Nov 30, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences (SoLS) offers graduate programs leading to Master’s of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Each degree requires a research thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.). Research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees may be conducted in one or more of the following fields: cellular and molecular biology; genetics; microbiology; bioinformatics; physiology; population, community, and ecosystem ecology; dryland ecohydrology; evolutionary biology; systematics; and biogeography. The school has well-equipped laboratories to support faculty and graduate student research. These facilities are enhanced through access to a number of specialized scientific resources, including the UNLV Genomics, Core Facility, the UNLV Confocal and Biological Imaging Core, an AAALAC-accredited animal care facility, and the Wesley E. Niles Herbarium. Investigators from the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Desert Research Institute also participate in our graduate program. Numerous funding opportunities are available through state-funded graduate assistant programs via statewide initiatives or in association with individual faculty research programs. Prospective students should make contact with one or more faculty members to familiarize themselves with their current research interests, opportunities for conducting research projects, and funding availability. A list of faculty research interests and admission materials are available online at the school’s web site.

Frank van Breukelen, Ph.D., Director

Boo Shan Tseng, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator  

Program Information 

School of Life Sciences Faculty  

School of Life Sciences Courses  

Department Website 


Master of Science - Biological Sciences  

Doctor of Philosophy - Biological Sciences