University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jul 14, 2024  

Extended Studies

Summer session event

Jodi Herzik, Interim 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.

Professional Development /Executive Education/ Workforce Development

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

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.

Academic Credit Options

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

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 travel programs, teacher recertification, 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

Kids University

(775) 784-4046

Extending the university’s resources to all ages, Extended Studies 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.

University Learning Centers

Redfield Campus

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. 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

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.

The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) 

The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) leads Nevada’s global engagement through refugee resettlement, public diplomacy, international education forums and translation and interpretation services. NNIC invests in the future of local and world leaders by creating unique and innovative platforms for Nevadans to engage on global issues.  

NNIC promotes mutual acceptance and understanding between the United States and other countries through professional, diplomatic and cultural exchanges. Keystone programs include the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Washington Mandela Fellowship and the Algerian Youth Leadership Program, administered under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies. NNIC is uniquely independent and nonpartisan in application of our mission.