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Department of Biology Graduate Studies New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

  • Socorro, NM
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 67%33%
    student ratio
  • 3
    total students
  • $5,043 | $16,682
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 1
    fall application deadline
  • 100%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered

Overview

Top Value Ranking for New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) is known for its outstanding research-based education in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. In 2008, InfoBrief, a publication of the National Science Foundation, ranked New Mexico Tech number 12 of the top 50 science and engineering academic institutions, including "Public Ivies", whose baccalaureate graduates go on to receive doctoral degrees. New Mexico Tech has been ranked number 12 among the nation's top 50 best value public universities. "Kipplinger's" also ranks New Mexico Tech among the top 50 best value universities in the nation. In fact, the average salary for New Mexico Tech graduates ranks among the highest 15%, according to a PayScale.com survey that queried almost 600 universities across the nation.

Research

The Department of Biology at New Mexico Tech is actively involved in ground-breaking research that is funded by private institutions and government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Joint Genome Institute, the Office of Naval Research, NASA, Applera, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, the New Mexico Waste Management Education and Research Consortium and the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute.

The department specializes in microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, and evolutionary biology and disease ecology.

The department offers a 5-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Biology (B.S./M.S.) degree program, an M.S. in Biology or Biochemistry degree program, and a Ph.D. in Geobiology degree program.

Financial Support for Biology Graduate Students

Graduate students in the Department of Biology receive stipends as research assistants and teaching assistants.

Masters Degrees in Biology

New Mexico Tech students may earn a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (B.S./M.S.) degree in the Department of Biology. The B.S./M.S. degree can be achieved in five years, by fulfilling B.S. requirements during their first four years and the M.S. requirements the following year. Students in the B.S./M.S. program complete 160 credit hours and a research-based thesis.

The Department of Biology also offers a Master of Science in biology and the option to do a collaborative thesis in conjunction with the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering and Computer Science. Students in the M.S. program complete M.S. degrees in two years with 30 credit hours and a research-based thesis.

The coursework for M.S. degrees includes classes such as advanced genetics, bioinformatics, infection and immunity, advanced microbiology, evolutionary biology and other subjects. A graduate seminar focuses on emerging issues such as evolutionary medicine, the human microbiome and Next Generation sequencing.

Biology Graduate Student Successes

The majority of graduates from the Department of Biology go on to successful careers in the public or private sector in a variety of fields including medicine, education, research, police forensics and environmental management. Recent graduates are working for Los Alamos and Sandia National laboratories, the Wake Forest Medical Center, state forensics departments and the United States Forest Service.

Other graduates from the Department of Biology have continued in post-graduate education, entering prestigious medical schools, veterinary schools and doctoral research programs. Recent graduates have continued on to medical, veterinary and Ph.D. programs at Stanford, Wake Forest, Purdue University, Texas A&M, Baylor University, New York University, Colorado State University and the University of New Mexico.

Biological Research at New Mexico Tech

Faculty members and students in the Department of Biology are engaged in groundbreaking research in medical, environmental and evolutionary biology. Graduate students develop their own independent research projects and co-author peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals. Ongoing investigations with the department are focused on the effects of pollutants on the human immune system, microbial diversity and biogeochemistry in extreme environments, deep subsurface microbiology, aging and the long-term effects of caloric restriction, disease in wildlife, carbon dioxide sequestration and the development of novel molecular sensors for infection agents.

The Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science with Dissertation in Geobiology

The Department of Biology offers a Ph.D. in Geobiology, which is completed in conjunction with the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Students in this program are currently conducting research in the fields of geomicrobiology, origin and early evolution of life, astrobiology, paleobiology, paleontology, biogeochemical cycling, biological mineral precipitation and dissolution, biologically mediated diagenesis, and isotopic geochemistry of biologically mediated processes.

An Active Faculty

The faculty members in the Department of Biology at New Mexico Tech guide students through exciting research topics in a variety of biological systems for their thesis research.

In Professor Jamie Voyles' lab, students travel to the tropical rainforests of Central America and the high mountain peaks of California to understand amphibian declines due to infectious disease. Students track elusive golden frogs, Panamanian rocket frogs and mountain yellow-legged frogs to profile the thermal ecology of these frogs and investigate it's role in disease ecology.

For Professor Tom Kieft's research projects, students plunge three kilometers down into gold mines in South Africa. Far beneath the earth's surface, students study the ancient bacteria and Archaea that have survived the extreme heat and pressure for eons.

In Professor Rebecca Reiss's lab, students are introduced to cutting-edge genetics techniques and bioinformatics programs. Using the most advanced research tools, students investigate microbial community evolution in contaminated aquifers, the effect of high-fat diets on gene expression in rats, the changes in gene expression when glioblastoma cells are treated with new drugs and the adaptation of cells to conventional and nano-structured titanium.

For Professor Kevin Kirk's research, students discover the thrilling microscopic world of planktonic rotifers and other aquatic organisms. Students probe these microscopic communities to unravel the mysteries of energy balance and understand why feeding animals less makes them live longer.

In Professor Snezna Rogelj's lab, students develop protein- and DNA-based biosensors and novel anti-microbial materials. With involvement in a successful Drug Discovery Program, students identify promising novel anti-bacterial and anti-cancer compounds. Students in Dr. Rogelj's lab can also be involved with the development of energy-extraction methods and use advanced databases to identify the dangers of environmental pollutants.

A Research Oasis in the Rio Grande Valley

Located in Socorro, New Mexico Tech is located 75 miles south of Albuquerque, in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. The campus is located at the base of the iconic "M Mountain", where students have access to hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, star-gazing and other outdoor activities.


Location & Contact

Department of Biology

Graduate Studies
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
United States

Dr. Snezna Rogelj

Chair

Phone: 575-835-5608
Fax: 575-835-5668
Email: snezna@nmt.edu

Dr. Lorie Liebrock

Dean of Graduate Studies

Phone: 575-835-5513
Fax: 575-835-5476
Email: graduate@nmt.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 4
    • Accepted 4
    • Acceptance Rate 100
    • Enrolled 3
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $16
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline June 1st Not Reported Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 540 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$5,043
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,682
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$648.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitCSS Profile and FAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableTeaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students3
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students3
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino100%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian0%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty4
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMolecular biology, evolution and evolutionary ecology, immunology, endocrinology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$275,572


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