05 Academic Requirements
05.11(fs) Minimum acceptable level.
A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 is the minimum acceptable level for undergraduate work in the University and for graduation from the University. The Academic Standards and Advising Committee examines the records of students periodically and may warn academically deficient or potentially deficient students, or may exclude, suspend, or dismiss those who are academically deficient. (See 05.51, 05.52, 05.53.)
05.2 General Course Requirements
05.21 For students who are admitted as baccalaureate degree candidates.4 In addition to the particular requirements for specific degrees, all candidates for a bachelor’s degree must obtain a passing grade in a minimum of 128 credits in courses numbered 400-799, must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 for all courses taken at the University in which a grade is given, and must successfully meet, the following General Education or Discovery Program requirements. (Discovery Program requirements apply to students admitted as first-year students in Fall, 2010, Spring, 2011 and to all students admitted for Fall, 2011 and after.)
General Education Requirements
- One course in writing skills (must be taken during a student’s first year);
- One course in quantitative reasoning (must be taken during a student’s first year);
- Three courses in biological science, physical science, or technology, with no more than two courses in any one area;
- One course in historical perspectives;
- One course in foreign culture;
- One course in fine arts;
- One course in social science;
- One course in works of philosophy, literature, and ideas.
These required courses shall not be waived on the basis of special examinations or placement tests and cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. No single course may be counted in more than one general education category. Academic departments may or may not permit general education courses to count toward requirements for a major. Students should check with their major advisor to determine whether a course can be counted toward the major and should obtain written confirmation from the advisor if approved.
Discovery Program Requirements
Discovery Foundation Skills
Inquiry course INQ. This course may fulfill a Discovery category and/or a departmental requirement. It should be taken during a student’s first or second year or prior to completion of 57 credits. All students transferring AY 2011 are under Discovery Requirements. For students who transfer in with 58 or more credits, the INQ requirement is waived automatically.
One course in writing skills WS. Most students will satisfy the first-year writing requirement with English 401. This course should be taken during a student’s first year or prior to completion of 32 credits.
One course in quantitative reasoning QR. This course is normally completed by the end of the first year or 32 credits.
Discovery in the Disciplines
Students must take one course from each Discovery category at the 400 - 600 levels. Inquiry courses that carry Discovery category designations may be used to satisfy this requirement.
- One course in Biological Science (BS); *
- One course in Physical Science (PS);*
- One course in Environment, Technology, and Society (ETS);
- One course in Fine and Performing Arts (FPA);
- One course in Historical Perspectives (HP);
- One course in Humanities (HUMA);
- One course in Social Science (SS);
- One course in World Cultures (WC) (also may be satisfied by approved study abroad programs).
* One of these courses must have a lab component. (DLab)
Discovery and Integrative Understanding
One senior capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning. Departments may allow honors theses, mentored research projects, and other special student activities to substitute for designated department capstones.
The University Dialogue, focusing on grand challenges we face as a society, is an opportunity to engage in the intellectual life of the University. Each year, the University engages a different theme, presented through experiences in and outside the classroom. It is not a course and does not require registration—it is an enriching experience.
Discovery Program requirements shall not be waived on the basis of special examinations or placement tests, except for the College Board Advanced Placement tests and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.
The required courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. No single course may be counted in more than one Discovery discipline category. Academic departments may or may not permit Discovery courses to count toward requirements for a major. All Discovery courses carry 3-4 credits.
In addition, all students admitted (whether first-time admits or transfers) beginning September 2000, will be required to complete four “writing-intensive” courses. The four courses must include English 401 (Freshman Composition) and three additional “writing-intensive” courses, one of which must be in the student’s major, and one of which must be at the 600-level or above.
05.211(fs) Major department. “Major department” as used in the specifications of University General Education Requirements will be understood to mean the student’s declared major.
05.212(fs) Minors. Students may earn a minor in any undergraduate discipline designated by the University. A minor typically consists of 20 credits with C- or better and a 2.00 grade-point average in courses that the minor department approves. Courses taken on the pass/fail basis may not be used for a minor. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for a minor. There is no limit on the number of overlapping credits allowed between minors.
05.22 (fs) Privileges of an auditor. An auditor may, with the consent of the instructor, take examinations but shall receive no academic credit. (See 03.13.)
05.23(fs) Examinations. Examinations at the end of each semester may be given in any course, but all such examinations must be scheduled and given at the time they are scheduled with the following exceptions: Practical examinations covering laboratory work may be given during the last five days of classes preceding the examination period. In courses of a modular nature with several instructors, the instructor of the final module may schedule a final examination during the last week of classes if approval is first obtained from the college dean. These exceptions apart, no announced oral or written test may be given during the last five days of classes preceding the examination period. If a student is scheduled for more than two final exams in one day and chooses to take only two final exams on that day, the middle exam will be rescheduled. The instructor, in consultation with the student, will schedule a makeup exam.
05.24(fs) Prerequisites. Courses that have other courses as prerequisites must be so described in the University catalog. Chairpersons of departments, with the approval of the dean of the college concerned, will determine such courses, but if more than one college is affected, approval of the Academic Senate must be secured. (See 03.141(fs).)
05.25(fs) Credit by examination. In exceptional cases only, permission to gain credit by examination may be granted to a matriculated student who by study, training, or experience outside the University has acquired skill or knowledge equivalent to that acquired by the undergraduate in a college course, such examination to be on the material covered by the course.
05.26(fs) Advanced credit. Students entering the University who demonstrate to the Office of Admissions, the department concerned, and the college faculty5 satisfactory achievement on approved placement examinations will be granted course credit.
05.31(fs) Waiver of requirements in a prescribed curriculum. The requirement of a given course in any prescribed curriculum may be waived by the faculty of the student’s college.6 The student’s petition must be approved by his or her major adviser and the dean of his or her college. Waiver of requirements in the Discovery Program. Students may petition the Discovery Committee in order to waive or replace a requirement. The student’s petition must be approved by his or her major advisor and the dean of his or her college.
05.32(fs) Transfer credit. A course passed with a C grade or better at another regionally accredited institution may be accepted for credit with the approval of the department concerned and the dean of the college in which the student is registered.7
Any UNH student who is ineligible for participation in a UNH-managed/UNH-approved study away program and who enrolls in a non-UNH study away program may not transfer credits earned in that program to his or her UNH degree.
Credits for a C grade or above are transferable from one institution to another within the University System (, Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State College, and the University of New Hampshire). (See 06.2 (fs).) Grades received in courses for which a student has been granted transfer credit will not appear on the UNH transcript and will not affect the student’s grade-point average.
05.33 (fs) Thompson School Courses. Baccalaureate and Associate in Arts degree candidates may take 200-level Thompson School courses for credit with the following stipulations:
- The TSAS course must be transferable to UNH at the time it is taken.8
- Grades received in 200-level courses will be recorded on the student’s transcript but will not affect or be included in the student’s GPA.
- TSAS courses may not be used for general education (1984 - 2009), writing-intensive, or foreign language requirements. Only TSAS courses that are at 400 - 600 level and Discovery approved may count for Discovery requirements. They may be used for major or minor requirements only if specifically approved on a course-by-course basis by the department granting the major or minor and when the student meets the usual minimum grade requirements of that program.
- AA/BA/BS students must earn a grade of C or better to receive credit for a Thompson School course.
05.4 Exclusion from a Course
05.41(fs) After enrollment. A student may be excluded from any course after enrollment, with or without penalty, upon recommendation of the instructor and with the approval of the dean of the college in which the student is registered, as soon as it becomes reasonably apparent that such student is unqualified to carry the course successfully.
05.5 Academic Exclusion, Suspension, Dismissal
05.51 Exclusion. Students whose academic progress is uncertain, as evidenced by a mixture of generally low grades, incomplete courses, and administrative failures, may, upon determination by the Academic Standards and Advising Committee, be excluded from further attendance until such time as their academic standing can be clarified, usually by resolution of incomplete courses. In addition, exclusion may be necessary to resolve questions concerning major departmental requirements or University academic standards. Exclusion is a temporary action and will be changed to suspension or dismissal not later than mid-semester following the exclusion action unless the student resolves the situation. If exclusion is not promptly resolved, then the student’s preregistration, registration, and University housing will be canceled.
05.52 Suspension. Students whose averages fall below the minimum required grade-point average for their class and/or who have demonstrated insufficient progress toward their degrees may be suspended. A student suspended from the University for academic reasons will not be readmitted as a degree candidate until one regular UNH academic year semester (fall or spring) has elapsed from the time of suspension. Therefore, the student will not be eligible to take courses in the regular session or in the Division of Continuing Education. In addition, a student suspended in June may not enroll in any course in the Summer Session immediately following his or her suspension. A student who has been suspended for academic reasons and who is later readmitted as a degree candidate will not be granted transfer credit for academic work taken at other institutions during the period covered by the next full semester following his or her suspension. (See 05.54)
05.53 Dismissal. A student who has been suspended once and whose average remains substantially below the minimum grade-point average for his or her class and who continues to demonstrate insufficient progress toward his or her degree must be dismissed. Only under extraordinary circumstances will a student be readmitted after having been dismissed. However, students who are dismissed may take courses as non-matriculated (special) students through the Division of Continuing Education after one regular UNH semester has elapsed. (See 05.54.)
05.54 Readmission after suspension or dismissal. A student who is suspended from the University and who wishes to apply to the Academic Standards and Advising Committee for permission to be readmitted should present reasons indicating that she or he can successfully resume college work. Suspension from the University shall be for not less than one semester. A second suspension is considered a dismissal. Only under extraordinary circumstances will a student be readmitted after having been dismissed for academic reasons. (For readmission after withdrawal for reasons of health, see 22.2.)
05.60(fs) Study Away Eligibility and Student Conduct Policy. Any student sanctioned by the University Student Conduct System for a serious violation of the University of New Hampshire Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities, including but not limited to academic dishonesty, repeated drunk and disorderly behavior, illegal drug activity, destruction or theft of property, or physical or sexual assault must satisfy the following conditions prior to consideration for participation in a UNH-managed or UNH-approved study away program:
1. The student must have satisfied all conditions and/or sanctions imposed as a result of the infraction, including probation;
2. The student must submit to the university’s Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) a statement explaining why the University can be confident that he/she will behave appropriately during the study away program and receive ASAC’s approval. (Approved April 2005)
These same conditions will apply in instances where the conduct issue has been addressed through the court system rather than through the University’s Student Conduct system.
05.61(fs) Study Away Academic Eligibility. Students enrolled in UNH baccalaureate degree programs may participate in approved study away programs provided they meet the following eligibility criteria:
1. Must have earned at least 32 credit hours, at least 12 of which must have been earned at the University of New Hampshire at the baccalaureate level;
2. Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of application to and at the time of departure for the study away program. Study Away Programs provided by UNH or approved institutions may have higher minimum GPA requirements.
3. Must have a declared major.
Transfer students, including transfer students from Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS) are not eligible to study away during the first semester of their baccalaureate program at UNH.
Students enrolled in the degree programs of the Thompson School of Applied Science may participate in approved study away programs appropriate for two-year degree candidates. TSAS students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
1. Must have earned 32 credits, at least 12 of which must have been earned at the University of New Hampshire at the associate degree level;
2. Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of application to and at the time of departure for the study away program. Study Away Programs provided by UNH or other approved institutions may have higher minimum GPA requirements.
Special consideration will be given to those students who, although below the 2.5 cumulative GPA threshold, have demonstrated promise in the previous two semesters. Those who wish to be considered for academic variance must petition for an academic variance with the support of their advisor and their Dean’s Office. Petitions for academic variance are subject to approval by the Academic Standards & Advising Committee.
(Approved December 2004)
3. Common exam times are not applicable to Thompson School courses.
4. Degree requirements for the University of New Hampshire - Manchester associate's degree are described in the UNHM Semester Bulletin.
5. This power will usually be delegated by the faculty to the dean or to a committee.
6. See Note 5.
7. A student is advised to complete a prior apporoval form, available at the Registrar’s Office, before enrolling for such a course at another institution.
8. A list of transferable courses is available in the Admissions Office and at the Registrar’s Office.
9. The University administrative requirements for a dual degree are as follows:
The option to pursue two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously enhances ad broadens the education of certain students at the undergraduate level. The program is only for those students who can adequately handle the requirements for two different degrees and who can reasonably allocate the additional time and effort needed for the program.
1. Students desiring a dual degree must petition the college dean or deans involved for permission to pursue a dual degree.
2. If the student is planning to take one degree in a highly prescribed curriculum, she or he should register as a freshman in the appropriate school or college for that curriculum.
3. It is expected that a candidate for two degrees will complete 32 credits beyond those required for the first degree.
4. It is expected that students will maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade-point average.
5. Students can earn more than one Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, provided that each degree is in a different field. Students can not earn more than one Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.
As soon as a student is accepted as a candidate for two degrees, the appropriate dean(s) will appoint supervisors for each of the proposed majors. The supervisors and the student will work out a basic course plan for the two degrees and inform the appropriate dual degree dean(s) of the plan. The supervisors will maintain joint control over the student’s academic program. The deans’ offices and the supervisors will receive copies of the grade reports and other records for students pursuing two degrees.
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