Understanding the Catalog

General Course Catalog

The General Course Catalog lists all academic policies and procedures. In addition, it includes information for fees, curriculum requirements and first-year courses of study for all of the University’s undergraduate majors; course descriptions for the University’s undergraduate and graduate courses; and a listing of faculty members at the University of Nevada, Reno. Every effort has been made to make the Catalog accurate as of the date of publication.

Organization of the University

The University has ten colleges and schools:

  • The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
  • The College of Business Administration
  • 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
  • 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 University of Nevada, Reno General Catalog is published for each academic year. The current catalog and past years' catalogs are available online. The University catalog is intended to provide current students with general University information and academic policies and procedures as well as information on anticipated academic programs, courses, and requirements. Every effort is made to ensure the catalog is accurate as of the date of publication. However, this document is subject to change at any time to accommodate changes in University resources or educational plans. Therefore, students wanting to rely on this document for various financial, personal, or academic decisions should verify information with the appropriate office.

The catalog is arranged into three main parts.

  1. 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.
  2. The second part contains the Core Curriculum Requirements and all the college/school information. This part includes specific degree requirements.
  3. 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.

Searching the General Catalog

The University maintains all of its official academic information in the General Course Catalog. When visiting the General Course Catalog, users are recommended to use the search box in the upper-right area of the website. It is also helpful to narrow your search using the following options from the drop-down menu:

  • Entire Catalog: This option will perform a keyword search over all information in the catalog.
  • Courses: This option will perform a keyword search over the names and descriptions of individual courses offered by the University.
  • Programs: This option will perform a keyword search over the names and descriptions of degree programs offered by the University.
  • Hierarchy Items: This option will perform a keyword search over the names of University units, including colleges, departments and centers.