Transfer among NM Colleges and Universities

To facilitate transfer of students and course credits among New Mexico’s colleges and universities, the state’s public institutions of higher education are required to accept in transfer courses taken within approved modules of lower-division course work and apply them toward degree requirements. Several transfer guides have been developed through collaboration of New Mexico’s public postsecondary institutions, consistent with requirements of state law (21-1B, NMSA 1978). Students enrolling for first-year or second year study at a New Mexico institution and wishing to prepare for possible transfer into a degree program at another institution are advised to take these courses during their freshman and sophomore years.

New Mexico Common Course Numbering System (NMCCNS)

New Mexico colleges and universities have devised a Common Course Numbering System (NMCCNS) to assist New Mexico students who are transferring between institutions within the state. The NMCCNS uses four letters and four digits. The letters indicate the subject area. The first of the four digits indicate whether the course is freshman (1) or sophomore (2). The middle two digits act as one number and indicate the sequence of the course. The last digit represents the number of credit hours assigned to the course, typically 3 or 4. All transferable courses have a New Mexico course number in parenthesis following the ENMU-Roswell course number in the New Mexico General Education Common Core and the course descriptions. The courses with the NMCCNS designation share similar course content and are directly transferable.

Student Responsibility

The New Mexico General Education Common Core (Core) is designed to include as many course options as possible. While all courses with NMCCNS will transfer, the degree plans of: (1) ENMU-Roswell; and (2) their selected four-year transfer institution may restrict the courses that may be used to fulfill Core requirements. Courses in the Core with NMCCNS designations, but not in the degree plans, would transfer as electives. Courses in the Core without NMCCNS designation may not transfer. We encourage students to develop a degree plan with an advisor during the first semester. Planning for effective transfer with maximum efficiency is ultimately the student’s responsibility. Responsible transfer planning includes early and regular consultation with the intended degree-granting institution to assure that all pre-transfer coursework will meet the requirements of the desired degree.

Transferable Lower-Division General Education Common Core

Students enrolling for first-year study who have not yet selected either an academic focus or the institution where they wish to graduate are advised to take courses during their freshman year outlined in the Lower Division General Education Common Core. For students enrolled at any public institution in New Mexico, the following courses are guaranteed to transfer to any other New Mexico public college or university, and apply toward associate and baccalaureate degree program requirements. Students should consult advisors at their current institutions regarding which specific courses fit these categories. Students preparing for careers in engineering, health sciences, or other profession-related fields are advised that some of this course work may not transfer toward general education requirements but in most cases will apply toward elective requirements.

Area I Communications                                                                                Select 9 semester hours

  1. College-Level English Composition 3–4 hrs.
  2. College-Level Writing (a second course

building on the above)                                                                  3 hrs.

  1. Oral Communication 3 hrs.

Area II: Mathematics                                                                                     Select 3 semester hours

  1. College Algebra 3 hrs.
  2. Calculus 3 hrs.
  3. Other college-level general courses 3 hrs.

Area III: Laboratory Science                                                                        select 8 semester hours

  1. General Biology, with laboratory 4 – 8 hrs.
  2. General Chemistry, with laboratory 4 – 8 hrs.
  3. General Physics, with laboratory 4 – 8 hrs.
  4. Geology/Earth Science, with laboratory 4 – 8 hrs.
  5. Astronomy, with laboratory 4 – 8 hrs.

Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences                                                        select 6–9 semester hours

  1. Economics (macroeconomics or microeconomics) 3 hrs.
  2. Introductory Political Science 3 hrs.
  3. Introductory Psychology 3 hrs.
  4. Introductory Sociology 3 hrs.
  5. Introductory Anthropology 3 hrs.

Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts                                                            select 6–9 semester hours

  1. Introductory History Survey 3 hrs.
  2. Introductory Philosophy 3 hrs.
  3. Introductory course in History, Theory, or

Aesthetics of the Arts or Literature                                          3 hrs.

Total to be selected                                                                                       35 semester hours

Lower-Division 64-hour Transfer Modules

Students who have selected a field of study but have not yet selected the college or university where they wish to earn their baccalaureate degree are advised to take courses during their freshman and sophomore years outlined in one of the Lower-Division 64-hour Transfer Modules. For students enrolled at any public institution in New Mexico, these courses are guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico university and apply toward bachelor degree program requirements. Students should consult advisors at their current institutions regarding which specific classes fit these categories. Lower-division transfer modules presently exist for:

  • Business • Biological Sciences
  • Criminal Justice • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering • Physical Sciences
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Teacher Education
  • Human Services

Modules for additional areas of study are being developed. Copies of these Transfer Modules may be obtained from the Advising Services. Call (575) 624-7163 for more information. For Transfer Modules in Braille or audio format, contact the Disability Services Office at (575) 624-7286. For more information, go to the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s Web site: http://www.hed.state.nm.us/colleges/modules.asp.

Complaint Procedure

An applicant who wishes to appeal the transfer evaluation should follow the steps outlined below:

  1. File a written appeal with the Admissions and Records Office, providing information regarding the course(s) being appealed. A course description, syllabus of the course at the time it was taken, and/or other documentation about the content of the course being appealed should be attached.
  2. Within 30 days of the written appeal, the file will be reviewed and the student will be contacted in writing. If the appeal is denied, the letter will explain reason for the denial.
  3. If the student is denied and wishes to continue the appeal, the student must indicate this in writing to the vice president for Student Affairs. The second appeal must be submitted within 30 days of the first appeal decision letter.
  4. Within 30 days of the second appeal letter, the file will be reviewed and the student will be contacted in writing.
  5. If the student is denied and wishes to continue the appeal, the student may appeal directly to the New Mexico Higher Education Department.