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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

Thompson School of Applied Science


Director: Regina A. Smick-Attisano
Assistant Director: Deborah Pack (TSAS Admissions) , Cynthia Giguère


The Thompson School of Applied Science, established in 1895, is a division of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture offering the associate in applied science degree and 14 program specializations. 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.


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 experience under realistic conditions.

Barton Hall contains an animal science lab, a food preparation lab, a state-of-the-art grooming facility, several classrooms, faculty offices, and a student lounge.

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

Putnam Hall houses an architecture laboratory, a surveying and mapping laboratory, a Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory, a computer-aided design (CAD) laboratory, an agricultural mechanization shop (welding, engines), forestry and multi-use classrooms, and staff and faculty offices.

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


Associate in Applied Science

To graduate with an associate in applied science degree, a student must complete specified coursework in general education, technical specialization, 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 each specialization, no fewer than 64. 

General Education
These are courses designed for personal and professional development with special emphasis on the ability to think critically, to communicate effectively, to understand computer technology, and to process quantitative data. In addition, they serve to acquaint the student with some of the major modes of thought necessary to understand oneself, others, society, and the environment.

In this area a student must complete:

Technical Specialization
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.