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  • Chemical Physics

    Chemical physics provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for those students whose primary research interests are in atomic and molecular physics and physical chemistry. While requiring students to complete a rigorous selection of courses that outline the foundations of modern chemical physics, the program also offers extreme flexibility in the choice of dissertation topic.

  • Chemistry

    Chemistry is the science of the structure, reactions, energetics and control of matter. In addition to its widely recognized importance as a fundamental science, chemistry is central to the continued development of engineered materials, energy technology, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, nanotechnology and novel computational technologies.

  • Ecohydrology

    This major combines the biological and ecological sciences with hydrology (the study of water quality, quantity and distribution). Water is one of our most important global resources, and as climate change continues, increased water scarcity and shifting precipitation patterns will create more demand for water resource professionals.

  • Environmental Sciences

    The Environmental Sciences Graduate Program is based on the tenet that graduate education in the environmental sciences requires an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of chemistry, biology, ecology, physics and human health. The Environmental Sciences Graduate Program offers programs of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

  • Geography

    The Geography Department offers a comprehensive, rigorous study of landscape change and human-environment interactions across a full complement of degrees. Coursework emphasizes proficiency in human geography and physical geography, geospatial methods and human/environment interaction. Departmental specialties include the American West, biogeography, climatology, cultural historical geography, land use planning and water resources.

  • Geological Engineering

    The Geological Engineering program focuses on geologic hazard mitigation and natural resources characterization. The program applies physics, chemistry, meteorology, hydrology, biology, geology and engineering science to understanding the Earth, recognizing and coping with environmental hazards, exploiting natural resources while preserving the environment, and exploring Earth's context in the solar system.

  • Geology

    The geology program at the University of Nevada, Reno is an interdisciplinary science that studies the Earth and its construction and the natural processes that have and continue to shape it. Classwork in the various Geology academic degree tracks emphasize knowledge and understanding of Earth and tectonic processes.

  • Geophysics

    Geophysics applies mathematical and physical principles to the study of the Earth and planets. The curriculum introduces the global properties of the Earth (gravity, magnetic field, crustal motions, interior dynamics) and the determination of near-surface and interior properties through the use of seismology, electromagnetics, potential fields, remote sensing, geodesy and GPS.

  • Hydrogeology

    The hydrogeology curriculum provides a foundation in physical, chemical, geological and quantitative sciences as a basis for understanding the hydrologic cycle and managing water resources; prepares students for entry-level professional careers in firms and agencies that address hydrologic, hydrogeologic and environmental geology issues; and prepares students for graduate study in hydrologic sciences.

  • Hydrology

    Few things are more vital to a community's health than the quality and safety of its water supply. Hydrologists play a key role in protecting this precious resource. The hydrology program is ideal for aspiring professors, and it can also impart skills valuable in other public- and private-industry careers.

  • Land Use Planning

    The curriculum provides a foundation in planning tools and methods, along with a thorough analysis of contemporary planning practice including the most innovative approaches. Our graduates are prepared to perform the tasks required for entry-level planning positions, and possess a broader perspective that is critical to the advancement of their careers.

  • Metallurgical Engineering

    Using engineering principles, metallurgists process ores to concentrate, extract and refine valuable components. They are also involved in the design, development and operational evaluation of metal components for structural and moving systems. Metallurgical engineers are trained in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and physical metallurgy.

  • Mineral Resource Engineering, Ph.D.

    Program Director:  Charles Kocsis | (775) 784-6989 
    Application Deadlines: Feb 1 (Fall) | Spring: Sept 15  
    Program Info: MRE handbook | Mineral Resource Engineering website 

    Additional program-specific admission requirements
    1. GRE

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  • Mining Engineering

    The program includes courses in mine design, mining technology, computer applications to operations control and management, environmental concerns, industrial safety and health and mineral economics. The curriculum provides students with a broad background for a career as a modern mining engineer. Graduates are prepared for industrial employment or further advanced study.

  • Physics

    The study of all fundamental forces and processes from the subatomic to the "astronomic" size scales is the purview of physics. For students of science other than physicists the purpose of learning physics is both the understanding of basic concepts and the application of problem solving skills developed during that process.