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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 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.

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.

English Test Scores and Placement

Standardized test scores are used to determine initial placement in ENGL 0993/READ 0993, ENGL 1033 or ENGL 1110. College students must take either ENGL 0993, 1033 or 1110 their first semester at NMMI, and process in the proper sequence until they complete 1110. ENGL 1110 and a higher level English course are required to graduate from NMMI.



SAT Critical Reading

(Pre March 2016)


Reading Test

NMMI English

Placement Exam (EPE)

Eligible Course


< 14 < 370 < 20 < 40 ENGL 0993/READ 0993

      Between 40 and 69 ENGL 1033**

>= 18 >=460 >= 25 >= 70 ENGL 1110**

Between 14 and 17 Between 370 and 450 Between 20 and 24 EPE Required*  

* EPE score will then determine initial English course placement

** In some cases, after initial instructor assessment, student may be moved to next course level

Junior College Graduation Requirements

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

Returning cadets, who entered NMMI prior to the 2019-2020 academic year, should refer to the catalog for the year they entered to review core course graduation requirements and courses that count towards each subject area. When in doubt, talk to your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office.

In both cases, the following requirements must be met in order to graduate with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science:

  • Cadet must earn at least 60 credit hours

  • Cadet must complete the appropriate courses within the AA or AS Graduation Requirement Module.

  • 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 Proficiency Profile 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 Graduation Requirement 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 concentration 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 and Common Course Numbering

Please refer to our page on the new NM General Education standards.


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