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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

General Information

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At the University of New Hampshire, getting involved is a big part of campus life. Inside the classroom and beyond, UNH students bring energy and passion to everything they do.


The University offers students a variety of housing options, from small halls of approximately 100 students to medium halls and large halls (ranging from 400 to 600 students). Our newest residence halls offer suite-style living for groups ranging in size from four to eight students. Upperclass undergraduates may also choose to live in one of the two on-campus apartment complexes: The Gables and Woodside. These apartment complexes are designed to meet the more independent and self-reliant lifestyles of upperclass students. Theme-based housing is offered in many buildings on campus as are Residential Learning Communities where first-year students live and take a specific class together. The themed communities include Fairchild Hall where the focus is on international and intercultural activities and Engelhardt Hall, which houses the Alcohol and Drug Free Community theme for students who have chosen not to use alcohol or any chemical substances.

The Department of Housing and the Residential Life Office are committed to providing living environments that maintain high standards of health and safety. Full-time professional directors manage the residence halls and apartments and work with a student staff to offer special programs and enforce hall and community standards.

Undergraduate housing is available to all full-time baccalaureate degree candidates and associate in applied science degree candidates. Offers of housing to associate in arts degree and non-degree students are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students are not required to live on campus.

Offers for on-campus housing are sent to all accepted new freshmen. Transfer and readmitted students may apply for housing via the housing wait list. Offers will be made on a space-available basis. Application information and materials are available at the Department of Housing located at 10 Academic Way and on the department’s website at
For more information, please contact the Department of Housing at (603) 862-2120 or visit the department’s website at



UNH Dining is committed to exceeding the expectations of our guests, and we take pride in maintaining our position as a leader in the food service industry. The freshest ingredients, flexible menus, a variety of meal plans, and exciting special events have earned us more than 20 awards from the National Association of College and University Food Services. 

Flexible meal plans give students the option of eating at one of any of three dining halls or using Dining Dollars, Cat’s Cache, cash, or credit at one of eight retail locations around campus. Our three dining halls serve all-you-care-to-eat meals in comfortable surroundings. Menu choices reflect today's dining trends, including healthy, made-to-order items as well as traditional favorites such as pizza, burgers, and stir-fry; vegan and vegetarian options; a well-stocked deli; and tremendous salad bars. Fruits, fresh-baked breads, desserts, and many other selections also are available. We also have comprehensive gluten and allergen-friendly programs.

Students who have special dietary needs or concerns can meet with our registered dietitian and executive chef. Parents can purchase goodie packages and personalized birthday cakes though UNH Dining to send to students.

UNH Dining is committed to the sustainability mission of the University. We strive to source as much local and regional foods as possible. In 2011, we sourced 23 percent of our products locally and regionally, defined as within 250 miles of the UNH campus. We have invested in energy-efficient equipment and fixtures, composted 25 tons of food waste last year alone, and operate a sustainably themed restaurant, The UNH Dairy Bar. We are also a key player in the Healthy UNH initiative, striving to make UNH the healthiest campus in the nation by 2020. We have eliminated virtually all trans-fats, introduced all-natural and organic foods, are actively reducing sodium in our offerings, and have implemented the Guiding Stars nutritional navigation system.

Memorial Union Building

The Memorial Union Building (MUB) is the University’s community center and is the official war memorial of the state of New Hampshire. The MUB provides opportunities for student involvement and offers space for programs, meetings, and study, as well as for major public events, movies, and other entertainment. Students, faculty, and staff serve on the Memorial Union Board of Governors and work with the director to set policies and establish the budget for the building’s operation. The original building was a gift from UNH alumni and first opened its doors in 1957. Currently, the MUB has complete wireless capabilities in all public spaces and meeting rooms.

Headquartered in the MUB are the Information Center; Office of Multicultural Student Affairs; two movie theaters; the UNH Bookstore; the Ticket Office; specific lounge/study space for nontraditional, veteran, commuter, and graduate students; and Granite Square Station & Shipping, which provides mail boxes and package shipping services. Information Technology provides a computer cluster. The UNH Computer Store is located on the second floor. The Games Room is equipped with pool tables, ping pong tables, and several electronic gaming stations. The Entertainment Center and Wildcat Den provide a comfortable atmosphere for relaxing with live acoustical performances as well as socializing and study space. The Union Court offers expanded dining options. The Student Senate Office, Graduate Student Senate, WUNH-radio, The New Hampshire (the student newspaper), and more than 75 other student organizations also have office space in the MUB.

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (MUB 114 ) currently serves as the hub for student involvement at the University of New Hampshire and is home to  Greek Life, Commuter Student Services, Student Organization Services, the Student Activity Fee Office, and the Leadership Certificate Program. Whether a student is interested in joining a student organization or starting a new one, participating in one of many leadership development programs, or simply learning about campus resources—this is the place! Student and professional staff members oversee the University recognition process for all student organizations and are available for advising or training on topics related to organizational development and program planning. 

Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services strives to connect the student population who does not live in University housing and are non-traditional to campus. Programs, such as Good Morning Commuters and the Commuter Connection listserv, bring information to students about campus happenings, events, and activities. Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services also helps students understand the ins and outs of moving off campus by providing educational sessions and apartment/services fairs.

Recognized student organizations and University departments are encouraged to use rooms in the MUB. Reservations can be arranged via the scheduling website, calling MUB Scheduling at (603) 862-1526, or stopping in the Office of the Memorial Union to fill out a form. For a complete listing of Memorial Union programs, services, and events, call the Information Center at (603) 862-2600 or visit the MUB web site at

Cultural Events

Students at the University can participate in a rich cultural life. Numerous lectures, films, concerts, exhibitions, meet-the-artist receptions, master classes, dance performances, and theatrical productions are offered throughout the year. The UNH Celebrity Series; the Museum of Art; and the Departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Art and Art History bring artists of international stature to campus.

The fine and performing arts are an integral part of undergraduate education. Programs are frequently incorporated into coursework. For further information, contact the departments and organizations listed below:

Paul Creative Arts Center,

Department of Art and Art History, (603) 862-2190,

Department of Music, (603) 862-2404,

Department of Theatre and Dance, (603) 862-2919,

The Museum of Art, (603) 862-3712,

UNH Celebrity Series, (603) 862-3242,

Traditional Jazz Series, (603) 862-2404,

Paul Creative Arts Center Ticket Office, (603) 862-7222,

Memorial Union Ticket Office, (603) 862-2290,

Of course, check the University calendar as well:

Campus Recreation

Many opportunities for recreational and leisure activities, regardless of a student's skill or ability, are offered through the Department of Campus Recreation. The Hamel Student Recreation Center is available to all full-time matriculating students and recreation pass holders, seven days a week (excluding UNH holidays and shutdowns). The center offers participants two multipurpose courts, a group exercise studio, club/martial art studio, a 6000 square foot fitness center with more than 100 exercise stations (some with TV monitors), a cardio-theater area including five TVs, three basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor track, a bouldering wall, a lounge, a classroom, locker rooms, towel and lock service at the equipment room, and saunas.

The Department of Campus Recreation offers a variety of activities designed to make it easier to reach personal fitness goals and have fun. Participants may take part in one of the many group exercise classes, such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, or cardio kickboxing. Personal training is also available. Noncredit courses are also offered, including CPR and First Aid. In addition to indoor activities, dozens of outdoor adventure trips are available throughout the year.

The intramural sports program consists of 25 different sports and activities offered to co-rec, men's and women's teams. Intramural sports are organized, competitive leagues and tournaments officiated by trained student staff. Intramural sports are a fun way to play your favorite sport with some friends or to try a new sport.

Joining a sport club team is another opportunity to get involved in a specific activity. Some of the 30 sport clubs focus on competition either on an intercollegiate basis with New England teams or sponsor University tournaments. Other sport clubs meet on a casual “come when you can” basis. The wide variety of sport clubs are available to meet every interest or skill level. 

Campus Recreation's aquatics program oversees the Swazey indoor pool (located in the Field House) and the UNH outdoor pool. The indoor pool is an 8-lane by 25-yard facility with one- and three-meter diving boards. Offerings include many open swim hours, water group exercise classes, American Red Cross courses, swim lessons, masters swimming, and many other programs/events/rentals. 

The UNH outdoor pool, located beside the recreation center, is operated seasonally and hosts several special events throughout the summer. Offerings include private and group swim lessons, masters swimming, birthday party rentals, and other special events. 

In addition to the Recreation Center, the Department of Campus Recreation manages the Whittemore Center Arena. Open skating for students, faculty, and staff is available, as well as opportunities for sport clubs and intramurals for practice and competition.

Campus Recreation manages a large outdoor recreation facility on Mendum’s Pond in Barrington, N.H., with its own sailing and canoe center, runs a children’s camp (Camp Wildcat) in the summer, and supports the crew boat house. 

Looking for a job? One of the largest student employers on campus, the Department of Campus Recreation provides opportunities for more than 300 student employees in a variety of positions. 

For further information call (603) 862-2031 or visit