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Chemistry

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Stong Reputation for Teaching and Research Excellence

Chemistry is the science of the structure, reactions, energetics, and control of matter.

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At a glance:

Degrees offered:

  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Ph. D

Number of Faculty: 15

Current Students: 800

For more information:
Chemistry Department

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Science has earned a strong reputation as a leading teaching and research oriented department.

Nevada offers one undergraduate degree in chemistry, with four emphases:

The "Professional" and "Environmental Chemistry" emphases provide the most rigorous chemistry training and are professional degrees certified by the American Chemical Society.

The "Pre-Medical" and "General" emphases offer additional flexibility for students who need courses required of students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, law and other professions.

Outstanding Faculty

The department currently has about 17 teaching faculty, most of whom are actively involved in chemistry research.

In addition to undergraduate chemistry majors, the department has about 70 graduate students and post-doctoral students.

Among the faculty are experts in Physical, Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Biological, and Theoretical Chemistry. Many of our undergraduate students participate in chemistry research.

In the most recent National Research Council survey of chemistry departments, our department was ranked in the top ten nationally among departments of our size or smaller.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to employment in academia, industry, and government; many of our Bachelor's degree graduates are admitted to high-ranked graduate chemistry programs, medical, or dental schools.

In addition to its widely recognized importance as a fundamental science, chemistry is central to the development of engineered materials, energy technology, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, nanotechnology, and novel computational technologies.

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Chemists are trained to find creative solutions to real-world problems with a quantitative and deep theoretical understanding of the microscopic world and of the tools used to probe and manipulate it.  Chemists are employed in private industry, in electronic devices and semiconductor development, drug design and testing, medical devices, renewable energy, and analytical and environmental laboratories.

Similar opportunities exist in government laboratories in forensics, basic and applied research, defense, and in education and academia. A Chemistry major is also excellent preparation for graduate study in medicine and the health professions, law, government policy, and applied science and engineering.

Programs

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Nevada offers one undergraduate degree in chemistry, with four different emphases. The "Professional" and "Environmental Chemistry" emphases provide the most rigorous chemistry training and are professional degrees certified by the American Chemical Society.

The "Pre-Medical" and "General" emphases offer additional flexibility for students who need courses required of students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, law, and other professions. Nevada has an exceptionally strong undergraduate research program.

As a relatively small research oriented department, Nevada offers close, individualized interaction between students and faculty.

High-Tech Labs

The department is equipped with the latest instrumentation facilities including optical and magnetic resonance spectrometers, lasers, ion and molecular beams, mass spectrometers, and an X-ray diffractometer for experimental work, and large computational clusters for theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling.

Most chemistry majors are actively engaged in research. Many undergraduates receive stipend and scholarship support for their research efforts and become authors of scientific publications resulting from their research

The research enterprise of the Chemistry Department is housed in a modern, four-story structure located in the central campus, adjoining the Leifson Physics Building and near the engineering research complex. It provides specialized laboratories containing the most sophisticated tools available.

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