Discovery Program Requirements

This is for Faculty/Staff use only. Check with department for official information.

Catalog of Entrance

  • All students must satisfy the set of Discovery Requirements established for their original year of admission to UNH.  Consider this when advising new freshmen, new transfers, and readmitted students. 

Discovery Program Requirements

  • Discovery Program requirements apply only to freshmen admitted to baccalaureate degree programs for Fall 2010 and transfers admitted for Fall 2011 and beyond. 
  • BA candidates must also satisfy a foreign language requirement. No credit is awarded for elementary year college coursework if students have had two or more years of that language in high school. In addition to the particular requirements for specific degrees, all candidates for a bachelor’s degree must obtain a passing grade in a minimum of 128 credits in courses numbered 400-799, and must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 for all courses taken at the University in which a grade is given.
  • Discovery Program courses cannot be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.  Academic departments may or may not permit Discovery Program courses to count toward requirements for a major; check with your adviser.

Writing Intensive Requirement

World Cultures Exceptions

  • Students who participate in a study abroad program sponsored or currently approved by UNH with the duration of eight weeks or longer, automatically satisfy the World Cultures Discovery Requirement.
  • The World Cultures Discovery Requirement is waived for international students (including those from Canada) and some permanent resident aliens or students who have lived abroad (excluding military bases and American communities) for a significant amount of time.

Discovery Program Requirement Exceptions for Majors

Note: If Major is not listed, it has no Discovery Program restrictions

CEPS

MajorException

Chemistry

The following courses cannot be used to satisfy Discovery Requirements: CHEM 403, 404, 405, 409, CS 401

Civil Engineering

CIE 402 may be used as Inquiry course and ETS Discovery Requirements. ENGL 401, MATH 425, and PHYS 407 satisfy their discovery categories.

Computer Science

CS majors are required to take CS 501, which is a Discovery ETS course.

Earth Sciences, Geology

The following courses cannot be used to satisfy Discovery Requirements: ESCI 401, 402, 405, 409, 420, 501

Information Technology

IT majors are required to take CS 501, which is a Discovery ETS course

Mechanical Engineering

  1. All students are required to take an Inquiry course or an Inquiry Attribute course during their first two years. This can be satisfied with ME 441 (requirement). Students who are exempted from ME 441 due to prior CAD experience must select an Inquiry 444 course or a course with an Inquiry Attribute.
  2. The Discovery Environment, Technology, and Society category requirement is met upon receiving a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  3. The Discovery Social Science category must be satisfied with either ECON 402 or EREC 411.
  4. The Discovery Senior Capstone Experience is satisfied with either ME 755 and 756 or TECH 797.

Physics

The following courses cannot be used to satisfy Discovery Requirements: PHYS 401, 402, 406, 407, 408, CS 401

CHHS

MajorException

Health Management and Policy

HMP 401 cannot be used as a social science for majors.

Recreation Management & Policy

RMP 570; Cannot use RMP 511 as both a Discovery Category course AND RMP major course, but it can be used as one or the other

COLA

MajorStudents Admitted Prior to 2014 Students Admitted for 2014 and After

Anthropology

Anthropology majors may use one major course to satisfy both a major requirement and a Discovery Program requirement.

Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

Arts, The

No studio or art history courses may be used. This restriction does NOT include students operating under the 2005-2006 or earlier undergraduate catalogs. 

 Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

Classics

 Classics majors may satisfy Discovery Category requirements with CLAS, GREK, and LATN courses, but they may only count the credits from a maximum of two such courses for both major requirements and Discovery.

Communication

CMN 455, 456, 457 cannot be used for the Discovery Program

 Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

English

ENGL 515 (ENGL 405 and 581 may be used for the major or gen ed requirement, but not both). English 444B may be used for a Discovery requirement since it does not fulfill a major requirement.

 Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

French/French Studies

 Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements. However, students may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.

Geography

Courses can be used for either major or Discovery but not both.

Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

German

 Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement

Greek

 Greek majors may take GREK 503 or 504 to satisfy both the World Cultures Discovery Program category and to satisfy major requirements.

History

With the department’s permission, courses can be used for either major or Discovery requirement, not both.

 Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

Humanities

Courses can be used for either major or Discovery, but not both

Courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

Latin

 Latin majors may take LATN 503 or 504 to satisfy both the World Culture Discovery Program requirement and to satisfy major requirements.

Linguistics

LING 405 or 505, ENGL 405 or 505 (Unless they complete 2 majors)

Courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements  unless Linguistics is your second major. 

Music, Bachelor of Arts

MUSI 401, 402, 511, (B.M. Music Education students may use MUSI 501, 502 for Discovery. requirements)

Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

Music, Bachelor of Music

 MUSI 515 (a required course for the major) can satisfy the World Cultures Discovery requirement. Additionally, the BM music ed majors may use MUSI 501 to satisfy the Fine and Perfomring Arts Discovery requirement.

Neuroscience

 As a Bachelor of Science, courses taken for major may double count for Discovery requirements.

Philosophy

Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements, with the exception of PHIL 412, which may be used to satisfy both.

 PHIL 412, a required course for the major, may be used to satisfy both the major and the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery requirement. No other PHIL course taken to satisfy major requirements may be used to satisfy Discovery requirements.

Political Science

One of the required 400-level courses (401, 402, or 403) can be double-counted for a specific general education requirement but not for Discovery requirement.

 Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

Psychology

PSYC 401 and 571 may not be used for Discovery. PSYC 402 may be used for either the major requirement of 44 credits or Discovery Quantitative Reasoning requirement but not both.

 *PSYC 402 Statistics may be applied to the QR Discovery or to the major, but not both.  Students who use Psychology 402 for QR must take an extra four-credit psychology major course.

Russian

Russian 525 can satisfy both a Discovery category requirement and a major requirement.

Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.

Sociology

SOC 502 may not be used for Discovery. No Sociology courses may be used unless they are taken over and above requirements for the major.

 Courses taken to complete the major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery requirements except SOC 599, which can count toward the Discovery Inquiry requirement and the major.

Spanish

 Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.

Theatre

No Theatre & Dance courses may be used unless they are taken over and above requirements for the major

Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.

Women's Studies

For first majors, students may petition the department to use no more than one class both for a gen ed/Discovery requirement and for the major. Second majors should discuss the overlap between gen ed/Discovery requirements and the major requirements with their Women’s Studies advisor

Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements, unless Women’s Studies is your second major. 

COLSA

MajorException

Environmental and Resource Economics

EREC 411 may not be used to satisfy Discovery Program

PAUL

MajorException

Business Administration

ADMN 420 may not be used to satisfy Discovery Program

Economics

ADMN 420, ECON 401, 402, EREC 411, ECN 411, ECN 412

Hospitality Management

ADMN 420

Note: the following UNH-Manchester courses may not be used as Discovery courses: ADMN 430, ECN 411, ECN 412

Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements.