College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Current Announcements

This page contains announcements which were sent to the ANSC Undergraduate Listserv on indicated dates. Please note that this does not represent ALL messages sent to the listserv, just those concerning departmental items such as courses, policies, and advising.

Announcements from previous semesters are available on the Archived Announcements page.

Fall 2017 Announcements:

10/23/17 - AREC306 requirement for management options

This is just a reminder that for students in the options that require AREC306 (Animal Care & Management and Equine Studies), we will now also be accepting INAG204 (Agricultural Business Management) as fulfilling that requirement. 

This means students now have three options available to satisfy that requirement: 

  • AREC306 (offered every fall - note that if you take this it counts as IN-major Scholarship in Practice, not out of major)

  • ANSC270 (offered fall of odd numbered years)

  • INAG204 (offered every spring)

     

10/3/17 - ANSC Advising and Registration

Registration times for fall courses will be available for viewing on your ONE.UMD portal or through Testudo beginning on October 13th. Actual registration will not begin until November 1st. Remember that registration appointments are determined by your number of credits, so seniors register first, while students with fewer credits will not register until late November or early December. When you check your appointment time, you should also look to see if there are any blocks (financial, health, etc) that would prevent you from registering, and get those cleared up. 

The registration time listed for you is just the earliest time you can register. You can register at any point after that time/date, once your advising block is cleared. Your registration time does NOT represent a meeting time with an advisor. You need to contact your advisor well in advance of your registration time to set up a meeting and have your electronic block removed. For students who are in group advising (freshmen and transfers who started here this semester), you will need to follow the instructions you receive through your ELMS group regarding your advising and signing up for an advising session (which will fulfill your advising requirement).

Now is the time to start looking at the Schedule of Classes and scheduling your advising. Remember that we have mandatory advising in this department, which means you must fulfill your advising requirement before you will be allowed to register for your next semester's courses. Students are expected to read and adhere to our published advising policies and show up to advising appointments prepared with appropriate questions to discuss with their faculty mentor. 

Answers to most commonly asked questions are available in our in-depth ANSC Advising Guide, so make sure you are checking that resource. For questions about our requirements and also help with course planning, make sure check out our Course Planning Resources page and visit our ANSC Peer Mentor!

 

9/25/17- Important Advising Changes - beginning Fall 2017

As we approach the fall advising season, please be aware that beginning this fall we are implementing a new advising structure. A summary graphic of this new advising timeline is available on our website, but these are the key changes. Please carefully read the information provided below
 
For students already in ANSC prior to Fall 2017:
All students who entered ANSC prior to Fall 2017 will meet with their faculty mentor this fall. If you have not already been assigned to a mentor, those assignments will go out within the next week. You are now only required to meet with your faculty mentor in the fall semester. You are welcome to visit with your mentor more often if you wish to do so, but you are only required to meet with them in the fall. Please consult our website for suggested topics of discussion with your faculty mentor. For spring advising, students will be required to attend one targeted advising session (there will be several topics offered) of their choice. You are welcome to attend more than one session, but you are required to attend at least one. 
 
For students entering ANSC Fall 2017 or later:
All students will spend their first two ANSC semesters in structured group advising.The focus of this advising is to help students develop the tools and knowledge they need to successfully navigate their time at UMD, as well as planning for their career after graduation. Students first complete a semester of course plan building, culminating in submission of their own unique course plan for review. Students then attend either a session on planning for applying to veterinary school, or a session on other options with an ANSC degree and how to pursue them. Students who are undecided are encouraged to attend both sessions. Following the first two semesters, students then follow the structure being implemented for current students, in that they will meet with a faculty mentor every fall and attend a targeted group advising session in the spring. 
 
ANSC Peer Mentor:
Our ANSC Peer Mentor is a current ANSC upperclassman who is available to help students with creating their course plans, questions on requirements, course recommendations, and making the most of the college experience. 
 
If you have questions about your course plan or requirements, need help putting together your course plan or senior audit, or are just looking for an experienced student perspective - please stop by and visit our peer mentor Daphne! 
 
Peer Mentor Fall 2017: ANSC Senior Daphne O'Grady
Location: ANS 1408 (Small conference room)
Hours: Mondays 3pm-5pm and Thursdays from 3pm-4pm and 5pm-6pm
Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop in any time during her posted hours!
 

9/21/17 - Change in Animal Science Options

Please be aware that as of Fall 2017, Equine Studies and Animal Biotechnology will no longer be offered as separate tracks under Animal Sciences for incoming students. If you are currently enrolled in one of these tracks - there are NO CHANGES to your program and you will finish out your degree under your current set of requirements. There is no action you need to take, and no courses under either curriculum are going away. The only difference is that students who are not currently in one of these options will no longer be able to switch into them. 
 
Students looking to change their option in Animal Sciences going forward select between Animal Care & Management and Science/PreProfessional. This change was made to give students greater flexibility in their course choices, as well as eliminating some confusion regarding which option one might be enrolled in. 

To help students guide their course planning, we have created a chart that contains recommended courses (for your Management and Advanced ANSC requirements) based on your area of interest. Please note that these courses are suggestions, and that students can select any approved courses to meet these requirements.

 

9/11/17 -  TODAY is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that TODAY, Monday September 11th, is the last day for schedule adjustment. This means you need to finalize your schedule, be enrolled in any special topics (ANSC389, 399, etc), and make sure you are in the classes you need to be for the semester before the end of the day today.

Today is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in December. You can do that online through Testudo (Select "Graduation Application and Diploma Status"). 
 

9/6/17 - Reminder - Monday is last day for Schedule Adjustment

This is just a reminder that Monday September 11th is the last day for schedule adjustment. This means you need to finalize your schedule, be enrolled in any special topics (ANSC389, 399, etc), and make sure you are in the classes you need to be for the semester before the end of the day on Monday.

Monday is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in December. You can do that online through Testudo (Select "Graduation Application and Diploma Status".)

 

8/28/17 - ANSC Internship Course - deadline extended

The deadline to apply to enroll in our new ANSC Internship course (ANSC359) has been extended to Tues 9/5 at 10am. Interested students should make sure to submit their application to Dr. VanKlompenberg (mvanklom@umd.edu) before that time.See applications instructions below:
 
If you are planning to complete an internship or work experience during fall semester this class will be a great way to develop the academic component of the internship. The course requires that you work at your internship site for 6-15 hours per week depending on the number of credits you choose to take. 
 
This course will provide in major scholarship in practice credit. Internships can be on- or off-campus so this means you can even take the course if you are conducting research on campus. The course will meet every other Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 PM for Fall semester 2017.  Enrollment in ANSC359 requires instructor permission and the way to obtain permission is listed below:
 
Enrollment Procedure
1)Find an internship
2)Submit an internship application by September 5th at 10am for Fall 2017 enrollment
3)Once received, your application will be reviewed by Dr. VanKlompenberg
4)When approved, you will receive an email requesting your UID
5)Upon receiving your UID, you will be allowed to enroll in the course
Credits
–3 credits: 90 hours at internship site (~ 6hrs/week) + 45 hours for coursework
–4 credits: 135 hours at internship site (~ 9hrs/week) + 45 hours for coursework
–5 credits: 180 hours at internship site (~ 12hrs/week) + 45 hours for coursework
–6 credits: 225 hours at internship site (~ 15hrs/week) + 45 hours for coursework
 
Please contact Dr. VanKlompenberg (mvanklom@umd.edu) if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

 8/28/17 - Visit our new ANSC Peer Mentor!

Welcome back ANSC Students!
 
I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and is ready for a great semester. We have an exciting new addition to our advising team starting this semester, and I am delighted to share with you that we will now have an in-house Peer Mentor here in Animal Science!
 
Our ANSC Peer Mentor is a current ANSC upperclassman who is available to help students with creating their course plans, questions on requirements, course recommendations, and making the most of the college experience. 
 
If you have questions about navigating campus these first few weeks, questions about your course plan or requirements, or just looking for an experienced student perspective - please stop by and visit our peer mentor Daphne! She will be there today, happy to help you out!
 
Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Daphne O'Grady
Location: ANS 1408 (Small conference room)
Hours: Mondays 3pm-5pm and Thursdays from 3pm-4pm and 5pm-6pm
Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop in any time during her posted hours!

 

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