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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

General Information

« Campus Life

At the University of New Hampshire, getting involved is a big part of campus life. Inside the classroom and beyond, UNH students bring energy and passion to everything they do.


The University offers students a variety of housing options, including small halls of approximately 100 students to medium halls and large halls (ranging from 400 to 600 students). Our newest residence halls offer students suite style living ranging from four to eight person suites. Upperclass undergraduates may also choose from either of two on-campus apartment complexes: the Gables and Woodside apartments. These apartment complexes are designed to meet the more independent and self-reliant life-styles of upperclass students. Theme-based housing is offered in many buildings on campus. Some of our programs are located in the minidorms, where each house focuses on a theme, and Smith Hall, where the focus is on international and intercultural activities. There is also a residence hall for students participating in SELF (Students Electing to Live Free), a program whose participants have chosen not to use alcohol or any chemical substances.

The Department of Housing and the Residential Life Office are committed to providing a living environment that maintains high standards of health and safety. Full-time professional directors manage the residence halls and apartments and work with a student staff to offer special programs and enforce hall standards.

Undergraduate University housing is available to all full-time baccalaureate degree candidates and to associate in applied science degree candidates. Offers of housing to associate in arts degree and Division of Continuing Education students are made on a case-by-case basis. Students are not required to live on campus.

Offers for on-campus housing are sent to all accepted new freshmen. Transfer and readmitted students may apply for housing upon admission to the University. Offers will be made on a space-available basis. All application materials are available at the Department of Housing located in Pettee House.
For more information, contact the Department of Housing (603) 862-2120 or visit the department’s Web site at


UNH Dining is committed to exceeding the expectations of our guests and takes pride in maintaining our position as a leader in the food service industry. The freshest ingredients, flexible menus, various meal plans, and special events have earned us over 20 awards presented by the National Association of College and University Food Services. 

Flexible meal plans give students the option of eating at one of the three dining halls or using Dining Dollars or Cat’s Cache at one of nine retail locations around campus. Our three dining halls serve all-you-care-to-eat meals in comfort. Menu choices include popular favorites such as pizza, burgers, and stir-fry as well as vegan and vegetarian options, a well-stocked deli, and tremendous salad bars. Fresh-baked breads, desserts, and other selections are also available. 

Students who have dietary needs or concerns can meet with a registered dietician and executive chef to review menu selections. Parents can send goodie packages or personalized birthday cakes to students. 

As a land-grant University, UNH is committed to supporting and advancing the state’s agricultural economy. Small, family farms are not only part of the state’s heritage, but play a vital, active role in current economy and culture. In recognition of the many benefits a vibrant agriculture affords in New Hampshire, our sustainability efforts raise awareness and educate students, staff, and community members about the local agricultural landscape and its role in sustaining physical and economic health and well-being, now and in the future.

Memorial Union Building

The Memorial Union Building (MUB) is the University’s community center and is the official war memorial of the state of New Hampshire. The MUB provides opportunities for student involvement and offers space for programs, meetings, and study, as well as for major public events, movies, and other entertainment. Students, faculty, and staff serve on the Memorial Union Board of Governors and work with the director to set policies and establish the budget for the building’s operation. The original building was a gift from UNH alumni and first opened its doors in 1957. Currently, the MUB has complete wireless capabilities in all public spaces and meeting rooms.

Headquartered in the MUB are the Information Center; Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, two movie theaters; the UNH Copy Center; the UNH Bookstore; the Ticket Office; specific lounge/study space for nontraditional, commuter, and graduate students; and Granite Square Station & Shipping, which provides undergraduate mail boxes and UPS shipping service. Computing and Information Services provides a computer cluster. The UNH Computer store is located on the second floor. The Games Room is equipped with pool and ping pong tables. The Entertainment Center and Wildcat Den provide a comfortable atmosphere for relaxing with live acoustical performances as well as socializing and study space. The Food Court offers expanded dining options. The Student Senate Office, WUNH-radio, The New Hampshire (the student newspaper), and over 75 other student organizations also have office space in the MUB.

The Leadership Center (MUB 122) currently serves as the hub for student involvement at the University of New Hampshire and is home to four offices: Greek Life, Off Campus & Commuter Student Services, Student Organization Services, and Project LEAD. Whether a student is interested in joining a student organization or starting a new one, participating in one of many leadership development programs, or simply learning about campus resources—this is the place! Student and professional staff members oversee the University recognition process for all student organizations and are available for advising or training on topics related to organizational development and program planning. 

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services strives to connect the half of the student population who do not live in University housing to campus. Programs, such as Good Morning Commuters and the Commuter Connection listserv, bring information to students about campus happenings, events, and activities. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services also helps students understand the ins and outs of moving off campus by providing educational sessions in the residence halls.

Recognized student organizations and University departments are encouraged to use rooms in the MUB. Reservations can be arranged via the scheduling Web site, calling MUB Scheduling at (603) 862-1526, or stopping in the Office of the Memorial Union to fill out a form. For a complete listing of Memorial Union programs, services, and events, phone the Information Center at (603) 862-2600 or visit the Web site at

Cultural Events

Students at the University can participate in a rich cultural life. Numerous lectures, films, concerts, exhibitions, meet-the-artist receptions, master classes, dance performances, and theatrical productions are offered throughout the year. The UNH Celebrity Series, the Art Gallery, and the Departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Art and Art History bring artists of international stature to campus.
    The fine and performing arts are an integral part of undergraduate education. Programs are frequently incorporated into coursework. For further information or a brochure call the numbers listed below:

Department of Music, (603) 862-2404
The Art Gallery, (603) 862-3712
Art and Art History, (603) 862-2190
Theatre and Dance, (603) 862-2919
UNH Celebrity Series, (603) 862-3242 or
Traditional Jazz Series, (603) 862-2404
Memorial Union Ticket Office, (603) 862-2290 or

Campus Recreation

Many opportunities for recreational and leisure activities, regardless of skill or ability, are offered through the Department of Campus Recreation. The Hamel Student Recreation Center is available to all full-time matriculating students and recreation pass holders, seven days a week (excluding UNH holidays and shutdowns). The center offers participants two multipurpose courts, a group exercise studio, club/martial art studio, an 8,000 square foot fitness center with more than 100 exercise stations (some with TV monitors), a cardio-theater area including five TVs, three basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor track, a lounge, several classrooms, locker rooms, towel and lock service at the equipment room, saunas, and synthetic sports fields. Additional fitness space is anticipated in the near future. Recently, a climbing boulder was added for those perfecting their climbing skills. Many outdoor adventure trips are also available each year.

The Department of Campus Recreation offers a variety of activities designed to make it easier to reach personal fitness goals and have fun. Participants may take part in one of the many group exercise classes, such as step aerobics, Reebok cycling, water aerobics, or cardio kickboxing. Other opportunities include yoga, pilates, racquetball, personal training, massage therapy, or running in the Homecoming 5K Race. Noncredit courses are also offered including CPR and First Aid, and many more. 

The intramural sports program consists of 25 different sports and activities offered to co-rec, men’s and women's teams. Intramural sports are organized, and competitive leagues and tournaments are officiated by trained students. These activities generally take place Sunday through Thursday and are 3-7 week leagues or short elimination tournaments. 

The Department of Campus Recreation assists special interest groups or sport club teams to reflect the varied recreation and cultural preferences of campus community members. Some of the 27 clubs are intensely competitive, requiring a daily commitment to workouts and conditioning. They compete either on an intercollegiate basis with New England teams or sponsor University tournaments. Other clubs meet on a casual “come when you can” basis. The wide variety of clubs can meet every interest or skill level. 

Campus Recreation's aquatics program oversees the Swazey indoor pool (located in the Field House) and the UNH outdoor pool. The indoor pool is an 8-lane by 25-yard facility with 1- and 3-meter diving boards. Offerings include many open swim hours, water aerobics classes, American Red Cross courses and swim lessons, masters swimming, and many other programs/events/rentals. 

The UNH outdoor pool is located beside the recreation center and is operated seasonally and hosts several special events throughout the summer. Offerings include private and group swim lessons, masters swimming, birthday party rentals, and other special events. 

In addition to the Recreation Center, the Department of Campus Recreation manages the Whittemore Center Arena. Open skating for students and employees is available as well as opportunities for sport clubs and intramurals for practice and competition.

Campus Recreation manages a large outdoor recreation facility on Mendum’s Pond in Barrington, N.H. with its own sailing and canoe center, runs a children’s camp (Camp Wildcat) in the summer, and supports the crew boat house. One of the largest student employers on campus, the Department of Campus Recreation provides opportunities for more than 350 student employees in a variety of positions. For further information call (603) 862-2031 or visit