4.81 – Degrees, Majors, Minors and Other Academic Programs of Study

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Scope: NMSU System

Source: ARP Chapter 4 | Curriculum and Course Management

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Last Updated: 10/21/2015

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RPM 4.00 - Academic Matters

Appendix ARP 4.81-A

Appendix ARP 4.81-B



Revision History:

2017 Recompilation, formerly 6.82
10/21/2015 former Policy 6.82 replicated by Board of Regents as initial Rule 6.82
No Prior Revision History Available for Policy 6.82

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION


The following Administrative Rules and Procedures are adopted pursuant to the authority granted in RPM 4.00. They establish the protocols by which degrees, majors, minors, and other academic programs of study shall be developed, reviewed and officially adopted.

 

PART 2 – RECORDING OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS ON OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT


  1. The following academic achievements shall be reported on the student’s transcript: Degrees, Majors, Minors, Concentrations, Community College Certificates, and Graduate Certificates. These notations are in addition to graduation with honors designations that appear on transcripts.
  2. Other terms used to classify academic credentials shall not be reported on the student’s transcript (see Part 3, Section F. below).

 

PART 3 – TYPES OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS/MINIMUM CREDITS HOUR REQUIREMENTS


A. Degrees

An academic rank conferred by the university after successful completion of a required course of study or conferred as an honor on a distinguished individual. NMSU offers Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. A degree is indicated on the student’s transcript.

  1. Associate Degree: NMSU awards both designated and undesignated associate degrees following completion of a minimum of 60 credits. Associate degrees are designed to prepare a student to transfer to a baccalaureate program and generally cover the first two years of a four-year degree.
  2. Applied Associates Degree: Applied associate degrees are offered by the system’s community colleges and designed for students moving directly to the workforce. These professional programs have a minimum of 60 credits.
  3. Baccalaureate Degree: A baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree is designed to provide the student with a broad educational base as well as knowledge in a specific field. The baccalaureate degree requires coursework to satisfy the New Mexico Common Core requirements (35-36 credits), New Mexico State University’s Viewing a Wider World requirements (6 credits), and the requirements of the major field of study (see section B).
  4. Master’ s Degree: A minimum of 30 semester graduate course credits is required for the master’s degree. Master’s programs involving a thesis include no more than six and no fewer than four credits of thesis. At least 15 credits for the master’s degree must be for work in courses in the department in which the student was admitted.
  5. Doctoral Degree: The doctoral degree requires significant scholarly study beyond the master’s. The individualized program of study is designed to meet the campus residency requirement and includes a minimum of 30 graduate course credits beyond the master’s. If the Doctoral degree requires a dissertation, at least 18-credits of dissertation work must be included. The professional doctoral degree includes a practicum or special project that culminates in a written report which demonstrates a command of the relevant scholarly literature and links it to the specific clinical or practical experience.

B. Majors

A major is a recognized area of study in which there is an extensive and well-developed curriculum offered at the university, as well as adequate library resources and support services.  All majors are indicated on the student’s transcript.

  1. Associate Major: An associate major, may include courses from more than one department, but as a minimum it must consist of at least 60 credits. Transfer degrees must include the New Mexico Common Core. Additional requirements may be imposed by the State of New Mexico and New Mexico State University or as specified in the Community College’s Catalog.
  2. Undergraduate Major: An undergraduate major may include courses from more than one department, but as a minimum it must consist of at least 24 credits within the major field, of which 18 credits must be upper-division courses. Additional requirements may be imposed by the State of New Mexico and New Mexico State University as specified in the Undergraduate Catalog.
  3. Graduate Major: A graduate major may include courses from more than one department, but as a minimum it must consist of at least 30 graduate course credits. Additional requirements may be imposed by the State of New Mexico and New Mexico State University as specified in the Graduate Catalog.
  4. Multiple Major: A student may earn multiple majors. In this case, the student must meet all of the requirements in the same catalog for each major. Courses taken outside of the major fields may be used to fulfill the conditions of any of the majors.
  5. Supplemental Major: A supplemental major is designed to enhance a student’s primary major through interdisciplinary coursework in a closely related field. The minimum requirements for an undergraduate supplemental major are 24 credits taken from the catalog listing for the field of study, of which at least 18 credits must be upper-division (300-499). Of the 24 credits, up to 9 may be courses from the student’s major course of study.

C. Minors

A minor is based on courses that encompass a recognized field of study outside the student’s major. Departments may require certain courses be a part of a minor and may exclude other courses. Offered minors are listed in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. A minor is indicated on the student’s transcript.

  1. Undergraduate Minor: At a minimum, an undergraduate minor must consist of 18 credits of course work, of which 9 credits are at the upper-division level.
  2. Graduate Minor: At a minimum, a graduate minor must consist of at least 9 course graduate credit hours.

D. Concentration

A collection of coursework in an area that is part of a major (see above) program of study. A minimum of 12 credits within the concentration are required, although some majors may require more. At the baccalaureate level, at least 9 of these 12 credits must be numbered 300 or above; at the graduate level at least 9 of these 12 credits must be numbered 500 or above.  A concentration will be indicated on the student’s transcript.

E. Certificates

  1. Community College Certificates: A Community College may offer two types of certificates: Certificate of Achievement and/or the Certificate of Completion.
    1. The Certificate of Achievement is a program of study less than 16 credits and is not eligible for Federal financial aid. It must provide employment related and/or career enhancing skills necessary to succeed in a job or a chosen field of study. These courses can be a subset of those required for a corresponding Certificate of Completion or Applied Associates Degree. These certificates are recorded on the student’s transcript.
    2. The Certificate of Completion requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (other Title IV requirements must be met to be eligible for financial aid) and has been approved through the academic review process described below. These courses can be a subset of those required for a corresponding Applied Associates Degree. These certificates are recorded on the student’s transcript.
  2. Graduate Certificate: Graduate certificate programs require 12-18 credit hours of course work that is interrelated and designed to develop a focused skill or area of expertise but do not culminate in awarding of a degree. Courses that comprise the graduate certificate must be regular approved courses offered by the University and must be numbered 450 or above. A graduate certificate is indicated on the student’s transcript.

F. Other Non-Transcripted Terms

Programs may use terms other than those provided in sections A-E, above; however, such terms shall not be Included on a student’s transcript and catalog descriptions should make that clear to students.  These include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: Emphasis, Focus, Option, Track, Area, Field, Specialty, Pathway, and Specialization.

 

PART 4 – APPROVAL PROCESS FOR NEW AND REVISED CURRICULAR CREDENTIALS


The charts attached at ARP Appendices 4.81-A and 4.81-B outline the sequence of approvals required for each type of academic credential. New credentials must include a proposal form. Changes to existing credentials must include a curriculum change form. The latest version of each form is available from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. (See https://provost.nmsu.edu)

All changes to current credentials must use these procedures. Examples include: name changes, offering more than 50% of a program in a new location, changing the Classification of Instruction Program (CIP) code, or moving a degree to an online only format.