A student’s career and technical education objective and academic educational objectives require careful planning. Students who change majors may take longer to graduate or may transfer with a loss of credit. The following degree programs can be completed in four semesters by attending full-time and carrying the required number of hours. A student may choose, due to personal circumstances, to extend the amount of time for completion.
*Associate Degree 4-Year Alignment
Associate of Arts Degree & Associate of Science Degree
Associate Degree 2-Year
Associate of Applied Science Degree & Associate of General Studies Degree
*Students who intend to earn a baccalaureate degree should plan their course work to meet the requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree or the Associate of Science Degree. Planning should include the general education requirements, courses in major and minor fields, and electives to best prepare the student for continued study at a selected 4-year college or university.
In establishing general education requirements, it is the goal of Otero College to assist students in gaining a more meaningful and productive awareness of the world and themselves. In addition, it is anticipated that this assistance will instill a desire in the student to broaden knowledge regardless of plans to continue formal education.
The objectives for general education are:
•To develop ability in the skills of communication, reading, writing, listening and
•To introduce the student to certain fundamental knowledge useful to a better understanding of the world.
•To provide an acquaintance with the major areas of knowledge and an awareness of their interrelatedness.
•To assist the student to better understand the relationship to other persons and the interdependence of all people in a modern world.
Nothing in this catalog is intended to create (nor shall be construed as creating) an expressed or implied contract. The College reserves the right to modify, change, delete, or add to, as it deems appropriate, the policies, procedures, and other general information in this catalog.
General Information on Transfer of Credits
Students preparing themselves in any of the fields under the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree curricula are generally interested in transferring to a four-year institution. Otero College staff can make transfer as smooth as possible. If students will keep in mind some general observations concerning transfer, it will assist in planning a good curriculum. These general observations are:
Two general patterns of transfer exist.
a. Those colleges and universities that accept the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees, grant junior standing, waive general education requirements and require the student to fulfill course requirements for a major and minor.
NOTE: A “D” grade may not transfer to another school. A “D” negates the guarantee of the 60 + 60 transfer degree.
b. Those colleges that evaluate all courses individually and apply them toward meeting general education requirements and require the student to fulfill individual course requirements. This type of institution may work out contract agreements with Otero and list courses to be taken before transfer, may require graduation, and also may require a grade point above a "C" grade or higher.
NOTE: Credits that carry a “D” grade may be counted toward graduation at Otero; however, a “D” grade may not transfer to another school. A “D” negates the guarantee of the 60 + 60 transfer degree.
Students can usually transfer a minimum of 60 semester hours of junior college credit or one-half of the degree requirements, whichever is greater.
Baccalaureate Institutions may accept transfer credits only in those courses for which they have equivalent offerings.
A change of major may extend the time required to complete a degree.
Credits that are transferred are generally evaluated in the following order.
a. General education requirements
b. Major and minor courses
c. Elective credits