Undergraduate Academic Advising
The College of Arts & Sciences provides a wide variety of advising resources and services to students throughout their college careers. Resources and services for undergraduate students can be found in the academic departments, at the Advising and Student Records Services Center, and the Dean’s Office. To find the resources or services you need, click here.
NMSU Pre-Health Professions Advising
NMSU Pre-Health Professions Advising seeks to empower and support students interested in healthcare professions as they engage in a process of exploring, preparing for, and applying to healthcare professional programs. Pre-Health students are those seeking admission to professional graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapies, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, optometry, chiropractic medicine, podiatry and others.
The UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program (CPP)
CPP is designed to increase the number of pharmacy students from southern New Mexico and ultimately the number of pharmacists practicing in the area.
Undergraduate Degree Maps
A great selection of undergraduate majors and minors are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. If you have already chosen a major, a degree map has been created for you. Your undergraduate degree map lays out your degree program, by semester, in a four-year time frame. Because degree requirements change over time, note the degree maps will include a “catalog year.” This is typically the catalog that is current the semester you begin at NMSU. For questions, consult your academic advisor.
If you are have not yet chosen a major and are exploring your options, please refer to our ‘meta-majors’ guidelines for exploratory students. Meta-majors are two-semester academic maps with courses that lay a foundation for degree programs from eight various disciplines across the University:
• Life Sciences
• Physical Sciences and Engineering
• Applied and Clinical Health Sciences
• Applied Social and Behavioral Sciences
• Communications, Media, Creative arts
• Humanities and Social Sciences
• Teacher Education
These exploratory maps help ensure that courses taken early will count toward a degree and lessen academic wandering that may delay degree completion.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
NMSU students have access to rich selection of diverse and collaborative organizations that expand opportunities outside the classroom. Consider committing some of your time at NMSU to get involved in student government, leadership councils, ambassador program, community service, Study Abroad and many other amazing and life-enriching opportunities.
Registering for Classes
Students can begin registration for the following semester(s) based on classification. Early registration for the summer and fall semester begins in April, early registration for the spring semester begins in mid-November. You are encouraged to prepare for early registration as soon as the next semester schedule is posted and to register early before classes fill. See the Student Registration Guide for schedules, important dates and deadlines, registration conditions, tuition and billing information, the final exam schedule, and other useful information
Graduation and Staying on Track
The Advising Center and Student Records Services is here to ensure that degree requirements under your catalog year are met according to NMSU’s academic regulations. Student Records Services staff work with students whose majors, supplemental majors or minors are in the College of Arts and Sciences. They facilitate accuracy in evaluating transfer credits; in reporting your academic standing to financial aid, veteran’s programs and other agencies; provide forms, inquiry requests and application links; and when you are close to graduation, will verify your progress towards degree completion.
NMSU is committed to ensuring all students have the academic support they need to be successful and expand their educational horizons.
- The Department of Mathematical Sciences’ Math Success Center provides students continuing support with math supplemental instruction, tutoring and testing.
- The English Department’s Writing Center provides free tutoring for all NMSU undergraduate and graduate writers at any level of experience and can help with understanding assignment directions to revising final drafts. The Writing Center is staffed by graduate assistants who teach undergraduate writing courses in the English Department and offers online consultations for distant learners.
- The NMSU Student Success Center offers a variety of programs and services, including Freshman Year Experience, Campus Tutoring Service, Learning & Study Skills Workshops, Peer and TRIO Student Support Services. The Student Success Center also serves students through Career Services and Financial Literacy.
Academic Policies and Procedures
Learning about policies and procedures at NMSU can be complicated and take some time. First year students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the UNIV 150 Freshman year Experience 3 credit elective course which provides a foundation for understanding policies, processes and resources in navigating the NMSU system.
For students earning an Arts and Sciences major or minor, see Understanding College of Arts and Sciences Policies and Procedures for frequently requested information specific to the college. Remember, an academic advisor is always a good place to start when you have questions.