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
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$10,860,19
Awards received in FY 2018
2,909
Students
85.7%
1st year retention rate of Fall 2018 student cohort

What's Happening

Sep. 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

Sep. 11, 2020

Seeing opportunities to meet needs during the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 summer Ph.D. graduate stepped in to help. 

Aug. 25, 2020

UNLV geologist investigating 310 million-year-old fossil trackway from ancient reptilian creature.

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Aug. 11, 2020

As summer comes to a close and classrooms open, UNLV biochemist Ernesto Abel-Santos offers cleaning best practices.

A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Aug. 10, 2020

As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.

Announcements

In The News

Accomplishments

Experts

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.