Certificate in Liberal Arts for Transfer

This certificate, designed for students who are undecided about their course of study, documents the completion of the lower division general education common transfer curriculum consistent with New Mexico state law. This transfer program is designed for students who plan to transfer from SFCC to a public four-year institution in New Mexico upon completion of their freshman and sophomore level general education course work.

While these courses are transferable, many universities prefer students take specific courses and demonstrate competency in certain areas. Students should consult with an academic adviser at that institution to determine the most appropriate course selections. It is strongly advised that students complete an A.A. or A.S. degree at SFCC before transferring.

NOTE: The New Mexico Higher Education Department and state institutions have developed discipline specific general education transfer modules in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Business Administration, General Engineering and Teacher Education. Students interested in these degree areas should follow these specific program transfer modules.

Students can earn the following degree related to this certificate:

  • A.A. in General Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for and an understanding of the arts and humanities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the diverse social, economic and political models of society.
  • Demonstrate precision, clarity and fluency in writing.
  • Demonstrate accuracy, conciseness and coherence in spoken communication.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to solve quantitative problems.
  • Apply critical thinking and reasoning skills for problem solving.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of gender, ethnic, minority, multi-cultural and global issues.

Class Requirements

Communication (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112 Composition and Literature (3)


ENGL 216 Technical Writing (3)


SPCH 111 Public Speaking (3)


SPCH 220 Interpersonal Communication (3)

Mathematics (3-4 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

MATH 121 College Algebra (4)

MATH 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

MATH 150 Precalculus (4) or higher

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

ASTR 111 Introduction to Astronomy (4)

BIOL 111 Introduction to Biology (3)

BIOL 111L Introduction to Biology Lab (1)

CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry (3)

CHEM 111L Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (3)

CHEM 121L General Chemistry Lab (1)

GEOL 111 Physical Geology (3)

GEOL 111L Physical Geology Lab (1)

GEOL 112 Historical Geology (3)

GEOL 112L Historical Geology Lab (1)

PHYS 121 General Physics I (3)

PHYS 121L General Physics I Lab (1)

PHYS 161 Calculus Physics I (3)

PHYS 161L Calculus Physics I Lab (1)

PHYS 162 Calculus Physics II (3)

PHYS 162L Calculus Physics II Lab (1)

Satisfaction of the College Core Curriculum in Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences to total a minimum of 15 total credit hours.

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

ANTH 112 The Nature of Culture (3)

ANTH 113 World Archeology (3)

ANTH 207 Cultures of the Southwest (3)

ECON 200 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

POLI 200 American Government & Politics (3)

POLI 211 New Mexico Government (3)

PSYC 111 Psychology I (3)

SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

AHST 201 Art History I (3)

AHST 202 Art History II (3)

DRAM 111 Introduction to Drama and Theater (3)

ENGL 251 British Literature I (3)

ENGL 252 British Literature II (3)

ENGL 261 American Literature I (3)

ENGL 262 American Literature II (3)

ENGL 270 Literature of the Southwest (3)

ENGL 273 Native American Literature (3)

ENGL 286 The Novel (3)

ENGL 288 Introduction to Poetry (3)

HIST 111 Western Civilization I (3)

HIST 112 Western Civilization II (3)

HIST 161 U.S. History to 1877 (3)

HIST 162 U.S. History from 1877 (3)

HIST 260 History of New Mexico (3)

MUSC 115 Music Theory I (3)

MUSC 140 Music Appreciation (3)

PHIL 111 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

PHIL 155 Logic & Critical Thinking (3)

PHIL 220 Ethical Theory (3)