Shaping the Future of Science

Education. Discovery. Innovation.

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Fifty years ago, the College of Science and Mathematics was formed. The following year, Robert Smith began serving as founding dean, with nearly 500 undergraduate and 41 graduate students enrolled. This fall, there are approximately 2,500 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students in five core academic areas: biological sciences, chemistry, geoscience, mathematics, and physics (and astronomy).

Departments & Programs

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Geoscience
Life Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Radiochemistry
Water Resources Management
Pre-Professional Programs
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$11,104,91
Awards received in FY 2017
2,909
Students
78.1%
1st year retention rate of Fall 2016 student cohort

What's Happening

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Sep. 30, 2019

Researchers from the College of Sciences showcase the artistic side of science by featuring their most captivating research images.

A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Sep. 25, 2019

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.

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Sep. 20, 2019

Alumna Vanessa Sanders finding new paths for isotopes therapeutic and diagnostic at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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Sep. 19, 2019

UNLV received a nearly $700,000 National Science Foundation grant to house ‘multicollector’ device, the first of its kind in Nevada.

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Sep. 17, 2019

Physicist Ashkan Salamat one of just 46 university professors nationwide – and the first from UNLV – selected for competitive award, which is now in its 10th year.

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HiPSEC

High Pressure Science and Engineering Center

The High Pressure Science and Engineering Center (HiPSEC) is supported by the DOE-NNSA Stewardship Science Academic Alliances. HiPSEC is based at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is a multidisciplinary research group consisting of faculty, staff and students of the Physics and Astronomy , Geoscience, Chemistry and Engineering Departments.