Shaping the Future of Science

Education. Discovery. Innovation.

50th Anniversary College of Sciences logo

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
Minors
$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

man at podium
Apr. 24, 2019

Dr. Constantine George says taking a page from the state’s leading industry would benefit the medical industry.

artist conception of cosmic event
Apr. 16, 2019

Two dense, city-sized stars collided in a galaxy far, far away; the resulting X-rays give UNLV’s Bing Zhang and international team of astronomers a new way to spot when it happens and a rare glimpse into how neutron stars form.

four portraits of women
Apr. 9, 2019

Four students on the chances they’ve taken, the confidence they’ve gained, and the dreams they continue to chase.

woman working on wax model of skull
Mar. 26, 2019

UNLV dental students build up models rather than dissect cadavers to learn the physical landmarks of the jaw.

An image of the Earth depicted as a flat surface.
Mar. 11, 2019

As the Flat Earth Theory gains resurgence with a new Netflix documentary, a UNLV astronomer explains how it fizzles.

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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.