Service-Learning Courses

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement partners with faculty and community partners across disciplines to provide support for the development of designated service-learning courses. Our courses are designed for faculty and students to fully engage in service-learning activities that build and sustain meaningful community partnerships. Students can connect course objectives to fulfilling a need within their community, and discover the real world applications of their coursework. OSLCE believes our students can derive substantial benefits from subject matter if they can make connections to personal experiences.

Browse below to view a full list of approved service-learning courses or visit MyNEVADA to register for a course in the upcoming semester

Designated Service-Learning Courses

Course Description

Students are paired with an elementary school teacher and their class for three hours per week to teach hands-on, inquiry based science. (ABNR 415 and SCI 415 are cross-listed; credit may be earned in one of the two.)

Core Objectives

CO14: Application

Prerequisite(s)

BIOL 190; BIOL 191; CHEM 121A; CHEM 121L; CHEM 122A; CHEM 122L; Junior standing.

Instructor

J. Stoughton

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Course Description

Analysis of the basic framework utilized in measuring and reporting taxable income of individuals and business entities.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

ACC 201 and must be declared into a business major or minor.

Instructor

N. Hunt

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Course Description

Independent laboratory research. Written thesis of the research experience. Limited to biochemistry majors

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

ENG 102; CH 201 or CH 202 or CH 203; BCH 403; BCH 406 or BIOL 406; Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

H. Demke

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Course Description

An overview of wellness dimensions, peer support specialists' ethics, patient advocacy, and systems of care navigation for the mental health and substance abuse services provider.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

J. Baez

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Course Description

Development of equations to model reactions, speciation and movement of pollutant in natural waters. Applications of equations to contaminants in streams, lakes, rivers and groundwater

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite(s): CEE 390 with a "C" or better.

Instructor

E. Marchand

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Course Description

Seminar course designed to foster awareness, knowledge, and skills for counseling with diverse clients. Emphasizes social justice and advocacy in counseling with minority and oppressed clients.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

R. Scherer

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Course Description

Overview of contemporary global public health concerns and their determinants and potential solutions.

Core Objectives

CO10: Diversity & Equity & CO13: Capstone Integration & Synthesis

Prerequisite(s)

ENG 102; CH 201 or CH 202 or CH 203 or CH 212; Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

K. Goatley-Seals/G. Dermid

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Course Description

An understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic from an ecological approach. The individual, interpersonal, organizational, and social/political factors that have shaped this pandemic will be explored.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

ENG 102; CH 201 or CH 202 or CH 203 or CH 212; Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

M. Flores

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Course Description

Supervised field experience in health & wellness settings.

Core Objectives

CO14: Application

Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite(s): For CHS-Public Health majors: CHS 345 and senior standing; for CHS-Kinesiology majors: CHS 345 or CHS 360 and senior standing.

Instructor

M. Flores

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Course Description

This course is designed to advance students' skill and knowledge of qualitative methodologies for addressing public health problems.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

J. Lucero

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Course Description

Supervised field experience in health and wellness settings.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

G. Dermid

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Course Description

This is a service-learning class focused on reflection, ethics, civic engagement, community building, and communication in community contexts.

Core Objectives

CO12: Ethics & CO13: Capstone Integration & Synthesis

Prerequisite(s)

ENG 102; CH 201 or CH 202 or CH 203 or CH 212; Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

S. Blithe

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Course Description

Emphasizes the characteristics of effective teachers in contemporary secondary classrooms. Includes field experience.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

G. Nelson

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Course Description

Analysis and writing practice in selected genres and themes.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

ENG 303 or Junior standing.

Instructor

C. Earle

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Course Description

Research/apply science & technology in societal context; integrate/synthesize knowledge; communicate orally, written, and visually; must be taken in residence; substitutions/waivers not permitted.

Core Objectives

CO9: Science, Technology & Society & CO13: Capstone Integration & Synthesis

Prerequisite(s)

ENG 102; CH 201 or CH 202; CH 203; PHYS 181 with a "C" or better; Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

C. Bauer/N Maus

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Course Description

Introduction to field techniques and methodologies used in geographic research. Emphasis on practical experience and analysis of data. May be repeated once with approval of instructor.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

GEOG 313 and Geography major or minor.

Instructor

J. Clark

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Course Description

Introduction to skills competencies and knowledge base necessary for pursuing a career in aging

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

T. Skarr

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Course Description

Patterns and dynamics of later life focusing on the family and total ecosystem: natural, socio-cultural, economic, political and human-built environments.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

H. Haslam

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Course Description

Theory, research, and issues in adult development and aging.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

H. Haslam

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Course Description

Observing and working with children, adults or families in a supervised setting.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

HDFS 201 or EPY 330A; HDFS or ECE majors only.

Instructor

N. McCartney

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Course Description

Contemporary issues examined through reading, theoretical grounding and practical experience in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Junior or senior standing is required for registration in upper-division human development and family studies courses.

Instructor

J. Dewar

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Course Description

Supervised field experience with one or more community agencies or family services. Includes seminar.

Core Objectives

CO14: Application

Prerequisite(s)

Senior status in HDFS.

Instructor

J. Dewar

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Course Description

Practicum providing hands-on experience in the history department and associated programs.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Instructor consent required.

Instructor

C. Von Nagy

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Course Description

Students practice global awareness and citizenship by participating in service learning; reading, writing, and presenting about global issues; attending research-based lectures; reflecting on the semester's experiences.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Honors Program.

Instructor

E. Edgington 

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Course Description

Pursuit of a special interest in journalism.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

L. Crosswell

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Course Description

Sponsored by the Renown Health Foundation in collaboration with UNR Med, this course will provide a unique experience for UNR Med students. Limited reimbursement for production costs is available with prior approval. Completion of the work and final project should culminate in an artistic representation which demonstrates the valuable roles the arts can play in enhancing the healing process and must advocate for the integration of the arts into the environment and delivery of care within healthcare facilities to patients and/or providers.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

TBD

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Course Description

  • Provide a rigorous, in-depth scholarly experience
  • Experience satisfaction with scholastic activity/research experience
  • Provide experience/environment that fosters interest in service learning and public health
  • Produce students who can function as independent investigators
  • Apply principles of service learning to solve community health problems
  • Communicate ideas/results in a well-written report and presentation
  • Conduct health needs assessments at both the individual and community level, including analysis of social, political and bureaucratic barriers that impede health promotion efforts.
  • Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  • Explain the influence of environmental factors on the health of the public.
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of oral and written communication skills.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

N/A

Instructor

A. McFarland

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Course Description

Laboratory to accompany MICR 276, will include basic microbiological techniques, experimental design, data collection and analysis.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s): MICR 276.

Instructor

R. Gult

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Course Description

Contribute to the nutritional health of the local community through service learning.

Core Objectives

CO14: Application

Prerequisite(s)

NUTR 370. Corequisite(s): NUTR 470/NUTR 670.

Instructor

J. Benedict

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Course Description

Exploration of research and career options in the sciences and mathematics. Development of peer, academic, and professional support networks.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

SCI 110.

Instructor

G. Tempel

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Course Description

Appraisal and diagnosis of speech and language disorders including infant/toddler, preschool, school-aged, and adult populations.

Core Objectives

CO12: Ethics

Prerequisite(s)

SPA 301; SPA 320; SPA 330; SPA 340; SPA 364. Corequisite(s): SPA 345.

Instructor

A. Olszewski

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Course Description

Aspects of healthy aging and acquired disorders of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.

Core Objectives

CO14: Application

Prerequisite(s)

ENG 102; CH 201 or CH 202 or CH 203 or CH 212; and Junior or Senior standing.

Instructor

T. Brancamp

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Course Description

Intended for students who have a Spanish language background but little or no formal training. Emphasis on writing skills, grammar and vocabulary enrichment.

Core Objectives

N/A

Prerequisite(s)

Not open to students who have credit for SPAN 211-SPAN 212. Completion of SPAN 227 satisfies the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement.

Instructor

J. Leanos

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Course Description

Through community-based service learning, introduction to Spanish-speaking communities, issues of interest to local Hispanic community, develops oral proficiency, facilitates student civic engagement.

Core Objectives

CO14: Application

Prerequisite(s)

SPAN 350.

Instructor

M. Wilson

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