Course Information

The course descriptions in the Course Offerings section of this catalog are for archival purposes only. Please log onto the Course Descriptions link on the University of Nevada, Reno website at: for current and regularly updated information regarding all courses offered at the University. You will find valuable information such as descriptions, credits, laboratory hours, pre- and corequisites and the frequency with which individual courses are offered.

Course Numbering System

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

  • A, B, C, etc. special noncredit courses.
  • 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.


An interpretation of the symbols which appear in the course descriptions follows:

a, b, c, etc. indicate successive terms of the same course which may be repeated for credit.

(3+0), (1+6), etc . show the number of 50-minute class periods of lecture (or recitation or discussion) plus the total number of periods of laboratory (or workshop or studio) per week. The number of class periods is not necessarily the same as the number of times the class meets. Thus (3+0) means the course meets for three periods of lecture per week and does not have any laboratory periods. Likewise, (1+6) means the course meets for one period of lecture and six periods of laboratory per week; the laboratory may meet twice a week for three periods each or three times a week for two periods each. For more specific information about a particular course, the student should consult the schedule of classes.

1, 2, etc. credits which appear after the parenthesis indicate the number of credits the course carries each semester.

S/U  means the course is graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory only.

R, S (following the course number and a space), e.g., CEE 293 R , indicates a course number that has been reused due to the system-wide implementation of common course numbering.

Co and Prerequisites

Course prerequisites are designed to ensure appropriate course sequencing and/or to provide students the necessary background in the course. Students should check the co- and prerequisites carefully before registering to be sure that they have been met. Many co- and prerequisites are enforced within the registration system. 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.


  • ACC Accounting
  • ACE Academic and Career Exploration
  • AM American Sign Language
  • ANSC Animal Science
  • ANTH Anthropology
  • APST Applied Statistics
  • ART Art
  • AST Astronomy
  • ATMS Atmospheric Sciences
  • BADM Business Administration
  • BASQ Basque
  • BCH Biochemistry
  • BIOL Biology
  • BIOT Biotechnology
  • BME Biomedical Engineering
  • BUS Business
  • CEE Civil Engineering
  • CEP Counseling and Educational Psychology
  • CH Core Humanities
  • CHE Chemical Engineering
  • CHEM Chemistry
  • CHI Chinese
  • CHS Community Health Sciences
  • CMB Cell and Molecular Biology
  • CMPP Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and
  • COM Communication Studies 
  • CPE Computer Engineering
  • CRJ Criminal Justice
  • CS Computer Science
  • CTL Curriculum,Teaching, and Learning
  • DAN Dance
  • ECE Early Childhood Education
  • ECON Economics
  • EDCT Career and Technical Education
  • EDEL Elementary Education
  • EDES Integrated Elementary/Special Education
  • EDMS Middle School Education
  • EDRL Reading and Language
  • EDRS Educational Research
  • EDS Educational Specialties
  • EDSC Secondary Education
  • EDSP Special Education
  • EDU Education 
  • EDUC K-12Education
  • EE Electrical Engineering
  • EECB Ecology,Evolution and Conservation Biology
  • EL Educational Leadership
  • ENG English
  • ENGR Engineering
  • ENT Entrepreneurship 
  • ENV Environment
  • EPY Educational Psychology
  • ETS Ethnic Studies
  • FCM Family and Community Medicine
  • FIN Finance
  • FLL Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • FREN French
  • GAM Gaming Management
  • GE Geological Engineering
  • GEOG Geography
  • GEOL Geology
  • GER German
  • GERO Gerontology
  • GRAD Graduate School
  • GRI Gender, Race and Identity 
  • HCE Health Care Ethics
  • HDFS Human Development and Family Studies
  • HGPS Holocaust,Genocide and Peace Studies
  • HIST History
  • HON Honors Program
  • HP Historic Preservation
  • IAFF International Affairs
  • IELC Intensive English Language Center
  • IMED Internal Medicine
  • INTD Interior Design
  • IS Information Systems
  • ITAL Italian
  • JM Justice Management
  • JOUR Journalism
  • JPN Japanese
  • JS Judicial Studies
  • MATH Mathematics
  • MCB Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • ME Mechanical Engineering
  • MED Medicine
  • MGT Management
  • MICR Microbiology and Immunology
  • MIL Military Science
  • MINE Mining Engineering
  • MKT Marketing
  • MSE Materials Science&Engineering
  • MUS Music
  • MUSA Music:Applied Instruction
  • MUSE Music:Ensemble
  • NRES Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • NURS Nursing
  • NUTR Nutrition
  • OBGY Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • PATH Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • PCB Physiology and Cell Biology
  • PCHY Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • PEDI Pediatrics
  • PED Physical Education Didactic
  • PEX Physical Education
  • PHAR Pharmacology
  • PHIL Philosophy
  • PHYS Physics
  • PSC Political Science
  • PSY Psychology
  • RECO Resource Economics
  • RST Religious Studies 
  • SCM Supply Chain Management
  • SOC Sociology
  • SOTA School of the Arts 
  • SPA Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • SPAN Spanish
  • STAT Statistics
  • SURG Surgery
  • SW Social Work
  • THTR Theatre
  • VM Veterinary Medicine
  • WMST Women's Studies
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