Academic Departments: Sciences


The Astronomy Department at NMSU offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate courses cover topics in astrophysics, stellar atmospheres, observational techniques, the interstellar medium, galactic structure, star formation and evolution, extragalactic objects, cosmology, and solar system studies.


Our department offers Masters and PhD degrees with 3 graduate emphases (Cell and Organismal Biology,Ecology and Evolution, as well as Microbiology), 2 Bachelor of Science degrees (Biology and Microbiology), a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, a Bachelor of Conservation Ecology, as well as minors in Biology, Microbiology, Human Biology, and Conservation Ecology.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

NMSU, categorized as a Level I research institution by the Carnegie Foundation, holds more than $200 million in total research contracts. The university anchors the southern end of a statewide high-tech corridor that includes Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories as well as national observatories and universities.

Computer Science

The Mission of the Computer Science Department is to provide outstanding education in the key domains of Computer Science at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advance scholarship in the theory and applications of computing, and engage in activities that improve regional, national, and international well-being.

Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences is committed to field-based and lab-based teaching and research. We strive to be one of the top departments in the nation at which to earn undergraduate and MS degrees in the geological sciences as a foundation for a career in industry, government, or academia. We are dedicated to a greater understanding of Earth processes through research, service to the geosciences, and outreach to the general public and K-12 classrooms.

Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences was established in 1888 and became a part of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1936. The department is very active in research, with over 200 papers reviewed by MathSciNet in the last 5 years, an active colloquium series of research talks, and research groups.


The Department of Physics is committed to: advancing experimental and theoretical physics; educating undergraduate and graduate student for careers in industry; government & academia; and assisting New Mexico's development through research and public service.

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