New Mexico Junior College

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NMJC College Catalog

Admissions Information

Students RegisteringNew Mexico Junior College serves the postsecondary educational needs of the community. NMJC has an open admission policy that provides individuals the opportunity to enroll in the college’s certificate or degree programs as well as individual courses. Students are considered for admission to NMJC without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. However, individuals may be denied admission to NMJC, denied enrollment in certain courses and/or programs, and participation in NMJC sponsored activities if it is determined that such access is likely to pose a serious threat to the safety of the applicant and / or members of the NMJC community. Such determination is made on a case by case basis and is subject to review by the Vice President for Student Services and the Vice President for Instruction.
 
Upon being admitted to NMJC, students are placed into appropriate courses to ensure that the student has every opportunity for success. An online application is available on the NMJC home page: www.nmjc.edu  Admission to NMJC does not guarantee admission to all programs. Certain programs may have restricted enrollments, additional enrollment processes, and/or early enrollment dates. Applicants should consult with an Academic Counselor or Division Dean for details concerning admission to these programs. The open door admission policy means admission to the college; it does not mean admission to any or all courses or programs of study offered by the institution.
 
NMJC’s academic year is divided into three semesters that usually begin in August, January, and May. Within each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), there may be several parts of term (short semesters). Please check the Academic Calendar for start dates. Students are urged to apply for admission at least one month before registration begins. Most full-time students attend school year-round until they finish their programs. Students may decide to take a semester off; however, students who interrupt their programs may not be able to resume their studies at the time they want because classes they need may not be offered every semester. An interruption in enrollment may also mean a change in program and graduation requirements upon the student’s return. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus. Arrangements for visits that will include a full exploration of college life can be made by contacting the Admissions / Recruiting Office.  The Vice President for Student Services directs all functions of the Admissions & Records Office and is responsible for administering the admissions policies and procedures of the College.
Correspondence concerning admission to NMJC should be addressed to:
New Mexico Junior College
Admissions
1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, NM 88240
The Office of Admissions is located in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center.
On-campus, Traditional Classes
• On-campus classes are offered at various times during the day and evening to accommodate students’ schedules.
• Saturday classes are offered in some disciplines.
• Students have access to NMJC labs and equipment, as well as student support services.
• Many students flourish in traditional classrooms where they have immediate access to faculty, resources, and other students.
Internet via Canvas
• Internet courses allow students to access course materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Faculty post syllabi, instructions, assignments, readings, and materials online through Canvas for students to complete on their own or in a group.
• Students use online communication features (e-mail, discussion board, and chat).
• Students may also interact with each other online.
• Assignments are turned in electronically. For some classes, students may be required to visit the NMJC campus for testing or lab purposes, or students may have to
make arrangements to complete work at another location.
• An Internet connected computer or access to one at least three times a week is required.
• A Canvas help desk is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and may be contacted at CanvasHelpDesk@nmjc.edu or by calling 575.399.2199.
Hybrid Courses (A combination of Internet and classroom instruction)
• Hybrid courses offer a reduced face-to-face classroom schedule that allows flexibility.
• Attendance is only required during scheduled on-campus class days and times.
• Online communication features (e-mail, discussion board, and chat) are offered through Canvas.
• An Internet connected computer or access to one at least three times a week may be required.
• Faculty provide an orientation for this Hybrid process on the first day of class.
ITV
• Distance education classrooms are available in the College District.
• This means less travel since students can attend classes closer to their home or business.
• Live classes are offered in multiple locations using two-way audio/video technology.
• Classes are offered simultaneously and interactively so students can see and speak to the instructor and the other students.
• These courses may contain an online instructional component consisting of writing components, other assignments, and online communication features such as
e-mail, discussion board, and chat.
1. If you are a Graduate of an Accredited High School or Equivalent:
An applicant who is a graduate of an accredited high school or who has successfully completed a nontraditional secondary educational program,including home school, will be admitted upon the presentation of a properly authenticated high school transcript. 
2. If you are NOT a Graduate of an Accredited High School:
An applicant who is not a graduate of an accredited high school or who has graduated from a private, non-accredited educational program, may be admitted as follows: 
•  Successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) or HiSET test.
•  An applicant who is 18 years or older and who is not a graduate of an accredited high school or private school, or who has not earned a GED or HiSET certificate, may be considered for admission by individual approval. In order to be considered for individual approval, the applicant must:
*  complete and submit the Application for Admission
*  provide an official transcript from the last school attended
*  take a placement test, and
*  provide documentation verifying the completion of the GED or high school diploma or equivalent when completed. 
General admission to the college does not guarantee admission to some technical education and health occupation programs, which have additional admission requirements. Please contact the appropriate program advisor for information.
3. If you are a High School Student seeking admission:
NMJC provides qualified high school-aged students the opportunity to enroll in college classes at NMJC. Credits earned may be applied toward a NMJC certificate and / or degree and most are transferable to other colleges. Students enrolled in any of these programs are subject to all NMJC policies and regulations. Information on the requirements and enrollment process for these programs is available from the Associate Registrar.
•  Dual Credit—Dual Credit provides New Mexico high school juniors and seniors who attend a public high school (with whom NMJC has a Dual Credit agreement) as well as home-schooled and private schools within Lea County and who qualify for New Mexico in-state tuition status the opportunity to take college courses for which they will simultaneously earn both college credit and high school credit. Students should see their high school counselor for Dual Credit information.
•  Early College—Early College is for high school juniors and seniors who wish to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously while on the NMJC campus. Students must make application at their high school.
•  Concurrent Enrollment—Concurrent Enrollment provides high school students, who are at least 16 years of age, the opportunity to take college courses. Students do not receive high school credit for concurrent enrollment. Students must see the Associate Registrar.
•  An application must be completed and clearly marked "concurrent enrollment:'
•  The student and parent must complete a Concurrent form.
Students younger than 16 years of age who seek admission to credit classes must obtain a waiver from the Vice President for Instruction. If the Vice President for Instruction denies admission, appeals are made to the President, and that decision is final.
4. If you are a Transfer Student:
A student who has begun work at another accredited college or university may be admitted. A college transfer student must present official transcripts of all college work. All transcripts should be sent directly to the Registrar's Office and should be on file at the time of enrollment. A transfer evaluation, reflecting those transfer credits acceptable at NMJC, will be generated only after the student makes an official request with the Registrar's Office. NMJC does not accept remedial or developmental coursework for transfer. 
5. If you have attended NMJC previously and are seeking re-admissionFormer students of NMJC not on suspension, provided they have not attended another college since they were last enrolled at NMJC, will be readmitted during any scheduled registration period. Students who stop attending for two or more regular semesters must file an application for readmission.  Former students who have attended another college or university since leaving NMJC will be considered transfer students.
6. If you are an International Student seeking admission (Students requesting an I-20 from NMJC)
A person who is a citizen or a permanent resident of a country other than the United States is classified as an international applicant. To comply with federal laws and immigration requirements, international students must be degree-seeking students in order to enroll at NMJC. Before an I-20 will be issued, in addition to submitting an International Student Application, international applicants must comply with and submit the following:

 

Proof of English Proficiency: If you are from a country in which English is not the official language you must provide proof of English language proficiency. The following may be used as proof of proficiency:

* Completion of four years of US high school with a 2.0 GPA or better
* Completion of high school in English-Speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
* ACT English score of 19 or better (test not REQUIRED for admission)
* SAT Verbal score of 480 or better (pre-March 2016 exam) or Read/Write score of 500 or better (post-March 2016 exam) (SAT exam is not REQUIRED for admission)
* 1 year of full-time study (minimum 24 credit hours) at a regionally-accredited US college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher
* Completion of one semester of freshman English composition with a grade of "C" or higher at a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university.
* Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited US college or university or a recognized institution in English-Speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
* Official score on the International version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 500 (paper-based), or 173 (computerized), or 72 (Internet) with a minimum score of 18 on each section. (scores valid for 2 years) (To receive information about the TOEFL, call 609-771-7100 or write: Educational Testing Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA.)
*Official score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6.0 or higher. (scores valid for 2 years
 

Academic Records: New Mexico Junior College requires official copies of high school, secondary, and university transcripts. Notarized, faxed copies or photocopies of these documents are not acceptable. Certified copies must contain the original signature(s), stamp(s) or seal(s) of the issuing institution’s designated official. Students who have no prior college or university credit must submit evidence of graduation from an acceptable secondary school and must be eligible for admission to a recognized university in their home country. The official transcript must be an original copy translated into English and must show each course completed and grade earned. You may have your transcripts evaluated by a credentials evaluation agency, such as the World Education Service (www.wes.org). We will waive the WES requirement if your official transcripts are in English from an accredited school and on a four-point scale

Financial Documents: Proof of financial ability to remain at New Mexico Junior College must be submitted prior to issuance of an I-20. Complete and return the NMJC Certificate of Financial Responsibility with required supporting documentation. The applicant must provide proof of adequate financial support for at least one full year of study at NMJC (minimum of $15,000).

Photocopy of student’s passport.

Application Deadlines for International Students:
•  April 1: Fall Semester (August)
•  September 1: Spring Semester (January)

Once all requirements for admission have been satisfied, an I-20 will be issued to the eligible student.

International Transfers from U.S. Institutions:
If currently “in status” under a F Visa, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services must be notified when an international student transfers from one U.S. institution to another. Once a student is admitted, NMJC will provide a “transfer-in form” that will need to be completed by the previous U.S. institution and submitted to NMJC to release the active Visa information for update. However, if a student is “out of status” with USCIS, that student should reinstate him/herself with USCIS prior to enrolling at NMJC. Questions regarding a student’s immediate immigration status must be directed to the international registrar. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the correct visa and to maintain the appropriate immigration status while in the United States.

General Information & Policies affecting 1-20 VISA holders:
•  Holders of F-1 student visas must enroll for a full load of study. Twelve semester hours is the minimum load of which only three credit hours can be in an Internet course.
•  Employment Restrictions: Students on F-1 visas do not normally have employment privileges. Government regulations require international students to certify that they have finances deemed sufficient by the College while pursuing their degree without employment. Thus, international students should not expect to support themselves through employment while attending NMJC.
•  Curricular and optional training opportunities are not permitted for international students at NMJC. No exceptions to this policy can be made.
Enrollment Status
A student’s enrollment status is determined by the student’s primary goal for taking courses at NMJC.
Degree Seeking Status
•     Students who have declared a major and plan to earn a degree (AA /AS / AAS) from NMJC or who plan to transfer to a four-year university are considered degree seeking.
•     Students who plan to earn a certificate at NMJC are considered degree seeking.
Non-Degree Status
•     Students who do not want to earn a degree or certificate are considered non-degree seeking. Non-degree students may request to change to certificate / degree status and apply credits earned in non-degree status by meeting with an academic advisor and completing a change of major form and degree plan.
•    Students who are taking courses for pleasure are considered non-degree students.
•    Students who possess a bachelor’s degree or higher and are not seeking a certificate are considered non-degree seeking students.
Note: Non-degree status may not satisfy eligibility requirements for financial aid, veterans’ educational benefits, or other assistance. Please see an academic advisor or a financial aid counselor for information.
Applying for Admission
1.   Complete the application to NMJC. An application is available online at www.nmjc.edu, or one can be obtained from Admissions. There is no application fee.
2.   Submit an official high school transcript(s), showing date of graduation. Students earning the high school equivalent certificate must submit proof of successful test completion.
3.   Submit college transcript(s). (Transfer students must submit current, official transcripts of all previous college attendance. Transfer students must also submit high school transcripts.)
4.   Provide placement / assessment exam scores. Submit Accuplacer scores  and / or ACT or SAT scores if available.
High School students, who took dual credit classes at NMJC, must complete a “new” application after high school graduation before taking classes as a freshman.
Admission Classifications
New Mexico Junior College classifies students by the following categories:
Freshman – a student who has earned fewer than 30 academic semester credit hours
Sophomore – a student who has earned 30 or more academic semester credit hours
Full-time student – a student registered for 12 or more credit hours of college work per semester
Part-time student – a student registered for under 12 credit hours of college work per semester
Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes
A student is classified as a resident or non-resident for tuition purposes based on information supplied at the time of admission or readmission. All residency requirements must be met before the first day of the term. The New Mexico Higher Education department establishes residence requirements fortuition purposes. These requirements apply to U.S. citizens, those with Permanent Resident immigration status, or those who have applied for Permanent Resident status. Residency requirements and information are available in the Admissions & Records Office and from the New Mexico Higher Education department’s Web page at www.hed.state.nm.us
Minimally, four basic requirements must be met (additional requirements may apply):
1.   The 12-Month Consecutive Residence Requirement: A student must physically reside in New Mexico for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which the petition is submitted. Note: Students whose parents or guardians reside out of state cannot begin to complete the 12-month requirement until their 19th birthday.
2.   The Financial Independence Requirement: Students cannot be approved for residency if they are financially dependent on their parents or legal guardians who are non-residents of New Mexico. At the time the student applies for residency (if under 23 years of age), a copy of his or her parents’ or guardians’ 1040 or 1040A U.S. income tax form for the previous year may be required.
3.   The Written Declaration of Intent Requirement: The student must sign a written declaration of intent to relinquish residency in any other state and establish it in New Mexico.
4.   The Overt Act Requirement: Residency regulations require the completion of overt acts that support the student’s declaration of intent to reside in New Mexico. Information on the number and type of required overt acts is available in the Admissions and Records Offices.
Note: Any act considered inconsistent with being a New Mexico resident will cause in-state residency status to be denied or revoked. Nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out the Admission Form is grounds for denial of admission, cancellation of registration, or suspension.
 
Additional Residency Information

1)    Overt acts are required to evidence support of the written declaration of intent to establish permanent residency in New Mexico. Any act considered inconsistent with being a New Mexico resident will cause the request for resident classification to be denied. The required overt acts are evidence of any two (2) of the following:

  1. if the applicant is financially dependent, a copy of the parent or guardians’ previous year income tax showing the applicant as a dependent and the parent address as New Mexico; or
  2.  a New Mexico high school transcript issued in the past year confirming attendance at a New Mexico public or private high school within the past twelve (12) months; or
  3.  a transcript from an online high school showing a New Mexico address confirming attendance within the past twelve (12) months; or
  4. a New Mexico driver’s license or ID card with an original date of issue or a renewal date issued prior to the first day of the term or semester; or
  5. proof of payment of New Mexico state income tax for the previous year; or
  6. evidence of employment within the state of New Mexico; or
  7. New Mexico vehicle registration; or
  8. voter registration in New Mexico; or
  9. proof of residential property ownership in New Mexico; or
  10. a rental agreement within New Mexico; or
  11. utility bills showing the applicant name and a New Mexico address; or
  12. other evidence which would reasonably support the individual’s intent to establish and maintain New Mexico residency.

2)  The department recognizes that there may be circumstances in which a student would not be able to fulfill the requirements of an overt act as listed in this section, such as: 1) individual is physically disabled and does not have a driver’s license, or 2) individual is a convicted felon and therefore cannot vote, etc.  In instances such as these, the institution will afford the student an opportunity to provide other documentary evidence or reasonable explanation which demonstrates that permanent residency in New Mexico has been established by the student.

Exceptions to the twelve (12) month requirement
If a student has met the requirements of one (1) of the following exceptions, and is granted residency status, the student shall continue to be classified and reported as a resident for subsequent, continuing enrollment.
•  An individual married to a legal resident of New Mexico and providing appropriate evidence shall not be required to complete the 12-month duration requirement but must satisfy all other requirements.
•  Any person, their spouse and dependents who move to New Mexico or who now live in New Mexico and who provide appropriate evidence that they work in a permanent full-time position or practice a profession or conduct a business full-time in New Mexico, shall not be required to complete the 12-month duration requirement but must satisfy all other requirements.
•  Any person entering the active service of the United States while a resident of New Mexico and who enters a state institution of postsecondary education in New Mexico after separation from such service may be classified as having been a legal resident in New Mexico during the time spent in the service, provided they:
•  Have not while in the service done anything (such as voting in another state) to show abandonment of their New Mexico residency;
•  Have not established residence in some other state subsequent to being separated from service;
•  Return to New Mexico within three (3) years after separation from service with the intention of maintaining this state as their legal residence;
•  Are not a dependent minor with parent(s) or guardian(s) whose place of residence classifies him or her as a nonresident of New Mexico.
•  Any person, their spouse and dependents, who move to New Mexico for retirement purposes, and who provide
appropriate evidence of retirement, shall not be required to complete the 12-month duration requirement but must satisfy all other requirements.
 
Inconsistent Acts: A person that demonstrates an inconsistent act, such as residing primarily out of state or maintaining a valid out of state driver’s license, may be denied residency irrespective of other overt acts that would establish their residency.  An officer of the public postsecondary institution shall exercise professional judgement to determine if an inconsistent act should cause the residency petition to be denied.
 
Waivers: If a student has met the requirement of one of the following waivers, the student shall continue to be considered a non-resident for reporting purposes but will receive the benefit of the in-state tuition rates.  In receiving such a waiver, the student does not become eligible for state funded student financial aid, unless the regulations for a particular aid program allow for such eligibility.
A).  American Indian nations, tribes and pueblos.  All out of state members of an American Indian nation, tribe and pueblo, located wholly or partially in New Mexico, regardless of the residence of the member prior to acceptance at a post-secondary educational institution shall be eligible to pay the in-state tuition rate.  These include members of the following tribes or pueblos: Navajo Nation, Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Taos pueblo, Picuris pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara pueblo, Nambe pueblo, San Ildefonso pueblo, Pojoaque pueblo, Tesuque pueblo, Cochiti pueblo, Jemez pueblo, Santo Domingo pueblo, San Felipe pueblo, Zia pueblo, Santa Ana pueblo, Sandia pueblo, Isleta pueblo, Laguna pueblo, Acoma pueblo, Zuni pueblo, and the Ute Mountain tribe.
B).  Armed forces.  Any person, their spouse or dependent child, not otherwise entitled to claim residence, who is a member of the armed forces of the United States or armed forces of a foreign country assigned to active duty in the state of New Mexico, will be assessed in-state tuition rates.
(1)  Assignment to active duty within New Mexico must be certified by the military person's commanding officer upon the student’s initial enrollment.  Such students may continue paying resident rates for as long as they attend consecutive semesters at the same institution.
(2)  A spouse or child of a veteran of the armed forces is entitled to pay tuition and fees at the rate provided for New Mexico residents; provided that spouse or child is eligible for benefits pursuant to the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or any other federal law authorizing educational benefits for a veteran and the dependents of a veteran.
C). National guard.  Pursuant to Section 20-4-14, NMSA 1978, an active member of the national guard and the member's spouse and children shall be deemed in-state residents for purposes of determining tuition and fees at all state institutions of higher learning.
 
Nondiscrimination Principle.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection H of 5.7.18.7 NMAC, any tuition or state-funded financial aid that is granted to residents of New Mexico shall also be granted on the same terms to all persons, regardless of immigration status, who have attended a secondary educational institution in New Mexico for at least one (1) year and who have either graduated from a New Mexico high school or received a high school equivalency credential (such as a general educational development GED) in New Mexico. State-funded financial aid programs with an employment component may require U.S citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.

Petitions for New Mexico Residency for Tuition Purposes
A non-resident student who believes he / she has satisfied the residency requirements may obtain a “Petition for Resident Tuition Classification” and the checklist of required supporting documentation online at www.nmjc.edu or from the Registrar’s Office. All residency requirements must be met before the first day of the term in which the student petitions. A petition received after that date will not be considered.
 
The completed petition and required supporting documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. A student may be requested to supply additional information or to explain apparent inconsistencies before a final decision is reached. The student is notified of the decision and, if denied, may amend his / her petition with additional information and / or appeal to the Vice President for Student Services, who is the student’s last recourse. If the student satisfies the residency requirements for a future term, he / she may re-petition for residency for that term.
 
Tuition is charged according to a student’s residency status (tuition classification) and the number of hours enrolled. Refer to the Tuition & Fees Section under Finances in this Catalog. Also, information is on our website.
Transferring Credit to NMJC

Any applicant for admission who has attended another college or university must submit his / her previous collegiate record. Students must request that each previously attended college or university send an official transcript directly to New Mexico Junior College Registrar’s Office. Credits earned at other postsecondary institutions may be transferred and applied toward program requirements in accordance with the following guidelines:

•  an official transcript from each institution attended must be sent directly to the NMJC Records Office for evaluation;
•  an evaluation must be requested;
•  New Mexico Junior College offers an equivalent course or if there is an equivalent course in the master NMJC Catalog;
•  there is a course description available in the transfer institution’s official catalog;
•  the course work at the transfer institution is considered college level (not transitional or high school level) credit;
•  credit will not be given for upper division courses from another institution unless there is an articulation agreement in place;
•  courses that are accepted in transfer to New Mexico Junior College will be listed on the NMJC transcript with the letter grade and the number of hours accepted but the grade and hours will not be calculated into the grade point average or hours completed on the NMJC transcript; and
•  the transfer hours accepted can be applied to a certificate and / or an associate degree.

If students have questions about the evaluation of transfer credit, they may contact the Vice President for Student Services. 

Transfer Among New Mexico Higher Education Institutions
To facilitate the 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.  New Mexico’s colleges and universities have developed transfer guides, consistent with requirements of state law (21-1B, NMSA 1978), to assist students who plan to transfer. Guides for several four-year New Mexico colleges and universities are available from the Academic Advisement and Counseling Office. 
 
Transferable Lower-Division General Education Common Core
Students 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. A Core Matrix of approved courses guaranteed to transfer and meet general education requirements at any New Mexico college or university can be found on the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at:  www.hed.state.nm.us   Courses are listed by institution. 
 
The course prefix and number that appear in parenthesis next to many of the institutions’ internal course prefixes and numbers is the New Mexico Common Course Number. It serves as a single reference point for courses taught throughout the state that share substantially equivalent content. Courses bearing this designation are part of a statewide equivalency table that cross references the institutional course and number with the universal “common course number,” creating an easy one-to-one match. 
 
Students may find the New Mexico Common Course Number listed in crosswalks, degree outlines, transfer guides, and in course descriptions in college catalogs and websites. The common course number “connects” equivalent courses at multiple institutions ensuring students that the course will transfer to the receiving institution and meet degree requirements as if it were taken on that campus. The New Mexico Common Course Number has an alpha prefix that identifies readily to the subject area. 
 
To facilitate the transfer of students and course credit among New Mexico’s colleges and universities, the state’s public institutions of higher education are required to accept in-state transfer courses taken within approved modules of lower-division course work and apply them toward degree requirements. Students should consult with an academic advisor about 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. Lower division transfer modules presently exist for: business, criminal justice, and early childhood education. Copies of these transfer modules may be obtained from the Counseling Office or from the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at www.hed.state.nm.us
 
Because not all NMJC courses are designed to transfer to other colleges and universities, students planning to transfer from NMJC to a two or four- year college or university in New Mexico should meet with an academic advisor. Advisors can assist students in choosing which NMJC classes will best meet their educational plans. 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. 
 
Students who have decided on a major and / or an institution at which to complete their studies should obtain a transfer guide or catalog and consult with an academic advisor at that particular institution to determine the most appropriate course selections. Students enrolling for the first year of study at a New Mexico college or university and considering possible transfer into a certificate and / or degree program at another institution are encouraged to take the courses approved for transfer during their freshman and sophomore years of study.

The Lower Division General Education Common Core (NMGECC)
Area I: Communications (Select 9 semester hours; 3 hours must be selected from each category)
        (a) College-Level English Composition
(b) College-Level Writing (a second course building on the above Comp course)
(c) Oral Communication
Area II: Mathematics (Select 3 semester hours)
        (a) College Algebra
(b) Calculus
(c) Other College-Level Mathematics
Area III: Laboratory Science (Select 8 credit hours)
        (a) General Biology, with laboratory
(b) General Chemistry, with laboratory
(c) General Physics, with laboratory
(d) Geology/Earth Science, with laboratory
(e) Astronomy, with laboratory)
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (Select 6-9 credit hours)
        (a) Economics (macro- or micro-)
(b) Introductory Political Science
(c) Introductory Psychology
(d) Introductory Sociology
(e) Introductory Anthropology
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (Select 6-9 credit hours)
        (a) Introductory History Survey
(b) Introductory Philosophy
(c) Introductory Course in History, Theory, or Aesthetics of the Arts or Literature
Total to be selected: 35 credit hours 
 
Transfer Credit Appeal
In accordance with New Mexico state regulations, NMJC has established the following procedure for receiving and resolving complaints from students or from other complainants regarding the transfer of course work from other public institutions in the state:
1.   File a written appeal with the Registrar’s Office providing the prefix/number of the course(s) in question, semester and year the course was taken, the name of the course, and the course description from sending institution’s catalog.
2.   If the request is denied, the student may continue the appeal process to the Academic Standards Committee and must do so no later than 30 days following the notification of denial.
3.   The Academic Standards Committee, in concert with the appropriate college division and/or content area, will review applicable materials and render a final decision. 
 
If the course or courses in question are part of a state-approved transfer module, the student may make further appeal to the Higher Education Department in Santa Fe by contacting:

Deputy Secretary for Academic Affairs
New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505-1650

If a student’s articulation complaint is upheld at that level and the student was required to repeat the course, the receiving institution shall reimburse the student the complete cost, including tuition, books, and fees of each course the student was required to repeat at the receiving institution.
 
Credit for Prior Learning
Law Enforcement / Corrections (Criminal Justice)
New Mexico Junior College recognizes that New Mexico police officers and corrections officers come to us with a firm grounding in their individual disciplines. We recognize and honor their prior learning by awarding college credit for a wide variety of learning experiences, both classroom and practical experience. In an effort to assist officers who want to further their educational experiences, NMJC is willing to award college credit for successful completion of both a certified law enforcement academy and / or corrections academy. Such credit will be treated as credit without a grade, will count toward graduation, and may be used in fulfilling specific curriculum requirements. Credit will be awarded as follows:

•  Any currently certified and commissioned police officer may receive up to 32 credits by providing proof (original certificate) of the successful completion of a certified law enforcement academy in New Mexico. Credits may count toward the AAS in Criminal Justice or an AA. Students will receive credit as follows:LA 113 or CJ 113-Introduction to Criminal Justice—3 hrs.
LA 113P or CJ 113P-Introduction to Policing—3 hrs.
LA 123P or CJ 123P- Law Enforcement Patrol Procedures—3 hrs.
LA 113B or CJ 113B-Substantive Criminal Law—3 hrs.
LA 213A or CJ 213A-Criminal Investigation—3 hrs.
LA 123F or CJ 123F-Traffic Law & Accident Investigation—3
LA 123D or CJ 123D-Technical Writing—3 hrs.
LA 114 Custody Control, Chemical Agents and Officer Safety—4•  Any currently New Mexico state corrections officer employed by a public or private correctional facility may receive up to 9 credits by providing proof (original certificate) of successful completion of a certified corrections academy in New Mexico. Students will receive credit as follows:CA 113J or CJ 113J-Introduction to Corrections—3 hrs.
CA 123J or CJ 123J-Corrections Officer Safety and Weapons Training—3 hrs.
CA 133J or CJ 133J-Communications and Interpersonal Skills for the Corrections Officer—3 hrs.
•  NMJC will also accept transfer of credits from any other regionally accredited institution. Credits may transfer but not necessarily apply to the student’s chosen course of study. Whether credits will count toward a degree is based on the decision of the College Vice President for Student Services and the Dean of Public Safety. Students will be required to have certified copies of transcripts sent to NMJC.
•  Students will be required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of course work at NMJC and meet all other requirements for graduation.
 

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Students who have completed college-level courses in secondary schools and have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations of the College Board with resulting composite scores of 3, 4, or 5 may petition for college credit and advanced placement. Listed below are the NMJC courses and the credit hours which will be given for AP scores obtained in the AP subject area indicated: 

AP Subject / Score  NMJC Course
 Studio Art / 3   Student will receive credit based on the specific medium: drawing, painting, etc.
 Studio Art / 4   Same criteria as above
 Biology / 3    BI 114-General Biology I
 Biology / 4    BI 114-General Biology I & BI 124-General Biology II
 Calculus AB / 3    MA 144-Calculus & Analytical Geometry
 Calculus BC / 4   MA 144-Calculus & Analytical Geometry I & MA 154- Calculus & Analytical Geometry II
 Chemistry / 3    CH 114A-General Chemistry I
 Chemistry / 4  CH 114A-General Chemistry I & CH 124A-General Chemistry II
 Computer Science A or AB / 3  CS 213F-C++ Programming
 Economics (Macro) / 3  EC 213-Principles of Economics (Macro)
 Economics (Micro) / 3  EC 223-Principles of Economics (Micro)
 *English Language & Comp / 3  EN 113-Composition & Rhetoric
 *English Literature & Comp / 3    EN 123-Composition and Literature
 +Environmental Science/3  HM193-Special Topics in Environmental Technology
 +Govt. & Politics Comparative / 3  GO 213-American Government
 Government & Politics-U.S. / 3  GO 213-American Government
 +History European / 3  HI 193-Special Topics in History
 History United States / 3  HI 113-United States History to 1877 
 History United States / 4   HI 113-United States History to 1877 & HI 123-United States History from 1877
 +Human Geography / 3  AN 193-Special Topics in Anthropology
+Physics B / 3  PH 193-Special Topics in Physics
 Psychology / 3  PS 113-Introduction to Psychology
 #Spanish Language / 3  SP 114-Beginning Spanish I
 #Spanish Language / 4  SP 114-Beginning Spanish I & SP 124-Beginning Spanish II
 #Spanish Literature / 3  SP 214-Intermediate Spanish I
 #Spanish Literature / 4  SP 214-Intermediate Spanish I & SP 224-Intermediate Spanish II
 Statistics / 3  MA 113B-Statistics

 * A student may not enroll in EN 123 without first receiving credit for EN 113.+ Courses may count as electives at NMJC. However, students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should check with that institution to determine how the credits will transfer.# A student may not receive credit for the Spanish Literature examination unless they have also taken the Spanish Language examination. 

Institutional Challenge
New Mexico Junior College recognizes that students learn by experience as well as in the formal class setting. Therefore, students who wish to establish NMJC credit for prior education, training, and / or experience may challenge a course by taking a comprehensive examination that is administered by the division responsible for the course. The grade on each institutional challenge exam is the grade that will appear on the NMJC transcript. In order to be eligible to attempt credit by institutional challenge, the following provisions must be met:

•  The student must contact the appropriate academic dean and instructor for permission and make arrangements to take the institutional exam for credit.
•  The student must not have previously audited, enrolled in, or attempted credit by examination in the course(s).
•  The student must enroll in the course before the institutional challenge exam can be taken.
•  Courses successfully challenged may count toward program requirements, but not NMJC’s graduation residency requirement.

Credit by exam will not be awarded for physical education activity classes.

Advanced Placement (AP) / College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Students may earn up to 48 credits through Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Earned AP and CLEP credit will be treated as transfer credit without a grade, will count toward graduation, and may be used in fulfilling specific curriculum requirements. For more information, contact the NMJC Registrar’s Office.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
NMJC courses and the credit hours which will be given for CLEP scores obtained in the subject area indicated.
CLEP EXAM SUBJECT MINIMUM SCORE NMJC SCORE CREDIT HOUR
College Composition Modular 50+writing EN113 3
American Composition Modular 50  EN213C 3
English Literature 50 EN213A 3
History of the U.S. I 50 HI113 3
History of the U.S. II 50 HI123 3
Western Civilization I 50 HI213 3
Western Civilization 50 HI223  3
American Government 50 GO213   3
College Algebra 50  MA113
Pre-Calculus 50   MA113 3
Calculus w/ Elementary Functions 50 MA144 
Biology 50  BI114
Chemistry 50  CH114A 4
Intro. to Educational Psychology 50  ED/PS213F 4
Psychology, Introductory 50   PS113 3
Human Growth & Development 50   PS223A 3
Sociology, Introductory 50  SO213 3
Spanish 50   SP114 3
 Spanish 50  SP124 4
Spanish 50   SP214 4
Spanish 50   SP224
Financial Accounting  50 AC114  4
Management, Principles of 50  BU213
Marketing, Principles of 50  BU223A 3
Business Law, Introductory 50  BS214 3
Macroeconomics, Principles 50  EC213 3
Microeconomics, Principles 50  EC223

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