UNM Los Alamos

Science and Engineering

Science and Engineering

Are you fascinated by how machines work? Are you curious about the natural world? Are you passionate about helping others? In Science and Engineering, we help you answer these questions and many more.

We offer small classes that help students build a strong base through individualized attention. Our faculty collaborates to offer hands-on experiences for our students in cross-disciplinary research.

About the Department

The Science and Engineering Department includes courses in:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Geography
  • Physics

Our degrees offer exciting courses that provide the basis for future employment in a technical field. We strive to give students hands-on experience that will enable them to be competitive in the job market. The education you receive at UNM Los Alamos will also prepare you for continuation in a science or engineering related bachelor’s program.

Preparation for your future

Our degrees prepare you for careers that allow you to discover how things work, create solutions to environmental challenges, make a difference in people’s lives through healthcare, and shape the world we live in through engineering. For specific career paths please see the individual disciplines.

Experience is invaluable when preparing for a career in science or exploring whether a career in science is for you. Please consider applying to work as a volunteer lab assistant. Download volunteer lab assistant application (PDF)

Degrees Available

Environmental Science AS
Pre-Engineering AS
Pre-Professional Health Science AS
Pre-Professional Health Science Certificate
Science AS

Related Faculty

Dawn Venhaus, Department Chair, Chemistry and Environmental Science Faculty
Tom Beach, Astronomy Faculty
Leslie Dendy, Biology Faculty
Mike McNaughton, Physics Faculty
Susan Schauer, Biology Faculty

Contact Information

For general information:

Dawn Venhaus
Department Chair
(505) 662-0345

For specific information in:

Environmental Science

Dawn Venhaus, Department Chair
(505) 662-0345


Cindy Leyba
Bachelors and Graduates Degree
(505) 661-4686
Kay Willerton
Associate Dean of Instruction
Department Chair, Mathematics

Pre-Professional Health

Susan Schauer


Dawn Venhaus, Department Chair
(505) 662-0345