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Transfer Credits

Transfer Credit from other institutions

Only credit which is applicable toward a student’s signed Educational Plan of Study shall be considered for transfer credit.

Students desiring credit for past college work must have an official transcript from each previous college mailed directly to Mesalands Community College and must complete a Request for Transcript Evaluation form. Only courses with a grade of “C” or better or “P” or “S” will be considered for transfer. The only exception is for courses in the New Mexico General Education Common Core, in which case a grade of “D” may be accepted.

Any course accepted in transfer must be equivalent to the Mesalands Community College course for which it is substituted on the Plan of Study. If the course being transferred to Mesalands Transfer credit for military training will be allowed in accordance with the above provided the student provides official documentation of course completion, including the course’s American Council on Education ID number. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services shall be used in evaluating the course’s equivalency to Mesalands courses.

Mesalands Community College will accept an unlimited number of transfer hours subject to the above guidelines; however, a student must complete at least 15 credit hours at Mesalands Community College to be eligible to graduate with a certificate or associate degree.

Other restrictions exist regarding acceptance of transfer credit. See the Office of Enrollment Management for complete policy.

Transfer Among New Mexico Higher Education Institutions

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 (SB 161). 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.

Student Responsibility

New Mexico’s colleges and universities have collaborated to produce guides to assist students who plan to transfer before completing a program of study. Course modules are designed to help students select courses carefully so that they may transfer with little or no loss of credit. However, 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 New Mexico 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 requirement but, in most cases, will apply toward elective requirements.

New Mexico Common Course Numbering System

A common course numbering system has been devised by New Mexico colleges and universities. The purpose of the system is to assist New Mexico students who are transferring between institutions within the state. The system provides a neutral statewide course identifier for those courses that are similar in nature and considered to be equal in transfer. (If a Mesalands Community College course has a New Mexico Common Course Number [NMCCN], that course number is listed below in parentheses and, if applicable, is also listed parenthetically following the course description in the Course Description section of the College catalog.)

Refer to the Mesalands Community College catalog for courses included in the New Mexico General Education Common Core.

The Lower-Division General Education Common Core



Course Title

Area I: Communications (9 credits)
ENG 102 ENGL 1113 English Composition
ENG 104 ENGL 104 English Comp. and Research
ENG 233 ENGL 2113 Professional and Technical Writing
COM 101 COMM 1213 Interpersonal Communications
COM 102 COMM 1113 Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics (3 credits)
MATH 110 MATH 1113 College Algebra
STAT 213 MATH 2113 Statistical Methods
Area III: Laboratory Science (8 credits)
BIOL 113 BIOL 1114 Introduction to Biology
BIOL 222 BIOL 2514 Microbiology
CHEM 113 CHEM 1114 General Chemistry I
CHEM 115 CHEM 1214 Introduction to Chemistry I
CHEM 116 CHEM 1224 Introduction to Chemistry II
PHYS 115 PHYS 1114 Introduction to Physics
PHYS 120 ASTR 1114 Introduction to Astronomy
PHYS 201 PHYS 1214 College Physics I
PHYS 202 PHYS 1224 College Physics II
GEOL 141 ENVS 1114 Introduction to Environmental Science
GEOL 151 GEOL 1114 Physical Geology
GEOL 152 GEOL 1214 Historical Geology
GEOL 230 N/A Environmental Geology
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)
ECON 251 ECON 2113 Macroeconomics
ECON 252 ECON 2123 Microeconomics
PSCI 102 POLS 1123 American Politics
PSCI 202 POLS 1213 State and Local Government
PSY 101 PSYC 1113 Introductory Psychology
SOC 101 SOCI 1113 Introductory Sociology
SOC 212 SOC 2113 Contemporary Social Issues
SOC 215 SOC 2213 Marriage and the Family
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9 credits)
ART 261 ARTS 2113 Art History
ART 101 ARTS 1113 Art Appreciation
ENG 201 N/A Types of Literature
ENG 211 ENGL 2213 Introduction to Literature
ENG 221 ENGL 2413 British Literature Survey I
ENG 270 ENGL 2713 Southwest Literature
ENG 271 N/A Women in Literature
ENG 275 N/A The Motion Picture
HIST 101 HIST 1113 Survey of American Hist. to 1877
HIST 102 HIST 1123 Survey of American Hist. since 1877
HIST 121 HIST 1053  Survey of Western Civilization I
HIST 122 HIST 1063 Survey of Western Civilization II
MUS 101 MUS 1113 Music Appreciation
PHIL 201 PHIL 1113 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 202 PHIL 2113 Ethics
THTR 101 THTR 1013 Introduction to Theatre
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’s 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 and Early Childhood Education programs.

Copies of these Transfer Modules may be obtained in the Office of Enrollment Management or the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s website (

Articulation Agreements and Inter-Institutional Transfer Guides

Mesalands Community College has formal articulation agreements with Eastern New Mexico University, The University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State University, West Texas A&M University, The University of Phoenix, Amarillo College, Luna Community College, Clovis Community College, and Franklin University.

Students who have selected a field of study and/or the institution where they wish to graduate are advised to consult the transfer guide or catalog of that institution for more current and detailed advice to guide their course selection. Formal published transfer guides between Mesalands Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, and the University of New Mexico are available in the Office of Enrollment Management.

Complaint Procedures for Transfer Students

Problems regarding the transfer of credit to Mesalands Community College from other colleges or universities should first be directed to the Office of Enrollment Management. Complaints not resolved at this level should be submitted in writing to the Academic Standards and Issues Committee. Students who are attempting to transfer credit from Mesalands to other institutions and experience difficulty are encouraged to contact the Office of Enrollment Management for advice and/or assistance.

Issues involving New Mexico institutions regarding New Mexico Transfer Modules or courses within these modules which cannot be resolved by the above processes may be directed to the New Mexico Higher Education Department, 1068 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. If a student’s articulation complaint regarding courses contained in a module is upheld by the Department, the receiving institution must reimburse the  student the complete cost, including tuition, books and fees, of each course the student was required to repeat at the receiving institution.