College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students will study academic disciplines from one or more of our 24 academic departments. Each of these 24 departments are part of one of the four academic classifications of knowledge: fine arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. Our faculty members are award winning researchers and teachers with a strong commitment to serving New Mexico. 

Academic Programs and Departments

The following undergraduate degree programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences are categorized by the “outline of knowledge” (i.e. “Propaedia” by Encyclopedia Britannica) that each degree program is placed within as defined by our College. If you consider yourself to be an ambitious student willing to learn and communicate in a variety of different academic courses, then aspire to earn a dual degree or minor (as listed within our guide) in our departments’ programs. Some departments offer both “Bachelor of Art” (BA) degree programs as well as “Bachelor of Science” (BS) degree programs. BA degrees are optimized for students that are dual-majoring in other academic disciplines, and BS degrees are mainly taught to students that are expected to primarily fulfill the technical and scientific aspects of their academic disciplines. Contact any academic department for more information about their degree programs.

Fine Arts


Art

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (Concentration in Art History and Studio Art), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Concentration in Museum Conservation and Emphasis in Studio Art)
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Department Website: Art Department.


Creative Media

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Creative Media (Digital Film Making & Animation and Visual Effects)
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Animation and Visual Effects. Digital Film Making.
Department Website: Creative Media Department.


Music

>Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Music (Concentration in Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, and Vocal Performance). Bachelor of Music Education.
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Music.
Department Website: Music Department.


Theatre

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (Concentration in Musical Theatre)
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Theatre Arts.
Department Website: Theatre Department.

Humanities


English

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (Concentration in: Rhetoric, Digital Media, & Professional Communication, Creative Writing, and Language, Literature, & Culture)
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – English
Department Website: English Department.


History

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (with Secondary Licensure for aspiring teachers).
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – History
Department Website: History Department.


Language and Linguistics

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (Concentration in: French, German, and Spanish). Supplementary Majors in: (Chicano Studies, Latin American Studies, and Linguistics).
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Foreign Languages
Department Website: Department of Language and Linguistics.


Philosophy

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts.
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy
Department Website: Philosophy Department.

Sciences


Astronomy


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Science – Astronomy.
Department Website: Astronomy Department.


Biology

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Microbiology), Bachelor in Conservation Ecology, Bachelor of Science in Genetics (Genetics and Biotechnology).
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Science – Biology. Bachelor of Arts – Biology.
Department Website: Biology Department.


Chemistry


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry),
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Science – Chemistry. Bachelor of Art – Chemistry.
Department Website: Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.


Computer Science


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Science – Comp. Sci. Bachelor of Arts – Comp. Sci.
Department Website: Computer Science Department.


Geology


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science (Concentration in: Geological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Systems, and Earth Science Education. Secondary Teaching Licensure for aspiring teachers.
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Science – Geology.
Department Website: Geological Sciences Department.


Mathematical Sciences


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Science – Mathematics
Department Website: Mathematical Sciences Department.


Physics


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (Engineering Physics).
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry:Bachelor of Science – PhysicsBachelor of Arts – Physics
Department Website: Physics Department.

Social Sciences


Aerospace Studies/AFROTC

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelors of Aerospace Studies.
Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelors of Aerospace Studies.
Department Website: NMSU Air Force Officer Reserve Training Corps.


Anthropology

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts. Supplemental Major in: Sustainable Development.
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology.
Department Website: Anthropology Department.


Communication Studies


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts
Department Website: Communication Studies Department.


Criminal Justice


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Supplemental major in: (Law and Society).
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Criminal Justice.
Department Website: Criminal Justice Department.


Geography


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science (Concentration in: Geographic Information Science & Technology and Human/Environment Relations).
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Master of Applied Geography.
Department Website: Geography Department.


Government


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts. Supplemental major in: (Law and Society). 
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Government
Department Website: Government Department.


Interdisciplinary Studies

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (Gender and Sexuality Studies). Bachelor of Applied Studies (Applied Studies). Bachelor of Individualized Studies (Individualized Studies).
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Applied Studies, Bachelor of Individualized Studies
Department Website: Interdisciplinary Studies


Journalism and Media Studies

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts in advertising, broadcasting, news-editorial, photojournalism and public relations/strategic communications.
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts
Department Website: Journalism Department


Psychology


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts.
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Psychology.
Department Website: Psychology Department.


Sociology


Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts.
Undergraduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Bachelor of Arts – Sociology.
Department Website: Sociology Department.

Undecided

If you are have not yet chosen a major and are exploring your options, please refer to our ‘meta-majors’ guidelines for exploratory students. Meta-majors are two-semester academic maps with courses that lay a foundation for degree programs from eight various disciplines across the University:

• Business
• Life Sciences
• Physical Sciences and Engineering
• Applied and Clinical Health Sciences
• Applied Social and Behavioral Sciences
• Communications, Media, Creative arts
• Humanities and Social Sciences
• Teacher Education

These exploratory maps help ensure that courses taken early will count toward a degree and lessen academic wandering that may delay degree completion.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

The College of Arts & Sciences provides a wide variety of advising resources and services to students throughout their college careers. Resources and services for undergraduate students can be found in the Center for Academic and Student Support (CAASS). To find the resources or services you need, click here.

NMSU Pre-Health Professions Advising

NMSU Pre-Health Professions Advising seeks to empower and support students interested in healthcare professions as they engage in a process of exploring, preparing for, and applying to healthcare professional programs. Pre-Health students are those seeking admission to professional graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapies, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, optometry, chiropractic medicine, podiatry and others.

The UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program (CPP)

The College of Arts and Sciences working in conjunction with the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico, has an academic program dedicated to improving the pharmaceutical services in our state. The Competitive Pharmacy Program, or the CPP, is designed to increase the number of pharmacy students from southern New Mexico and ultimately the number of pharmacists practicing in the area. This competitive undergraduate program will give our brightest students the chance to learn at two different universities!

Academic Resources

NMSU is committed to ensuring all students have the academic support they need to be successful and expand their educational horizons.

  • The Department of Mathematical Sciences’ Math Success Center provides students continuing support with math supplemental instruction, tutoring and testing.
  • The English Department’s Writing Center provides free tutoring for all NMSU undergraduate and graduate writers at any level of experience and can help with understanding assignment directions to revising final drafts. The Writing Center is staffed by graduate assistants who teach undergraduate writing courses in the English Department and offers online consultations for distant learners.
  • The NMSU Student Success Center offers a variety of programs and services, including Freshman Year Experience, Campus Tutoring Service, Learning & Study Skills Workshops, Peer and TRIO Student Support Services. The Student Success Center also serves students through Career Services and Financial Literacy.

    Getting Involved

    NMSU students have access to rich selections of diverse and collaborative organizations that expand opportunities outside of the classroom. Consider committing some of your time to NMSU by getting involved in student government, leadership councils, ambassador program, community service, Study Abroad and many other amazing and life-enriching opportunities.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    • For financial aid options provided by NMSU, refer to the financial aid office’s website.
    • For information about qualifying for scholarships offered by the Arts and Sciences College,
      refer to the Scholarship Seekers page.
    • For information regarding the scholarships that were awarded to you, refer to the Scholarship Recipients page.
    • For information regarding scholarships offered by the College of Arts and Sciences,
      contact Ms. Jessica Savage at (575) 646-2612 or via email at jjsavage@nmsu.edu.

    Request More Information

    For more information, please feel free to reach out to our College of Arts and Sciences Recruiter at arts_sci@nmsu.edu