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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

Continuing Education and Summer Session



Continuing Education provides public access to higher education for individuals not formally admitted into a UNH degree program. Taking courses as a non-degree student is an excellent way to prepare for matriculation into a degree program, help advance or change careers, or study a topic of interest.

Non-Degree Student Status

Undergraduate  Undergraduate courses (numbered 200-799) are open to individuals with a high school diploma or GED. Individuals may register for a maximum of 11 credits per term without special permission.

Graduate   Graduate courses (numbered 800-999) are open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Individuals may register for a maximum of 8 credits per term without special permission.

Full-Time Special Student Status

Undergraduate   Non-degree students who wish to register for 12 or more credits in a single semester must receive written permission from the Office of Admissions. Special tuition and fee rules apply. Call (603) 862-1360 for more information.

Graduate   Non-degree students who wish to register for 9 or more credits in a single semester must receive permission from the Graduate School. Students approved for this special status must pay full-time graduate tuition and fees at the time of registration. Call (603) 862-3000 for details.

Pre-Admission Program

The pre-admission program allows students an opportunity to strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for admission to a baccalaureate program by completing coursework that satisfies both general education and introductory level major requirements.  Students complete two semesters in the program, register for up to 12 credits per semester, and then transfer to a baccalaureate program upon successful completion of the outlined criteria.  Visit or call (603) 862-1360 for details.

CATS Program

CATS stands for “Challenging Academically Talented Students” and is open to highly motivated and academically strong high school juniors and seniors who want to enrich their academic experience with a college-level course. Students may choose from freshman level courses (400-500 numbered courses). For an application or more information, please visit or call (603) 862-1360.


Individuals are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites before registering for classes. Visit for undergraduate and graduate course descriptions and prerequisite information.

Academic Standards and Expectations

A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (C grade) is the minimum acceptable level for undergraduate work at the University. The records of special undergraduate students are examined periodically, and academically deficient students may be warned or excluded from registering. All non-degree students are expected to become familiar with and adhere to the current UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities available online at

Student Resources

Non-degree students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of resources available on campus. Visit for a complete list of student services and campus resources.

Professional Development and Training

Professional Development and Training, an affiliate office of the Graduate School, serves individuals, businesses, and organizations by offering a wide range of non-credit professional development opportunities throughout the year. Programs are designed to assist professionals in developing new or advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of fields. Training is offered in Durham, Manchester, and Portsmouth. For more information, visit or call (603) 862-4234.

Summer Session

Summer Session provides a wide range of credit and non-credit courses, institutes, and programs in a variety of term lengths from May to August. From youth enrichment programs to advanced level institutes, Summer Session provides educational opportunities for learners of all ages.  On-campus housing is available for students enrolled in summer credit courses.  Please note that summer credit courses are held to the same academic standards as regular term courses but are typically offered at an accelerated pace.  For more information, please visit or call (603) 862-2015.