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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Thompson School of Applied Science


Executive Director: Regina A. Smick-Attisano


The Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS), established in 1895, is an academic unit of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) offering the associate in applied science degree in seven program areas. Curricula comprise a balance of professional, science-related, and general education courses that prepare students to meet the specific demands of a technical or applied profession, continuing education, and the general demands of life.

Imagine a classroom where you will learn—where you will work. The Thompson School of Applied Science offers dedicated professional faculty who deliver a career-relevant education for students who want an associate degree; students who value a college education that combines hands-on experiences and academic knowledge in a small learning environment within the campus of the University of New Hampshire. 

Thompson School faculty and staff are committed to educate, train, and retain students to be entrepreneurs, to be solid in their knowledge, to be competent in acquired skills and to be aware of the communities they impact. This is accomplished through the development of mentorships with faculty and advisers, business and industry partnerships, unique programs of study with relevant facilities, and excellent job placement.  

Thompson School of Applied Science Overview

Faculty members at the Thompson School 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 teaching; and a commitment to practical, science-based education. They work closely with students, providing academic advising, career counseling, and special assistance, even outside the classroom, when needed.

Located at the western entrance to campus, the Thompson School's classrooms, laboratories, and working enterprises are designed for career-related experiences.

Barton Hall contains an animal science lab, a food preparation lab, a state-of-the-art grooming facility, a veterinary technology clinical lab, several classrooms (two of which are high-tech learning labs), faculty offices, and a student lounge.

Cole Hall includes a 150-seat lecture auditorium, a commercial kitchen and restaurant, a student study and lounge area, a computer laboratory (which serves as a GIS lab), classrooms, and administrative offices.

Putnam Hall houses two multipurpose geospatial computer labs used for courses in geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD), and building information modeling (BIM); a surveying and mapping lab; an agricultural mechanization shop (welding, engines, and building science); forestry and multiuse classrooms; staff and faculty offices.

More detailed information on our various program areas and concentrations follow.


Associate in Applied Science

To graduate with an associate in applied science degree, a student must complete specified coursework in general education, technical concentration, and general electives (see the following section), with an overall grade-point average of no less than 2.0. In addition, students must earn the minimum number of total credits required for their degree, no fewer than 64. 

General Education
In addition to curriculum-specific coursework, the associate in applied science degree includes a general education component designed to educate and to enlighten students about the world around them. General education courses develop each student's ability to think and communicate effectively; to better understand the many social, cultural, and environmental issues and challenges of the world; to become problem solvers; and to make positive contributions to society. This is achieved through a combination of coursework in the sciences, including mathematics, arts and humanities, and the social sciences. A minimum of 20 credits are dedicated to this component of the degree. 

In this area, a student must complete:

The remaining eight to nine credits (at least two additional courses) of the minimum 20 needed to fulfill the general education component of the associate in applied science degree must be taken from two of the three named areas. A maximum of eight credits may be double counted as a required course within the student's program area. 

Specific Requirements for General Education for the Associate of Applied Science Degree at the Thompson School:

Arts & Humanities, including communication
COM 209    4 credits

Social Sciences
SSCI 20X    4 credits

Science, including math and technology
Math 202, Math 203, or higher    3 credits

Technical Concentration
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 following Programs 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 courses offered by the Thompson School or from other selected University undergraduate courses with adviser and administrative approval.