Why get an undergraduate Earth Science degree at New Mexico Tech?

Earth and Environmental Science (EES) is a large and diverse department offering outstanding opportunities for

  • world-class education
  • world-class research
  • satisfying high-paying careers

in the geological, geophysical, geochemical, and hydrological disciplines of modern high-tech Earth science. Here are the top five reasons why you should get your undergraduate degree in Earth Science at New Mexico Tech.

1. EES undergrads have unique options to work closely with internationally known professors and their scientific colleagues.

Our professors collaborate with colleagues at prestigious institutions such as

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Cave and Karst Research Center
  • Sandia National Laboratories

Undergraduate research opportunities are bolstered by our strong M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs.

2. New Mexico Tech operates a large number of world-class research instruments and facilities in Earth Science.

These resources include the

These facilities both support research and offer on-campus employment for undergraduates.

3. As a nationally and internationally known Earth Science research university, we are uniquely situated in the small regional city of Socorro.

This setting offers all of the small college advantages of an excellent faculty-to-student ratio, close-knit student, city, and academic communities, beautiful rural surroundings, and a low cost of living, while being located just one hour via Interstate highway from the major southwestern city of Albuquerque.

4. Our diverse regional geological setting presents a remarkable natural laboratory for education and research.

An interesting field trip area about five miles east of Socorro

The Socorro region encompasses a major Cenozoic continental rift and its hydrologically significant basins and river valley (the Rio Grande).

There are many spectacularly exposed geologic outcrops ranging from Proterozoic to modern in age.

Other features in the area include outstanding volcanic exposures and exposed faults of all ages.

Prospective geophysics students will enjoy the presence of ongoing tectonic activity in the form of microearthquakes, geodetic uplift, and magmatic intrusion.

The Socorro Magma Body, a large pool of molten rock about 11 miles underneath Socorro, was discovered by our own geophysics professor emeritus Allan Sanford and his students several decades ago. See this page of press releases which describes earthquakes that are felt in the community.

5. New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," encompasses a unique multicultural flavor and history and stunning scenery.

Remarkable attractions of New Mexico range from food to opera to wilderness to skiing/snowboarding! Our diverse regional landscape in the Socorro region ranges from Rio Grande riparian to high Chihuahuan desert and badlands, to pinon-juniper and ponderosa pine forests, to nearly 11,000-foot subalpine mountains. Nearby recreational opportunities abound, including road and mountain biking, rock climbing, caving, birding, and hiking (and the sun shines more than 300 days a year!).