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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the College of Sciences at UNLV. As an undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Sciences, you will have an opportunity to learn from nationally and internationally recognized scholars in astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, life sciences, mathematics, physics, and other interdisciplinary programs in the sciences.

Combining top-tier instruction with world-class research facilities, students study science and mathematics from the fundamental workings of nature through the application of science and mathematics directed at the many challenges facing society and mankind today. Our programs offer the Bachelor of Science degree through the Doctor of Philosophy degree, preparing students for a wide variety of scientific, professional and educational careers.

In these web pages you can read about our distinguished faculty and departments, our diverse study opportunities, our highly successful pre-professional program, and the many other ways in which we engage and challenge students here at UNLV.

About Stanley D. Smith

Dr. Stan Smith received his Ph.D. in botany from Arizona State University in 1981. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, two years as an assistant research professor at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, and a visiting fellowship at the Australian National University in Canberra, he joined the UNLV Department of Biological Sciences (now School of Life Sciences) faculty in 1986.

From 2007-2016, Smith served as the Associate Vice President for Research. In that role, he coordinated several university units that provide specialized services to university researchers in the areas of research compliance and support. As a researcher, he specializes in desert ecology and the effects of global change on desert ecosystems. Smith has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications that have collectively been cited over 7,000 times. He has received UNLV’s two highest research awards — the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award (2003) and the Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award (2006). Smith currently serves as the acting dean of the College of Sciences.