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Undergraduate Chemistry Degrees

Chemistry Degrees

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More comprehensive information about the University undergraduate chemistry program can be found in the Chemistry Major's Handbook.

Chemistry Majors

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: The Department of Chemistry offers the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree plan with four sub-plan options: Professional Chemistry Emphasis, Environmental Chemistry Emphasis, Pre-Medical Emphasis, and General Emphasis
  • Professional Chemistry Emphasis: The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the Professional Chemistry Emphasis features rigorous training in both experimental and theoretical methods in modern chemistry. Students proceed through a sequence of courses that includes general, organic, physical, inorganic, and biological chemistry, with specialized laboratory courses in instrumental analysis, analytical chemistry, and chemical synthesis supplementing these areas. In addition, undergraduates in this program become involved in laboratory research under the supervision of one of the faculty and write a Senior Thesis. This provides students with outstanding opportunities that cannot be found in the classroom alone. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the Professional Chemistry Emphasis gives a firm foundation for careers in chemical industry, for graduate school in chemistry or related fields, or for medical school. This degree meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society. Professional Chemistry Emphasis course requirements and suggested 4-year plan
  • Environmental Chemistry Emphasis: The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree with the Environmental Chemistry Emphasizes a rigorous plan in chemistry that will prepare students for careers in government or the private sector as environmental chemists, or for graduate school in environmental science. In addition to basic and advanced chemistry courses, additional courses in environmental chemistry or related areas are required. This degree meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society. Environmental Chemistry Emphasis course requirements and suggested 4-year plan
  • Pre-medical Emphasis: The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the Pre-medical Empasis is specially for students who are planning to continue to medical school, dental school, or other medical professional schools. In addition to a solid background in Chemistry, it includes the courses in other areas that the University of Nevada School of Medicine and other medical schools typically require, including courses in biology, biochemistry, and other subjects. Pre-medical Emphasis course requirements and suggested 4-year plan
  • General Emphasis: The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the General Emphasis is for students who are planning careers in the chemical industry, teaching, agriculture, environmental science, or health sciences. The General Emphasis offers more flexibility than the other Emphases. Undergraduate research is encouraged. General Emphasis course requirements and suggested 4-year plan.

Chemistry Minors

Students majoring in another field may obtain a Minor in Chemistry by completing one of the following two course sequences:

Analytical-Organic Option

  • CHEM 121A+121L - General Chemistry I or CHEM 201 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 122A+122L - General Chemistry II or CHEM 202 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 330 - Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 341 - Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Professionals I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 342 - Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Professionals II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 345 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)

Total: 20 credits

Biophysical-Organic Option

  • CHEM 121A+121L - General Chemistry I or CHEM 201 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 122A+122L - General Chemistry II or CHEM 202 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 341 - Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Professionals I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 342 - Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Professionals II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 345 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
  • CHEM 425 - Biophysical Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 443 - Organic Spectroscopy and Structure (2 credits)

Total: 21 credits

Deviations from these sequences are possible with approval of a chemistry advisor. Minimum requirements are a total of 20 chemistry credits, including nine upper-division credits and a two-credit organic chemistry laboratory course. To apply for the minor, complete the minor application form (available from the Chemistry Department Office or download below) and bring to the Chemistry Department Office in CB 213.

Chemistry Minor Information and Application Form (PDF)

Download Advisement Forms
Note: Advisement forms can be downloaded from http://www.chem.unr.edu/undergraduates/forms.php.

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