Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Human Services (BS)

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services in the Department of Counselor Education, School Psychology and Human Services is a rigorous program of study that helps students acquire the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to promote mental well-being and to advocate for the populations they serve. The degree program has an applied emphasis with a strong grounding in counseling research and theory. Human Services graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in paraprofessional counseling positions in mental health, addictions, and child and adolescent services or pursue graduate degrees in the helping professions.

Please see the UNLV College of Education Department of Counselor Education, School Psychology and Human Services  web page at www.unlv.edu/cshfor information about the department, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at www.unlv.edu/degree/bs-human-services.

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of an array of theoretical and applied counseling theories.
  2. Demonstrate basic counseling skills sufficient to conduct entry - level human services interventions.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to form helping relationships in accordance with principles of sound counseling practice.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to understand, research, and critique professional literature in counseling.
  5. Deliver professional services within the guidelines of ethical and professional practice standards.
  6. Demonstrate an appreciation of multicultural differences and the needs of diverse\clients.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and/or in writing with helping professionals.

Career Possibilities

Possible career options after receiving this degree:

  • Criminal justice system
  • Social services system
  • Drug and/or alcohol counselor


Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Education Student Services Center www.unlv.edu/education/essc.


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please visit the following webpage:

  • Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org.

University Graduation Requirements

Please see Graduation Policies for complete information.

Human Services (BS) Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 Credits
    • Two courses from life and physical sciences category; at least one must have a lab
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International

(see note 1 below)

  fulfills the multicultural requirement
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements.

Milestone Experience

Culminating Experience

Restrictive Electives - Credits: 15

General Electives - Credits: 23-25

 (see note 3 below)

Total Credits: 120


  1. CED 200 also fulfills the multicultural requirement of the general education core. Courses satisfying the international requirement may simultaneously fulfill another requirement.
  2. A total of 42 credits must be 300/400 level courses.
  3. Hours taken as part of a minor may count toward Human Services electives.
  4. CED 300 is a Milestone Experience course for the Human Services B.S.
  5. CED 400 is a Culminating Experience course for the Human Services B.S.