Reader's Guide to the Catalog

Organization of the University

The university has ten colleges and schools: the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; the College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; Extended Studies; the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism; the College of Liberal Arts; the Division of Health Sciences houses the School of Medicine; the Graduate School; and the College of Science. Each college or school houses various department and programs. The catalog is arranged first by college or school, then by department or program. Some programs and areas of study are shared between departments, colleges, and/or schools. Such shared programs are found in the Interdisciplinary Programs section of this catalog.

Where to Find It

The catalog is arranged into three main parts. The first part includes general information about the university. This general information includes the following sections: University Calendar; Degrees Offered; Bachelor's Degree Titles and Credits Required; Policy Statements; University Terminology; University Research and Services; Admission Information; Registration and Records; Regulations for Student Records; Regulations for Determining Residency for Tuition; Fees and Expenses; Financial Aid; Services and Activities for Students; Student Conduct Information; and Pre-Professional and Graduate School Advisement. The second part contains the Core Curriculum Requirements and all the college/school information. This part includes specific degree requirements. The last part of the catalog contains Course Information, Course Offerings, the Organization of the University, the University Faculty, Campus Buildings, and the Campus Map.

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Some Useful Definitions

AR-Academic renewal. See the "Records and Registration" section of this catalog.
ASUN-Associated Students of the University of Nevada.
Academic Status-Determined by regulations governing good standing, probation, and dismissal.
Academic Probation-Student cumulative UNR GPA is below 2.0. Please see the Registration and Records section of this catalog for further information.
Admission-Formal application and acceptance as a regular student in a degree program. Students are admitted to degree programs for fall and spring semesters only.
Advisor, advisee-The advisor is the faculty member assigned by the university to assist each student in planning the proper academic program. The student is called the advisor¿s "advisee."
Audit-To take a course without earning credit or a grade.
College/School¿The largest academic units consisting of smaller academic units called departments or programs.
Core Curriculum-Group of classes, minimum of 33 credits, in eight different subject areas that are required of all undergraduate students. See the "Core Curriculum" section of this catalog.
Corequisite-A course that must be taken either before or simultaneously with another.
Credit-Described in semester credit hours, a credit is defined as three hours of work per week for one semester. Usually this work is made up of one period in class plus two hours of preparation for lecture-seminar classes, or three hours of laboratory classes.
Credit Load-The total credits for which a student is registered in any registration period.
Curriculum-A structured set of learning objectives.
Department-An academic unit of a college.
Dismissal-If a student remains on probation for three consecutive regular semesters, he or she is dismissed. Once dismissed, the student is not allowed UNR enrollment for a period of one year. See "Records and Registration" section of this catalog for further information.
Emphasis-Subdivisions of a major tht contain a differing focus, but do not contain 18 credits of sufficiently differnt coursework (12 credits for graduate level programs). The emphasis name will not appear on transcripts.
Extracurricular-Those activities that are part of student life, but are not part of the regular course of study, such as debate, dramatics and athletics.
GPA-Grade-point average.
GSA-Graduate Student Association.
Good Standing-A 2.0 in any given semester as well as a cumulative 2.0 on all university work. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to receive financial aid.
Grade Points-Grades are evaluated in terms of quality points. For each credit of a letter grade completed, the following grade points are earned:

Grade

Grade Points 

Grade 

Grade Points

 A

 4 grade points

 A-

 3.7 grade points

 B+

 3.3 grade points

 B

 3 grade points

 B-

 2.7 grade points

 C+

 2.3 grade points

 C

 2 grade points

 C-

 1.7 grade points

 D+

 1.3 grade points

 D

 1 grade point

 D-

 .7 grade point

 F

 0 grade points

In order to graduate, undergraduate students must have an average of two grade points for each credit attempted for regular letter grade, and graduate students must have an average of three grade points for each credit attempted for letter grade, including all courses that are failed or repeated.
Graduate Special-A post-baccalaureate student not admitted to advanced degree study.
Graduate Standing-An advanced-degree-seeking student officially admitted to graduate study.
Graduate Study-Work beyond the bachelor¿s degree, usually toward a master¿s or doctoral degree.
Incomplete-The "I" symbol is a mark that is given when a student has been performing satisfactory work, but, for a reason beyond the student¿s control, has been unable to complete the required work for the course. Incomplete grades revert to grades of "F" if not made up within one regular semester.
International Student-An individual who is attending the university on a student visa.
Major-Primary subject or field of study.
Minor-Secondary subject or field of study.
Nondegree Student-Special student status for undergraduate students not seeking a degree. Registration is limited to eight undergraduate credits per semester. Nondegree students are not eligible to receive financial aid.
Non-resident Tuition-Non-resident students pay tuition in addition to per-credit registration fees.
Not Reported-The symbol "NR" is assigned when an instructor does not indicate a grade for a student in a course. "NR" must be resolved by the end of the next regular semester or it will revert to an "F."
Prerequisite-Course prerequisites are designed to ensure appropriate course sequencing and/or to provide students the necessary background in the course. Students should check the prerequisites carefully before registering to be sure that they have been met. Published prerequisites are enforced within the registration system for all undergraduate courses. Transfer courses with equivalent content are accepted in lieu of stated prerequisites; however, students may be required to get a memo from the department to enroll if the transfer course was not identified as a direct equivalent in the transfer articulation process. The University, College, and Department reserve the right to administratively drop students from a course for which they do not meet the prerequisites.
Registration-Enrolling in classes.
Registration Fees-All students pay per-credit registration fees.
Regular Student-A degree-seeking student who is officially admitted to the university.Required Subjects¿Those subjects that are prescribed for the completion of a particular program. The student, after consulting the appropriate advisor, may choose elective subjects; the required subjects are determined by the college.
Resident Alien-A student attending the university as a permanent immigrant who has not attained U.S. citizenship.
Resident Credit-Credit which is earned for regular classes conducted on campus, as well as correspondence courses, continuing education classes, and other distance education courses offered through the University of Nevada, Reno.
Schedule, Class-The semester list of courses offered, including the names of the teachers, the days, hours and locations of classes.
Schedule, Student-A listing of the courses that the student takes each semester.
Semester-75 instructional days.
Special Fees-Additional fees required such as lab fees.
Specialization-those subdivisions of a major that meet the requirement of 18 credits (12 credits for a graduate degree) of sufficiently different coursework from the other subdivisions. The specialization name will appear on transcripts.
Suspension (Disciplinary)-The involuntary separation of a student from the university for unsatisfactory conduct.
Transcript-A certified copy of the student¿s permanent academic record on file in the Office of Admissions and Records. The transcript lists each course that the student has taken and the final grade received.
Undergraduate-A student who has not yet obtained a bachelor¿s degree.
Withdrawal-The act of officially leaving the university. Students may also drop individual courses without withdrawing from the university. Consult the schedule of classes for specific dates in which the dropping of classes is allowed. Students who drop classes between the seventh day of classes and the end of the eighth week of classes receive grades of "W" on their transcripts. Complete withdrawal from the university results in "W" grades if the student is passing classes at the time of complete withdrawal.

Course Prefixes

 

The following course prefixes are used as abbreviations for the following subjects. This information and detailed information about the course listing appear in the "Course Offerings" and "Course Information" sections in the back of this catalog.

ACC

Accounting

GER

German

ACE

Academic and Career Exploration

GERO

Gerontology

AM

American Sign Language

GRAD

Grad School

ANSC

Animal Science

HCE

Health Care Ethics

ANTH

Anthropology

HDFS

Human Development and Family Studies

APST

Applied Statistics

HGPS

Holocaust, Genocide and Peace Studies

ART

Art

HIST

History

AST

Astronomy

HON

Honors Program

ATMS

Atmospheric Sciences

HP

Historic Preservation

BADM

Business Administration

IAFF

 International Affairs

BASQ

Basque

IELC

Intensive English Language Center

BCH

Biochemistry

IMED

Internal Medicine

BIOL

Biology

INTD

Interior Design

BIOT

Biotechnology

IS

Information Systems

BME

Biomedical Engineering

ITAL

Italian

BUS

Business Administration

JM

Justice Management

CAS

CASAT

JOUR

Journalism

CEE

Civil Engineering

JPN

Japanese

CEP

Counseling and Educational Psychology

JS

Judicial Studies

CH

Core Humanities

MATH

Mathematics

CHE

Chemical Engineering

MCB

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

CHEM

Chemistry

ME

Mechanical Enginering

CHI

Chinese

MED

Medicine

CHS 

Community Health Sciences 

MGT 

Management

CMB

Cell and Molecular Biology

MICR

Microbiology and Immunology

CMPP

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

MIL

Military Science

COM

Communication Studies

MINE

Mining Engineering

CPE

Computer Engineering

MKT

Marketing

CRJ

Criminal Justice

MSE

Materials Science & Engineering

CS

Computer Science

MUS

Music

CTL

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

MUSA

Music: Applied Instruction

DAN

Dance

MUSE

Music: Ensemble

ECE

Early Childhood Education

NRES

Natural Resources and Environmental Science

ECON

Economics

NURS

Nursing

EDCT

Career and Technical Education

NUTR

Nutrition

EDEL

Elementary Education

OBGY

Obstetrics and Gynecology

EDES

Integrated Elementary/Special Education

PATH

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

EDMS

Middle School Education

PCB

Physiology and Cell Biology

EDRL

Reading and Language

PCHY

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

EDRS

Educational Research

PED

Physical Education Didactic

EDS

Educational Specialties

PEDI

Pediatrics

EDSC

Secondary Education

PEX

Physical Education

EDSP

Special Education

PHAR

Pharmacology

EDU

Education

PHIL

Philosophy

EDUC

K-12 Education

PHYS

Physics

EE

Electrical Engineering

PSC

Political Science

EECB

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology

PSY

Psychology

EL

Educational Leadership

RECO

Resource Economics

EMER

Emergency Medicine

RST

Religious Studies

ENG

English

SCI

Science

ENGR

Engineering

SCM

Supply Chain Management

ENT

Entrepreneurship

SOC

 Sociology

ENV

Environment

SOTA

School of the Arts

EPY

Educational Psychology

SPA

Speech Pathology and Audiology

ETS

Ethnic Studies

SPAN

Spanish

FCM

Family and Community Medicine

SRJS

Social Research and Justice Studies

FIN

Finance

STAT

Statistics

FLL

Foreign Languages and Literature

SURG

Surgery

FREN

French

SW

Social Work

GAM

Gaming Management

THTR

Theatre

GE

Geological Engineering

UNAE

University of Nevada, Reno-Academy for the Environment

GEOG

Geography

VM

Veterinary Medicine

GEOL

Geology

WMST

Women's Studies

Course Numbering System

The assigned letter or number following the departmental designation indicates the appropriate level of instruction for each course:

1-99 nonbaccalaureate-level courses

100-199 freshman courses

200-299 sophomore courses

300-399 junior courses

400-499 senior courses

500-599 post baccalaureate

600-699 graduate courses. (Some are dual-listed with

400-level courses having a graduate component.)

700-799 graduate courses

NOTE: Each student is personally responsible for registration in the correct course number and class level as approved by the faculty advisor.

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