NMSU, categorized as a Level I research institution by the Carnegie Foundation, holds more than $200 million in total research contracts. The university anchors the southern end of a statewide high-tech corridor that includes Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories as well as national observatories and universities.
The Arts and Sciences Research Center administers research within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers state-of-the-art instrumentation and technical support to carry out research in nearly all phases of chemistry. One 31,000-square-foot wing of the chemistry building is devoted largely to graduate studies and research. The department employs glass blowing, machine shop, electronic, and instrumentation technicians.
Chemistry graduate students may use facilities at nearby White Sands Missile Range: a linear accelerator, a deuterium-tritium generator, a fast-burst reactor, counting equipment, and extensive computer equipment.
Computing facilities on campus include a campuswide network using two IBM 3081-D mainframes, 100 SUN work stations, eight DEC VAX systems, several special-purpose computers, and 35 clusters of computers throughout the university for students. The chemistry department is networked internally and to the entire campus.
The library system at New Mexico State has 850,000 volumes and 6,900 periodicals. including 250 of direct chemical interest. Most of the books and journals used by chemistry students are housed in Branson Library, located only a block from the chemistry building. The remainder are housed in a new library building opened in 1992.