A message from Dean Thompson in response to the murder of Mr. George Floyd:

We are fortunate to live in a country that was founded on the ideals of liberty, justice and equality for all. Unfortunately, we have never truly lived up to those ideals. Throughout our history we have, through laws, practices and strategies, systematically denied peoples and people the advantages, opportunities and dignity that all should be able to expect. Throughout our history, individuals and organizations have tirelessly committed to leading change to a better society, and we have made progress. But it isn’t enough. The brutal and horrific murder of Mr. George Floyd by police officers clearly demonstrates we have not overcome our history. We must make changes, not incrementally but now, and real change so everyone—everyone—has liberty, justice and equal treatment. We can only do this together.

In the College of Science, we are committed to fostering a community and environment where all are welcome, valued and respected. We believe our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion goes hand in hand with scientific discovery and advancement—together we can change the world.

It is time to change the world.

Black Lives Matter.

Jeffrey S. Thompson
Dean, College of Science

Diversity, equity and inclusion: celebrating every student

The College of Science is committed to fostering a community and environment where all are welcome, valued and respected. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we believe, goes hand in hand with scientific discovery and advancement—together we can change the world.

Our mission

The College of Science unites disciplines in the pure, applied, social, mathematical, and natural sciences around the central tenets of the scientific method and logic to provide students with outstanding educational and research experiences.  The College recognizes that diversity of thought, background, and experience enrich and expand the scientific enterprise; and affirms the inclusion of all populations to enhance overall success in academic programs and excellence in research productivity.


49% of students in the College of Science self-identify as Students of Color.


61% of the College's student population is female.


The College has an 8% higher 6-year graduation rate than the University average.

*Data source: Institutional Analysis, December 2019.

Spreading the word

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends into all areas of life at the College of Science, and beyond into the community. Here are just a few recent examples of that commitment, from bringing leaders in science to our community to speak on matters of diversity to honoring our faculty and staff for the work they've done to make our campus a welcoming space.

Video screenshot showing a cartoon illustration of a skeleton.

'Anyone can be a (mad) scientist' and other College of Science video competition winners announced

Students take home cash prizes for short videos depicting life as science students in annual competition.

Two students pose for a photo at a club fair to promote the new MAPS club on campus last spring.

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) chapter launched at the University of Nevada, Reno

Students launch a new club aimed at increasing diversity in the field of medicine

Grid of three podcast participant headshots along with the Discover Science Podcast Series logo.

Exploring the relationship between space, race and STEM attainment on the Discover Science podcast

Dr. William F. Tate IV speaks with the College of Science about his research revealing the uneven contours of the education pipeline.

Physics is for everyone

Check out College of Science student Katie's video submission to the 2019 video competition. Her video was chosen as an honorable mention and staff favorite and highlights her experience as a Native American, queer, first-generation student studying physics.

Watch the other winning videos

Learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion represents the University's commitment to realize and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all University community members, including students, faculty, faculty colleagues and alumni. The Office works closely with academic and administrative units to attract, advance and retain a diverse faculty to strengthen academic excellence. Learn about campus resources, diversity education and training, NSHE initiatives and more.