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.
The Thompson School has 9 degree programs, 12 concentrations and 4 diploma programs. More detailed information on our various program areas and concentrations follow:
- Whether the concentration is dairy, equine, or small animals, students in Applied Animal Science utilize professional facilities both on and off campus. On-campus facilities include the Thomas P. Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, UNH's equine facilities, and the Thompson School Grooming Shop. Our small animal care program partners with the New Hampshire SPCA
- Applied Business Management students enjoy the combination of academic and industry-based education and training in all aspects of managing and/or owning small- to medium-sized businesses and organizations. The N.H. Seacoast Area business community serves as our working laboratory for students who observe operations, conduct interviews, and perform a wide variety of business analyses with local merchants, entrepreneurs, and other community leaders.
- Civil Technology students have a variety of classroom experiences, ranging from an in-lab materials testing facility to two Civil Technology computer facilities with 24-hour, 7-day access that features the latest software for surveying and mapping, and architectural and computer-aided design. GPS (Global Positioning System) software also is available. The Civil Technology suite of spaces provides ready access to learning and development.
- Students majoring in Community Leadership gain enriching experiences working with organizations such as Families First, the N.H. Housing Partnership, the Red Cross, New Hampshire Public Television, and on-campus groups. Students are involved with creating, operating, and evaluating these service-learning activities.
- Culinary Arts students are engaged in a carefully designed curriculum combining theory with more than 700 hours of practical application of culinary techniques in modern production kitchens located on UNH's campus. Students are also required to complete a summer work experience of a minimum of 400 hours at a pre-approved establishment between their first and second years of study.
- Dietetic Technician students complete course work in food and nutritional sciences and general education. Students apply what they learn outside the classroom, making a positive impact on the lives of others through 450 hours of supervised practice, which includes activities such as working as part of a health care team to provide nutrition services to hospitalized patients, providing nutrition activities to preschool children at Headstart, or teaching food insecure individuals in Operation Frontline classes how to eat well on a limited budget.
- Forest Technology students integrate all aspects of forest management as they complete projects on more than 3,000 acres of University land. Using the school's sawmill and harvesting equipment, they contribute to the sustainable management of UNH lands. In the classroom and the forest they develop skills (including GIS and GPS) and techniques in boundary surveying, mapping, forest inventory, forest planning, reforestation, and forest land protection.
- Horticultural Technology students have the use of the Thompson School horticultural facilities (glass and poly covered greenhouses used for propagation and cultivation of a wide selection of ornamental plant material), refrigerated compartments, display gardens (public and private), the campus arboretum as well as a wide variety of landscaping tools and equipment. Students design, install and maintain landscaping components on the grounds of the University and with local organizations and homeowners in surrounding communities.
- Restaurant Management students receive a balance of management theory and practical experience. Operation of on-campus restaurants, special events, and functions offer students hands-on opportunities to gain confidence and experience. Students are also required to complete a summer work experience of a minimum of 400 hours at a pre-approved establishment between their first and second years of study.