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Water Science & Management Program and NM Water Resources Research Institute Retreat

The WSM Program and NM-WRRI held its annual retreat in Mescalero, NM in April 2016. The groups discussed organizational goals, assessment of research and programs and to build camaraderie.

Fall 2016 Meet & Greet Mixer

The Water Science & Management Program held its annual Fall "Meet & Greet Mixer" at the Stan Fulton Center's 3rd Floor Bistro. The mixer welcomed back students, staff, faculty and introduced new students to the program.

The NMSU Watershed Group and the Water Science & Management Graduate Student Organization

Members of the Watershed Management Group and the Water Science & Management Graduate Student Organization held one of its Fall semester meetings at Knox Hall in the College of ACES.

NMSU Water Science & Management Students

WSM students attended the annual graduation reception and program Spring meeting at the Corbett Center Student Union on April 28, 2016.


At the FFA BBQ Fest on 4/8/16, WSM students assisted with outreach and games for hundreds of prospective NMSU students. The event was sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.

Stucky Hall - Home to the Water Science & Management Graduate Program

The WSM program is housed in Stucky Hall which is also home to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI)

2015 NM Water Resources Research Institute Awards Water Research Grant

WSM PhD student Hugo Luis Rojas Villalobs (left) received the NM-WRRI Water Research Grant in September for his research in 3D Bathymetric Model of a Shallow Lagoon measured by a Solar Powered Low-cost Autonomous Surface Vehicle Prototype in Mexico

2015 Fall WSM "Meet & Greet Mixer"

The WSM Graduate Program held its annual Fall mixer for current/new students as well as WSM faculty and staff

2015 WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas, NV

Water Science & Management PhD student Dina Salman (Iraq) presents her poster on her work dealing with food security in Afghanistan

2015 Agriculture Day at New Mexico State University

Agriculture Day sponsored by the NMDA and NMSU on Halloween. The WSM Graduate Student Organization represented their research, handed out candy and hung out with Pistol Pete.

Organ Mountains

The Organ Mountains lend their unique type of beauty to the Las Cruces area.

Graduate Minors



Water Science and Management offers two minors to students who wish to pursue these options with their faculty advisor.

Graduate Minor in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T)

The graduate Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Minor offered by the Department of Geography emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills in geographic information systems and remote sensing tools and concepts. The GIS&T minor is earned with 14-15 student credit hours, depending on specific classes taken; details can be obtained from the Department of Geography Department Head, Christopher Brown, at brownchr@nmsu.edu.

The graduate Minor in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) is availailable for all interested graduate students at NMSU, regardless of major.  Here are the following requirements:

Course and Grade Requirements

All of the following courses:

  • GEOG 573, Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 578, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

Two of the following courses:

  • GEOG 521, GIS Applications and Modeling
  • GEOG 572, Geodatabase Design
  • GEOG 581, GIS Design
  • GEOG 582, Advance Remote Sensing


  • For a class to count toward a student's minor, the student must earn a grade of B or better in that class.
  • Some of these courses may have prerequisites and/or require instructor approval; other geospatial courses may be substituted on a case-by-case basis with written approval.

For a *.pdf version of the Graduate Minor in GIS&T requirements, click here.


Graduate Minor in Applied Statistics (A ST)

The College of Business, Department of Economics, Applied Statistics, and International Business offers both a Master of Science degree and a graduate minor in Applied Statistics.  The minor serves graduate students across the NMSU campus and provides an excellent foundation upon which students can build their research programs.  The graduate minor in Applied Statistics requires 10 hours of coursework for Masters Students and 12 hours of coursework for Doctoral students.  Typically the minor includes AST 505, 503, 506, and 504, but there is some flexibility by choosing other 500-level AST courses.  Grades of A or B must be earned in all courses counted toward the minor. Students who get a minor in Applied Statistics must include an Applied Statistics faculty member on their defense committee.

More information can be found at Graduate Minor: Applied Statistics

Students interested in the Applied Statistics (A ST) minor should contact Professor Robert Steiner at rsteiner@nmsu.edu or call the departmental office at 575-646-4164.