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

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  • ABNR/SCI 415 - Science Partners: Theory, Practice, Learning

    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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  • ACC 410/610 - Federal Taxation

    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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  • BCH 407 - Senior Thesis I (Section 2 Only)

    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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  • CAS 257 - Fundamentals of Behavioral Health

    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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  • CEE 418 - Principles of Water Quality Modeling

    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): CEE 390 with a "C" or better

    Instructor: E. Marchand

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  • CEP 711 - Societal Issues and Special Topics in Clinical Mental Health

    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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  • CHS 461/661 - The World's Health

    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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  • CHS 476/676 - AIDS: Psychosocial and Health Care Concerns

    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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  • CHS 494 - Field Studies in Public Health

    Course Description

    Supervised field experience in health & wellness settings.

    Core Objectives: CO14: Application

    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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  • CHS 718 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health

    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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  • CHS 798 - Field Studies in Public Health

    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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  • COM 475 - Communication and Community Engagement

    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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  • EDU 202 - Introduction to Teaching (Secondary)

    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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  • ENG 400A - Topics in Writing

    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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  • ENGR 301 - Engineering Communication and Societal Integration

    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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  • GEOR 314 - Field Methods

    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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  • GERO 201 - Topics and Careers in Aging

    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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  • GERO 431/631 - A Life Course Perspective on Aging and Society

    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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  • GERO 440/640 - Perspectives on Aging

    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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  • HDFS 231 - Practicum with Children and Families

    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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  • HDFS 390 - Youth Mentoring

    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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  • HDFS 470 - Pre-professional Internship

    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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  • HIST 399 - History Department Practicum

    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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  • HON 215 - Explorations in Honors: Global Perspectives

    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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  • JOUR 490A/691A - Special Problems

    Course Description

    Pursuit of a special interest in journalism.

    Core Objectives: N/A

    Prerequisite(s): N/A

    Instructor: L. Crosswell

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  • MED 661KM.01 - Artist in Residence

    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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  • MED661SM.01 - Service-Learning

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  • MICR 276L - Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory

    Course Description

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

    Core Objectives: N/A

    Prerequisite(s): MICR 276

    Instructor: R. Gult

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  • NUTR 471/671 - Applied Community Nutrition

    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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  • SCI 120 - First Year Experience II: Science and Mathematics

    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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  • SPA 400 - Assessment of Communication Disorders

    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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  • SPA 421 - Communication Problems of the Aged

    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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  • SPAN 226 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers I

    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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  • SPAN 400 - Practicum in Spanish in the Community

    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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