New Mexico Course Numbering System


The goal of the common course numbering system is to improve transfer and articulation of courses between New Mexico's public and tribal higher education institutions. 

If a student completes a commonly numbered course at one New Mexico public/tribal HEI
and transfers to another New Mexico public/tribal HEI, the receiving HEI shall accept the course as equivalent to the course with the same number that is offered at the receiving HEI.

This means that a commonly numbered course shall fulfill degree requirements when it is accepted as an equivalent course that is part of the degree requirements of a student's chosen academic program at the receiving institution. A student who has completed commonly numbered courses that are not part of their chosen degree requirements is not exempted from courses requirements for their chosen degree.

The Course Numbering System will include all lower division academic courses offered at New Mexico's public higher education institutions. Currently, almost 3,000 common courses have been added to the system and over 9,000 institutional courses have been mapped. Commonly numbered courses have the same:

  1. Prefix
  2. Number
  3. Course name
  4. Course description
  5. Student learning outcomes – all of the outcomes listed in the course catalog (80% of total)

Requesting a Change

If you are a faculty member or administrator at one of New Mexico's public or tribal higher education institutions and would like to request a change to the Course Numbering System, click "Change the Numbering System" above​. Course additions, deletions, and reclassifications submitted by the 15th of each month will be processed by the 30th of that month and published on the HED website by the 5th of the following month. Click here for information on how to use the Survey Monkey application platform. Changes to course descriptions and student learning outcomes will be forwarded to the New Mexico Curriculum and Articulation Committee for review at their next meeting.

The course descriptions and student learning outcomes for lower division courses that are part of New Mexico's Course Numbering System can be found in the Course Catalog below. The course matrix (below) lists all of the lower division courses at New Mexico's public and tribal institutions that are part of the Course Numbering System and recent changes lists the changes made since the last publication of the matrix. Please review the documents below before requesting a change to the numbering system. 

If you have questions about the course numbering system, please contact or 505-231-6754.

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