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Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science (BCES)

The biological sciences impact almost every aspect of modern life. Our programs incorporate the numerous fields and disciplines in the basic sciences, including ecology and evolution, cellular and molecular biology, health, chemistry and environmental science. The study of biology thus provides an ideal preparation for a wide range of careers.


The Biology, Chemistry and Environmental department at Northern New Mexico College is actively training undergraduates in scientific research and offering professional opportunities, such as attending national conferences, scientific seminars, and paid summer internships.

Through lecture and laboratory courses, BCES integrates critical thinking, quantitative problem-solving, leadership, team-building, and scientific research to provide a strong skill-set for successful post-baccalaureate and scientific careers. Learn more about our mission and goals here.

Our two bachelor’s programs, Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science, prepare students for graduate school and employment in a variety of health and science related careers, including teaching in secondary schools.

Our Associate degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science are designed to prepare students to pursue baccalaureate degrees. We also offer an Associate of Applied Science Program Radiation Protection, and Certificate in Radiation Control Technician. These programs are specifically designed to channel students into career paths in Federal Agencies or Industry.

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Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science

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Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.