Mackay Degree Programs

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  • Geography

    Geography is the examination of the complex relationships between humans and their environments and the spatial dimensions of our world’s most pressing challenges.

  • Geological Engineering

    The Geological Engineering 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

    Integrate many fields including biology, chemistry, geography, physics and math with modern technologies in the study of Earth’s history and natural processes that continue to shape it.

  • 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

    Gain a sound foundation in physical, chemical, geological and quantitative sciences as a basis for understanding the hydrologic cycle and managing water resources.

  • Hydrologic Science

    The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) has always been a true collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The GPHS is one of the largest such programs in North America. Students can specialize in surface water hydraulics, watershed hydrology, water resources evaluations, water quality, geomorphology, and limnology.

  • Metallurgical Engineering

    The technology of Metallurgical Engineering involves converting natural mineral resources into useful products for society. 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 three areas: mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, and physical metallurgy.

  • Mineral Resource Engineering

    Combine studies from the Department of Mining Engineering and Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering in this interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Mineral Resource Engineering is an interdisciplinary field in which modern engineering meets earth science. The University's mineral resource engineering faculty have been at the forefront of numerous Nevada-based and worldwide engineering projects that require insight into the planet's natural features or the mineral resource extraction process.

  • Mining Engineering

    The Mining Engineering 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 is arranged to provide students with a broad background for a career as a modern mining engineer. Graduates are prepared for industrial employment or further advanced study.

  • NevadaTeach

    Earn your dual degree in secondary education and one of many STEM majors, including Geography in the Mackay School. Graduating from NevadaTeach at the University of Nevada, Reno provides you with all of the coursework to pursue a teaching license at the middle or high school level, while earning a comprehensive and marketable degree in your STEM discipline. Open the door to a world of career options while helping to improve education in Nevada.

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Public Service Departments

In addition to its academic departments, the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering houses four public service departments.

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