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Vocational/Technical Studies - AAS

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vocational/Technical Studies is designed for students whose primary interest is in the vocational or technical fields and who have completed or are pursuing a certificate in one of the following areas: Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Automotive Technology, Barbering, Building Technology, Business Management, Computer Application Specialist, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental Assistant, Basic Electronics, Fire Protection, Electrical Wiring Technology or Welding Technology.

The structured curriculum enhances the students’ chosen vocational or technical course of study with a general education component and related study electives selected in consultation with an advisor. The structured degree program enhances the students’ job and advanced degree opportunities. Transfer credits are determined by the receiving institution on a course- by-course basis.

Degree Requirements

The follow degree requirements are for the 2015-2018 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 60 Credit Hours

General Education Core (23 credit hours)
Area I. Communications (6 credit hours)
ENG111 Freshman Composition I 3
Choose One (3 credit hours)
SPCH111 Public Speaking 3
SPCH112 Interpersonal Communication 3
Area II. Mathematics (4 credit hours)
MATH116 Intermediate Algebra 4
*MATH116 - Students intending to transfer to another post-secondary institution are advised that this course may not transfer toward General Education Core requirements but in most cases will apply toward elective requirements.
Laboratory Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Humanities and Fine Arts (13 credit hours)
ECON208 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ANTH103 Introduction to Anthropology 3
BIO111 General Biology II 4
BIO201 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO217 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO110 General Biology I 4
BIO218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO105 Biology for Non-Majors 4
CHEM105 Introduction to Chemistry 4
CHEM111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM112 General Chemistry II 4
ENVS102 Environmental Science 4
GEOL101 Survey of Earth Science 4
GEOL202 Earth History 4
PHYS111 Introduction to Physics 4
PHYS115 General Physics I 4
PHYS116 General Physics II 4
PHYS161 Calculus Physics I 4
PHYS162 Calculus Physics II 4
ANTH221 Cultures of the World 3
ECON209 Principles of Microeconomics 3
POLS151 American National Government 3
POLS167 State and Local Government 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ART110 Introduction to Art 3
ART210 Art History 3
HIST101 Western Civilization to 1500 3
HIST102 Western Civilization from 1500 3
HIST161 American History to 1865 3
HIST162 American History from 1865 3
HIST220 History of New Mexico 3
MUS108 Music Appreciation 3
MUS208 Music History 3
PHIL101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
THEO222 History of Christianity 3
THEO232 World Religions 3
THTR110 Introduction to Theater 3

Related Studies (3 credit hours)
CSA150 Computer Fundamentals 3
STEM105 Computer Use-Scientific Research 3

Combined Certificate and Approved Elective Requirements (34 credit hours)
Approved elective courses require academic advisor approval

Note: Courses may only be used once to satisfy any general education core, program and approved elective requirements.