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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

General Information

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What makes the University of New Hampshire (UNH) an outstanding institution? Every day, brilliant, dedicated, inventive, hard-working people come together to teach, learn, and discover, always with an entrepreneurial spirit that has made many of our academic and research programs world-class. They are motivated by passion, by a spirit of inquiry, and by a desire to make a difference in the world.

What makes UNH the "best of both worlds" for undergraduate education? We offer students the living and learning environment of a small New England liberal arts college with the breadth, spirit of discovery, and civic commitment of a land-, sea-, and space-grant research university. This is rare among American institutions of higher education, and students and faculty will tell you it is our greatest asset.


UNH welcomes campus visitors. Campus tours are led by student admissions representatives who provide a general overview of academic programs and campus life opportunities. Professional staff members are available to provide information about the criteria used by the Admissions Committee in reviewing candidates and to address specific concerns. For further information or to schedule a campus and/or group information session, visit the Admissions Web site at Registration is required.


Financial Aid

The University Financial Aid Office assists students who are unable to meet educational expenses entirely from their own family resources. Aid is available in the form of grants and scholarships, loans, and part-time employment. The financial aid brochure gives program information, application procedures, and deadlines.

In many communities, scholarships and loans are available locally. School principals and guidance counselors have information about these sources of assistance, which are available to both high school seniors and adult students.

Before applicants may be considered for assistance by the University, they must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants may obtain the FAFSA from local high schools or from the UNH Financial Aid Office.

The financial aid application deadline for aid awarded by the University is March 1. This is the date by which your fully completed FAFSA must be received by the federal processor.

The importance of meeting this deadline cannot be overstated. While there are some types of aid (e.g., Pell Grants and Stafford Loans) for which you may apply after this deadline, it is likely that you will receive substantially less total aid if your application is late. For the past several years, applicants applying after the deadline did not receive any aid awarded by UNH (SEOG, tuition grant, Perkins Loan, or work study).

It is the University’s position that the student applicant is accountable for the accuracy and timely submission of the FAFSA. We realize that in most cases a student’s parent(s) also participates in completing the form. However, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for monitoring the application process. Students should not wait until being admitted to the University before applying for financial aid.
Note: There is reference on the FAFSA to a “deadline” of May 1. Do not be misled by this date. It is not the financial aid deadline at UNH or most other colleges.

Computing and Information Services (CIS)

Computer access. All students have access to networked computing resources on campus. UNH has five student computing clusters that offer more than 225 computer systems running Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Linux, as well as scanners and high-speed color laser printers. All clusters are completely networked, offer a suite of productivity and design software, provide access to the World Wide Web and other Internet resources, and give students personal network storage for documents. The clusters are staffed by student consultants who assist with questions or problems. Two locations are available 24 hours a day. For information and cluster hours, visit

Training. Each semester, courses are offered on a variety of topics. Register for a course via the Web at For more information, call (603) 862-4242.

Computer Purchase and Repair. Students may purchase their own computers at the UNH Computer Store (, which sells Apple and Dell computers; Apple, Epson, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard printers; and a variety of supplies, peripherals, and software at educational pricing to members of the UNH academic community. Warranty service and computer maintenance and repair are provided through the Computer Service Center ( The UNH Computer Store and the Computer Service Center are co-located at the MUB, Level 2, East, across from the student mailboxes.

CIS Help Desk and Dispatch Center. As a unit of Help Desk Professional Services, the CIS Help Desk and Dispatch Center provides UNH and USNH faculty, students, and staff with a centralized contact point for computer-related questions and concerns. Telephone consulting to address inquiries on various computer applications is available at (603) 862-4242. Inquiries may also be made online at Supported products include Macintosh- and Windows-compatible software, communication and network products, Internet utilities, central computer applications, and USNH central administrative software applications. For a list of CIS-supported products, go to The Help Desk and Dispatch Center also provides central UNH computer-user accounts administration and support as well as UNH network connection problem assistance.

Dimond Academic Commons IT Support Center. The IT Support Center (ITSC) is one component of the Dimond Academic Commons (DAC) located on Level 3 (Main Level), Dimond Library. DAC provides "one-stop shopping" for students to get help with their academic work, including using library resources, and consulting help with computer, communications, and phone questions. Faculty and staff can also get assistance with research and information technology issues.

The DAC ITSC has friendly staff to help you:

* Clean viruses and spyware from your laptop
* Learn how to stay virus- and spyware-free
* Get connected–including wireless
* Use Blackboard
* Use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
* Repair damaged files
* Drop off exam-scan test sheets and surveys
* Fix computer account problems and reset passwords
* Scan documents and images
* Set up your laptop to print to the library printers
* Access UNH telephone customer service

For more information about the Dimond Academic Commons go to

ResNet. UNH’s Residential Network provides a high speed network connection, as well as anti-virus and spyware educational programs, for each student living in the residence halls and undergraduate apartments on campus. There are no monthly fees or time limits for using ResNet. There are minimum standards for hardware and software. For information, visit the ResNet Web site at or visit the Dimond Academic Commons IT Support Center on Level 3, Dimond Library.

UNHINFO. UNH’s main Web server functions as the starting search point to find any on-line University information regarding events, jobs, courses, directories, departments, and much more. UNHINFO is accessible to computers with a network connection, including the student computing clusters, dorms, and Internet service providers, at

Walk-In Services. CIS Telecommunications and Client Services coordinates Walk-In Services, located at MUB 109. Walk-In Services offers kiosks for e-mail access, Web browsing, and CIS Knowledge Base searches. Staff is available to discuss UNH computing and voice communication-related issues, including central system account distribution, voice mail and account password resets, virus scanning services, wireless connectivity, file conversion, and disk/file repair and recovery. Walk-In Services also distributes CD Loaner Kits containing the latest anti-virus software and UNH network software programs.

Campus Life

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.

Programs and Services for Students

From international education to residential life, academic advising to internships and writing, the University offers programs and services to help every student get the most out of their college experience.

Health Services

The University has a state-licensed and nationally-accredited ( health and wellness program.

Fees and Expenses*

*All charges quoted in this section reflect 2007-2008 rates.

The cost for 2007-2008 at the University averages about $22,000 for residents of New Hampshire and about $35,000 for nonresidents. See the following chart for a breakdown of these costs.

UNH bills are sent electronically only. Bills are posted to student MyUNH ( accounts. Students are notified through UNH assigned e-mail addresses when new bills are posted.