University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    May 30, 2024  

Extended Studies

Continuing and Distance Education

Fred Holman, Vice Provost for Extended Studies
(775) 784-4046



Extended Studies helps to improve people’s lives by providing innovative, high-quality education at any time and any place.

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Online Learning

Online Learning at the University of Nevada, Reno provides students with the opportunity to satisfy degree requirements through high-quality online classes not bound by limitations of time and place. Fully online classes are offered in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters and give students the ability to fit classes into their already busy schedules.

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Summer Session

Administered by Extended Studies, Summer Session is the university’s third instructional semester. Undergraduate and graduate students may enter the university or use Summer Session to continue progress toward degrees. Special classes of interest to members of the community are also scheduled during the summer. Undergraduate university students and high school students may take classes during the summer without being officially admitted to a degree-seeking program. For information, visit .


The University of Nevada, Reno offers classes during Wintermester in a condensed, three-week format, with a select number of classes that fulfill degree requirements in a variety of colleges. For information, visit .

Evening Studies

Evening Studies helps students earn credit beyond the university’s traditional hours. With expanded studies and Core Curriculum choices beginning after 4 p.m., students can earn credits towards a four-year degree, develop job skills and explore academic areas “after hours.”

Late Start and Weekend Classes

Degree requirements can also be fulfilled by credit classes offered later in the semester or on weekends. Visit for more information.

Freshman Start

Freshman Start is a program for incoming freshman who need to take MATH 96  , and/or ENG 98  , or need help with placement in required English and Math courses. Students who do not have the required ACT/SAT scores to register for ENG 101  , MATH 120  , or MATH 126  can benefit from Freshman Start and in five weeks meet the requirements for fall enrollment. For information, visit .

Academic Credit Options

Redfield Campus, Building A, 18600 Wedge Parkway in South Reno (775) 784-4046

Undergraduate and graduate credit courses are offered in a number of communities across Nevada in addition to courses carried in the university’s Fall, Spring, Wintermester, and Summer session class schedules.

Classes are offered from a variety of academic departments and include four complete online master’s degrees in Education.

Extended Studies at the University administers Academic Credit Options (ACO) an ongoing program to reach university students as well as businesses and organizations throughout the state and beyond who might not otherwise be able to readily access university-level courses. ACO offers academic credit courses for the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree and other degree programs, teacher recertification and professional development, and career advancement. Fall and Spring courses as well as Summer Institutes are offered in a variety of formats including face-to-face instruction, hybrid, and web-based. ACO also offers academic field study and academic travel programs in partnership with a number of university departments. For information, visit

Professional Development/Management Education

Redfield Campus, Building A, 18600 Wedge Parkway in South Reno (775) 784-4046

Working closely with advisory committees, University faculty and other experts in their fields, Extended Studies provides professional development programs within a variety of disciplines. Courses, workshops, conferences and certificate programs address the latest trends, topics and issues in order to help professionals stay current in their fields, maintain and improve their skills, and enhance their career development. Most of these programs are noncredit. Instructors are drawn from University faculty and from practicing professionals in the community.

Special Interest/Community Education Programs

Redfield Campus, Building A, 18600 Wedge Parkway in South Reno (775) 784-4046

Educational programs for older adult learners are offered through the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a member-driven organization administered by Extended Studies. In addition, educational enrichment programs in music and the arts are offered throughout the year and have included the Performing Arts Series; Lake Tahoe Music Camp; Summer Arts on Campus; the Reno Jazz Festival; and the university’s Symphony and Women’s Choruses.

Extending the university’s resources to all ages, Extended Studies also provides enhancement and enrichment courses and camps for youths ages 7-18, including KIDS University during the summer, and University Break Camps, covering the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for kids during fall, winter, and spring breaks. Summer and fall sports camps conducted in partnership with Wolf Pack Athletics include sessions lead by coaches and Wolf Pack players in such sports as baseball, basketball, cross-country running, football, golf, soccer, softball, track and field and volleyball.

University Learning Centers

Redfield Campus

The Redfield Campus is a unique collaborative effort in education and training, combining the resources of the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. The Redfield Campus emphasizes innovative education and degree programs by providing University and Community College credit courses and programs across many disciplines, and offering professional development courses and certificate programs for those already in the workforce. Home of the Renewable Energy Center, the Redfield campus is also a research education and outreach resource for geothermal and other renewable technologies in Nevada. The Redfield Campus MacLean Observatory houses two telescopes that work together to serve academic, research and community education needs. The Redfield Campus is located at 18600 Wedge Parkway near the junction of Nevada Highway 431 and U.S. 395. For more information call the Campus at (775) 784-4046 or visit

Fleischmann Planetarium

(775) 784-4812

The planetarium is the community’s science education center, featuring changing exhibits and hands-on displays, public star shows and large-format films showing daily in the planetarium’s unique dome theater. The planetarium’s uniquely shaped building, designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellmann, is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The planetarium hosts thousands of visitors a year, including hundreds of school field trips that introduce students, K-12, to the wonders of the universe. Visit  

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

(775) 784-8053 or (775) 784-4046

Carrying on the 16-year tradition of ElderCollege, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nevada, Reno is a member-directed organization sponsored by Extended Studies that offers short-term educational experiences for adults 50 and older in northern Nevada. OLLI seeks to foster intellectual stimulation, new interests and personal development through academic pursuits and to provide a community in which to gather, get acquainted and socialize. For more information about membership, courses offered and scholarships, call an OLLI volunteer at (775) 784-8053, email or visit .

Nevada Humanities

Nevada Humanities creates public programs and supports public projects statewide that define the Nevada experience, feature local culture and heritage, encourage intellectual curiosity, and facilitate the exploration of issues that matter to Nevadans and their communities. Founded in 1972, and now with offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities is one of 56 nonprofit state and territorial humanities councils affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Nevada Humanities programs include Nevada Humanities Chautauqua, the award-winning Young Chautauqua program, the Online Nevada Encyclopedia, the Literature & Medicine reading discussion program, the Vegas Valley Book Festival, Humanities on the Road, and statewide outreach programs and collaborations. Nevada Humanities performs the dual roles of conducting humanities programs of its own and regranting state and federal funds designated for this purpose to Nevada nonprofit organizations to support the creation of dynamic projects. Nevada Humanities programs are implemented statewide, in both rural and urban parts of the state, and its constituents are the residents of Nevada.