Course Descriptions

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The University of New Hampshire is in compliance with the federal definition of a credit hour. For each credit hour, the university requires, at minimum, the equivalent of three hours of student academic work each week. Academic work includes, but is not limited to, direct faculty instruction, e-learning, recitation, laboratory work, studio work, field work, performance, internships and practica. Additional academic activities include, but are not limited to, readings, reflections, essays, reports, inquiry, problem solving, rehearsal, collaborations, theses, and electronic interactions. Student work reflects intended learning outcomes and is verified through evidence of student achievement.

The number of credits listed is the number of semester credits each course number will count toward graduation (except in the case of variable credit courses). Students must register for the number of credits shown or, if the course is variable credit, within the range of credits shown.

"Cr/F" following the course description indicates that no letter grade is given but that the course is graded Credit or Fail.

Course Offerings

The pound sign "#" denotes any course which has not been offered in the past three academic years.

For up-to-date information about when a course is offered; who teaches the course; the number of recitations, lectures, labs, and such, students are referred to each semester's Time and Room Schedule.


In courses that are not designated by title as laboratory courses, the notation "Lab" in the course description indicates that laboratory sessions are a part of the course. For example, CHEM 403 General Chemistry I.

Numeric System

The University of New Hampshire's system of numeric designation is as follows:

  • 200–299 Courses in Thompson School of Applied Science.
  • 300–399 Associate in arts /associate in science courses. Courses may be taken for credit only by associate's degree or nondegree students. Credits may not be applied to baccalaureate degrees.
  • 400–499 Introductory courses generally not carrying prerequisites and courses generally falling within University and college requirements.
  • 500–599 Intermediate-level courses for undergraduate credit only.
  • 600–699 Advanced-level undergraduate courses. Entrance to courses numbered 600 and above normally requires junior standing.
  • 700–799 Advanced-level undergraduate courses. Ordinarily not open to freshmen and sophomores.
  • 800–999 Courses that carry graduate credit only and therefore are open only to admitted or special graduate students.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Prerequisites are courses that must be taken before another course. For example, CMN 456 Propaganda and Persuasion is a prerequisite of CMN 505 Analysis of Popular Culture. Each prerequisite for a course is separated from the other prerequisites by a semicolon; e.g., Prereq: CMN 455; CMN 456.

Corequisites are courses that must be taken in the same semester. For example, BMCB 658 General Biochemistry and BMCB 659 General Biochemistry Lab are corequisites.