Homecoming September 13 - September 22

Biology

Degrees Offered

We offer an exceptional bachelor’s degree program in biology. Our close proximity to natural landscapes like the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Mora and Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuges provide many opportunities for quality field research. Our strong undergraduate research program gives biology students intensive, hands-on lab expertise using cutting-edge technology that most undergraduates don’t experience. A non-thesis life science master’s degree option is available for science teachers to further their careers.

State-of-the-Art Laboratories
Our faculty has state-of-the-art research labs for microbiology, physiology, molecular ecology and conservation, cellular/molecular biology, animal biology, plant biology, and a greenhouse. The excellent student-faculty ratio helps our faculty provide individual mentoring for student success both in the classroom and the lab.

Highlands University’s numerous research grants and ongoing partnerships with scientific organizations like the National Science Foundation help fund valuable research and paid internship opportunities for biology students on and off campus.

At Highlands, we believe classroom instruction is just one part of a successful college experience. That’s why our students get to conduct real-world research in the real world!

Whether it’s a short drive to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains or halfway across the globe our students have some great adventures. Join us!

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The department of biology values teaching and research as equal and essential components of the education of our students and seeks to integrate research with teaching at every possible opportunity in the curriculum.


 

Job Prospects
Our biology graduates have a strong track record of successful admission and completion of medical, dental and veterinary schools. Others choose career paths in a wide variety of bioscience careers like biotechnology researcher, wildlife biologist, medical researcher, microbiologist, bioinformatics researcher, science teacher, and lab technician.

Our graduates have landed jobs with diverse employers like the National Center for Genome Research, Los Alamos National Labs, Environmental Protection Agency, Genzyme Genetics, TriCore Reference Laboratories, and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Others go on to succeed at doctoral programs in biology.

Internships in Biology
Biology as a science is dynamic and the best way to ensure student success is through hands-on experience doing research or technical work in our small classes with peers and dedicated professors. To make our students competitive for the best biology jobs, we help them find paid summer internships at university research labs across the US including genomics and cell biology projects as well as conservation organizations like the Gallinas Watershed Alliance, and National Wildlife Refuges. We provide flexibility for students wanting to travel and those who want to stay on campus with local jobs and internships in Las Vegas.

Faculty
Our dedicated biology faculty is nationally and internationally known, with expertise in biomedical sciences, cellular physiology, genetics, evolutionary microbiology, host-microbe interactions, plant ecology, conservation genetics, landscape ecology, botany, wildlife biology, animal behavior, and more.

Requirements

Biology

BIOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate course catalog: BA in BIOLOGY

Undergraduate course catalog: BS in BIOLOGY

The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NATURAL SCIENCES (MS) CONCENTRATION IN BIOLOGY GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate course catalog: BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog.  The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.

Careers

Graduates of the NMHU Biology Department can be found in the following occupations:

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Zoologist
  • Medical Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • K-12 Science Teacher
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Geneticist
  • Microbiologist
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physical Therapist
  • Ecologist
  • Game warden
  • Botanist

Faculty & Staff

Biology

Faculty & Staff

MISSION STATEMENT

Mission of the Biology Program 

The mission of the Biology Program is to provide students with a high-quality education that includes experience with research and field projects. The program provides a scientific and technical background that empowers students to successfully pursue science and technology careers or proceed to advanced graduate studies. Faculty strive to make each student’s educational experience challenging and rewarding.

The Biology Program prides itself on its ability to place students into bioscience careers. Data suggest that our graduates are highly successful in being admitted to and completing medical, dental, and veterinary schools and graduate programs nationwide. The department attributes this success to intensive biology laboratory and field experiences with cutting-edge technology and instructors committed to individual student progress. Facilities include laboratories in physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology, and a greenhouse, as well as nearby field sites for ecological research. A computer laboratory with bioinformatics software is available for classroom and student use. Graduate students in biology are taught the practical use of common scientific instrumentation they will encounter in their careers.

 

Mission of the Natural Sciences Master’s Program with a Concentration in Biology

The mission of the Master’s program in Biology is to provide graduate students with a high quality science education that includes experience with research and field projects. We offer a Thesis Track MS Program centered on an individual research project guided by a graduate faculty adviser and advisory committee and a Non-Thesis Track MS Program. Our Master’s Programs provide a scientific and technical background that empowers students to successfully pursue science and technology careers, or proceed to advanced graduate studies.

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Mission of the Natural Sciences Master’s Program with a Concentration in Biology

The mission of the Master’s program in Biology is to provide graduate students with a high quality science education that includes experience with research and field projects. We offer a Thesis Track MS Program centered on an individual research project guided by a graduate faculty adviser and advisory committee and a Non-Thesis Track MS Program. Our Master’s Programs provide a scientific and technical background that empowers students to successfully pursue science and technology careers, or proceed to advanced graduate studies.

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