Welcome to the web site for the Department of Chemistry at New Mexico Tech. This web site provides information on our academic programs, a list of departmental personnel, descriptions of our graduate and undergraduate degree programs, a schedule of seminars and events, and departmental news.
Students can earn the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry at New Mexico Tech. The Department offers an option in Biochemistry at the B.S. and M.S. levels and an option in Environmental Science at the B.S. level. The department offers a minor in Chemistry at the undergraduate level.
Chemistry is a very flexible degree. Graduates can readily find employment in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Chemists are also in demand at federal laboratories and other research institutions. Chemistry is an excellent preparation for medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmacy school. Many of our undergraduates go on to graduate studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Research groups led by the New Mexico Tech Chemistry faculty investigate topics falling under two general categories: Biomedical Chemistry and Environment/Sustainability.
Work in this area includes synthesis of natural products and medicinal compounds (Tello-Aburto and Frolova), development of fluorescent biosensors (Heagy), computer simulations of molecular dynamics relevant to metabolism and disease (Pias), and development of bioanalytical devices (Piyasena).
Our research in this area addresses the chemistry of natural waters and analytical methods for environmental systems (Pullin), atmospheric chemistry and global climate change (Wingenter), solar energy collection (Heagy), and green chemistry (Frolova). More details on our faculty and their research programs are available on our People page and on the faculty’s individual web pages. You are encouraged to contact directly any faculty member whose research interests you.
New Mexico Tech offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. Graduate students get personal attention in our small, but active department. Learn more on our Graduate Program page.
New Mexico Tech offers the B.S. degree in Chemistry. All chemistry majors complete a year of independent research. The B.S. degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. Options in Biochemistry and Environmental Science and a minor in Chemistry are available. Learn more on our Undergraduate Program page.