Department of Chemistry

Cutting-edge research. State-of-the-art facilities. Exceptional education.

Chemistry is the central science, and its principles operate in all aspects of our daily lives. Understanding chemistry is fundamental in understanding the world around us, everything from energy to biology, medicine to materials, and more. Our Department offers an exceptional foundational undergraduate program as well as three graduate degrees, including one interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. Research is conducted in state-of-the-art facilities at the University as well as through scientific collaborations at research centers across the country.

Department of Chemistry news

Kimberly Giannantonio smiles, wearing a scarf, as she stands in front of the University Quad.

Making their MARC: Kimberly Giannantonio

First cohort of MARC Nevada students includes chemistry student Kimberly Giannantonio

Ying Yang wearing a patterned blazer smiles in her headshot.

NSF CAREER Award will sponsor lifelike materials development

Ying Yang plans to design polymers that mimic living cells

A collage features photos of 6 people, including three women in the top row, two women and a man in the bottom row.

Forever a Westfall Scholar

Westfall Scholar alumni sustain their undergraduate success

State-of-the-art facilities Explore the Department of Chemistry's facilities and equipment available to our students, including a full list of laboratory support staff.
Female student conducting an experiment using a chemistry glove box.
The promise of chemical ecology The Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology enhances the highly successful interdisciplinary and international collaborations in the field of chemical ecology.
Chris Jeffrey inspecting a leaf in the jungle.