PES Undergraduate Handbook
- Degree Requirements - Check Lists
- Financial Assistance
- International Students
- Office and Support Staff
- Professional Societies - Certification Programs
Welcome to Las Cruces and New Mexico State University's Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences! This handbook will provide valuable information to answer the most commonly asked questions about undergraduate programs and departmental policies.
The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences offers Undergraduate degrees in Agriculture and Environmental Science. The faculty come from a variety of disciplines, including crop physiology, ornamental horticulture, soil science, plant breeding and genetics, nursery production, molecular biology, and forestry.
Although much of your time will be spent in class, you are encouraged to interact with other faculty members and fellow students, which are valuable sources of information. You are encouraged to join one of the undergraduate clubs and work toward certification in your area of expertise.
Degree Requirements - Check Lists
Filing Notice of Degree Candidacy
Degree candidates are required to file an application for degree and pay the graduation fee for each degree sought. This fee ($10 for one-year certificates, $25 for associate or bachelor's, and $35 for graduate degrees) will be included in the total paid for the semester or session in which the candidate anticipates completing degree requirements. If degree requirements are not completed during the semester or session for which the student paid the fee, the student must reapply and pay the appropriate fees. The application for degree form is available at the Office of the Registrar and the student's advising center/Dean's Office. It must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline for the semester/session. A $25 late fee applies to applications received after the last day to register, and no applications will be accepted after midterm. Additional policies and guidelines are as follows:
The Degree check forms are pdf documents and can be accessed below:
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism
Academic misconduct including plagiarism will not be tolerated in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department. The Department follows the policies and procedures pertaining to academic misconduct and plagiarism found in the NMSU Student Code of Conduct available online.
Financial support is available for undergraduate students in the form of scholarships and work opportunities. Departmental jobs are posted at the student employment office in Garcia Annex.
DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS-The department awarded over $40,000 in scholarships in the year of 2011.
In the educational services building, there is a financial aid office that helps new undergraduate students apply for many types of financial support. Perkins loans (national direct student loans), Stanford loans (GSL), and college work study are available to undergraduate students. The amount of aid awarded will be based on the financial need for each student.
New undergraduate students wanting financial support should contact the following office to get a financial advisor: Director, Financial Aid Office, New Mexico State University, Box 30001, Dept. 5100, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003, Telephone (575) 646-4105.
The Center for International Programs (CIP) at New Mexico State University is the focal point for the University's international activities. The CIP provides services and advisement to international students that come from over 72 countries.
New international students must contact an international student advisor who will coordinate admissions, provide immigration advice, enroll the student in orientation programs, provide general counseling, and develop special programs for the student. The CIP also cooperates with international student associations and community organizations to organize socio-cultural activities for international students and their families.
The CIP is in Garcia Annex, room 238, telephone (575) 646-2017.
The CIP cannot lend money to a student unless the student's government sponsor has made arrangements with the CIP in advance.
Office and Support Staff
- Esther Ramirez--Administrative Assistant, Intermediate--Phone: 6-3406
- Linda Meyer--Administrative Assistant, General--Phone: 6-3405
- Sally Baeza--Fiscal Assistant, Senior--Phone: 6-4620
- Josephine Vasquez--Fiscal Assistant, Associate--Phone: 6-1141
Professional Societies - Certification Programs
Belonging to a professional organization while an undergraduate student is well worth the cost. The student has the opportunity to attend professional meetings, meet others in his/her field, and present research at these meetings to gain useful experience and exposure. Below are some common professional organizations and a brief explanation of each.
1.American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2.American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
3.American Society for Horticulture Science (ASHS)
4.American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
5.Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
6.Society of American Foresters (SAF)