University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Jan 27, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Chemistry (Professional Chemistry Emphasis), B.S. in Chem.


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. 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 class work alone.

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.

Contact Information


213 Chemistry Building
(775) 784-6041

College of Science Academic Advisors: https://www.unr.edu/science/student-resources/advising

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno


Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements


  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)


NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3


B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2


  • (4 units) CO2
  • NOTE: Students are expected to place into MATH 181 or higher. Students who do not place into MATH 181 may be required to take additional credits.  

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L


D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8


Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (9 units maximum)


Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9


The following courses count in the General Education Requirement:

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses .

C. Global Context - CO11


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses .

D. Ethics - CO12


E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13


F. Application - CO14


III. Additional Requirements (0 units)


IV. Major Requirements (66-67 units)


B. Required Related Courses (26 units)


V. Minor Requirements (0 units)


VI. Electives (14-18 units)


One year of foreign language is recommended.

VII. Recommended Schedule


Example for students seeking an ACS-certified degree with Professional Chemistry Option. Assumes placement into MATH 181  in first semester. Please see department advisor for individualized schedule.

Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan in each academic advisement session.

A. First Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


Spring Semester (15 units)


B. Second Year


C. Third Year


D. Fourth Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


Spring Semester (15 units)