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  • College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year

    Dr. Matthew Schwartz was named the 2015 College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year. He is a radiation oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and serves as a member of the Radiation Executive Committee of the U.S. Oncology Network. Learn more about how he ended up at UNLV, why he returned to Las Vegas to practice medicine, and why he advises students to dream big.

  • Survival of the Fattest

    Why UNLV researchers bred their fruit flies to be obese — and what their work reveals about heart disease.

  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Awarded

    The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) selected Lucy LeBlanc, formerly of UNLV's School of Life Sciences, as a 2015 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program. LeBlanc is now at the University of Texas, Austin pursuing graduate studies.

  • Revolutionary Gene-editing Technique

    UNLV personalized medicine researchers seeking patent on potential HIV cure. Their technique uses a plant protein widely used in agriculture industry.

  • My Degree at Work: Lynn Fenstermaker

    An associate research professor for Desert Research Institute, she is engaged in projects using ground and satellite data to understand ecosystem response to climate. She encourages students to strongly consider an education and career in a STEM field.


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.