Associate in Applied Science
Applied Animal Science: Dairy Management, Equine Management, Small Animal Care
Applied Business Management: Business Computing, Business Management
Civil Technology: Architectural Technology, Construction Management, Surveying and Mapping
Community Service and Leadership
Food Services Management: Dietetic Technician, Restaurant Management
Forest Technology: Forest Technician
Horticultural Technology: Landscape Operations, Floriculture Operations, General Ornamental Horticulture

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 when needed.

Located at the western edge of campus, the Thompson School’s 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 offices.

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 offices.

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; Stacey’s, 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 University’s 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 Television’s 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.

General Education

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 (3–4 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 School’s General Education Section, page 244 of the printed catalog..

Technical Specialization

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.

General Electives

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 adult students.

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 applicant’s 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 (if applicable).

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, (603) 862-1025.

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 semester.

Campus Visits

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 student’s perspective or the Thompson School’s 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

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 at

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 2003–2004. 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 more information.

Thompson School of Applied Science New England Regional Student Program

2003–2004 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

Civil Technology
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
Forest Technology CT, MA, RI, VT

Horticultural Technology
Floriculture Operations RI
Landscape Operations RI
General Ornamental
Horticulture RI

Transfer Opportunities

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.

Program Abbreviations

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
COM Communications
CSL Community Service and
CD Community Development
FSM Food Services Management
FORT Forest Technology
HT Horticultural Technology
MTH Mathematics
NUTR Nutrition
PHYS Physics
PBIO Plant Biology
SSCI Social Science
ZOOL Zoology

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

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