Department of Chemistry

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry!

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno.

We are a teaching- and research-oriented department offering degrees in Chemistry (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.), and Chemical Physics (Ph.D., jointly with the Physics Department), including bachelor’s degree emphases certified by the American Chemical Society (the Professional Emphasis and the Environmental Emphasis). As a relatively small department, we are able to provide close interactions among students and faculty. Many of our undergraduates and all of our graduate students participate in state-of-the-art chemistry research, working with a faculty mentor. 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.

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Barile has recently joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in Inorganic Materials Chemistry.  Dr. Barile received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015.  After finishing his post-doctoral studies at Stanford, Chris joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno as an assistant professor this summer!  Chris's research interests are at the intersection of electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, and materials chemistry with an emphasis on solving problems associated with energy conversion, storage, and efficiency.  Students in his group will get the opportunity to work on projects ranging from fundamental ones like understanding electrocatalysis to applied ones like building color-changing smart windows and next-generation batteries.  Students interested in working with Chris should contact him at  More detailed information on his research interests can be found here - Dr. Chris Barile Research.  Information concerning all of our faculty can be found here. Information about our exciting ongoing series of seminars.

For those students who are interested in graduate studies in chemistry or chemical physics please visit our graduate studies webpage and the webpage outlining the graduate school application process.

We are located in the Chemistry Building near the center of the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Our web site is designed to provide information for both current and prospective students about our programs and services. Please contact us if you have questions.


Learn about our Research

The Chemistry Department at Nevada is endowed with a full complement of support services, shops, and laboratories.

Degree Programs

Chemistry Degrees and Programs

Chemistry leads to careers in medicine, industry and academia.


Chemistry Labs

Our state-of-the-art laboratories for student use are fully staffed with support personnel.

High School Prep

How to prepare

Advanced Placement high school students are encouraged to earn credits on campus.

Student Resources


Advising, placement and support information for University Chemistry students.

Contact Us

Contact Chemistry Department (0216)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-6041

Fax (775) 784-6804

Chemistry Building, Room 213