New Mexico Highlands University offers a variety of degree choices for students interested in chemistry. For students wishing to prepare for a scientific career, we offer a bachelor of science in chemistry and a master of science in applied chemistry. For students wishing to enter the teaching profession, we offer a bachelor of arts in chemistry and a minor in chemistry.

State-of-the-Art Research Laboratories

The department is housed in the modern Ivan Hilton Science and Technology Building. State-of-the-art laboratory research facilities provide students with extensive hands-on experiences in all of the five main areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biological). Our major instrumentation includes: 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, single-crystal X-ray diffraction setup, GC-MS/MS, LC-MSn, GC-FID, thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis instrument, FT-IR spectrometer, two fluorescence spectrophotometers, two UV-Vis spectrophotometers, and equipment for gamma spectroscopy and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)

Job Prospects

Students with a degree in chemistry can look forward to exciting and challenging careers in government and private settings like medical laboratories, aerospace firms, forestry centers, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural firms, and many others.

Master of Science Chemistry

The master’s in chemistry degree provide students with a high-quality science education, which includes experience with research and field projects. The programs provide scientific and technical background that empowers students to successfully pursue science and technology careers, or, proceed on to advanced graduate studies. Faculty in the chemistry department strive to make each student’s educational experience challenging and rewarding.

Join us in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry Club

Serving our community while having loads of fun

The ACS Chemistry Club believes that a solid education in chemistry must be a part of our society and should be introduced at a very early age. To encourage this, the club visits local schools like Mike Mateo Sena Elementary, where a team of 13 Highlands chemistry students enthusiastically dedicated hours performing some cool chemistry experiments with students from grades 1-6. This event also gave our NMHU students an opportunity to realize their potentials in non-chemistry-based skills like event organization, instruction, and public relations.

Our Mission

The mission of the Chemistry program here at New Mexico Highlands University is to offer a quality education to student , whether they are fulfilling general education requirements, taking background courses for other sciences, pre-professional, or following a course of study for a Chemistry major or minor while incorporating carefully mentored, hands-on laboratory and research experiences. This program will effectively prepare chemistry graduates to enter the workforce with a B.S/B.A degree or to handle the rigors of a more advanced M.S or Ph.D program of study. Course preraration and advisement are available for students who choose to enter a postgraduate, licensed professional program of study for a career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy and more!


2022-2023 undergraduate catalog: Chemistry

Undergraduate catalog: Chemistry (BA)

Undergraduate catalog: Chemistry (BS)

Undergraduate catalog: Biochemistry (BA)

Undergraduate courses in chemistry

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.

Graduate Admission Requirements: Chemistry

Graduate course catalog: Chemistry

Courses in Chemistry

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.

Graduate Coordinator

Luis R. Castaneda:
Office phone: 505-426-2035


Statement of educational goals

2 letters of recommendation

Transcripts from all previously attended regionally accredited institutions (3.0 GPA or higher). Will consider those who do not meet the GPA requirement.


Deadlines: Rolling admissions for fall and spring terms

Faculty and Staff

Nabanita Saikia, Ph.D.


P: 505-454-3464

Luis R. Castaneda


P: 505-426-2035

AJ Warwell


P: 505-454-3244