Thompson School of Applied Science
Regina A. Smick-Attisano, Director
Cynthia Giguère, Assistant Director
The Thompson School of Applied Science, established in 1895, is a division
of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture within the University
offering the associate in applied science degree. The Thompson School
of Applied Science offers 15 program specializations. They comprise a
balance of professional, science-related, and general education courses
in applied curriculums that prepare students to meet the specific demands
of a technical or applied profession, continuing education, and the general
demands of life.
The faculty at the Thompson School of Applied Science have significant
work experience in industry and business; extensive and up-to-date knowledge
of their specialties; ongoing contacts with practicing professionals;
dedication to students and to excellence in education; and a commitment
to practical, science-based education. They work closely with students,
providing academic advising, career counseling, and special assistance
Located at the western edge of campus, the Thompson Schools classrooms,
laboratories, and working enterprises are designed for career-related
experience under realistic conditions.
Barton Hall contains an animal science lab, a food preparation lab,
a state-of-the-art grooming facility, several classrooms, and faculty
Cole Hall includes a 150-seat lecture auditorium, a quantity-foods kitchen
and cafeteria, a student study and lounge area, a computer laboratory,
a computer-aided design (CAD) laboratory, a small classroom, and administrative
Putnam Hall houses an architecture lab, a surveying and mapping lab,
a Geographic Information System (GIS) lab, an agricultural mechanization
shop, classrooms, and faculty offices.
Students enrolled in Restaurant Management gain practical experience
in three campus restaurants: the Dairy Bar; Staceys, and the Balcony
Bistro, both located in Cole Hall.
Forestry students use a sawmill facility near campus to integrate the
process of harvesting trees from a managed forest with the production
of quality forest products. Students assist in the management of the UNH
woodlands (a Certified Tree Farm) by participating in mapping and inventory,
and in reforestation and forest protection projects.
Students have the use of the Thompson School horticultural facility,
with a low- and high-temperature greenhouse, propagating facilities, refrigerated
compartments, and nursery plots.
Business students focus on small-to-medium size enterprises and
gain real world experience through internships and course experience such
as Applied Sales. The capstone course, Business Policy, is designed so
students can create their own business to market a product and generate
revenues used to support scholarships and special projects.
Whether the specialty is dairy, equine or small animals, students
in Applied Animal Science utilize state-of-the-art facilities on campus,
such as the Dairy Center or new Grooming Lab. The Universitys herd
of Morgans, Thoroughbreds, and Warmbloods are ridden on nearby trails,
and in the outside or indoor arenas during class sessions.
Civil Technology students access the state-of-the-art CAD (computer
aided design) lab 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Along with the
laboratory, they may also access a National AUTODESK training facility
in Cole Hall. These facilities are complemented by the use of GPS (global
positioning system) surveying equipment used in the field.
Dietetic Technician students learn to assess the dietary needs
of patients or clients. These students earn valuable experience through
450 hours of a clinical practicum in nearby hospitals, nursing homes,
community health centers and assisted living facilities.
Students majoring in Community Service and Leadership gain enriching
experiences working with organizations such as Families First, NH Housing
Partnership, Red Cross, New Hampshire Public Televisions station
and on-campus groups. Students are involved with creating, operating and
evaluating these service-learning activities.
Associate in Applied Science Degree
To graduate with an associate in applied science degree, a student must
complete specified coursework in the three academic areas of study defined
below, with an overall grade-point average of no less than 2.00 (out of
4.00). In addition, students must earn the minimum number of total credits
required for each specialization.
These are courses designed for personal and professional development
with special emphasis on the ability to think critically, to communicate
effectively, to understand computer technology, and to process quantitative
data. In addition, they serve to acquaint the student with some of the
major modes of thought necessary to understand oneself, others, society,
and the environment. In this area a student must complete:
one course in computer literacy;
one course (34 credits) in mathematics;
two courses (6 credits) in communications, to include COM 209,
Expository Writing and Reading, plus an elective;
two courses (6 credits) in social sciences, the arts, or the humanities,
to include either SSCI 201 Human Relations, or SSCI 202 Social Issues,
plus an elective.
For course descriptions, see the Thompson Schools General Education
Section, page 244 of the printed catalog..
These are courses designed to develop the necessary scientific knowledge,
technical skills, and practical experience required for employment in
a professional discipline. Each student must complete all technical courses
specified in the selected program of study.
See the Program of Study Sections for course requirements and descriptions.
This component of the degree program allows the individual to pursue
courses of personal or professional interest. In this area, a student
may choose a number of courses in each program of study specified as electives.
These may be chosen from any courses offered by the Thompson School or
from selected University undergraduate courses with adviser approval.
Full-Time and Part-Time Programs
The associate in applied science degree at the Thompson School can be
completed by pursuing either a full-time or part-time program. Most students
enroll in the full-time program. This allows completion of a program of
study in four semesters (the traditional two-year period). The sequence
of required courses and semester schedules for each program are defined
throughout this catalog.
Some students who cannot attend on a full-time, two-year schedule or
who wish to spread the financial investment of a college education over
a broader period, elect the option of part-time study. This allows students
to work toward completion of the degree over an extended period, typically
two to five years. The schedule can be shortened or lengthened to meet
the needs of individual students. Part-time degree students register for
courses through the UNH Division of Continuing Education and are treated
in all respects as full-time students. For further information and a brochure
on the part-time program, please contact the Thompson School at (603)
862-1025 or (603) 862-3115.
The Thompson School welcomes applications from both high school and
High school students who plan to enter the Thompson School after graduation
will be considered on the basis of high school course selection, academic
achievement, class rank, and high school recommendations. Emphasis is
placed on the applicants personal motivation, demonstrated interest
in a career field, and preparation for Thompson School programs.
All traditional-age students must submit the results of the Scholastic
Assessment Test (SAT-I). Adult students who have been out of high school
for a number of years may request that the Office of Admissions waive
the SAT-I requirement.
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 will 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),
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I), and College Level Examination Program
(CLEP); letters of reference; previous college study; and military record
A number of Thompson School specializations require satisfactory work
in specific high school preparatory courses. These admission requirements
are listed under each career specialization in this catalog.
How to Apply
You may request an application for admission and additional information
from either of the following offices: UNH Office of Admissions, Grant
House, 4 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824-3510, (603) 862-1360; or Thompson
School of Applied Science, Cole Hall, 291 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824-3562,
Applications may be submitted at any time during the calendar year.
Notice of admission to the Thompson School will normally be sent within
30 days following receipt of all required information.
Please note: Priority deadlines for those students requesting UNH residential
housing is February 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for spring
semester. Housing assignments will be handled on a space-available basis
after February 1. The UNH financial aid deadline is March 1 for the fall
Prospective students are encouraged to participate in an interview at
the Thompson School, attend an open house, and/or take a tour of the Thompson
School and the rest of the UNH campus. Open houses are conducted in the
fall and spring. Interviews are recommended but not required. Interviews
are conducted by a student admissions representative, who will give you
a sense of the Thompson School from a students perspective or the
Thompson Schools Admissions Coordinator. To attend an open house
or to arrange your visit, please contact the Thompson School at (603)
862-1025 or visit our Web site at www.unh.edu/thompson-school.
Expenses, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
Costs for students include tuition, room and board, books and supplies,
and personal and travel expenses. These costs are the same for any student
enrolled at the University of New Hampshire and students majoring at the
Thompson School have access to the same student services. Required curriculum
and lab fees for Thompson School programs are listed with each specialization.
For information about scholarships, loans, and work-study, write the
Financial Aid Office, Stoke Hall, 11 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824-3511;
or call (603) 862-3600. A financial aid form must be on file to be considered
for many scholarships.
The Thompson School and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
also provide scholarship opportunities for Thompson School students. Call
(603) 862-1025 for a list of these possibilities or visit our Web site
New England Regional Student Program
The Thompson School of UNH participates in the New England Regional
Student Program of the New England Board of Higher Education, in which
each state university system in New England offers a number of regional
curricula to students from other New England states. Under this program,
students pay in-state tuition plus 50 percent. See the table below for
Thompson School programs that are eligible in 20032004. Eligibility
under this program may vary from year to year, so it is suggested that
you obtain further information by contacting the New England Board of
Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111; (617) 357-9620. You
may also contact the UNH Office of Admissions or the Thompson School for
Thompson School of Applied Science New England Regional Student Program
20032004 Academic Year
Associate Degree Program, Available to Residents of
Applied Animal Science
Dairy Management MA, ME, RI, VT
Equine Management MA, ME, RI, VT
Small Animal Care MA, ME, RI, VT
Architectural Technology CT, RI
Construction Management CT, RI
Surveying and Mapping CT, RI
Food Services Management
Dietetic Technician MA, RI, VT
Restaurant Management MA, RI, VT
Forest Technology CT, MA, RI, VT
Floriculture Operations RI
Landscape Operations RI
UNH invites Thompson School graduates to continue their education at
the University. Many of the technical associate degree programs offered
by the School have baccalaureate degree counterparts. Specifically, these
counterparts include civil engineering, forestry, environmental horticulture,
animal sciences, dairy management, nutritional sciences, business administration,
and hospitality management. Many other baccalaureate majors are also available.
A final grade-point average of at least 2.50 is required for transfer
to most programs; some UNH baccalaureate programs require a higher grade-point
average. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree usually requires
at least two-and-one-half years of additional study at the University.
Other colleges and universities also welcome graduates from the Thompson
School, especially those within the University System of New Hampshire.
The following abbreviations are used to identify Thompson School of
Applied Science courses.
AM Agricultural Mechanization
AAS Applied Animal Science
ABM Applied Business Management
ANSC Animal and Nutritional Science
CT Civil Technology
CSL Community Service and
CD Community Development
FSM Food Services Management
FORT Forest Technology
HT Horticultural Technology
PBIO Plant Biology
SSCI Social Science
Programs of Study
TSAS.pdf - This file replicates the printed
information in the UNH Course Catalog 2003-04 for the Thompson School
of Applied Science. It includes degree requirements and specific information
for each of the School's programs of study.
Professors: John C. Bozak, Jr., Thomas A. March, Robert G. Moynihan,
Guy E. Petty, Donald W. Quigley, William H. Scott, Donald J. Silva
Associate Professors: Dwight E. Barney, Timothy E. Barreto, Charles
A. Caramihalis, Matthew C. Chagnon, Andrew B. Conroy, Kenneth L. Flesher,
Benjamin P. Fowler, Rene J. Gingras, Katharine M. Hanson, John L. Hart,
Nancy M. Johnson, David H. O’Brien, Dana M. Sansom, David E. Tooch,
Steven D. Tuttle, Jerilee A. Zezula
Assistant Professor: Gino Alibrio
Applied Animal Science Courses
Applied Business Management Courses
Civil Technology Courses
Community Service and Leadership Courses
Food Services Management Courses
Forest Technology Courses
Horticultural Technology Courses