 240 (3) Brain and Behavior

Humanities, Fine Arts, or Foreign Language Elective (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum

  • MATH 123 (3) Trigonometry
  • PHYC 151 (3) General Physics
SEMESTER 4
  • BIOL 238 & 248L (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
  • PHIL 102 or 245 (3) Current Moral Problems or Professional Ethics
  • BIOL 239L (4) Microbiology for Health Sciences
  • NUTR 244 (3) Human Nutrition
  • SOC 101 (3) Introduction to Sociology

Radiography

  • ENGL 110 (3) (or ENGL 112 or ENGL 113) Accelerated Composition (or Composition II or Enhanced Composition)
  • CS 150L (3) Computing for Business Students
  • MATH 121/107 (4) College Algebra and Problems in College Algebra
  • CJ 221 (3) Interpersonal Communication
  • ENGL 120 (3) Composition III
  • BIOL 123 & 124 L (4) Biology for Health Related Sciences and Lab

Humanities, Fine Arts or Foreign Language Elective (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum

  • PHIL 245 (3) Professional Ethics
  • BIOL 237 and 247L (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
  • ECON 105 (3) Introductory Macroeconomics

Humanities, Fine Arts or Foreign Language Elective (3) Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum

  • BIOL 238 & 248L (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
  • PSY 105 (3) or SOC 101 (3) Introduction or Psychology or Introduction to Sociology
  • ECON 106(3) Introductory Microeconomics