University General Course Catalog 2019-2020 
    Apr 14, 2024  

Extended Studies

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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.

365 Learning

365 Learning provides students with additional opportunities to take quality classes they need to complete their degrees by offering a broad array of instructional formats and delivery times in every term throughout the year. 

Online Learning

Online Learning, administered by 365 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. Classes are offered in fall, spring and summer semesters and give students the ability to fit classes into their already busy schedules.

For information, visit .

Summer Session

Administered by 365 Learning, 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. 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 that occur before the spring semester begins with 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 5:30 p.m., students can earn credits towards a four-year degree, 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.

Summer Freshman Start

Summer Freshman Start is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to take college classes in a five-week session, prior to starting in the fall. Summer classes are offered in many subjects, including math, English and 100- or 200-level classes that satisfy core requirements needed for your degree. Summer Freshman Start is a great way to start off your college career! 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 Place for Space at the University of Nevada, Reno, campus! Featuring public planetarium shows daily in the Dome Theater, immersive displays in our Exhibit Hall, and a fun Science Store. The planetarium’s uniquely shaped building, designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellmann, is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The Planetarium is a wonderful public entryway to campus, serves thousands of K-12 students annually through STEM field trip programs, and offers training and resources to science educators. 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.