Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at New Mexico State University 

Another exciting year is upon us at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

This year we have admitted a diverse graduate student class (fifteen new graduate from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the United States), representing all divisions in our department (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical). It has been a period of growth in terms of graduate student recruitment in the past two years (26 new graduate students admitted into our program).

Opportunities for research do exist for undergraduate students as well, thanks to programs such a NIH–MARC, NIH–RISE as well as other federally single investigator grants currently held by the faculty in the department. In total, federal funding for research projects in our department slightly less than $7 million dollars distributed among the fifteen research active faculty members in the department, resulting in 49 peer–reviewed publications last year in prestigious journals such as: Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Protein and Peptide Letters, Journal of Natural Products, Tetrahedron Letters, International Journal of Ion Mobility Spectroscopy and Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology among others. Both graduate and undergraduate students have appeared as coauthors in many of the publications from research active faculty in the department.

Our department offers B. A. and B. S. degrees in Chemistry, B. S. degree in Biochemistry, as well as M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in Chemistry. Any student in our department has opportunities to excel in the classroom and in the research laboratory. Browse this website to find out more regarding opportunities for students in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry.

New Mexico State University is the land–grant University of the state of New Mexico and as such is has a special mission in terms of this status. It is also a research intensive institution and a Hispanic Serving institution. Our student population reflects the diversity present in the state of New Mexico and recent graduates from our program (both undergraduate and graduate) find placement in professional graduate schools (Medicine and Pharmacy), Industry, Academia and Government both nationally and internationally.

If you have any inquiries regarding our program, feel free to contact us via the website or email.


William Quintana, Ph. D.
Professor and Department Head