University of Nevada, Reno

Introduction

The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 as the State University of Nevada in Elko, Nev., about 300 miles northeast of its present-day campus in Reno. The site for the university preparatory school in eastern Nevada (where no state institutions had previously been located) proved to be impractical, as nearly half of the state's residents lived in the Reno-Carson City area. In 1885, the legislature approved the move of the University from Elko to Reno.

Morrill Hall, constructed on a bluff overlooking downtown, was the first structure built on a 10-acre campus. The hall, named after U.S. Sen. Justin S. Morrill of Vermont, author of the 1862 Land-Grant College Act that led to the development of the University of Nevada, Reno and similar institutions, was a one-building university housing the president's and registrar's offices, classrooms, a library, museum, and living quarters for the groundskeeper.

In 1891, 17 years after its founding, the University presented its first diplomas to a graduating class of three that included Frank Norcross, a future U.S. District Court Judge, Nevada Supreme Court Justice and member of the Nevada Legislature.

By that time, the rich "Bonanza" days of silver and gold mining on the Comstock Lode, 23 miles southeast of Reno in Virginia City, were gone. The state was in economic decline and its first university struggled to build enrollment and stature.

The Mackay Influence

The family of John Mackay, an Irish immigrant who helped direct the extraction of more than $100 million in ore from two Virginia City mines in the mid-1870s, played a key role in helping the campus grow. From 1907 to 1936, Mackay's heirs bequeathed the university more than $1.5 million for the Mackay School of Mines building, a football field-sized quadrangle modeled after Thomas Jefferson's at the University of Virginia, an athletic field, land acquisitions and the Mackay Science Hall. A 7-foot, 8-inch statue of Mackay, created by Gutzon Borglum, who later carved Mount Rushmore, has stood on the north end of the Quad since 1908. The elm-lined Quad and the University's original core campus, with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places since 1987, is considered a U.S. cultural resource.

Establishing its Name

University officials made strides in improving the campus standing as a small, 1,000-student public college in the sparsely populated West of the 1920s and 30s. Among the notable early faculty were James Church, whose Sierra snow surveys pioneered the science of forecasting seasonal water supplies; chemical scientist Maxwell Adams, who discovered uses for oils in sagebrush and rabbit brush on the western desert; and Mackay School of Mines geologist-seismologist Vincent Gianella, the namesake for the mercury mineral, gianellaite.

By the 1940s, Hollywood movie producers, attracted by the University's vine-covered, Ivy-League-like brick buildings and idyllic Manzanita Lake, were using the campus as a setting for popular films, including "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College," with Shirley Temple; "Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble," with Mickey Rooney; and "Mother Is a Freshman," with Van Johnson.

Dramatic Change

By 1958, with 2,000 students attending classes, the institution was on the verge of dramatic change. New colleges of education and business were in their first years. The student body, which had not had a student center building for the first 70 years of the University's tenure in Reno, finally had a headquarters with the opening of the Jot Travis Student Union. This union was replaced In November 2007 by the Joe Crowley Student Union, one of the most transformational buildings ever built on campus. This 167,000-square-foot, "green" environmentally friendly facility signals a shift in campus expansion, offering the campus and community a new centrally located "front door" to the University from Virginia Street. It is named in honor of University President Joe Crowley, whose 23-year tenure as the institution's chief executive is a record. In 2008, one of the nation's most technologically advanced libraries, the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, opened next to the Crowley Student Union, further signaling the campus' move north.

President Charles Armstrong and vice president William Wood stimulated research programs on campus in 1959 with the creation of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and its affiliated programs of atmospheric physics, desert biology, anthropological studies, computer science and water resources. DRI was a University division focusing on research examining Nevada's arid land resources. By 1969, under President N. Edd Miller, the campus had doctoral programs in more than a dozen specialties, and had created a School of Medical Sciences.

In the last 35 years, the University has met the challenges of leadership in what is now the fastest-growing state in the country, with its enrollment rising to more than 17,000 students in fall 2010.

University by the numbers

  • Established: 1874
  • Location: Reno, Nevada
  • Motto: Omnia Pro Patria (“All for Our Country”)
  • Students: 18,227 (in fall 2012)
  • Faculty: 912
  • Full-time faculty holding highest degrees in their fields: 93 percent
  • Degrees offered: A comprehensive selection of degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.
  • Colleges and schools: Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; Business; Education; Engineering; Journalism; Liberal Arts; Medicine; Graduate School; and the Division of Health Sciences.
  • Mascot: Alphie, the wolf; Wolfie Jr.
  • Nickname: Wolf Pack
  • Colors: Silver and Blue
  • Accredited by: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (since 1938), plus 20 professionally accredited programs.
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Bachelor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Biochemists study the most basic of life processes, such as identifying the way in which DNA, which carries genetic information, is transferred between cells and can be manipulated. This has led to the development of new technologies such as molecular biology, biotechnology and genetic engineering. [+]

Biochemists study the most basic of life processes, such as identifying the way in which DNA, which carries genetic information, is transferred between cells and can be manipulated. This has led to the development of new technologies such as molecular biology, biotechnology and genetic engineering. The biochemistry program prepares students for competitive and rewarding careers in science, medicine or research. The biochemistry major places a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on experience, making graduates of the biochemistry program well prepared for the job market. Biochemistry provides an excellent background for biotechnology research, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nutrition, veterinary medicine and education. Related Degrees and Programs Biochemistry, Minor [-]

Bachelor in Chemistry

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Chemistry majors complete courses providing a solid background in the physical sciences and mathematics, together with a sequence of courses in general, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry. Lecture classes are complemented by laboratories that give hands-on experience in chemical methods and instrumentation. [+]

Chemistry majors complete courses providing a solid background in the physical sciences and mathematics, together with a sequence of courses in general, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry. Lecture classes are complemented by laboratories that give hands-on experience in chemical methods and instrumentation. Related Degrees and Programs Chemistry, Minor Chemistry, Bachelor of Science Degree Chemistry, Master of Science Degree Chemistry, Doctor of Philosophy Degree [-]

Bachelor in Civil Engineering

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Civil engineers use their knowledge of science and engineering to design and maintain much of our world's infrastructure. They also apply their expertise to improve our quality of life, whether it's by designing safer buildings, reducing our carbon footprint or just shortening your commute. Their work helps solve many of our planet's most serious problems, including decaying roadways, clogged highways, polluted water and hazardous wastes. [+]

Civil engineers use their knowledge of science and engineering to design and maintain much of our world's infrastructure. They also apply their expertise to improve our quality of life, whether it's by designing safer buildings, reducing our carbon footprint or just shortening your commute. Their work helps solve many of our planet's most serious problems, including decaying roadways, clogged highways, polluted water and hazardous wastes. Civil engineers generally specialize in a particular area. Our department offers five areas of specialization for students: Earthquake and structural engineering involves the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads, such as bridges or buildings. Environmental engineering uses science and engineering principles to improve the environment, with a special focus on air, water and land resources. Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materials such as soils, foundations and earth structures like tunnels, dams or levees. Pavements/materials engineering focuses on pavement design and materials as well as vehicle pavement interaction. Transportation engineering involves all aspects of planning, functional design, operation and facilities management for any mode of transportation. Two cooperative training programs are available for civil engineering students. Both programs offer financial assistance through summer employment with the participating organizations. Related Degrees and Programs Civil Engineering, Minor Environmental Engineering, Minor Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science Degree Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science Degree Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master of Science Degree Civil and Environmental Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Degree Successful engineering students arrive at the... [-]

Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering

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Computer science and engineering is a field focused on solving problems with computers. It is a dynamic discipline positioned at the crossroads of many fields in mathematics, science and engineering, and it brings together theory, abstraction and design of computing devices, programs and systems to solve a variety of problems in just about all areas of human endeavor. [+]

Computer science and engineering is a field focused on solving problems with computers. It is a dynamic discipline positioned at the crossroads of many fields in mathematics, science and engineering, and it brings together theory, abstraction and design of computing devices, programs and systems to solve a variety of problems in just about all areas of human endeavor. Computer science and engineering encompasses the methodology, tools and techniques, and theory of how information is derived, stored, manipulated and communicated. Because of its importance to our world, computer science and engineering is an extremely exciting field of study that continues to grow at a rapid pace. Related Degrees and Programs Computer Science and Engineering, Minor Computer Science and Engineering, Master of Science Degree Computer Science and Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Degree The bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering is designed to give you a strong foundation in computing, mathematics, science and engineering and teach you to apply that knowledge to real-world computing problems. Graduates have the skills to identify technological solutions to problems, drawing on their abilities to design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and develop software or computer systems that meet desired needs. Additionally, our program teaches key skills to succeed in the professional world, including how to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, how to function on multi-disciplinary teams and how to act in accordance with professional, ethical, legal and social responsibilities. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is the board that accredits engineering and... [-]

Bachelor in Electrical Engineering

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A degree in electrical engineering prepares students to develop solutions to urgent problems in areas such as power, communications, computing and networking. [+]

A degree in electrical engineering prepares students to develop solutions to urgent problems in areas such as power, communications, computing and networking. Electrical engineers work with electromagnetic fields and electricity for use in communications, biotechnology applications and electronic circuits. The core of electrical engineering is the ability to work with sensors, acquire data, communicate electronically, process signals and information, model complex systems, and integrate various sources of energy in distributed systems. Areas of emphasis You have the option of choosing to pursue your electrical engineering degree with an emphasis in either renewable energy or biomedical engineering. Renewable energy: Students pursuing this emphasis take the same required courses as all other electrical engineering majors, but they focus on energy-related topics for their senior year technical electives. Biomedical engineering: Students pursuing this emphasis are required to take three additional introductory courses in biology and chemistry, but they have fewer technical elective requirements, which must include coursework in biochemistry and biomedical engineering. The bachelor's degree program focuses on giving students depth of knowledge, breadth of knowledge and professionalism. Our graduates are able to apply specialized knowledge in the practice or advanced study of electrical engineering, including scientific principles, rigorous analysis and creative design. Additionally, graduates develop a broad range of knowledge, including information on the most important current issues in electrical engineering, for productive careers in the public or private sector or for the pursuit of graduate education. Finally, our graduates are able to communicate clearly and work ethically in teams in a... [-]

Bachelor in General Business

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The General Business major expands on the strong business foundation developed in the pre-business and upper-division business coursework. The purpose of the major is to provide an option for students who are limited by work or other obligations in scheduling coursework by allowing students to complete major-related coursework during more flexibly-scheduled evening classes. [+]

The General Business major expands on the strong business foundation developed in the pre-business and upper-division business coursework. The purpose of the major is to provide an option for students who are limited by work or other obligations in scheduling coursework by allowing students to complete major-related coursework during more flexibly-scheduled evening classes. The general business major expands on the strong business foundation developed in the pre-business and upper-division business coursework. The major requires completion of the pre-business core and upper-division business core courses required by other BS-BA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) majors, in addition to 24 credits of recommended upper-division business coursework from various business areas. The major requires a total of 128 credits. Related Degrees and Programs Business Administration, Minor [-]

Bachelor in Management

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Traditionally, management includes the following activities: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. More specifically, management is responsible for the primary activities of the firm; those being inbound logistics, operations, outbound logistics, marketing and sales, and service. [+]

Traditionally, management includes the following activities: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. More specifically, management is responsible for the primary activities of the firm; those being inbound logistics, operations, outbound logistics, marketing and sales, and service. Management is also responsible for the support activities of infrastructure (accounting, finance, strategic planning), human resource management (recruiting, training and development, compensation management), technology development (product and process improvement), and procurement (material acquisition). Management majors are prepared for careers in either general management (or in the specialization of human resource management) or entrepreneurship based on concentration choice in General Management or Human Resource Management. [-]

Bachelor in Mathematics

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The bachelor's degrees in mathematics have options for applied mathematics, discrete mathematics/operations research, statistics, or general study [+]

Mathematics and Statistics The bachelor's degrees in mathematics have options for applied mathematics, discrete mathematics/operations research, statistics, or general study. The bachelor of arts degree provides a traditional liberal arts experience through a balanced course of study in the arts, humanities, foreign language, social and natural sciences. The bachelor of science degree is an "expanded major", which provides a more intense experience in mathematics, computing and science. Related Degrees and Programs Mathematics, Minor Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts Degree Teaching of Mathematics, Master of Arts Degree Mathematics, Master of Science Degree [-]

Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering

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The bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering is broadly designed to accommodate a variety of career goals. Students take a core of required courses in engineering, the humanities, mathematics and science, as well as supplementary elective courses. These courses introduce basic engineering science and design concepts and provide students with the opportunity to develop specific career interests in sub-fields of mechanical engineering such as renewable energy, nanotechnology or biomedical engineering. [+]

The bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering is broadly designed to accommodate a variety of career goals. Students take a core of required courses in engineering, the humanities, mathematics and science, as well as supplementary elective courses. These courses introduce basic engineering science and design concepts and provide students with the opportunity to develop specific career interests in sub-fields of mechanical engineering such as renewable energy, nanotechnology or biomedical engineering. Our nationally ranked program gives students the chance to work closely with distinguished faculty and get hands-on experience as they move from building Lego cars as freshmen to designing a capstone project of their own choosing as seniors. Students can take advantage of two teaching labs as well as a full-service machine and welding shop used for student projects and research equipment. Related Degrees and Programs Mechanical Engineering, Minor Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science Degree Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Degree What Will I Learn? Successful engineering students arrive at the University with a strong background in math and science. We recommend students have taken physics and chemistry courses in high school and are prepared to take calculus as freshmen. Our program teaches you to apply your math and science knowledge, along with a creative approach to problem-solving and design, to the development of basic mechanical engineering systems. Graduates of the bachelor's degree program should have the following skills: Proficiency in entry-level mechanical engineering analysis and design Ability to define, design, execute and analyze experiments with minimal supervision Ability to communicate... [-]

Bachelor in Physics

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The bachelor of science degree provides a foundation in basic science. Students wishing to pursue an immediate career in science or technology, or wishing to pursue graduate studies in physics should take recommended upper division courses as electives. The coursework consists of two components. A science component referred to as major requirements and a comprehensive portion called the core curriculum. For more information regarding the core-curriculum requirements visit the core curriculum website. [+]

The bachelor of science degree provides a foundation in basic science. Students wishing to pursue an immediate career in science or technology, or wishing to pursue graduate studies in physics should take recommended upper division courses as electives. The coursework consists of two components. A science component referred to as major requirements and a comprehensive portion called the core curriculum. For more information regarding the core-curriculum requirements visit the core curriculum website. Related Degrees and Programs Physics, Minor Physics, Master of Science Degree Physics, Doctor of Philosophy Degree Guidelines for Physics 497: Senior Thesis PHYS 497 (senior thesis) is the physics major capstone course that students complete during their senior year. The senior thesis is a research project that is conducted under the direction of a faculty member, the product of which is a 10-20 page thesis that is submitted to the advisor and to one other faculty member who serves as reader. After submission of the thesis, the student gives a 20-30 minute oral presentation to the Physics Department. Advertising the thesis presentation within the Physics Department is the student's responsibility. To enroll in PHYS 497, students must have already made an arrangement with an advisor and must obtain the call number from the Physics Department office. Students who require assistance in finding a senior thesis project should consult the undergraduate advisor. There is considerable flexibility in the choice of thesis topics in experimental, theoretical, computational, educational or library research in physics. Since it is a capstone, an essential... [-]

Bachelor in Psychology

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Psychology majors learn about human behavior and its context. They study motivations, capacities and human abilities, and practioners put this knowledge to work in the alleviation of human suffering. [+]

Psychology majors learn about human behavior and its context. They study motivations, capacities and human abilities, and practioners put this knowledge to work in the alleviation of human suffering. Contemporary psychology is somewhat divided into different approaches or theories for understanding behavior. The organisms considered may range from chimps to pigeons, from humans to amoebas. Some psychologists believe it is most important to understand physiological processes (biological approach); others rarely, if ever, consider physiology. Some psychologists insist that we must investigate the deepest thoughts of the unconscious mind (psychoanalysis); others seek to understand mental structures and processes that underlie human performance (cognitivists). Meanwhile, others study the situated actions of organisms and deny that "mind" can be separated from this level of analysis (behaviorism). Psychology is far from being a unified field of research and practice. This will be one of the questions you will have to answer for yourself: which field, or perspective, of psychology is the most interesting to you. Areas of study include the physiology of the brain and nervous system, cognition, learning, child psychology, abnormal psychology and animal behavior. Where Can I Go With Psychology? A basic knowledge of psychology can illuminate some basic principles of behavior -- a tremendous asset if you want to communicate effectively, persuade, supervise or teach. Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors. Many majors use it as a base for a liberal arts education, or as a foundation for work in other fields such as medicine, law, business, human... [-]

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