New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, is a United States Land-Grant Institution, with a diverse and friendly student, faculty, and staff population. NMSU is a best-buy for obtaining a worthwhile degree, with North Central Association accreditation. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry expands on this premise to provide a well-rounded program of study for Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. The department offers financial aid to graduate students in the form of employment as graduate assistants. Las Cruces is nestled in the Rio Grande river valley, with the Organ Mountains to the East, and lush farms and orchards to the West. Cultural events and outdoor recreational activities abound in the area.