Mar 30, 2023
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 Environmental Chemistry Emphasis provides rigorous training in experimental and theoretical chemistry, and includes undergraduate research and specialized courses 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.
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking 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.
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- 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
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 .
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
III. Additional Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (71 units)
A. Required Chemistry Courses (38 units)
B. Required Related Courses (26 units)
C. Environmental Science Courses (6-7 units)
Required courses (3 units)
Select one of the following courses (3-4 units)
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (10-14 units)
One year of foreign language recommended.
VII. Recommended Schedule
Example for students seeking an ACS-certified degree with the Environmental Chemistry Specialization. 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.
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester - Odd Years (15 units)
Spring Semester - Even Years (15 units)
Fall Semester (15-16 units)
Spring Semester - Odd Years (14-15 units)
Spring Semester - Even Years (14-15 units)