Feb 27, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

General Science (BS)

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General Science -Bachelor of Science (BS)

The B.S. in General Science degree allows for curriculum flexibility to support advancing careers in science fields. This degree is designed for current and returning students who desire flexibility within the sciences to accommodate existing STEM coursework. This major can assist students who are seeking careers in health care, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, natural resource and energy utilization, and wildlife management. 


Students seeking admittance to the B.S. in General Science degree must meet with an academic advisor in the College of Sciences. Students who meet the minimum requirements will be granted permission to declare the major.


UNLV is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities http://www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the fundamental principles of the natural and health sciences.
  2. Apply the research methods and theoretical models of the natural and health sciences to define, solve, and evaluate problems.
  3. Identify problems, articulate questions or hypotheses, and determine the need for information.
  4. Access and collect the needed information from appropriate primary and secondary sources.
  5. Use quantitative methods, including the ability to recognize assumptions, draw inferences, make deductions, and interpret information to analyze problems in context, and then draw conclusions.
  6. Recognize the complexity of problems, and identify different perspectives from which problems and questions can be viewed.
  7. Evaluate and report on conclusions, including discussing the basis for and strength of findings, and identify areas where further inquiry is needed.
  8. Identify, analyze, and evaluate reasoning, and construct and defend reasonable arguments and explanations.
  9. Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations.
  10. Collaborate effectively with others to share information, solve problems, and complete tasks.

Admissions Requirements/Special Information

30 credits at UNLV or transferred from another institution; GPA 2.5 or greater; and placement into MATH 126, 127, or 181.

Transfer Policies

The college urges all transfer students to meet an advisor without delay after admission in order to evaluate the applicability of previous course work to department majors and graduation requirements. Biology, chemistry, physics, and math transfer courses will be accepted to fill specific degree requirements only with a grade of C or better.

University Graduation Requirements

Please see Graduation Policies for complete information

General Science Degree Requirements - Total Credits: 120

General Education - Subtotal: 32-42 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6


Fulfilled by Major Requirements

Distribution Requirements - Credit: 18

Please see Distribution Requirements for more information.


Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-6

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required

International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

General Electives - Subtotal: 2-8 Credits

Total Credits: 120


1. At least 40 credits must be earned at the upper-division level (300 and above)

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