Science & Engineering


 The mission of the NMSU Carlsbad Science and Engineering Department is to prepare students to live in a scientific and technically driven society by offering courses and degrees that meet the needs of three distinct groups of students: allied health students, students requiring general science credit, and students intending to pursue careers in science or engineering. We do this by offering courses that vary by discipline area and class delivery modes, as well as two degree programs: the Associate of Science and the Associate of Engineering.

The NMSU Carlsbad Science and Engineering Department offers two degree programs, the Associate of Science and the Associate of General Engineering.

Associate of Science Program

Students who pursue an Associate of Science degree can pick one of three concentrations within the Science program.

Biology Concentration

A career in biology is exciting and rewarding. Biologists learn how life works, how organisms interact and how they evolve. Biologists study evolution, natural history, and conservation of plants and animals. They investigate the interactions of living organisms with the environment and can have careers in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or medical research. Their work increases our understanding of the natural world and helps us address issues such as environmental degradation, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.

Natural Resources Concentration

Career options in natural resources are endless. Career options include foresters, park rangers, conservation biologists, game wardens, scientists and technicians, and managers working for private industry, government agencies, consulting firms or schools/universities. People working in Natural Resources make a difference in the world. They improve the world by managing and conserving wildlife and fish, by developing biomaterials and bioenergy sources, improving sustainable forestry practices, and exploring climate change.

Physical Sciences Concentration

You have many career options in the field of physical science. If you pursue a career in chemistry, you may be conducting research in pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech, petroleum and other consumer products industries. As a materials scientist, you could be employed with companies that manufacture plastics, semiconductors, electronics, and chemicals.

If you choose the physics route, you could work for companies involved in energy, electronics, communications, navigation, and medical technology and work with sophisticated equipment such as lasers, imaging equipment, and particle accelerators. You will find opportunities with engineering firms and technology-based companies and be able to conduct research at federal government agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Associate of General Engineering Program

Students who pursue an Associate of General Engineering degree are prepared to pursue a multitude of degrees in the Engineering fields. Perhaps no other career spans so many areas as engineering. Engineers work in fields as diverse as:

Aerospace Engineering

As an aerospace engineer, you might work on space-crafts and space stations. You might design airliners, military jets, and helicopters. Or you might develop high-speed trains, racing cars, or deep-ocean vessels.

Chemical Engineering

As a chemical engineer, you might work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, petrochemicals, food processing, or specialty chemicals

Civil Engineering

As a civil engineer, you will build highways, skyscrapers, railways, bridges, and water reservoirs.

Electrical Engineering

As an electrical engineer, you might work on robotics, computer networks, wireless communications, or medical imaging. You may design MP3 players, digital cameras or roller coasters.

Environmental Engineering

As an environmental engineer, you will find ways to clean up our oceans, rivers, and drinking water, develop air pollution equipment, design effective recycling systems, or discover safe ways to dispose of toxic waste.

Industrial Engineering

As an industrial engineer, you may work at manufacturing companies, and specialize in specific areas of manufacturing, such as assembly or raw-product processing. You will analyze and evaluate methods of production and point out ways to improve them.

Mechanical Engineering

As a mechanical engineer, you might design a car or an aircraft carrier, a child’s toy or a steam turbine, a wheelchair or an escalator. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and you will work with anything that involves a mechanical process

Petroleum Engineering

As a petroleum engineer, you discover new gas and oil sources, develop new gas and oil extraction techniques technologies, and build new oil and gas fields.