We offer both B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology. Our students get jobs in environmental geology, the energy industry, government service, and some go on to a Ph.D. We are located in the southern Rio Grande rift with world-class geology right outside campus, providing opportunities for class field trips and research projects.
We offer three options for the BS Degree: Geological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Systems, and Earth Science Education.
We offer a MS in Geology in the fields of petrology, geochemistry, stratigraphy, structural geology, neotectonics, and volcanology.
Whether you obtained a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, if the Department of Geological Sciences has helped you in your career, please consider donating to the Department, as we could really use your support. We have scholarships set up for student field work, and general gift funds to help the department continue to function and provide opportunities for student research and field trips. Currently we are soliciting donations for Graduate Student Research Grants. Please donate amounts to cover all or parts of $2500 research grants to help our MS students conduct cutting-edge research! (see here for details). All donations are tax-deductible. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Each year we elect a distinguished alum into our Hall of Fame.
We are actively engaged in research in the following fields (click on the photo to see who is involved in this research):
Why choose NMSU for your Master’s Degree? Field trips are an essential feature of a geologic education, and Las Cruces is surrounded by excellent field localities. All of these areas are within an hour or two of campus and provide excellent research and learning opportunities.
Job Opportunities and Training for PhD Programs
Students with Master’s degrees from NMSU have gone on to Ph.D. programs at UCLA, Purdue, Stanford, and other top institutions. Those interested in industry jobs have been hired at Shell, Chevron, Devon, Occidental, and Chesapeake. Others work at environmental firms such as Souder Miller in Las Cruces or state agencies such as the Office of the State Engineer. A Master’s degree in Geology creates career opportunities.
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.