The Biology graduate program prepares students for further graduate study and for private and public sector jobs in research, education, medicine, and environmental management. Biology graduate students conduct research under the guidance of one or more faculty members. Research topics span a wide range of medically and environmentally related topics in biology. Graduate coursework is available to support the research effort. Graduate seminars targeted cross-cutting, topical issues. Previous topics have included astrobiology, aging, genomics, and nanotechnology.
NEW! Five Year Program: Biology B.S./Biology M.S.
Exceptionally well motivated students may earn both BS and MS degrees in Biology in five years. The student fulfills the requirements for a BS degree in four years and for an MS degree the following year. A minimum of 160 credit hours are required to complete both degrees. The MS degree requires the completion of a thesis based on the student's own research.
Students may apply for the BS/MS program at the end of their 4th semester. Admission is contingent on their having a GPA of at least 3.0, and on the acceptability of their proposed course of study. Students with upper division standing may also apply, with the same requirements for admission.
Students in the five-year program must apply for graduate standing, normally in their 6th semester. Once admitted to the graduate program, the student spends his or her 8th semester as a dually registered student. During their senior year, the student must select a graduate advisory committee and formalize his or her graduate research topic.
Once admitted to the graduate program, a student may apply for financial support via research assistant or teaching assistant positions.
Graduate Student Financial Support
Faculty in the Biology Department at New Mexico Tech have secured research funding in recent years from multiple sources including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Naval Research, and the new Mexico Waste Management Education and Research Consortium, and the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute. This extracurricular funding provides stipends for graduate research assistants. Graduate students are also supported by the NIH Bridges Program and the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN).
Recent graduate students have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the University of Montana. Others have entered medical school at the University of New Mexico. Those entering the workforce directly are working in research at the University of California, the University of New Mexico, the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Los Alamos National laboratory.