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Earth & Environmental Science

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BS in Earth Science

General Description

Our undergraduate degree in Earth Science offers a broad-based background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, as well as basic training in the Earth Sciences. The curriculum provides the background for entry into industry, environmental consultancy, or graduate schools. 

Earth Science is a highly interdisciplinary field with many critical environmental, science, and resource connections to society. Graduates commonly enter professional careers in water resources, in the science, monitoring and management of geologic hazards and water quality, and in the exploration for and stewardship of energy and other natural resources. 

Typical flow charts can be found here for a possible course of study focusing on:

BS in Environmental Science

General Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science draws upon courses from biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, and environmental engineering. Students must be aware of the complexity of environmental problems, yet have a rigorous background to address specific aspects of those problems. To ensure that graduates are competitive in the marketplace for diverse environmentally oriented careers, Environmental Science students take classes in all of the disciplines listed above. They additionally select a specialization in biology, chemistry, geology, hydrology, or instrumentation and measurements. Each option is sufficiently in‐depth to allow students to continue their education in a traditional graduate program within that discipline, should they choose.

An advisory committee, composed of faculty from the specific disciplines, is convened to help students plan their programs.  See the Environmental Science page for more details.



New Mexico Tech awards minors for your secondary field of study. While the number of credits required for a minor vary from department to department, a minimum of 18 credit hours is required. Students cannot earn a minor with either the Associate of General Studies or Bachelor of General Studies.

You must declare a minor and be assigned a minor advisor prior to completing the coursework for the minor.