Transdisciplinary Education and Research



Transdisciplinary research and education integrates research the methods, theoryies, techniques, and perspectives of mutliple disciplines to develop new approaches to solve complex, real-world challenges.

Based on New Mexico Tech’s history of interdisciplinary research and development and the increased national focus on research involving multiple disciplines, NMT is moving into the challenging arena of transdisciplinary programs. According to McGregor (2011) “the world is facing a polycrisis, a situation where there is no one single big problem - only a series of overlapping, interconnected problems. These interconnected, complex problems cannot be solved by disciplines working along within the academy using independent, fragmented, disciplinary-focused knowledge.” We must embrace transdisciplinarity as a stimulus to creativity and productivity while still maintaining the rigor and strength of our disciplinary efforts. We are crafting a transdisciplinary approach in order to better prepare our students to be leaders in multi-disciplinary problem solving and research. Such broad and cross-cutting efforts will contribute to the economies of our state, nation, and world.

Transdisciplinary research and education programs create new concepts, theories, methods, principles, and translations that integrate and extend discipline specific approaches to address complex problems.


Transdisicplinary Education

New Mexico Tech has transdisciplinary graduate programs in areas of state and national need for education, research, and economic development. These programs address complex problems typically requiring substantial depth of understanding from multiple disciplines.  

Transdisciplinary graduate programs give students the opportunity to build depth in multiple disciplines and contribute to foundations beyond individual disciplines, while doing research with dedicated faculty from multiple disciplines. Join this community of scholars to be prepared to solve the future's most challenging problems. 

Details for all of our educational programs can be found in our current academic catalog

Biomedical Sciences Bachelors

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences is a broadly interdisciplinary degree, drawing on knowledge from both science and engineering. Students take a common set of core courses from several disciplines. For more in-depth study, they select an option in Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology along with a concentration in one of four engineering fields: Biochemical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Biomaterials, or Biomechanics.

Master of Science for Teachers

The Master of Science for Teachers program is designed to provide graduate-level classroom and laboratory instruction for K-12 teachers of science, mathematics, engineering, and/or technology. The emphasis of the courses is on the content, rather than the pedagogy. MST students are encouraged to develop laboraroy exercises, demonstrations, and teaching methods fron the course content and apply these as projects in their own classrooms during the academic year. Courses for the particpants are offered in a variety of disciplines and are taught by NMT faculty, with focus on fundamental principles, new concepts, and novel teaching methods. This provides K-12 teachers with the foundations to integrate concepts, theories, methods, and principles from multiple disciplines into their own classroom. This program is available on campus and via distance delivery

Biotechnology Ph.D.

This novel program prepares students at the highest level for careers in research, development, and practical applications of the tools of biotechnology, e.g., bolmolecular, biochemical, biomedical, and bioengineering approaches. Biotechnology has huge potential for solving societyal problems and for the biotechnological wordforce and bioentrepreneurship. Particapting departments (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Science, Engineering Management, and Chemical, Mechanical, Materials, and Environmental Engineering) provide students with foundations across many disciplines to create new concepts, theories, methods, principles, and translations to advance this new discipline. 

Transdisicplinary Research

New Mexico Tech has a long history of interdisciplinary research  and development and with the increased national focus on research involving multiple disciplines, NMT is moving into the challenging arena of transdisciplinary programs. Sample research areas that benefit from transdisciplinary approaches include biotechnology, nanotechnology, renewable energy, and water resources. NMT's program developments for transdisciplinary research have already started in the area of biotechnology.