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Academic Policies

In addition to the general education core requirements, all study courses must include a minimum of 39 credits in the biological sciences and satisfy the specific requirements of one of the five concentration areas offered by the department. In accordance with UNLV requirements, at least 40 credits must be earned in upper-division level courses. Selecting courses within and outside the School of Life Sciences may satisfy this requirement.

To graduate with a degree in the biological sciences, a GPA of at least 2.00 must be maintained for all courses in the major field (BIO). All BIO core courses taken (BIO 189, 196, 197, 300, and 415) must be passed with a grade of C- or better to fulfill prerequisites for other upper-division courses or to apply toward the Bachelor of Science degree in the biological sciences.

Microbiology Research Experience for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students are invited to participate in a 10-week summer research program in environmental microbiology. Students will collaborate with faculty mentors in developing and carrying out hypothesis-based projects on microorganisms from diverse habitats such as hot springs, the deep terrestrial subsurface, hypersaline lakes, arid soils, and ephemeral water sources. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Students can receive a $5,000 salary, housing, and a travel subsidy.

Biomathematics Research

Biology is undergoing a revolution, a revolution brought about by the increasing role of mathematics in studies of biological systems. Mathematics also will be enriched by its exposure to the intricacies and complexities of biological systems.

Information for Current Graduate Students

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