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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Thompson School of Applied Science


Full-Time and Part-Time Programs

The associate in applied science degree at the Thompson School may be completed by pursuing either a full-time or part-time program of study. 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 listed throughout this catalog.

Some students who are unable to attend on a full-time, two-year schedule or who wish to spread the financial investment of a college education over a longer period of time elect the option of part-time study. This allows students to work toward completion of the degree over an extended period, typically two calendar years to five academic years. The schedule may be shortened or lengthened to meet the needs of the individual student. For further information, please contact the Thompson School at (603) 862-1025.


The Thompson School welcomes applications from both recent high school graduates and adult students.

Admission to an associate in applied science degree program is based upon successful completion of a secondary school program of college preparatory coursework or its equivalent. Primary consideration is given to the candidate's academic record, as demonstrated by secondary school course selections and achievement, recommendation, and the results of the SAT and/or ACT exam. Consideration is also given to the applicant’s personal motivation, demonstrated interest in a career field, and leadership roles.

For most programs, candidates must, at a minimum, present a solid college preparatory program that includes at least four years of English, two years of mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and/or Algebra II), two years of science (biology with a lab, being one of them), and three years of social science. The majority of students are admitted with three years of both college-prep mathematics and science. Some programs have more specific requirements, which are included in the appropriate sections of this catalog. 

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 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), SAT or ACT, and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams; letters of reference; previous college study; and military record (if applicable). Adult students who have been out of high school for a number of years may request that the Office of Admissions waive the SAT requirement.


How to Apply

Most first-year and transfer applicants to UNH's Thompson School of Applied Science must submit the Common Application to be considered for admission. Veterans, non-traditional students, and N.H. community college transfer students have a slightly different application process.

Although UNH will accept the paper-version of the application, students are strongly encouraged to submit the application electronically through the Common Application website,, as this expedites the process (99 percent of students submit their applications electronically). These same options are available to students applying from countries other than the United States.

The electronic version of the Common Application may be submitted from September through April 1. The Early Action due date is November 15. Notice of admission to the Thompson School will normally be sent within 30 days following receipt of all required information. Housing may not be guaranteed if applicant is received after February 1. When applying from April 2 through July 15, the PDF (paper) application must be submitted. 

Please note that priority due dates for students requesting UNH residential housing are February 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Housing assignments are handled on a space-available basis. The UNH financial aid due date is March 1 for the following academic year.  

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. Interviews are recommended but not required. An open house/prospective student day is held in the fall. To attend this event or to arrange your visit, please contact the Thompson School at (603) 862-1025 or visit our website at 

Expenses, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Costs for students include tuition, fees, 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 (see Fees and Expenses), and students majoring at the Thompson School have access to the same student services. (See also Campus Life, Programs and Services for Students, and Health Services.) Required curriculum and lab fees for Thompson School programs are listed with each program area.

Information about scholarships, loans, and work-study is located at or by calling (603) 862-3600. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) MUST be processed by the Financial Aid Office by March 1 of each year for a student to be considered for several scholarships for the following academic year. (See also Financial Aid.)

The Thompson School, one of four divisions of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), informs students of scholarship opportunities, which are primarily for second-year students. 

New England Regional Student Program

The Thompson School at UNH participates in the New England Regional Student Program of the New England Board of Higher Education, through 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 75 percent. See the following table for Thompson School programs that are eligible in 2016-2017. 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 for more information.

Associate Degree Program

Available to Residents of

Applied Animal Science  

Dairy Management 


Equine Management


Small Animal Care 

Civil Technology  

Architectural Technology


Construction Management


Surveying and Mapping 

Culinary Arts and Nutrition  

Culinary Arts 

Forest Technology  

Forest Technician

Horticultural Technology  

Landscape Operations


 Ornamental Horticulture

Integrated Agriculture Management CT, ME, MA, RI, VT


Transfer Opportunities

UNH invites Thompson School graduates to continue their education at the University. Many of the associate degree programs offered by the School have baccalaureate degree counterparts. Specifically, these counterparts include civil engineering, forestry, sustainable agriculture and food systems, equine management, nutritional sciences, and hospitality management. Many other baccalaureate majors also are available. A final cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 is required for transfer to most programs; some UNH baccalaureate programs require a higher cumulative grade-point average. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree usually requires a minimum of two years of additional study at the University. Other colleges and universities, especially those within the University System of New Hampshire, also welcome graduates from the Thompson School.

Subject Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used to identify courses that are part of Thompson School of Applied Science subject areas.

AM Agricultural Mechanization
AAS Applied Animal Science
ABM Applied Business Management
ANSC Animal and Nutritional Science
CAN Culinary Arts and Nutrition
CEP Community and Environmental Planning
CT Civil Technology
COM TSAS Communication
CSL Community Leadership
CD Community Development
FORT Forest Technology
HT Horticultural Technology
IAG Integrated Agriculture Management
MTH TSAS Mathematics
NR Natural Resources
NUTR Nutrition
PBIO Plant Biology
SSCI TSAS Social Science
THDA Theatre and Dance
TSAS  Thompson School Applied Science
VTEC Veterinary Technology
ZOOL Zoology