Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

Undergraduate degrees in Earth science require a broad‐based background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, as well as basic training in the Earth sciences. The curriculum emphasizes fundamentals and thus provides the background for entry into a number of Earth science professions or graduate schools. The graduate program provides specialized training and research opportunities in theoretical or applied aspects of Earth science. Areas or particular expertise in the department include: ore genesis, origins of magmas, volcanology, tectonic history of the continents, geothermal and hydrocarbon exploration, recharge, flow, and water quality in groundwater basins and at hazardous waste sites, modern and ancient depositional processes and environments; landscape and soil evolution, atmospheric and land surface controls on regional energy and water budgets, earthquake seismology, seismic imaging, infrasound studies, geodesy, faults and fluid flow, marine geophysics; radiometric dating,  geobiology, and cave and karst studies. Staff members of the on‐campus New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources participate in the graduate program by offering courses and supervising research work for theses and dissertations. Earth science is a highly interdisciplinary field with many critical environmental, science, and resource connections to society. Graduates commonly enter professional careers in water resources, in the science, monitoring and management of geologic hazards and water quality, and in the exploration for and stewardship of energy and other natural resources. Scroll down to view information about the various options offered for a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science degree at New Mexico Tech.

Earth Science Core Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Geology Option

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Environmental Geology Option

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Geochemistry Option

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Geophysics Option

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Hydrology Option

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Petroleum Geology Option

Additional details, including course descriptions, are in the College Catalog.

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