Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 40.09
Liaison Allison Jenks
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

New Mexico State University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Allison Jenks
Facilities Sustainability Manager
Facilities and Services
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Environmental Engineering, Master of Science

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

Environmental engineering at New Mexico State University provides unique educational and research opportunities at the graduate level in the fields of water quality, aquatic chemistry, environmental microbiology, water treatment, water pollution control, wastewater treatment reclamation and reuse, desalination, industrial, hazardous and solid waste management, groundwater remediation, contaminant fate and transport, resources recovery from waste streams, air pollution control, waste minimization, and pollution prevention. Therefore, course offerings emphasize basic engineering and scientific principles, as well as the design and application of environmental engineering unit operations and processes. Special problems and thesis research are closely matched with faculty expertise and the professional goals of the graduate students. The programs of study are specifically designed for individual students, taking advantage of not only the program capabilities, but also of the complementary activities of the university as a whole as well as the student’s professional experience and work environment.

Graduate students satisfy degree requirements in environmental engineering by completing specific core course work. Course work in the graduate program includes:

- water and wastewater treatment
- solid and hazardous waste systems design
- environmental chemistry
- environmental microbiology
- environmental contaminant analysis
- industrial pollution control
- fate and transport of pollutants in engineered and natural systems and water quality in surface water and groundwater systems


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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, Master of Science

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

We apply traditional and emerging scientific methods to understand the ecology of fish and wildlife and the communities they inhabit. We apply this knowledge to help make more informed conservation and management decisions as well as to further society’s understanding of the structure and function of ecological systems. We strive for excellence in research, teaching and outreach with our efforts focused on the diverse ecosystems of the American Southwest as well as on issues occurring nationally and internationally.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Masters of Science Program in Agricultural Economics

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The New Mexico State University Master of Science Program in Agricultural Economics (MS-AEEC) is an excellent graduate education alternative for individuals completing or holding undergraduate degrees in agricultural, resource, environmental or general economics, agricultural business, and agricultural and food sciences. The program, jointly offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business (AEAB) and the Department of Economics and International Business (EIB), is designed to train future intellectual leaders for the food and fiber industry, which employs about 17% of the labor force in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, and over 25% worldwide.

The graduates from NMSU's MS-AEEC Program have the distinctive quality of being trained in economic theory and analytical tools, and of being capable of applying these theories, concepts and tools to evaluate economic and business issues and address problems affecting agricultural production, natural resource management, the environment, and the food and fiber industry.

The program of studies includes a required core of four courses: micro and macroeconomic theory, production economics, and econometrics; and elective classes in international agricultural trade theory and policy, advanced agricultural policy, natural resources management and policy, advanced computer applications, the management of agribusiness firms, advanced agribusiness marketing, and agricultural commodity futures markets and trading. The students gain additional expertise in a particular field of agricultural economics or agricultural business through a thesis research project under the direction of professor who has an expertise in that area.

Although the academically rigorous orientation of this program makes it ideal for individuals planning to pursue research-related careers or to continue their education at the PhD level, the conceptual and analytical skills of the graduates gives them an edge in problem-solving and economically rational thinking, which are valuable talents in many careers. As a result, MS-AEEC program graduates have been successful in a variety of non-research careers within and outside the food and fiber industry. Our graduates have also found excellent career opportunities in the public sector with agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and various non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and private foundations


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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Graduate Certificate: Public Utility Regulation & Economics (PURE)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

This is a professional educational program designed for post-baccalaureate students pursuing a career in the utility sector with an electric utility company, natural gas utility, water distribution utility, or a government agency regulating these types of companies.

This is a multi-disciplinary field. Students with educational backgrounds in accounting, government, finance, business administration, public administration, engineering, law, and economics are usually well-suited to pursue a career in this industry and are encouraged to consider the program.

The program provides advanced technical instruction on utility industry analysis and prepares students for the rigors of utility regulatory methods, policy, and analytical applications.


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