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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

AA/AS Junior College Degree

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Junior College Curriculum

The core curriculum requirements generate essentially a liberal arts associate degree, but by careful selection of elective courses, a cadet can build a course sequence, which parallels those in other institutions that lead to the bachelor’s degree. Cadets’ academic advisors will counsel their advisees on other institutions’ requirements for undergraduate degrees and suggest NMMI courses which parallel those sequences. Except at four-year institutions that do not sponsor ROTC programs, virtually all NMMI credit producing courses may count towards the 120-140 semester graduation total which most colleges require for the bachelor’s degree. However, as is increasingly becoming common, many bachelor’s degrees require 10 semesters to complete.

Normal Class Loads

The normal academic load for college cadets is 15 semester credit hours. The minimum load is 12 semester credit hours.


Cadets with a 3.0 GPA or above from the previous grading period may take more than 19 credit hours The advisor may authorize a course load of up to 19 hours, and the Advisor’s Associate Dean may authorize a course load of 20-21 hours. Only the Academic Dean may authorize a course load of 22 or more hours. Overloads are not recommended for a cadet with a GPA of less than 3.0 from the previous semester grading period. Upon the cadet’s request and with the recommendation of the academic advisor, an overload may be authorized if the cadet’s schedule (academic, athletic, extra-curricular) suggests that there is reasonable probability that the cadet can successfully handle the overload.

College Distance Learning Courses

Correspondence/on-line/distance courses must meet the following criteria:

  • Cadet must take the course at NMMI if offered
  • If the cadet cannot schedule the required class in the last semester of the graduation year, the cadet can request a correspondence or on line course
  • A cadet may take a correspondence/on-line course if the course is not offered in the curriculum, and must receive the Dean’s permission prior to enrolling in the course (Academic Waiver Form in Registrar’s Office)
  • On-line courses must have a mandatory valid log-in process through Blackboard, Canvas or a similar program.

Transfer Credit

Academic credit to meet graduation requirements may be acquired elsewhere and entered on the NMMI transcript. Cadets who contemplate this action should check with the concerned academic department chair to assure that the course taken elsewhere does indeed meet Institute academic criteria. For college cadets a maximum of two college courses from an accredited school may be transferred back to NMMI to meet graduation requirements after leaving the Institute in good standing. Equivalent Institute courses must be identified and a grade of “C” or better is required. Transferred courses do not affect the NMMI grade point average.

New Mexico Military Institute accepts credits transferred from other accredited colleges and universities as long as a satisfactory grade is earned for the course or courses that are similar to the NMMI college curriculum. New Mexico Military Institute reserves the right to determine whether courses earned elsewhere transfer to NMMI. Transfer grades are not used to compute cumulative grade point averages.

With the exception of remedial courses, NMMI credits generally are transferable to any university in the nation. New Mexico Higher Education Department routinely prepares a chart showing comparable courses, which meet basic requirements and transfer between colleges in New Mexico. This matrix is on the NM HED web site.

Transfer credit appeals. Any cadet who wishes to appeal the transfer must file a written appeal to the Registrar providing a course syllabus and description. Within 30 days, the file will be reviewed by the Registrar and Division Head and the cadet will receive the result in writing. If the cadet wishes to continue the appeal on denied courses, they must appeal to the Academic Dean in writing. This appeal must be within 30 days. If denied and the course is a NM General Education course, the cadet has the right to appeal to the Higher Education Department in Santa Fe.

Junior College Graduation Requirements

NMMI’s curriculum is university parallel and most cadets continue for their baccalaureate degrees by completing requirements for the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree. 

In both cases, the following requirements must be met in order to graduate with an AA or AS:

  • Cadet must earn at least 60 credit hours from the specific AA or AS General Education Module plus electives.

  • College cadet must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours at NMMI and spend two semesters in residence.

  • 2.0 minimum NMMI GPA

  • No more than 4.0 PHEA (physical education and/or MSL PT) and 8.0 MUSC (music) credits will count towards graduation.  Any credits over these limits will not count towards graduation requirement total and GPA calculation.

  • The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) assessment test must be taken by all graduates in their last semester.

  • Cadet must complete the required courses within the core curriculum.  Specific core subject areas are listed below with allowable courses for each subject area.

A cadet may choose to pursue a specific concentration within each degree program.  When choosing a concentration, the cadet will be assigned to an appropriate academic advisor who specializes in advising towards the chosen concentration. Please note, a cadet must take these courses, in addition to completing the core subject requirements in the General Education Module within the degree program.  In some cases, a course taken to fulfill a concentration course requirement can be applied to the core subject requirement (e.g. Cadet pursuing the Pre-Engineering concentation will take Calculus I and II which will count towards the AS Math requirement and towards the Pre-Engineering concentration as well).

Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is designed to provide a solid foundation in the liberal arts for cadets interested in pursuing a four-year or advanced degree in Humanities, Business, Social Science, or related fields.  Click on the links below to review AA core course and concentration requirements:

Concentrations within the AA program include:

Associate in Science

The Associate in Science (AS) degree is designed to provide a solid foundation in mathematics and the sciences for cadets interested in pursuing a four-year or advanced degree in Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering, Pre-medical/Dental/Veterinarian, or related fields.  Click on the link below to review AS core course and concentration requirements:

Concentrations within the AS program include:

New Mexico General Education Transfers (HED)

During the 2005 New Mexico Legislative session, Senate Bill 161, consistent with the requirements of state law, was signed into law to further enhance and facilitate the articulation of general education courses among New Mexico’s colleges and universities. Designated general education core course, successfully completed at any regionally accredited public institution of higher education in New Mexico are guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico public institution.

The core matrix of approved courses guaranteed to transfer and meet general education requirements can be found on the New Mexico Higher Education Department website http://hed.state.nm.us and follow the colleges and universities link to the drop down menu for transferring credits and core matrix.

This is the current listing of NMMI courses to the New Mexico Common Course Numbering (NMCCN System). This system facilitates the articulation of coursework through a set of uniform course designations.

The NMCCN is a four alpha prefix that identifies the subject area and then four digits each having a specific meaning. The first digit represents the course level (1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore etc.), the next two represent the sequence of the course, while the last represents the credit hours assigned to the course.

For example: ENGL 1113 is the general freshmen composition course required at all schools, 1 (College Freshman) 11 (sequence number) 3 (credit value). A course of ENGL 1033 would be a lower level college level course, while ENGL 0993 would be a developmental English course. ENGL 1123 - sequence 12 or Freshman Composition II; ENGL 2113 - 2 (College Sophomore) - 11 (sequence at the sophomore level) - 3 (credits).

Over the next few years NMMI will convert all course numbers to the NMCCN course number or place a course in its proper sequence in that schema. The General Education Common Core is 35 semester hours.

Lower Division General Education Transfer - Junior College

Area I: Communications 9 Semester Hours
College-Level English Composition 3-4 hrs
College-Level Writing (2nd course) 3 hrs
Public Speaking 3 hrs
Area II: Mathematics 3 Semester Hours
College Algebra (or higher) 3 hrs
Calculus 3 hrs
Other College-Level Mathematics 3 hrs
Area III: Laboratory Science (Class and Lab) 8 Semester Hours
General Biology 4-8 hrs
General Chemistry 4-8 hrs
General Physics 4-8 hrs
Geology/Earth Science 4-8 hrs
Astronomy 4-8 hrs
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 6-9 Semester Hours
Economics (Macro/Micro) 3 hrs
Introductory Political Science 3 hrs
Introductory Psychology 3 hrs
Introductory Sociology 3 hrs
Introductory Anthropology 3 hrs
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts 6-9 Semester Hours
Introductory History (Survey) 3 hrs
Philosophy 3 hrs
Introductory course in History, Theory, Arts (Aesthetics), Literature 3 hrs
  Total: 35 Hours


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