Environmental Geology at New Mexico Highlands University! Scroll down to learn more!

Imagine a place...

Where history and culture resonate across a timeless land,

a place where tradition meets innovation, and the future sings in harmony with the spirit of the past.

Imagine a place where your passion is respected, and your dreams are encouraged

– a place where you can create your own journey along trails blazed by legends.

That place is here.

Why Highlands?

The way we see it, you choose a college to help take your passion and accelerate it into a career and a fulfilling life path.

At Highlands, we are committed to doing exactly that. Our students and alumni consistently rate Highlands University #1 in New Mexico for student satisfaction.


At New Mexico Highlands University, you’re more than a student – you’re family. That means you’ll get that one-on-one attention to inspire you to reach your goals. Let New Mexico Highlands help take your passion and accelerate it into a career and fulfilling life path.

• Highlands features a 15:1 student – faculty ratio, unique for a public university.

• We hire the best professors who care about you and your goals.

• We’re a small school, but that’s a big thing! Our faculty put their students first, learning who you are, what you’re like, and what your aspirations are. That’s how they find the best way for each student to learn.

• New Mexico Highlands University boasts some of the best facilities in the state.

From 24-7 web-based tutoring to state-of-the-art science labs and media studios, Highlands University has the resources to make the most of your academic experience. Additionally, 89 percent of faculty members at Highlands University hold the highest possible degrees in their fields, which means you’ll be taught by experts who care about your future. Visit our campus and find out why 90 percent of our alumni said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the curriculum and instruction at New Mexico Highlands University.

Develop your passion!

The best geologists see the most rocks and at New Highlands University – students see a lot of rocks! Rugged mountains, volcanic fields, sedimentary basins, desert landscapes, glacier-formed peaks, celebrated fossil localities, and world-renowned geologic localities like the Rio Grande rift and the Valles Caldera offer unique natural laboratories and unmatched opportunities for field experiences.

Our geology professors are committed to learner-centered teaching, student-involved research, and community outreach. They bring their extensive field and laboratory training to provide a challenging, stimulating, and useful education in the geosciences. The Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Geology offers three courses of study: geology, water resources, and environmental science. In each, students gain scientific knowledge, math proficiency, research skills, technical abilities, and writing competencies to launch exciting and rewarding careers.

Our strengths

• The program boasts 100 percent job placement or graduate school entrance of its alumni.

• Students have opportunities to have hands-on engagement in the study of minerals, rocks, soils, waters, and environments in our unique location at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains.

• Students have access to the latest geographic information systems (GIS) software tools for high-precision global positioning, geospatial analysis, digital mapping, and 3-D terrain modeling.

• Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities, including the Geology Club, the Conservation Club, the Forestry Club, and the Leadership in Geospatial Technology Club.

• Students are provided with outstanding career development opportunities throughout their studies, including resume writing, conference attendance, field trip experiences, and capstone seminars.

We're with you all the way

New Mexico Highlands University understands your college experience is an important step in your future. That’s why our Career Services Office is here for you from day one. We want you to succeed in college and after graduation, so we have the tools to help begin your career. Career Services provides a variety of free services to all New Mexico Highlands University students and graduates in developing effective job search skills, career planning, and locating employment opportunities including summer internships and research programs, campus employment, part-time jobs and career employment.

Additionally, Career Services also hosts career fairs each semester with more than 60 participating employers. Past employers have included agencies such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Forest Service, and FBI, large corporate employers like Verizon, and nonprofits like Youth Shelter & Family Services.

We're in a place like no other

With our Outdoor Recreation Center, you can explore the unique landscapes of Northern New Mexico!

What does a 160-year-old fort have in common with great skiing? Or world-class art and music have in common with three state parks? They’re all in New Mexico Highlands University’s backyard. Northern New Mexico is truly a unique location. On a short drive away from campus, you can experience remote villages ignored by time, slopes that will invigorate all levels of skiers and snowboarders, and historic and cultural sites unlike any in the world.

With New Mexico Highlands University’s new Outdoor Recreation Center, you can borrow tents, mountain bikes, kayaks and much more to explore everything Northern New Mexico has to offer.

New Mexico Highlands University also hosts a variety of concerts and entertainment events throughout the year, and local businesses offer students free movies, bowling and other events.

Living on campus

Being a part of a residence hall community is a great way to meet new friends and be connected on a deeper level to campus life. Students have a variety of choices when considering an on campus residence. There are suite style residences and more traditional halls with both private and shared rooms; something for everyone.

Ready to apply?

What are the admissions requirements?

Applicants must submit the following for a complete application:

• Application form;

• A $15, nonrefundable, one-time application fee;

• Official high school transcripts;

• Official college transcripts (if applicable)

Admissions process

Admission applications are reviewed and decisions returned as quickly as possible once your application is complete. A complete application includes your submitted application, an application fee (unless waived), and official high school transcripts. Essays, portfolios or recommendations are not necessary.

Admission Term - Freshmen may begin in the summer, fall or spring terms after high school graduation. Most students apply for admission to the fall term (courses begin in August).

Application Form - Please submit either an online application or a hardcopy application form by the priority consideration deadline for the term to which you want to attend. We recommend the online application for faster response.

Priority deadlines:

Applications for undergraduate admission will be considered at any time; however, to ensure timely action on the application, students are advised to submit the completed application materials during the following suggested filing periods:

• For fall semester, previous November-August

• For spring semester, previous July-December

• For summer session, previous January-June

Office of Student Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 505-454-3394

email: admissions@nmhu.edu

You're not a number. You're family.

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