Undergraduate Course Catalog 2013-2014
University Academic Requirements
To graduate from the University of New Hampshire, all baccalaureate and associate in art students enrolling for academic year 2013 - 14 must fulfill four types of University requirements: writing, Discovery (core curriculum), degree, and major.
University Writing Requirement
As the cornerstone of any higher education, academic and disciplinary literacy is the concern of the entire faculty and the whole University curriculum. Understanding that literacy is a long-term development process, the University community is committed to the following goals for student writing and learning:
- Students should use writing as an intellectual process to learn material and to discover, construct, and order meaning.
- Students should learn to write effectively in various academic and disciplinary genres for professional and lay audiences.
- Students should learn to display competence with the generic features and conventions of academic language.
All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four "writing-intensive" courses, which must include English 401 (Freshman Composition) and three additional "writing-intensive" courses, one of which must be in the student's major, and one of which must be at the 600-level or above. Specific courses that fulfill the writing requirement are listed at unhinfo.unh.edu/registrar/registration.html. Some courses have both writing-intensive and nonwriting intensive versions, such as HIST 405 and HIST 405W. In those cases, only the sections attached to the "W" courses will be writing intensive.
Please note that some cross-listed courses are also writing intensive. For the most current information on cross-listed courses, visit the website listed above.
Discovery Program (Core Curriculum Requirement)
When we discover what we had not before known, we experience wonder. When Keats first read Homer, he felt “like some watcher of the skies / When a new planet swims into his ken.” The Discovery Program, like Homer to Keats, serves as the beginning of a great journey of learning and teaching that students and faculty take together.
When we learn and teach in Discovery, we take four questions as our common ground: How do we know the world? What questions and what tools shape our knowledge? How do we determine what we value? How do our different perspectives—intellectual and personal—inform each other?
Professors in Discovery have a common mission: to help students from all departments and programs understand better the organization of knowledge in the modern world. Faculty are responsible not only to colleagues and students in their own disciplines, but also to others learning and teaching in the program from across the University’s variegated intellectual terrain.
Students, too, have a common mission: to claim their own educations with curiosity, open mindedness, and discipline. They are responsible for active and tangible engagement in the intellectual life of the University, in classrooms, on campus, and within the wider community. Students are partners in the learning process. Together, students and faculty seek to understand the world as it is and as it might be, and to take their places as independent thinkers in the world they will help to shape.
The Discovery Program provides the intellectual framework for students in any major. It represents the faculty’s collective belief in what constitutes and contributes to essential knowledge of the world. Together, students and faculty attempt to understand fully and use ethically that knowledge, both in the present and as a reservoir from which to draw in the future.
Each course in the Discovery Program fulfills an obligation not only to its own field, but also to others. Individually, courses illuminate the disciplines and ask that students understand their foundational methods, tools, and questions. Collectively, the Discovery Program aspires to help students recognize complexity and elegance in the relationships among the disciplines, to chart constellations of human knowledge. Like Keats, we are “watchers of the skies.”
“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius.
Discovery Program Requirements
- Inquiry course. This course may fulfill a Discovery category and/or a departmental requirement. It should be taken during a student’s first or second year or prior to completion of 57 credits. For students who transfer in with 58 or more credits, the INQ requirement is waived automatically.
- One course in writing skills. Most students will satisfy the first-year writing requirement with English 401. This course should be taken during a student's first year or prior to completion of 32 credits.
- One course in quantitative reasoning. This course is normally completed by the end of the first year or 32 credits.
Discovery in the Disciplines
Students must take one course from each Discovery category at the 400-600 levels. Inquiry courses that carry Discovery category designations may be used to satisfy this requirement.
- One course in Biological Science (BS);*
- One course in Physical Science (PS);*
- One course in Environment, Technology, and Society (ETS);
- One course in Fine and Performing Arts (FPA);
- One course in Historical Perspectives (HP);
- One course in Humanities (HUMA);
- One course in Social Science (SS); and
- One course in World Cultures (WC) (also may be satisfied by approved study abroad programs).
* One of these courses must have a lab component (DLab).
Discovery and Integrative Understanding
One senior capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning. Departments may allow honors theses, mentored research projects, and other special student activities to substitute for designated department capstones.
The University Dialogue, focusing on grand challenges we face as a society, is an opportunity to engage in the intellectual life of the University. Each year, the University engages a different theme, presented through experiences in and outside the classroom. It is not a course and does not require registration.
Discovery Program requirements shall not be waived on the basis of special examinations or placement tests, except for the College Board Advanced Placement tests and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. All students transferring to UNH in academic year 2013-14 will come in under Discovery Program requirements. For students who transfer in with 58 or more credits, the INQ requirement is waived automatically.
Note to Faculty: Waiver of requirements in the Discovery Program. Students may petition the Discovery Committee to waive or replace a requirement. The student's petition must be approved by his or her major adviser and the dean of his or her college.
The required courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. No single course may be counted in more than one Discovery discipline category. Academic departments may or may not permit Discovery courses to count toward requirements for a major. TSAS courses may not be used for general-education (1984-2009), writing-intensive, or foreign language requirements. TSAS courses that are 400-600 level and Discovery-approved may count for Discovery requirements. All Discovery courses carry 3-4 credits.
The most current list of Discovery courses may be found on the Registrar’s Office website.
Discovery Program courses
The complete list of Discovery courses can be found on the Registrar’s Office website. Click here and select Discovery Program Information from the list of links on the left-hand side of the page to open the list in PDF.
Writing Skills (WS)
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
BIOL 528, 555
MATH 420, 424A, 424B, 425, 439
Click here and select Discovery Program Information from the list of links on the left-hand side of the page to open the list in PDF.
Biological Science (BS)
BIOL 411 (DLAB), 412 (DLAB), 413 (DLAB),414 (DLAB), 420 (DLAB), 444B
BMS 407, 444A (DLAB), 501 (DLAB), 507 (DLAB), 508 (DLAB)
BSCI 405 (DLAB), 406 (DLAB), 421, 422, 431 (DLAB)
ECE 444 (DLAB)
HMP 501 (DLAB)
KIN 527 (DLAB), 607
NR 410 (DLAB), 433 (DLAB), 444E
NUTR 400 (DLAB)
OT 513 (DLAB)
PBIO 400 (DLAB), 412 (DLAB), 421 (DLAB)
ZOOL 401 (DLAB), 412 (DLAB), 444, 444A
Physical Science (PS)
CHEM 403 (DLAB), 404 (DLAB), 405 (DLAB), 409, 444, 444A, 444B, 444G
ESCI 401 (DLAB), 402 (DLAB), 405, 409 (DLAB), 410, 420, 444, 501 (DLAB)
GEOG 473 (DLAB), 572, 574
NR 504 (DLAB)
PHYS 401 (DLAB), 402 (DLAB), 404 (DLAB), 405, 406 (DLAB), 407 (DLAB), 408 (DLAB), 409 (DLAB), 444A
Fine and Performing Arts (FPA)
ARTS 444, 444A, 480, 487, 532
CA , 502HUMA 510A, 511A, 512A, 513A, 514A, 515A
MUSI 401, 402, 444, 511
THDA 435,436, 438, 439, 440, 442, 444, 444A, 444B, 459, 462, 463, 583
Historical Perspectives (HP)
CLAS 405, 406, 444C, 550, 560
HIST 405, 406, 410, 421, 422, 435, 436, 444, 444A, 444B, 444C, 444D, 444E, 444F, 483, 498, 506, 511, 521, 522, 532, 565, 579
HUMA 510C, 511C, 512C, 513C, 514C, 515C
ITAL 681A, 682A
KIN 444B, 561
LLC 444G, 540
+PS 501, 503, 508
WS 444A, 444C, 505
AMST 444B, 444E, 501, 502
CLAS 401, 421, 422, 520, 530
CMN 444, 456
+ECN 410, 444
ENGL 403, 444D, 444E, 444G, 444J, 444K, 444M 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 520, 521, 533, 535, 550, 555, 575
GERM 521, 524
HUMA 401, +411, +412, 444, 444A, 444B, 444C, 500, 510D, 511D, 512D, 513D, 514D, 515D, +519
ITAL 521, 522, 657F2, 681B, 682B
LLC , 444C, 444E, 444F, 551, 552
PHIL 401, 430, 436, 437, 444A, 525, 565
POLT 401, 444A, 524
SPAN 651, 652, 653, 654
CMN 455, 457
+ECN 411, 412
ECON 401, 402, 444
EDUC 444, 444B, 520
ENGL 405, 444F
EREC 409, 411
FS 444A, 525, 545
GEOG 581, 582
KIN 444A, 444C
LING 405, 444F
POLT 402, 512, 560
+PS 407, 502, 505, 507
RMP 444, 444A, 490
SOC 400, 540
SW 444, 550, 551
WS 401, 444, 444B
World Cultures (WC)
ANTH 411, 500, 501
ARBC 503, 504
CHIN 425, 503, 504
FREN 503, 504, 525, 526, 631, 632
GEOG 401, 402, 550
GERM 503, 504, 525
GREK 503, 504, 505, 506
HIST 425, 563
HUMA 510B, 511B, 512B, 513B, 514B, 515B
ITAL 425, 503, 504
JPN 425, 503, 504
LATN 503, 504
LLC 444A, 444B
POLT 543, 550
RUSS 425, 503, 504
SPAN 503, 504, 525, 526, 631, 632
Environment, Technology, and Society (ETS)
BIOL 520, 444A, 544
CIE 402, 444
CIS 405, 411, 415
CS 401, 404, 408, 444
NR 415, 435, 444B, 502
PHIL 424, 435, 444, 447, 450
SOC 444A, 565
+ = UNHM
(DLAB) = Discovery
Requirements in this catalog apply to students who enter the University between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. (Students who entered the University at an earlier time but who wish to change to the requirements of this catalog must apply to the appropriate office for the change.) Students will be held responsible for all work required for graduation and for the scheduling of all necessary courses.
Modifications tend to occur in major programs during the period of students’ undergraduate careers. Students are expected to conform to these changes insofar as they do not represent substantive alterations in their course of study.
Note: Although the University will try to provide sufficient facilities so that students may pursue any major or curriculum for which they meet the requirements, such a privilege cannot be guaranteed, since rapidly increasing enrollment sometimes results in the overcrowding of required specialized courses. On occasion, students may remain in a crowded curriculum if they are willing to take certain courses during the summer session.
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Majors, Minors, and Options
Majors and some interdisciplinary minors are described under their various schools and colleges; other interdisciplinary and intercollege minors are described in the section on Special University Programs.
Grading and honors policies as stated in this catalog apply to all undergraduate students.
Instructors assign grades as listed below; grade points per credit are indicated in parentheses. For all undergraduate courses, grading standards established by the Academic Senate are that a C indicates competent, acceptable performance and learning; B indicates superior performance and learning; and A indicates excellent performance and learning. These standards apply to all undergraduate courses, instructors, departments, subjects, and colleges. The University reserves the right to modify grading and honors practices.
A (4.0) Excellent
A- (3.67) Intermediate grade
B+ (3.33) Intermediate grade
B (3.0) Superior
B- (2.67) Intermediate grade
C+ (2.33) Intermediate grade
C (2.0) Satisfactory, competent
C- (1.67) Intermediate grade
D+ (1.33) Intermediate grade
D (1.0) Marginal grade
D- (0.67) Intermediate grade
F (0.0) Failure, academic performance so deficient in quality as to be unacceptable for credit
AF (0.00) Administrative F (usually indicates student stopped attending without dropping the course); is included in grade-point average
CR—Credit, given in specific courses having no letter grades, designated credit/fail
P—Passing grade in a course taken under the student pass/fail grading alternative
W—Withdrawal, assigned if withdrawal is later than fifth Friday of classes (but not after midsemester); is not included in grade-point average
WP—Withdrawal, assigned if withdrawal is after mid-semester and if student is passing; is not included in grade-point average
WF—Withdrawal, assigned if withdrawal is after mid-semester and if student is failing; is included in grade-point average
AU—Audit, no credit earned
IC—Grade report notation for student's incomplete coursework
IA—Indicates "incomplete" in a thesis or continuing course of more than one semester; the grade earned will replace "IA" assigned in previous semesters
IX—Grade not reported by instructor
Students earning a semester or cumulative grade-point average less than 2.00 are placed on "academic warning."
While earning a bachelor's degree, students may choose the pass/fail grading alternative for a maximum of 4 credits per semester up to a total of 16 credits toward the degree.
Pass/fail cannot be used for Discovery requirements, for writing-intensive courses, for courses required by a student’s major or second major, for option or minor requirements, for ENGL 401, or for repeated courses. In addition, B.A., B.F.A., and B.M. degree candidates may not use pass/fail for courses taken to meet the foreign language requirement, and no Whittemore School course may be taken on a pass/fail basis by a student majoring in administration, economics, or hospitality management.
The minimum passing grade for credit is a D- (0.67); any grade below this minimum is a fail. All grades will be recorded on the grade roster as A, B, C, D, F, or intermediate grades. The pass/fail marks will be placed on students’ transcripts and grade reports by the Registrar’s Office. The course will not be included in the grade-point calculation, but the pass or fail will be recorded, and in the case of a pass, the course credits will be counted toward degree requirements. Associate in Arts students, see the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.
An undergraduate degree student, after completion of at least 12 graded credits in University of New Hampshire courses, is designated as an honor student for a given semester if the student has (a) completed at least 12 graded credits for that semester and earned at least a 3.50 semester grade-point average; or (b) earned at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average and at least a 3.50 semester grade-point average regardless of the number of graded credits that semester.
Beginning in the fall of 2012, these categories are used: 3.50 to 3.64 (honors); 3.65 to 3.84 (high honors); and 3.85 to 4.00 (highest honors).
Bachelor's degree candidates who have earned honors for their entire work at the University will be graduated with honors based on the final cumulative grade-point average, provided that a minimum of 64 graded credits have been completed in University of New Hampshire courses. The Latin equivalent of the honors classification will appear on the student's academic record and diploma. The student's honors classification will be noted in the commencement program.
Students graduating in academic years 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 will be graduated with honors according to the following categories: 3.20 to 3.49 (honors); 3.50 to 3.69 (high honors); and 3.70 to 4.00 (highest honors). Students graduating in academic year 2015-2016 and subsequent years will be graduated with honors according to the following categories: 3.50 to 3.64 (honors); 3.65 to 3.84 (high honors); and 3.85 to 4.00 (highest honors).
UNH Credit Hour Policy
The University of New Hampshire is in compliance with the federal definition of credit hour. For each credit hour, the university requires, at a minimum, the equivalent of three hours of student academic work each week. Academic work includes, but is not limited to, direct faculty instruction, e-learning, recitation, laboratory work, studio work, field work, performance, internships, and practica. Additional academic activities include, but are not limited to, readings, reflections, essays, reports, inquiry, problem solving, rehearsal, collaborations, theses, and electronic interactions. Student work reflects intended learning outcomes and is verified through evidence of student achievement.
Academic honesty is a core value at the University of New Hampshire. The members of its academic community both require and expect one another to conduct themselves with integrity. This means that each member will adhere to the principles and rules of the University and pursue academic work in a straightforward and truthful manner, free from deception or fraud. The academic policy can be found in the annual publication Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities.