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. Links to archives for announcements from previous semesters are available at the bottom of the page. 

Spring 2017 Announcements

4/12/16 - TODAY is last day to drop with a W


This is your final reminder that TODAY - Wednesday April 12th - is the last day to drop a course with a "W". This is your last chance to drop a class this semester. Please remember that a "W" still counts as an attempt at a course.

 

If you are struggling in a course you are currently enrolled in, and trying to decide if you should drop with a W, please first consult our online guide to dropping a course with a W before making your decision.

 

4/10/16 - Reminder - THIS Wed is extended drop with a W deadline

This is a reminder that Wednesday (April 12th) is the last day to drop a course with a "W". This is your last chance to drop a class this semester. Please remember that a "W" still counts as an attempt at a course.
 

If you are struggling in a course you are currently enrolled in, and trying to decide if you should drop with a W, please first consult our online guide to dropping a course with a W before making your decision.

 

4/6/17 - Updated prerequisites for ANSC450

We are in the process of formally updating the prerequisites for ANSC450, but this can take some time to happen in the system. In the meantime, please be aware that the prerequisites for ANSC450 will now be:
Calculus (MATH120 (formerly 220), 130 or 140), and junior standing. 
 
If you have met these prerequisites, you are eligible to register for the course. You do NOT need to additionally email me or the instructor to gain permission to register or remain enrolled in the course.

 

4/3/17 - EXTENDED - Last day to drop with a W

I have just received notification from the Office of the Registrar, stating that the Drop with a 'W' date for the Spring 2017 semester will now be April 12th.
 
I will still be holding open office hours on Wed 4/5 as indicated in my email sent this morning, so please feel free to stop by those if you have questions.
 

4/3/17 - Reminder - Wed is last day to drop with a W


This is a reminder that Wednesday (April 5th) is the last day to drop a course with a "W".  This is your last chance to drop a class this semester. Please remember that a "W" still counts as an attempt at a course.

If you are struggling in a course you are currently enrolled in, and trying to decide if you should drop with a W, please first consult our online guide to dropping a course with a W before making your decision.

In addition to the online resource, I am also holding open office hours on Wednesday (4/5) from 8:00am - 11:30am, and again from 1pm - 4pm. Open office hours will be first come, first served, but any student who wishes to discuss course struggles, personal struggles, or dropping with a W is welcome and encouraged to stop by during open hours. 

*Please note that walk-in advising is not a substitute for your mandatory departmental advising.

 

3/30/17 - 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)

     

3/30/17 - ANSC Advanced Electives and UAchieve

Regarding what courses count for Advanced ANSC Electives, there is a comprehensive list available on our website of all the courses that have been approved to count for this requirement, and it is updated every semester. This is the list you should be using to determine if a course can count for that requirement or not:
 
Regarding courses being displayed in UAchieve, remember that just because a course is not reflected in UAchieve does not mean that the course is not being counted for your degree requirements. Many of these edits have to be made manually, and that can take time. If you have received confirmation that a course counts for one of our requirements, whether you received an email directly, a posting to the listserv, or a posting on our website, then you are being awarded credit for that course and that degree requirement.
 
If there is something on your audit that you feel is truly an error, please let me know so that it can be corrected. If it is just something like a course we have posted as counting as an Advanced ANSC course isn't showing as such, you do not need to contact me, as discussed above.
 
Remember that all key emails sent to the listserv regarding courses, policies, and advising, are also posted in the Current Announcements page so you can easily refer back to them. Archives of announcements from previous semesters are also available at the bottom of that page. Please make sure you are carefully reading listserv postings as well as taking advantage of the numerous online resources available to you.
 
 

3/28/17 - Registering for ANSC447

In order to make sure that there are seats available for students who are required to take ANSC447 Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Laboratory, the course is set so that students have to be given individual permission to register. Students in the Animal Care and Management and Equine Studies options are required to take this specific course. If you are in one of those two options and are planning to take ANSC447 this fall, please email Victoria (vlake@umd.edu) by May 5th so that we can give you the electronic stamp to add the course.

If you are not in one of those options you can email me expressing your interest in the course.  If there are seats available once all mandatory students have registered, those seats will be awarded to students in the order in which their expression of interest was received. 

 

3/27/17 - Reminder about Chemistry requirements

This email is sent out once every semester (and is also available on our website), as you’re getting ready to register for classes, to remind you about the policies and requirements regarding Chemistry courses. Remember that reading and paying attention to prerequisites for courses is YOUR responsibility, and not adhering to required prerequisites can and will get you dropped from courses. If you are not sure what a prerequisite is asking for, ask that department and get clarification BEFORE you register. The prerequisites for all courses are indicated in the course description in Testudo.

For students in the Animal Care and Management and Equine Studies options – please note that the Chemistry department is no longer offering CHEM105. Students can take CHEM231 (but do NOT have to take CHEM232) to satisfy that requirement. Students may also take PLSC275 (Agricultural Chemistry) for this requirement. The prerequisite for PLSC275 is CHEM131/132, so you must have completed those courses prior to the semester in which you plan to take PLSC275. PLSC275 has now regularly been offered every spring and hopefully will continue to be offered then, but CHEM231 is offered every semester.

For students in the Science/Professional and Biotechnology options, who have to take the 4 semesters of chemistry, the sequence (in order from first to last) is:

1) CHEM131/132

2) CHEM231/232

3) CHEM241/242

4) CHEM271/272* (see note below regarding transfer credit for CHEM271)

5) BCHM463

Students must have successfully completed (passed with a C- or better) all of the previous courses to take the next course in the sequence. This is a strict rule in the Chemistry department, and they do not grant exceptions to it.  Please make absolutely sure you are paying attention to this sequence when building your 4-year plan.

*An additional note related to transfer chemistry credits:

1) CHEM272 can ONLY be taken at UMCP. 

2) Students who take General Chem II/Fundamental Chem II (with lab) at another institution typically receive 4 credits of CHEM271, but they receive no credit for CHEM272. 

3) All students MUST take CHEM272 at UMCP if they plan to take BCHM463 at UMCP.

**Also please note that students in the science/professional option have the alternative of taking BSCI330 instead of BCHM463, but many veterinary/graduate schools want students to have BCHM. Students in the Biotech option must take both courses.

 

3/10/17 - Advising and Registration

Registration times for fall courses should soon be available for viewing on your ONE.UMD portal or through TestudoRemember that registration appointments are determined by your number of credits, so seniors register first, etc. 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 in your ONE.UMD portal 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, you will need to follow the instructions you received 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 fall courses. Students are expected to know and adhere to our published advising policies and show up to advising appointments prepared. If you receive an email indicating you need to complete a senior audit, you MUST fill one out before you go to meet with your advisor. 

As you prepare for your advising meeting, remember that we have an extensive online resource available to help answer your questions regarding advising, policies, courses, and a variety of other subjects. This guide includes everything from how to get academic credit for internships to how to take a course at another institution, and everything in between. This resource should be your first stop when you have a questionand many times will be able to provide you a complete answer, so always make sure to check the guide first! 

For students who need help creating their course plan, there is a Course Planning Resource section of our website, including a detailed step-by-step guide on how to build your plan.

You can find also find curriculum worksheets, sample 4-year plans, and a list of ANSC courses offered by semester on our website. You can use these, as well as the online Schedule of Classes, to develop your graduation plan and course choices for fall.  Hope the semester is going well for all!

 

2/27/17 - FINAL Reminder - ANSC Scholarship Applications due March 1

This is your final reminder that the deadline for submitting scholarship applications is THIS Wednesday, March 1. All applications and  faculty evaluations must be submitted before midnight on Wednesday. Please make sure you are reading and following all directions for submitting applications, as submissions that are incorrect, late, or incomplete will not be considered. 

Original email sent 2/1 (reminder sent 2/15):

We are now accepting applications for ANSC scholarships for the upcoming year (to be awarded beginning Fall 2017). ONLY applications submitted between February 1 and March 1 will be reviewed! The application for all of our ANSC scholarships is available as an online form on our website. Please visit our Scholarship page for details on how to apply, and to submit the scholarship application.

You should carefully read this entire email to make sure you have all the information before submitting an application, as well as following the directions on the website. Submissions that are incorrect or incomplete will not be considered. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is March 1, 2017.

  • All students submitting scholarship applications must also have an ANSC faculty member submit an evaluation form. Any scholarship application submitted that does not have a corresponding evaluation form submitted WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Faculty evaluations must also be in by the March 1 deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to identify an ANSC faculty member to fill out the evaluation, and to apprise the faculty member of which scholarship(s) they are applying for. The faculty member should fill out the Faculty Evaluation Form available on the ANSC website.
  • If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you have to submit a SEPARATE application for each one.
  • Please note that if you have been awarded a scholarship in the past, you need to apply again in order to be considered. For the upcoming year, you will need to follow current posted application guidelines and meet these deadlines

 

2/23/17 - Last Day for Ag Day Signups!

As a reminder, today is the last day to sign up to show an animal on Ag Day (4/29). The livestock show will consist of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine and sheep for students to show. Students will be taught how to work with their selected livestock and will gain firsthand experience showing their animals in preparation for Block & Bridle's Annual Livestock Show occurring at the Campus Farm at Ag Day.  There will be student and faculty coaches to help showmen learn the skills they need to successfully prepare and present their selected livestock during our show. Mandatory orientation will be March 1st at 6:30pm in ANSC 0408 in order to go over safety protocol and standards with the Campus Farm manager and myself.  If this time does not work for you, please notify me immediately so we can accommodate you.  Working with the animals will start around the weeks of Spring Break, but will be discussed further with the showmen during orientation.  Requirements to show will include a showing fee (to not exceed $25) and a minimum weekly mandate working with your assigned animal. 

 

In order to show beef, you MUST have previous showing experience with beef and/or have shown in our dairy class in previous years during Ag Day.  Beef sign-ups do close rather quickly, so do not hesitate in responding to this email. 

 

If you sign-up for lambs, the ANSC course, Lamb Watch, will have first pick of selecting their show animal, unlike the other livestock categories where it is first-come, first-serve.

 

UPDATE: Dairy sign-ups are now closed due to reaching the species limit. There are still open spots for beef cattle, swine and sheep!

 

This is an unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with livestock. Special note to Pre-vet students, this is an excellent way to introduce large animal experience to your undergraduate career if you have not begun to do so already.  I hope you will join us!  Please email me with questions or interests at umdblockandbridle@gmail.comIf you would like to show you must fill out the Google Form (link below).  Showing fees will be due the day of orientation. 

 

Sign up herehttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCXgUnztdvOt_C_LlzLBzfc1WRZpbkdi2GZFHNhPVAtDgnHw/viewform

 

If you would like to gain more information on how to join the Block & Bridle club, please email me with questions or interests at umdblockandbridle@gmail.com as well!

 

2/15/17 - Reminder - ANSC Scholarship Applications Due March 1!

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting scholarship applications is March 1. Please make sure you are reading and following all directions for submitting applications, as submissions that are incorrect or incomplete will not be considered. 

Original email sent 2/1:

We are now accepting applications for ANSC scholarships for the upcoming year (to be awarded beginning Fall 2017). ONLY applications submitted between February 1 and March 1 will be reviewed! The application for all of our ANSC scholarships is available as an online form on our website. Please visit our Scholarship page for details on how to apply, and to submit the scholarship application.

You should carefully read this entire email to make sure you have all the information before submitting an application, as well as following the directions on the website. Submissions that are incorrect or incomplete will not be considered. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is March 1, 2017.

  • All students submitting scholarship applications must also have an ANSC faculty member submit an evaluation form. Any scholarship application submitted that does not have a corresponding evaluation form submitted WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Faculty evaluations must also be in by the March 1 deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to identify an ANSC faculty member to fill out the evaluation, and to apprise the faculty member of which scholarship(s) they are applying for. The faculty member should fill out the Faculty Evaluation Form available on the ANSC website.
  • If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you have to submit a SEPARATE application for each one.
  • Please note that if you have been awarded a scholarship in the past, you need to apply again in order to be considered. For the upcoming year, you will need to follow current posted application guidelines and meet these deadlines

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the scholarships or the application process. May the odds be ever in your favor. 

2/9/17 - Block & Bridle Ag Day Livestock Show Signups!

As the primary representative of UMD's Block & Bridle Club, I would like to invite you to participate in this year's Ag Day/ Maryland Day's livestock show occurring April 29th. The livestock show will consist of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine and sheep for students to show. Students will be taught how to work with their selected livestock and will gain firsthand experience showing their animals in preparation for Block & Bridle's Annual Livestock Show occurring at the Campus Farm at Ag Day.  There will be student and faculty coaches to help showmen learn the skills they need to successfully prepare and present their selected livestock during our show. Sign-ups for showing have begun and will end February 23rd. Mandatory orientation will be March 1st at 6:30pm in ANSC 0408 in order to go over safety protocol and standards with the Campus Farm manager and myself.  If this time does not work for you, please notify me immediately so we can accommodate you.  Working with the animals will start around the weeks of Spring Break, but will be discussed further with the showmen during orientation.  Requirements to show will include a showing fee (to not exceed $25) and a minimum weekly mandate working with your assigned animal.  Please note that sign-ups may close prior to this date based on animal availability, so please do not hesitate in signing up and take advantage of this annual opportunity! Priority will be given to Block and Bridle members if species availability becomes limited. 

 

In order to show beef, you MUST have previous showing experience with beef and/or have shown in our dairy class in previous years during Ag Day.  Beef sign-ups do close rather quickly, so do not hesitate in responding to this email. 

 

If you sign-up for lambs, the ANSC course, Lamb Watch, will have first pick of selecting their show animal, unlike the other livestock categories where it is first-come, first-serve.

 

This is an unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with livestock. Special note to Pre-vet students, this is an excellent way to introduce large animal experience to your undergraduate career if you have not begun to do so already.  I hope you will join us!  Please email me with questions or interests at umdblockandbridle@gmail.comIf you would like to show you must fill out the Google Form (link below) before February 23rd.  Showing fees will be due the day of orientation. 

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCXgUnztdvOt_C_LlzLBzfc1WRZpbkdi2GZFHNhPVAtDgnHw/viewform

 

If you would like to gain more information on how to join the Block & Bridle club, please email me with questions or interests at umdblockandbridle@gmail.com as well!

 

I look forward to working with you all, 

 

Emily Solis

UMD Block & Bridle President

 

2/7/17 - Reminder - TODAY is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder TODAY, Tuesday February 7th, 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 May. You can do that online through Testudo (link is external).

 

 

2/2/17 - Reminder - Tuesday is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that Tuesday February 7th 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 Tuesday.

Tuesday is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in May. You can do that online through Testudo.

 

2/1/17 - ANSC Scholarship Opportunities - 2017

We are now accepting applications for ANSC scholarships for the upcoming year (to be awarded beginning Fall 2017). ONLY applications submitted between February 1 and March 1 will be reviewed! The application for all of our ANSC scholarships is available as an online form on our website. Please visit our Scholarship page for details on how to apply, and to submit the scholarship application.

You should carefully read this entire email to make sure you have all the information before submitting an application, as well as following the directions on the website. Submissions that are incorrect or incomplete will not be considered. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is March 1, 2017.

  • All students submitting scholarship applications must also have an ANSC faculty member submit an evaluation form. Any scholarship application submitted that does not have a corresponding evaluation form submitted WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Faculty evaluations must also be in by the March 1 deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to identify an ANSC faculty member to fill out the evaluation, and to apprise the faculty member of which scholarship(s) they are applying for. The faculty member should fill out the Faculty Evaluation Form available on the ANSC website.
  • If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you have to submit a SEPARATE application for each one.
  • Please note that if you have been awarded a scholarship in the past, you need to apply again in order to be considered. For the upcoming year, you will need to follow current posted application guidelines and meet these deadlines

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the scholarships or the application process.

 

1/30/17 - Clarification of Scholarship in Practice requirement

Under the University's General Education requirements (you can always find more information on any element of Gen Ed on the official website: http://www.gened.umd.edu/elements/gened-elements.html), students are required to complete two Scholarship in Practice courses. One of these courses must be outside of the major. The second course can be either in-major or out of major.

Students are not expressly required to complete an in-major Scholarship in Practice, although students may have a major-required course that is also Scholarship in Practice. For example - students in Animal Care & Management must take ANSC340, which is an in-major SP. If you do not have a specific major requirement that is in-major SP, you can take either two out of major SP courses, or one in-major and one out of major. 

 

1/27/17 - Reminder to read prerequisites

This is just a reminder about the importance of making sure you have completed all required prerequisites for a course prior to the semester in which you will be taking that course. Some departments do not have it set so that students without prerequisites are automatically blocked from registering. Do not assume that just because the system let you register that it means you can stay enrolled without prerequisites. Many departments, including ours, do manual prerequisite checks at the beginning of the semester, and students without prerequisites are required to drop courses.

Reading and paying attention to prerequisites for courses is your responsibility as a student, and not adhering to required prerequisites can and will get you dropped from courses. Prerequisites for any given course are included in the course description in the Schedule of Classes.  If you are not sure what a prerequisite is asking for, ask that department and get clarification BEFORE you register. Never assume that a prerequisite may be taken as a co-requisite.

 

1/23/17 - Receiving academic credit for internships

I have recently received several emails from students regarding receiving academic credit for summer internships. Please take the time to review the detailed information available on the Internships and Careers page of our website, as this will walk you through the steps you need to take to receive academic credit.

If you are looking at a summer internship, please pay careful attention to the section at the bottom of the page regarding non-credit notations (enrolling in UNIV099) on your transcript. UNIV099 is a non-credit course which provides transcript verification of your internship without a tuition charge (although a modest fee is required to enroll). This is frequently used for summer internships or when the internship provider requires the student be enrolled for credit during the internship period.

If you still have questions after reviewing the information on the website, please let me know. 

 

1/17/17- Reminder about Minimum Grade Requirements

Dear ANSC Undergraduates, 
 
I hope you all had a very nice holiday. As we near the start of Spring classes, I would like to remind you of our ANSC Minimum Grade Requirement, and how it applies to groups of students depending on when they started in ANSC (before or after the implementation of the policy took effect.) Below is a simple chart to help you determine how this policy effects you, based on when you started in ANSC.
 

Status

Gen-Ed requirements

Major Requirements

Minimum GPA requirement

Already in ANSC Spring 2016 or before

D- is passing

D- is passing, but still must have a cumulative 2.0 to graduate

2.0 cumulative GPA required to graduate

Students already at UMD who changed to ANSC from another major after end of Spring 2016 schedule adjustment

D- is passing, except when using major required courses to satisfy Gen Ed. Requirements

D- is passing if earned Summer I 2016 or before, Summer II or later a C- is required

2.0 cumulative GPA required to graduate, 2.0 cumulative in all major requirements.

Students entering UMD for the first time Fall 2016 or later (transfer students, first-time freshmen, etc)

D- is passing, except when using major required courses to satisfy Gen Ed. Requirements

C- required for all coursework, even if taken before entering UMD

2.0 cumulative GPA required to graduate, 2.0 cumulative in all major requirements.

**Note that for ALL COHORTS, the previous minimum grade requirements for other departments still apply. For example, the majority of courses in the college of CMNS, (including all courses in BCHM, BSCI, CHEM, PHYS) currently already require students to earn a C- or better in prerequisites to move on to the next course in a series.

For more detailed information, including a list of all courses designated as 'major required', please visit the Minimum Grade Policy page on our website.
 
 

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