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Biological Sciences

Minimum GPA Required for Admission to the Major: 2.50

Admission Policies: Prospective majors with GPAs less than 2.50, but at least 2.30 may be admitted on probationary status. Students who enter on probation must meet with an adviser to establish a probationary course of study. Specific details pertaining to probationary status can be found in the College of Sciences listing of the undergraduate catalog.

Transfer Policies: Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50. All students are required to meet with an adviser to determine course work that can be used to satisfy degree requirements. The last 30 credit hours must be taken at UNLV.

Although rare, it is possible for superior pre-professional students to gain admission to a professional school upon completion of 94 units of undergraduate work. Such students may, under certain circumstances, be awarded a bachelor's degree from UNLV upon successfully completing one year of full-time study with courses equivalent to the Department of Biological Sciences major at the professional school. To apply for a degree after one year of professional school, students must have completed 94 units at UNLV with a GPA of 3.5 and meet university and college graduation requirements. Students contemplating such a program must obtain approval from the departmental chair and college dean in advance of their departure from UNLV.

Community College Articulation: The department of biological sciences has course articulation agreements with several community colleges both within and outside Nevada. For specific information about transfer of credits from two-year institutions, students should seek advising about specific courses of study from the department.

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 accord with UNLV requirements, at least 40 credits must be earned in upper-division level courses. This requirement may be satisfied by selecting courses within and outside the Department of Biological Sciences.

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.


Minimum GPA Required for Admission to the Major: 2.50

Admission Policies: Students must meet minimum GPA requirements. Probationary admission is provided for those students with a GPA between 2.30 and 2.49. See the departmental policies and College of Sciences sections for further details.

Transfer Policies: Transfer students should first have their transcripts evaluated by student enrollment services, then schedule a meeting with the College of Sciences advising center. Based on the transcripts and catalog descriptions, equivalencies to UNLV courses will be determined and a plan for completion of the degree will be developed. In cases of questions regarding the transferability of a particular course, satisfactory performance (i.e., a grade of C or better) by a student in a higher numbered UNLV chemistry course for which the proposed UNLV transfer course is a prerequisite shall be accepted as proof that the student has mastery of the course content and the student shall be awarded transfer credit.

Academic Policies: Majors may count no more than one grade of D in chemistry courses toward meeting degree requirements. Chemistry courses taken more than eight years prior to the proposed date of graduation are subject to review by the department, and at the discretion of the department, such courses may not be allowed for application to a degree program. Students potentially affected by this policy should meet with the department chair.

Minors: No grade lower than a C (i.e., C- and below) may be applied to a chemistry minor. Credit toward the minor will not be allowed for both CHEM 220 and CHEM 241.

Non-chemistry Majors: Non-chemistry majors who seek rigorous preparation in chemistry for medical school, graduate school in other fields, or research positions should consider the sequence CHEM 121, 122, 241, 241L, 242, 242L, and possibly CHEM 421 and 474-475.


Minimum GPA Required for Admission to the Major: 2.50

Transfer Policies: All transfer students should meet with an adviser without delay after admission in order to evaluate the applicability of previous course work to UNLV major and graduation requirements.

Graduation Requirements: For graduation with a major or minor in geology, a minimum final grade of C (2.00) is necessary in all required geology courses. In addition, before enrolling in any geology course, the student must have completed each geology prerequisite for that course with a grade of C or higher.

Mathematical Sciences

Minimum GPA Required for Admission to the Major: 2.50

Admission Policies: The department follows the admission policies of the College of Sciences.

Advisement: Each student is assigned a faculty adviser and is required to see the adviser at least once a year.

Degree Requirements: A grade of C or higher is required in each MATH or STAT course used to satisfy degree requirements for a major in mathematical sciences. At most, six credits of independent study may be used in any undergraduate degree program in mathematical sciences.


Minimum GPA Required for Admission to the Major: 2.50

Admission Policies: Students unable to meet the 2.50 GPA requirement may be admitted under contract on a probationary basis and no students with GPAs less than 2.30 will be admitted.

Transfer Policies: A student transferring from another college or university who declares a major in physics, applied physics, or computational physics with a GPA between 2.30 and 2.50 may become a probationary student. A probationary student must plan a prescribed course of study in physics in consultation with the faculty adviser assigned by the physics department. Only after the course of study is signed by the adviser may the department chair allow the student to register for courses. The student must maintain a GPA of at least 2.50 in the courses taken while on probation. Otherwise, the student will be dropped from the physics program. When the student's overall GPA rises to 2.50, the student is taken off probation. Refer to the College of Sciences section for further requirements.

Academic Policies: For all majors in the programs offered by the department of physics, a grade of C or higher is required in each of the physics core.