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

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Sep. 4, 2019

Inspired by a '00s movie and a grandfather she never met, Alexis Hilts found her path to medical school.

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Aug. 15, 2019

Physics professor Michael Pravica's work on useful hard X-ray photochemistry could reveal novel materials — and possibly an explanation for the origin of life on Earth.

Aug. 13, 2019
UNLV works to dismantle barriers to college-level math success to retain and graduate students.
Aug. 11, 2019

UNLV helps students overcome their math anxiety.

A portrait of Bill Speer, director of UNLV's Math Learning Center, standing in front of a white board.
Aug. 10, 2019

Students find support through updated math courses, pilot programs.

Announcements

In The News

Accomplishments

Experts

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Lincy Assistant Professor of Life Sciences

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.