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

A hand is seen wiping a folder with a UNLV logo
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.

Jul. 28, 2020

Grant trains UNLV students to teach science concepts to more than 4,000 local elementary students.

An image of Lake Mead and mountains in the background
Jul. 22, 2020

New study from UNLV climate scientist Matthew Lachniet links Arctic and tropical Pacific warming to ancient climate records, providing parallels to today.

This artist's rendition depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover studying rocks with its robotic arm.
Jul. 6, 2020

Geoscientist Libby Hausrath gives an insider glimpse at her role as one of 15 scientists selected by NASA to work on Mars sample return on the 2020 Rover Mission.

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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.