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
Life Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Water Resources Management
Pre-Professional Programs
Awards received in FY 2017
1st year retention rate of Fall 2016 student cohort

What's Happening

A man rests his palm on his face in front of a whiteboard with equations
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.

graphic depiction of seismograph during earthquake
Jul. 12, 2019

Nevada is the nation’s third-most seismically active state and neighbors quake-prone California, which experienced two temblors in early July felt in Las Vegas. UNLV geoscientist Wanda Taylor explains why, and what we can do to prepare.


In The News




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.