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New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive research land-grant university excelling in teaching, research, public service and outreach. NMSU sits on 900-acres and enrolls more than 14,000 students from across the U.S. and 89 foreign countries. We are a NASA Space-Grant College, a Hispanic and minority-serving institution and home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. A true reflection of the region’s vibrant communities, NMSU is an exciting place to tackle challenges, find answers to important issues and prepare for the future.


Last Updated: 2021-05-03


Passport Block


The Passport Block listed here is for general information only.
Students must see the institution's website for access to its official block.

NMSU's General Education curriculum aligns very well with the Interstate Passport PLOs. The curriculum is focused on a set of five "Essential Skills" - Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Thinking, Personal & Social Responsibility, and Information & Digital Literacy. This provides alignment with several of the Passport skill areas. These essential skills are integrated into required courses across six disciplinary areas - Communications, Mathematics, Science, Social & Behavioral Science, Humanities, and Creative & Fine Arts. This provides alignment with the remainder of the Passport knowledge and skill areas. As a result, any student completing NMSU's lower-division GE program will earn a Passport as long as they (1) receive a grade a C or better in each course satisfying the GE requirements, and (2) have the appropriate quantity and distribution of Natural Science courses. 

Additional information on our General Education curriculum is available from the NMSU Catalog.

Complete at least one Oral Communication course chosen from among a group of four courses.

Oral Communications Courses
Courses in Oral Communications Courses
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AXED 2120G Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication
COMM 1130G Public Speaking
HNRS 2175G Introduction to Communications Honors

Complete one out of three English Composition Level 1 courses, and one out of four English Composition Level 2 courses.

English Composition Level 1
Courses in English Composition Level 1
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ENGL 1110G Composition I
ENGL 1110H Composition I Honors
ENGL 1110M Composition I Multilingual

English Composition Level 2
Courses in English Composition Level 2
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ENGL 2130G Advanced Composition
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication
ENGL 2215G Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science

Complete one Area II Mathematics course and one Area III Laboratory Science course. The Quantitative Reasoning essential skill is taught in both Area II and Area III courses in NMSU's GE curriculum. 

Area III Laboratory Science courses are also referenced under the Natural Sciences Passport area.

Area II Mathematics
Courses in Area II Mathematics
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics
MATH 1220G College Algebra
MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus
MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics
MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I
MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 1521G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MATH 1521H Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors
MATH 2134G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II
MATH 2350G Statistical Methods
MATH 2530G Calculus III

Area III Laboratory Sciences
Courses in Area III Laboratory Sciences
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AGRO 1110G Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
AGRO 1110G Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
AGRO 1110G Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
ANTH 1135G+L Introduction to Biological Anthropology with Lab
ANTH 1135G+L Introduction to Biological Anthropology with Lab
ANTH 1135G+L Introduction to Biological Anthropology with Lab
ASTR 1115G Introduction to Astronomy (lec+lab)
ASTR 1115G Introduction to Astronomy (lec+lab)
ASTR 1115G Introduction to Astronomy (lec+lab)
ASTR 1120G The Planets
ASTR 1120G The Planets
ASTR 1120G The Planets
BIOL 1120G+L Human Biology with Lab
BIOL 1120G+L Human Biology with Lab
BIOL 1120G+L Human Biology with Lab
BIOL 1130G Introductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors)
BIOL 1130G Introductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors)
BIOL 1130G Introductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors)
BIOL 1190G Contemporary Problems in Biology
BIOL 1190G Contemporary Problems in Biology
BIOL 1190G Contemporary Problems in Biology
BIOL 2110G+L Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology with Lab
BIOL 2110G+L Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology with Lab
BIOL 2110G+L Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology with Lab
BIOL 2610G+L Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution with Lab
C S 171G Introduction to Computer Science
CHEM 1120G Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
ENVS 1110G Environmental Science I
FSTE 1110G Introduction to Food Science and Technology
FSTE 2110G Food Science I
FWCE 1110G Introduction to Natural Resources Management
GEOG 1110G Physical Geography
GEOL 1110G Physical Geology
HNRS 2116G Earth, Time and Life
HORT 1115G Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
PHYS 1115G+L Survey of Physics with Lab
PHYS 1125G+L Physics of Music
PHYS 1230G+L Algebra-Based Physics I with Lab
PHYS 1240G+L Algebra-Based Physics II with Lab
PHYS 1310G+L Calculus -Based Physics I with Lab
PHYS 1320G+L Calculus -Based Physics II with Lab
PHYS 2230G+L General Physics for Life Science I with Lab
PHYS 2240G+L General Physics for Life Science II with Lab

Complete two courses from Area III Laboratory Sciences, one each from the physical and life sciences areas.

Area III laboratory Science courses also contribute to satisfying the Quantitative Reasoning and Teamwork & Value Systems Passport areas.

Area III Laboratory Sciences - Life Sciences
Courses in Area III Laboratory Sciences - Life Sciences
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AGRO 1110G Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
ANTH 1135G+L Introduction to Biological Anthropology with Lab
BIOL 1120G+L Human Biology with Lab
BIOL 1130G Introductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors)
BIOL 1190G Contemporary Problems in Biology
BIOL 2110G+L Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology with Lab
BIOL 2610G+L Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution with Lab
ENVS 1110G Environmental Science I
FSTE 1110G Introduction to Food Science and Technology
FSTE 2110G Food Science I
FWCE 1110G Introduction to Natural Resources Management
HORT 1115G Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)

Area III Laboratory Sciences - Physical Sciences
Courses in Area III Laboratory Sciences - Physical Sciences
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ASTR 1115G Introduction to Astronomy (lec+lab)
ASTR 1120G The Planets
C S 171G Introduction to Computer Science
CHEM 1120G Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
GEOG 1110G Physical Geography
GEOL 1110G Physical Geology
HNRS 2116G Earth, Time and Life
PHYS 1115G+L Survey of Physics with Lab
PHYS 1125G+L Physics of Music
PHYS 1230G+L Algebra-Based Physics I with Lab
PHYS 1240G+L Algebra-Based Physics II with Lab
PHYS 1310G+L Calculus -Based Physics I with Lab
PHYS 1320G+L Calculus -Based Physics II with Lab
PHYS 2230G+L General Physics for Life Science I with Lab
PHYS 2240G+L General Physics for Life Science II with Lab

Complete one course from Area IV, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and one course from Area V, Humanities. These courses also meet the Human Society and the Individual PLOs.

Area IV, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Courses in Area IV, Social & Behavioral Sciences
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AEEC 2130G Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
ANTH 1115G Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 1137G Human Ancestors
ANTH 1140G Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 1160G World Archaeology
ANTH 2140G Indigenous Peoples of North America
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior
CJUS 1110G Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECON 1110G Survey of Economics
ECON 2110G Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 2110H Principles of Macroeconomics Honors
ECON 2120G Microeconomics Principles
ECON 2120H Principles of Microeconomics Honors
FSTE 2130G Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
GEOG 1120G World Regional Geography
GEOG 1130G Human Geography
GNDR 2110G Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
GNDR 2120G Representing Women Across Cultures
HNRS 2161G Window of Humanity
HNRS 2170G The Human Mind
HNRS 2172G Archaeology: Search for the Past
HNRS 2174G American Politics in a Changing World
HNRS 2180G Citizen and State Great Political Issues
JOUR 105G Media and Society
LING 2110G Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics
PHLS 1110G Personal Health & Wellness
POLS 1110G Introduction to Political Science
POLS 1120G American National Government
POLS 1130G Issues in American Politics
POLS 2120G International Relations
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 1110G Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 2310G Contemporary Social Problems
SOWK 2110G Introduction to Human Services & Social Work

Area V, Humanities
Courses in Area V, Humanities
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ENGL 1410G Introduction to Literature
ENGL 2310G Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2520G Film as Literature
ENGL 2650G World Literature I
HIST 1105G Making History
HIST 1110G United States History I
HIST 1120G United States History II
HIST 1130G World History I
HIST 1140G World History II
HIST 1150G Western Civilization I
HIST 1160G Western Civilization II
HIST 2245G Islamic Civilizations to 1800
HIST 2246G Islamic Civilizations since 1800
HIST 2250G East Asia to 1600
HIST 2251G East Asia since 1600
HNRS 2110G The Present in the Past: Contemporary Issues and their Historical Roots
HNRS 2117G The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern
HNRS 2120G Foundations of Western Culture
HNRS 2140G Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy
HNRS 2141G Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature
HNRS 2145G Celtic Literature
HNRS 2160G New Testament as Literature
HNRS 2171G The Worlds of Arthur
HNRS 2173G Middle Ages
HNRS 2185G Democracies, Despots and Daily Life
HNRS 2190G Claiming a Multiracial Past
PHIL 1115G Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1120G Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking
PHIL 1140G Quest for God
PHIL 1145G Philosophy, Law, and Ethics
PHIL 1155G Philosophy of Music
PHIL 2110G Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 2230G Philosophical Thought

Critical Thinking instruction is integrated into all courses in NMSU's GE curriculum. A student completing courses required for the other Passport knowledge and skill areas will therefore also satisfy the PLOs for the Critical Thinking area.

 Complete one course from Area VI, Creative & Fine Arts.

List 1
Courses in List 1
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title


Teamwork and Value Systems aligns with NMSU's Personal & Social Responsibility essential skill which is taught in all courses in areas III, IV, V, and VI. A student completing NMSU's GE curriculum will therefore meet the Teamwork and Value Systems PLO. Courses from these areas are listed under other Passport knowledge and skill areas.

Complete one course from Area IV, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and one course from Area V, Humanities. These courses also meet the Human Cultures PLOs.

Area IV, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Courses in Area IV, Social & Behavioral Sciences
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AEEC 2130G Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
ANTH 1115G Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 1137G Human Ancestors
ANTH 1140G Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 1160G World Archaeology
ANTH 2140G Indigenous Peoples of North America
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior
CJUS 1110G Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECON 1110G Survey of Economics
ECON 2110G Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 2110H Principles of Macroeconomics Honors
ECON 2120G Microeconomics Principles
ECON 2120H Principles of Microeconomics Honors
FSTE 2130G Survey of Food and Agricultural Issues
GEOG 1120G World Regional Geography
GEOG 1130G Human Geography
GNDR 2110G Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
GNDR 2120G Representing Women Across Cultures
HNRS 2161G Window of Humanity
HNRS 2170G The Human Mind
HNRS 2172G Archaeology: Search for the Past
HNRS 2174G American Politics in a Changing World
HNRS 2180G Citizen and State Great Political Issues
JOUR 105G Media and Society
LING 2110G Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics
PHLS 1110G Personal Health & Wellness
POLS 1110G Introduction to Political Science
POLS 1120G American National Government
POLS 1130G Issues in American Politics
POLS 2120G International Relations
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 1110G Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 2310G Contemporary Social Problems
SOWK 2110G Introduction to Human Services & Social Work

Area V, Humanities
Courses in Area V, Humanities
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ENGL 1410G Introduction to Literature
ENGL 2310G Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2520G Film as Literature
ENGL 2650G World Literature I
HIST 1105G Making History
HIST 1110G United States History I
HIST 1120G United States History II
HIST 1130G World History I
HIST 1140G World History II
HIST 1150G Western Civilization I
HIST 1160G Western Civilization II
HIST 2245G Islamic Civilizations to 1800
HIST 2246G Islamic Civilizations since 1800
HIST 2250G East Asia to 1600
HIST 2251G East Asia since 1600
HNRS 2110G The Present in the Past: Contemporary Issues and their Historical Roots
HNRS 2117G The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern
HNRS 2120G Foundations of Western Culture
HNRS 2140G Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy
HNRS 2141G Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature
HNRS 2145G Celtic Literature
HNRS 2160G New Testament as Literature
HNRS 2171G The Worlds of Arthur
HNRS 2173G Middle Ages
HNRS 2185G Democracies, Despots and Daily Life
HNRS 2190G Claiming a Multiracial Past
PHIL 1115G Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1120G Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking
PHIL 1140G Quest for God
PHIL 1145G Philosophy, Law, and Ethics
PHIL 1155G Philosophy of Music
PHIL 2110G Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 2230G Philosophical Thought


Program Highlights


We offer more than 100 undergraduate degree programs designed to offer you a challenging and rewarding academic experience in addition to enriched programs such as the Master’s Accelerated Program, the Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Program and the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program.


Contact Info

Institutional Liaison: David Smith
Contact for Students: Carley Casey




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