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  • Science in Motion: Allen Gibbs

    He studies how organisms interact with and respond to their surroundings, which has real-life implications. Learn about his All-American fruit flies and why he suggests not changing the channel when a science program is on TV.

  • My Degree at Work: Dr. Matthew Schwartz

    A Rebel through and through, Dr. Matthew Schwartz credits UNLV with providing him a strong foundation to be a successful medical student. Learn why he chose to return to Las Vegas to practice medicine and why his job as a radiation oncologist is both challenging and rewarding.

  • I Am Sciences: Carmen Vallin

    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow Carmen Vallin studied art in high school, but feels there is room to be more creative in science. Learn why the Millennium Scholar chose biology and what keeps her busy at home.

  • Science in Motion: Laurel Raftery

    Life Sciences professor Laurel Raftery loves unexpected discoveries and solving puzzles. Her research is focused on fruit flies, something so tiny yet so vital to biomedical research. Learn why she lived in seven different national parks and advice she has for students.

  • New Faces: Mira Han

    The School of Life Sciences professor studied computer science when she first entered college, but fascination with evolution eventually drew her to genomics.


Welcome to the School of Life Sciences! Biology is the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. The school’s curriculum meets the needs of students intending to enter the workforce or pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.