Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

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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

  • General chemistry emphasis

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

  • Environmental chemistry emphasis

    The environmental chemistry emphasis provides rigorous training in experimental and theoretical chemistry and includes undergraduate research and specialized courses that are chosen according to the student’s interests. This emphasis is recommended for students interested in employment as an environmental chemist or in graduate study in environmental science.

    This emphasis has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as satisfying rigorous national standards for ACS certification.

  • Professional chemistry emphasis

    The professional chemistry emphasis provides rigorous training in experimental and theoretical chemistry, and includes undergraduate research and specialized courses chosen according to the student’s interests. The Professional Chemistry Emphasis is designed for students who are interested in a career as a chemist in industry or government, or in graduate school in chemistry or related areas. 

    This emphasis has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as satisfying rigorous national standards for ACS certification.

  • Pre-medical emphasis

    The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the pre-medical emphasis is especially for students who are planning to continue to medical school, dental school, or other medical professional schools.  In addition to a solid background in Chemistry, it includes courses in other areas that the University of Nevada School of Medicine and other medical schools typically require, including courses in biology, biochemistry, and other subjects.

    This emphasis has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as satisfying rigorous national standards for ACS certification.

  • Minor

    The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a Chemistry minor which can help students stand out in today's competitive job market.

Careers with a degree in chemistry

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