Department of Psychology

Are you curious about human behavior?

We offer training in experimental psychology at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

The beautiful Organ Mountains just outside of Las Cruces.


Our undergraduate major is one of the most popular in the College of Arts and Sciences. We offer a wide variety of undergraduate classes including abnormal, social, cognitive, sensation and perception, child development, adult development, perceptual and cognitive development, research methods, psychology of women, biopsychology, personality, emotion, sexual behavior, memory, learning, thinking, and psychology and the law. Undergraduates have the opportunity to develop their own research skills working closely with faculty members on ongoing research projects. Our bachelor’s alumni go on to graduate school in psychology, medical school, law school, MBA programs, and careers in a wide variety of government, business, and industry settings.


Our ten full-time faculty members offer students expert training in engineering psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology. Collectively, the faculty have been awarded every honor offered by NMSU. Our faculty research interests include human-automation interaction problems, social robotics, visual and auditory perception, attachment theory and close relationships, evolved functions of emotion, social cognition, perceptual and cognitive development, prospective memory, motor learning, unmanned aircraft systems, sexuality and gender, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of science, analytical and computational modeling techniques to evaluate inferential statistical procedures, and advances in research methods.


Our graduate program emphasizes development of research expertise in engineering, cognitive, or social psychology. We pride ourselves in the personal attention, collaborative publication, and customized training we offer our graduate students. Alumni of our graduate program are employed in a variety of industry, academic, and government settings including, Dell, Microsoft, Boeing, Google, IBM, Lexmark, Pearson Knowledge Technologies, Idaho National Labs, Sandia National Labs, Honeywell, Naval Surface Warfare Center, and the Naval Air Systems Command.