Natural Resource Management
New Mexico Highlands’ master’s degree in natural resource management combines elements from physical and biological science to create a great program to launch your career. The program is unique in its requirement for knowledge about Cultural Resources Management, and the interaction with people of diverse cultures and communities typical of the Southwest.
Working with our dedicated faculty, students can develop individualized programs of study in the environmental science and management concentration to develop their interests. Faculty has research interests in wildlife, plant and forest ecology, aquatic ecology and chemistry, restoration of soil resources degradation, entomology, soil erosion and surface hydrology.
New Mexico Highlands University offers the only bachelor’s degree in forestry in New Mexico. Students majoring in forestry at the undergraduate level may choose a concentration in forest management or wildland fire. The program also offers a master of science degree in natural resource management. The program is continually changing to give students a real-world understanding of ecological functions and emerging modern technologies like global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and computerized data collection.
Geology at Highlands
The environmental geology B.S. – geology concentration is an interdisciplinary major concerned with the practical application of the principles of geology in the solving of environmental problems. Courses provide students with scientific knowledge, mathematical proficiency, research skills, technical abilities, and writing competencies to launch exciting and rewarding career in the geosciences.
Conservation Management provides students with skills to integrate the diverse array of social, political, legal, institutional, cultural, economic, ecological, and biophysical considerations inherent in attaining environmental and resource management goals. This degree prepares students for a variety of careers in research, industry, education, government, or public service. Students must complete a total of 43 to 46 hours in anthropology, biology, chemistry, forestry, and geology. The University requires at least 45 credit hours in upper (300-400 level) courses. The BA in Conservation Management requires a minor.
Geographic Information System Certificate
The GIS minor and certificate program at New Mexico Highlands University provides hands-on experience with the latest geographic information system technology that can immediately be applied in the workplace, provide a highly marketable skill-base when seeking employment or pursuing an advanced degree in GIS. Students who complete either program will be highly prepared to use map data for decision-making in business, environmental protection, risk assessment, utility planning and management, emergency response, land use planning, transportation planning, delivery route planning, real estate, crime prevention, and many more.