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Interdisciplinary Degrees & Programs

Atmospheric Science

Linked spiral clouds. Atmospheric Sciences encompasses many areas of study that explore the atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions and processes, and how these influence all aspects of the environment and human life.

Basque Studies

An undergraduate minor in Basque studies is offered through the Center for Basque Studies, part of the College of Liberal Arts.

Batteries and Energy Storage Technologies

Prepare for a career in batteries and energy storage technologies with the interdisciplinary minor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Biochemistry

The sciences of biochemistry and molecular biology examine how molecules important to life carry out their functions within cells.

Biomedical Engineering

Engineers working at a computer next to a window. Biomedical engineering is a broad field that involves using technology to solve medical problems. Learn more about how to study biomedical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Cell and Molecular Biology

Microscope with Cells The highly interactive program offers a wide range of study options dealing with contemporary biophysics, cancer, cell biology, chemical biology, immunology, insect biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology and plant biology.

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Students will learn principles of physiology and pharmacology and are given opportunities to integrate this information in problem solving scenarios.

Chemical Physics

PHD in Chemical Physics Chemical physics provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for those students whose primary research interests are in atomic and molecular physics and physical chemistry.

Cyber Security

Earn an interdisciplinary cyber security degree and prepare to enter the rapidly growing job market for cyber security professionals, equipped with technical expertise and IT experience.

Developmental Disabilities

Graduate interdisciplinary specialization and undergraduate interdisciplinary minor programs in developmental disabilities are administered by the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED) through the College of Education

Digital Interactive Games

The Computer Science and Engineering Department offers a minor in digital interactive games that can help students tap into a strong gaming presence in Reno and a flourishing games industry in the nearby Bay Area.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary doctoral program bringing together faculty and students from multiple departments and institutions at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute and the Great Basin Institute.

Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Sciences Graduate Program is based on the tenet that graduate education in the environmental sciences requires an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of chemistry, biology, ecology, physics, and human health.

Gender, Race and Identity

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race and Identity provides a curriculum that complements existing graduate programs both at the M.A. and the Ph.D. levels. A Graduate Certificate Program in Gender, Race and Identity will be of benefit to students who are pursuing a graduate degree in other areas, including business, history, social work, social psychology, psychology, and sociology.

General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies allows students to customize their degree to their interests or intended career.

Gerontology

The gerontology program prepares today's students to understand the complex processes of aging.

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation is a rapidly expanding field devoted to the understanding, recording, preservation, restoration or adaptive reuse of significant objects, buildings, sites, neighborhoods, districts or engineering works that reflect a portion of the nation's historic and prehistoric cultural heritage.

Hydrogeology

A sound foundation in physical, chemical, geological and quantitative sciences as a basis for understanding the hydrologic cycle and managing water resources.

Hydrologic Science

The study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets, including the hydrologic cycle, water resources and environmental watershed sustainability.

International Affairs

The International Affairs Program is an interdisciplinary major for undergraduate students, as well as a venue for various community outreach projects.

Japanese Studies

The College of Liberal Arts offers an undergraduate minor in Japanese studies under the direction of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Judicial Studies

As the challenges facing our court systems mount, it is essential that the judiciary be equipped for transition. At the forefront of this movement is the highly successful Judicial Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, one of only two such programs offered nationwide. The program offers a Master of Judicial Studies and a Ph.D.

Justice Management

The Master of Justice Management is a special degree program offering a broad selection of courses including foundation courses in justice theory and process, essentials of justice management, and courses specific to areas of concentration such as Juvenile Justice Management, Adult Justice Management, and Executive Court and Agency Administration.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Medieval and Renaissance studies is an appropriate minor for students majoring in the following disciplines: anthropology, art, criminal justice, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and speech communication and theatre.

Museum Studies

The interdisciplinary program in Museum Studies offers students an opportunity to explore the expanding field of museum work and museum research.

Nanotechnology

Carbon nanotubes The interdisciplinary program in nanotechnology is open to all students, although it is geared towards students in engineering and science fields who seek specialization in the science and technology of processes, systems, and phenomena that occur at the nanometer size scale.

Neuroscience

Brain Scan Image Students and faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno have the unique opportunity to study within this specialized area of research with access to cutting-edge technology, such as a new functional MRI facility—a partnership between our Center for Integrative Neuroscience and the Renown Health medical center.

Renewable Energy

The objective of these interdisciplinary programs is to provide students with technical skills, economic and political background, and analysis and design skills that will help them to better apply the knowledge gained in their major field of student to the nationally important issues of alternative and renewable energy.

Social Psychology

Justice and Law Science The Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the oldest social psychology programs in the country.

Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS)

A UAS flies in a lab Unmanned autonomous systems fuse mechanical systems and computing technologies to create intelligent systems capable of interacting with the complexities of the real world. Students learn to design, engineer and operate these groundbreaking systems in our new interdisciplinary minor.

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