Advising Handbook - TSAS

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

Regina A. Smick-Attisano, Ed.D. Executive Director,, 2-1025

Cynthia L. Giguère, Assistant Director,, 2-1009

Deborah Pack, Assistant Director of Admissions,, 2-3115

MajorAdvising ContactDeclaration/Application Rule

Applied Animal Science

Laurie Chapman-Bosco
Barton 133

See below.

Applied Business Management

David Tooch
Putnam 15

See below.

Civil Technology

Kenneth Flesher
Putnam 20D

See below.

Community Leadership

Timothy Barretto
Barton 104

See below.

Culinary Arts and Nutrition

Nancy Johnson
Barton 101

See below.

Forest Technology

Donald Quigley
Putnam 6B

See below.

Horticultural Technology

Rene Gingras
Putnam 13

See below.

Integrated Agriculture Management

Andrew Conroy
Barton 131

See below.

Veterinary Technology

Sarah Proctor
Barton 204A

See below.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Program

Admission to an associate in applied science degree program is based upon successful completion of a secondary school program of college preparatory coursework or its equivalent. Primary consideration is given to the academic record, as demonstrated by the candidate’s secondary school course selections and achievement, recommendation, and the results of the SAT and/or ACT exam. Consideration is given to the applicant’s academic achievement, personal motivation, demonstrated interest in a career field, and leadership roles.

Candidates must, at a minimum, present a solid college preparatory program that includes at least four years of English, two years of mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry and/or Algebra II), two years of science (biology with a lab, being one of them), and three years of social science. The majority of our students are admitted with three years of both college prep mathematics and science.  Some programs have more specific requirements such as Veterinary Technology. 

For an adult student who graduated from high school several years ago, the Office of Admissions will consider not only his or her academic record but also accomplishments since high school. Important factors include professional work and advancement and motivation to succeed in Thompson School courses. In addition, applicants will be considered on the basis of any available test scores such as General Education Development (GED), SAT or ACT, and College Level Examination Program (CLEP); letters of reference; previous college study; and military record (if applicable). Adult students who have been out of high school for a number of years may request that the Office of Admissions waive the SAT requirement.

Thompson School Students Taking Undergraduate-numbered (400-numbered or higher) Courses Other than Thompson School Courses

Undergraduate-numbered courses (400-numbered or higher) offered outside the Thompson School may be taken by matriculated TSAS students with the appropriate approval. Information regarding the approval process is available from the Thompson School Student’s organization in Blackboard.  

Any of these courses and the corresponding grade will remain active on the student’s transcript and become the beginning grade point average if and when the student matriculates into a Bachelor’s degree program.  This will apply whether or not the student actually completes his/her A.A.S. degree before transferring to the other degree program.  Students may not petition to selectively include or exclude any of the baccalaureate-numbered courses in their Bachelor’s degree cumulative grade point average.

Transferring from a TSAS A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science) Degree Program to a Baccalaureate Degree Program

For specific information about the transfer policy for TSAS students, please contact the UNH Office of Admissions. In general, a GPA of at least 2.5 at the completion of the TSAS degree is required for transfer consideration. Some baccalaureate programs require a higher GPA.

Credit for all TSAS courses transfer to the student’s Bachelor’s Degree program with the exception of MTH 201, Elementary-Intermediate Algebra; MTH 202, College Algebra; and MTH 203, Algebra and Trigonometry. Credits and grades a student earns  in courses with 400 numbers and above will transfer and affect his/her cumulative grade point average as a Bachelor’s Degree candidate. COM 209, Expository Writing and Reading, satisfies the Writing Skills Discovery Foundation Requirement and meets the requirements for ENGL 401. Students should consult with the Bachelor’s program advisor to discern whether any of their TSAS courses will satisfy a portion of their Bachelor’s Degree major requirements. Several agreements now exist between various Thompson School and four-year programs that provide a smooth transition between the Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor’s Degree. Although elective credit does transfer for TSAS coursework, the grades earned in those classes do not transfer unless the course is 400 or 500 numbered.

Transferring from Baccalaureate Programs to TSAS

Baccalaureate students who wish to enter the Thompson School may seek advice from the respective TSAS Program Chairperson or one of the TSAS Assistant Directors to determine which completed course may apply toward AAS degree requirements.  A completed Change of Program form must be presented to an Assistant Director along with the advisor file from the previous advisor/major, for review, prior to acceptance.  Only students in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 cummulative GPA) are eligible for internal transfer.

Baccalaureate Students Taking TSAS Courses

  1. The TSAS course must be transferable to UNH at the time it is taken.
  2. Course must be added after receiving permission from instructor, if space is available.
  3. Grades received in 200 numbered courses will be recorded on the student’s transcript but will not affect or be included in the student’s GPA.
  4. TSAS courses may not be used for language requirements. TSAS courses may be used for major or minor requirements but only if specifically approved on a course by course basis by the department in question. A grade of C or higher is required for a baccalaureate candidate to receive TSAS course credit.