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

The graduate Minor in geographic information science and technology (GIS&T) is available for all interested graduate students at NMSU, regardless of major. Here are the 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 the 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.

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 or call the departmental office at 575-646-4164.