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Department of Chemistry

Undergraduate Programs

Four Year Degree Plan 

The fundamental mission of the Department of Chemistry is to provide students with: (1) an understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry; (2) the skills necessary for critical and analytical thinking; (3) an appreciation of chemistry and its central place among the sciences; (4) a feeling for the joys and frustrations of original research; and (5) the ability to communicate observations and discoveries.

BS in Chemistry

General Description

The Department offers a balance between pure and applied chemistry.  The faculty is qualified in the major divisions of chemistry - inorganic, organic, analytical, physical and biochemical.  The undergraduate program emphasizes development of a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of chemistry in order to prepare students for the diverse career opportunities available to chemists.  More than 60% of Tech chemistry graduates continue their education in graduate school.  Many have become teachers, medical doctors, or research scientists. Graduates receive a bachelor of science degree accredited by the American Chemical Society  

Additionally, a degree in chemistry prepares one for a broad array of career opportunities.

  • Academic
  • Health Professional  (Medicine, Physical Therapy, Nursing, etc.)
  • Environmental Testing and Remediation
  • Petroleum Processing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Law  (Patent Law, etc.)
  • Career with a non-Governmental Organization
  • Military

BS in Chemistry with Biochemistry Option

BS in Chemistry with Environmental Science Option

Five-Year BS/MS Program in Chemistry


Chemistry Minor

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.