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.
- 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 Organic Dairy, UNH's equine facilities, and the Thompson School Grooming Shop. Our small animal care program partners with the New Hampshire SPCA (Stratham, N.H.) and Cocheco Valley Humane Society (Dover, N.H.).
- 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. Students may also pursue restaurant management as a concentration within Applied Business Management. Restaurant management focuses on business courses with a few culinary arts and nutrition classes included within the curriculum. 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 experiential classroom experiences available to them, including materials testing, residential wiring, field surveying, high-precision and mapping-grade GPS, laser scanning, welding, and many others. Unique to civil technology are two exclusive state-of-the-art computer labs with 24/7 access. These labs feature the most up-to-date software for computer aided design (CAD), geographic information systems (GIS), building information modeling, 3D architectural design (BIM/Revit), project management, civil design, surveying and mapping, and point-cloud modeling.
- 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 also are 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. The program received its initial accreditation from the ACFEF in January 2015.
- Dietetic technology students utilize skills gained in the classroom by applying them in local hospitals and long-term care facilities and in community programs such as UNH Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connections and NH Food Bank Cooking Matters. Students complete a minimum of 450 practice hours under the supervision of preceptors who have expertise in their fields; they mentor students as they provide patient care as part of a hospital's nutrition care team, teach nutrition and healthy cooking classes in community programs, and design and prepare healthy recipes for our on-site restaurant.
- 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 and techniques critical to the future ecological and economic health and management of the natural resources of the state and region. Students are expected to enhance class work with an extensive work experience requirement.
- 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), and 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.
- Students can customize their own agricultural course of study in the integrated agriculture management program. Possibilities for study include: sustainable agriculture, organic production, local foods, farmers markets, slow food, community-supported agriculture, business, and nutrition, as well as soil, water, and forest conservation. As a cross-curricular program, integrated agriculture management shares extensive facilities with several UNH programs. These include greenhouse and hoop-house complexes, pasture and crop lands, multiple-use demonstration forest lands, "forever wild" College Woods, two dairies (one organic), equine and small animal facilities, a state-of-the-art sawmill, a large-scale composting operation, computer labs for GIS and CAD, the campus landscape plant collections, and horticultural research farms for fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Most of these facilities are on campus or within walking or campus shuttle distance.
- Veterinary technology students have the unique opportunity to work with both small and large animals at UNH and have access to professional facilities both on and off campus. On-campus facilities include the Thomas P. Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, UNH's Organic Dairy, UNH's equine facilities, and the Thompson School Grooming Shop. We also partner with the New Hampshire SPCA (Stratham, N.H.) and Cocheco Valley Humane Society (Dover, N.H.). The program received its initial accreditation from the AVMA in February 2014. Students will be well prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to become a credentialed veterinary technician.