Academic Programs

Chemistry, the "central science," deals with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, especially in chemical reaction. The curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.

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Geoscience is an all-encompassing term used to refer to the earth sciences. Geoscientists strive to understand earth processes and study the origin and evolution of our planet; the chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks, and fluids; the structure of our mobile crust; the history of life; and the human adaptation to earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and floods.

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Insects under a microscope

Life sciences involves studies of living organisms and their life processes, including their evolution, and their relationships with other living organisms and our planet. Courses and programs are designed for those students pursuing professional careers in medicine, science, and science education.

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Mathematics is the foundation for many technical and scientific fields. Mathematics aids and supplements our intuitions about the physical universe and about human behavior. The department of mathematical sciences provides a broad spectrum of courses and opportunities in mathematics and statistics.

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Physics and astronomy are two of the most basic and fundamental sciences. Physics is the study of matter, energy, motion, and force. Its concepts help us understand how the universe behaves. Astronomy studies the universe beyond the earth's atmosphere, including celestial objects and the formation and development of the universe.

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Radiochemistry is the discipline dedicated to the study of the chemical and physical properties of radioactive substances.

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Water resource management is a technically and scientifically based program that blends the physical aspects of the hydrologic sciences with policy and management issues.

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UNLV collaborates with other academic institutions to offer fast-track programs that are designed to consolidate the undergraduate and graduate school experiences of students who qualify for these rigorous academic programs.

Pre-Professional Fast-Track Programs

Educators seeking more knowledge in core science content may pursue a Master of Arts in Science, a nonthesis degree designed to allow students to increase their knowledge base in two different fields of science.

A minor allows a student to study aspects of a particular concentration that interests them and is focused on providing them general information about the field that they can use in their future career.

Master of Arts in Science Minors