Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 120 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

Who can apply? 

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED.

What will I learn in a chemistry degree program?

The bachelor's program in chemistry provides strong training for careers in chemistry and flexibility to pursue other areas, such as allied health sciences or K-12 teaching. With four available emphases, you have the opportunity to pursue what interests you most.

Learning outcomes

Chemistry majors complete courses providing a solid background in the physical sciences and mathematics, together with a sequence of courses in general, analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Lecture classes are complemented by laboratories that give hands-on experience in chemical methods and instrumentation. The department also strongly encourages undergraduate students to become involved in laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Undergraduate research is an outstanding learning opportunity that cannot be found in classwork alone.

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in chemistry will graduate with the skills to:

  • Work in a lab alongside professional chemists
  • Seek their careers of choice, whether in research, teaching, or health sciences
  • Pursue competitive and challenging graduate programs, whether in the Department of Chemistry or elsewhere

Hands-on experience

Undergraduate research offers students an outstanding learning opportunity that cannot be found in classwork alone. In addition to lectures, chemistry students are given hands-on laboratory experience in chemical methods and instrumentation. The department also strongly encourages its majors to become involved in laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Explore the world of experimentation with the department's modern facilities, instrumentation, and technical support personnel.

Specializations in the Chemistry program

Careers with a degree in chemistry

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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