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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

Thompson School of Applied Science


Full-Time and Part-Time Programs

The associate in applied science degree at the Thompson School can be completed by pursuing either a full-time or part-time program. 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 is defined throughout this catalog.

Some students who cannot attend on a full-time, two-year schedule or who wish to spread the financial investment of a college education over a broader period, 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 can be shortened or lengthened to meet the needs of the individual student. For further information please contact the Thompson School at (603) 862-1025 or (603) 862-3115.


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

High school students who plan to enter the Thompson School after graduation will be considered on the basis of high school course selection, class rank, and high school recommendations. Emphasis is placed on the applicant’s academic achievement, personal motivation, demonstrated interest in a career field, and preparation for Thompson School programs.

All traditional-age students must submit the results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) electronically. Adult students who have been out of high school for a number of years may request that the Office of Admissions waive the SAT-I requirement.

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 will 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), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP); letters of reference; previous college study; and military record (if applicable).

A number of Thompson School specializations require satisfactory work in specific high school preparatory courses. These admission requirements are listed under each career specialization in this catalog.

How to Apply

You may submit the Common Application and the UNH Supplement to be considered for admission. To access both application forms, visit

The Common Application and UNH Supplement may be submitted from September through mid-July. 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.

Please note: Priority deadlines for those students requesting UNH residential housing are February 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. Housing assignments will be handled on a space-available basis after February 1. The UNH financial aid deadline 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 is held in the fall. To attend the open house or to arrange your visit, please contact the Thompson School at (603) 862-1025 or visit our Web site 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 specialization.

For information about scholarships, loans, and work-study, write the Financial Aid Office, Stoke Hall, 11 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824-3511, or call (603) 862-3600. A financial aid form must be on file for a student to be considered for many scholarships. (See also Financial Aid.)

The Thompson School and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (of which the Thompson School is a division) also provide scholarship opportunities for Thompson School students. Call (603) 862-1025 for a list of these possibilities or visit our Web site at

New England Regional Student Program

The Thompson School of UNH participates in the New England Regional Student Program of the New England Board of Higher Education, in 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 2008-2009. 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 or the Thompson School 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 


Community Leadership


Community Leadership


Food Service Management


Culinary Arts 


Dietetic Technician


Restaurant Management


Forest Technology


Forest Technician


Horticultural Technology


 Landscape Operations


 Ornamental Horticulture



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, environmental horticulture, animal sciences, dairy management, equine management, nutritional sciences, business administration, and hospitality management. Many other baccalaureate majors are also available. A final cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50 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.

Program Abbreviations

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

AM Agricultural Mechanization
AAS Applied Animal Science
ABM Applied Business Management
ANSC Animal and Nutritional Science
CT Civil Technology
COM TSAS Communication
CSL Community Leadership
CD Community Development
FSM Food Services Management
FORT Forest Technology
HT Horticultural Technology
MTH TSAS Mathematics
NUTR Nutrition
PBIO Plant Biology
SSCI TSAS Social Science
ZOOL Zoology