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The College of Science offers more than 50 degrees in 18 different majors

Science students will find a wealth of academic and career options available at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Atmospheric Science

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.

Biology

Biology apparatus The biology curriculum is designed to provide students with up-to-date training in the biological sciences, including fields of concentration in ecology and evolution as well as molecular and cellular biology.

Cell and Molecular Biology

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.

Chemistry

Chemistry Chemistry majors complete courses providing a solid background in the physical sciences and mathematics, together with a sequence of courses in general, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry.

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.

Geo-Engineering

Rock Formation The Geo-Engineering Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary degree that combines studies from the Department of Mining Engineering and Department of Geological Sciences, with applications in mine ventilation, mine environmental, reclamation, remediation and restoration studies, mine automation and robotics, rock mechanics, drilling and blasting, materials handling, ore reserve characterization, geostatics and mineral economics.

Geography

Geography student in the snow The Department of Geography emphasizes the study of landscape change and human-environment interactions in arid and mountainous environments. Coursework emphasizes the integration of human and physical geography and encourages the use of geospatial technologies (GIS, remote sensing, and cartography).

Geological Engineering

Geological Engineers Geological Engineering is a interdisciplinary program that provides a comprehensive basis for understanding the Earth and its context in the solar system.

Geology

Rock formation and Lake Tahoe Geology is an interdisciplinary science that integrates a range of fields including geology, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics with modern technologies in the study of Earth's processes, environments and history.

Geophysics

Geophysics Hot Spring The Geophysics program provides coursework that examines the physical traits of the Earth and explores its interactions with space. Aspects of geophysics includes the study of the Earth’s magnetic and gravitational fields, volcanism, the hydrological cycle, atmospheric studies and interactions with the Moon and other celestial bodies.

Hydrogeology

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

Hydrology

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.

Land Use Planning

survey equipment The curriculum provides a foundation in planning tools and methods, along with a thorough analysis of contemporary land-use planning practice including the most innovative approaches.

Mathematics

PI on a chalkboard The bachelor's degrees in mathematics have options for applied mathematics, discrete mathematics/operations research, statistics, or general study.

Metallurgical Engineering

Melting metals The technology involves converting natural mineral resources into useful products for society

Mining Engineering

Mining heavy equipment Mining Engineering trains students to perform the various functions typically exercised by mining engineers: plan, design, operate, and close mines.

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Microscope Molecular microbiology and immunology (MMI) provides in-depth studies at the molecular and cellular levels on the bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoan pathogens of humans.

Neuroscience

Students working in a biology lab Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and networks of sensory nerve cells throughout the body.

Physics

Crane removing telescope from MacLean house The study of all fundamental forces and processes from the subatomic to the "astronomic" size scales is the purview of physics.

Statistics

Statistics is the mathematical study of the organization, analysis, interpretation of data.

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