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 2018 Announcements:

11/15/18 - Internships/Course Planning: ANSC359 - ANSC Internship course

ANSC359 - Internship Experience in Animal and Avian Sciences
 
Students interested in taking this course must have an internship already lined up, and apply (see below for link) to be enrolled in the coursePrerequisite: completion of at least one approved ANSC Management Course.  ANSC359 counts as both an Advanced ANSC Elective and an in-major Scholarship in Practice (SP) course. 
 
ANSC359 does include required class time, which can be viewed in the Schedule of Classes. Detailed instructions and a link to the application are available on our website: 
 
The deadline to apply to enroll in this course for Spring 2019 is Tuesday February 5th @ 5:00 PM.
 
Please contact Dr. VanKlompenberg (mvanklom@umd.edu) if you have any questions or need additional information about ANSC359. 
 

11/5/18 - Course Planning: Genetics requirement for ANSC

This is just a reminder about the Genetics requirement for our major. This information is also posted in our Advising Guide and reflected on our curriculum worksheets. 

Students in the Animal Care & Management option (and any students still remaining under the old Equine Studies option) have the choice to take either ANSC327 (Molecular Genetics) or ANSC450 (Animal Breeding Plans) to satisfy the Genetics requirement for this major.  If a Care & Management student wishes to take both classes, then the second course can count as an “Advanced Animal Sciences Elective.”

Students in the Science/Pre-Professional option (and any students still remaining under the old Animal Biotechnology option) will continue to be required to take ANSC327 for their Genetics requirement, and ANSC 450 will continue to be an option to fulfill the “Advanced Animal Sciences Elective” requirement for this option.

Students in our major may NOT take BSCI222 in place of this requirement. The only exceptions to this are:

  1. Students who are confirmed to be enrolled in a double major or program (such as ILS Scholars) that requires BSCI222.
  2. Students who transfer into ANSC (either from another school or another major at UMD) who have already taken BSCI222 prior to entering ANSC.

Aside from these two exceptions students MUST take ANSC327, or if they are in the Animal Care & Management option, ANSC327 or ANSC450.

 

11/8/18 - Course Planning/Resources: Using UAchieve to run a degree audit

UAchieve is the degree auditing tool available to students, which populates automatically with courses you have already completed that fulfill requirements. This is a very useful tool to use when updating your course plans, as it helps you keep track of which requirements you have already completed, and what you still need to take. Our ANSC Peer Mentor is a great resource in helping you interpret your audit, but there is also a UAchieve user guide from the Registrar's website that can help you in navigating reading your UAchieve report.  The instructional videos at that link will walk you through how to use the system, so you should watch those how-to videos for a quick intro to the system.

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. Typically, audits are updated when we process senior audits and again when we process graduation clearances. Courses taken between those two periods that have to be entered manually will not be updated in UAchieve until graduation clearances are being processed. 

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 contact the ANSC Undergraduate Office 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 us, as discussed above.

 

11/5/18 - Deadlines: TODAY (Monday 11/5) is last day to drop with a W

This is your final reminder that TODAY, Monday November 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 today (Monday 11/5) from 8:00am - 11:30am, and again from 1pm - 4pm. I will not schedule specific appointments during this time, so open office hours will be first come, first served. 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.

 

11/1/18 - Course Planning: AREC306 requirement for management options

This is just a reminder that for students in the options that require AREC306 (Animal Care & Management and those still under the old Equine Studies option), we also accept 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 is IN-major Scholarship in Practice, not out of major)

  • ANSC270 (offered fall of odd numbered years)

  • INAG204 (offered every spring)

     

10/31/18 - Course planning/Policies: Minimum grade requirement reminder

When looking at course prerequisites, make sure you are also keeping in mind our minimum grade requirement. You must meet minimum grade requirements in all prerequisite courses before you can go on to the next course in a sequence.

As an example, you must meet the minimum grade requirement in BOTH ANSC204 AND ANSC205 before going on to take ANSC212 and ANSC214. A course will not count as meeting a prerequisite unless you have earned the minimum required grade.

 

10/30/18 - Advising/Deadlines: Reminder - Mon 11/5 is last day to drop with a W

This is another reminder that Monday November 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 Friday 11/2 from 1pm - 4pm and Monday 11/5 from 8:00am - 11:30am, and again from 1pm - 4pm. I will not schedule specific appointments during this time, so open office hours will be first come, first served. 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.

 

10/29/18 - Course Planning: Reminder to read prerequisites

As you're planning your schedules and getting ready to register for courses for next semester, remember to be sure you have completed all required prerequisites for a course prior to the semester in which you will be taking that course. 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. 

Many 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.

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.

 

10/24/18 - Seats in ANSC250 and other Gen Ed courses on seat management plans

As you are looking at spring semester courses, you may notice that some courses with a General Education designation (including ANSC250) show as having very limited seats offered at this time. This is because the University employs a seat management plan to hold seats in certain Gen Ed courses for students with lower numbers of credits, so more seats are released as targeted groups of students begin to register. Please click on the Seat Management Plan page for more information. 
 
Students interested in taking the course who are not eligible to add it can add themselves to the holdfile, which is the same process as adding yourself to a waitlist. We have a detailed guide on how to do that in our Advising Guide
 
Neither myself nor Dr. Balcom have control over who is allowed to take the course, and Dr. Balcom does not oversubscribe her courses. Therefore, unless you are a senior who specifically needs ANSC250 to graduate in May or December 2019 (and can demonstrate that no other course or courses can meet your requirements), there is nothing we can do for you but advise you to get on the hold file.
 

10/23/18 - Reminder - Monday 11/5 is last day to drop with a W

This is a reminder that Monday November 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 to learn more about the possible repercussions of your decision. If you are debating dropping a course and are still unsure about what to do after reviewing that resource, I strongly encourage you to not wait until the last day to get help on this decision. Please reach out to me or to your faculty mentor to set up a time talk about why you're struggling and what your options might be.

 

10/8/18 - ANSC Peer Mentor - expanded hours start today!

 
I hope you are having a great fall semester! As you get ready for advising and registration for spring courses, remember that we have our ANSC Peer Mentor available to help answer your questions.
 
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. Whether you have questions about your course plan or how to use our resources, or are just looking for an experienced student perspective - please visit our peer mentor Katie!
 
ANSC Peer Mentor: Katie Collins, ANSC senior
Hours: Monday from 5-7pm and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30pm 
Location: ANS 1408 (first floor conference room)
 
Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop in and see Katie at any time during her posted hours!
 

10/8/18 - ANSC497 Animal Biotechnology Recombinant DNA Laboratory Winter Term Course

To: All ANSC Undergraduate Students

From: Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

Subject: ANSC497 Animal Biotechnology Recombinant DNA Laboratory

I will be offering a lab course in Recombinant DNA in the Winter session (Jan 2-22, 2019). Ten seats are open, and permission of the instructor is required to enroll. I expect to take ~5 ANSC undergraduate students. On December 1, 2018, registration will be opened to ANSC graduate students, so please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in enrolling and provide me with your UID so I can lift the registration block.

As in the past, this course will be extremely time-intensive and rigorous. Participants should be prepared to invest the time to learn critical laboratory techniques, as delineated below in the course description. The prerequisite for the course is ANSC327 or equivalent and ANSC435, ANSC437 and BCHM463 are recommended.

WINTER 2019

ANSC497  (PermReq) Animal Biotechnology Recombinant DNA Laboratory

Grade Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit

Prerequisite: ANSC327 or equivalent. Recommended: ANSC435, ANSC437 and BCHM463.

Description: An advanced course offering hands-on experience in performing recombinant DNA experiments. Current molecular biology techniques used for cloning genes, analyzing the gene products, and modifying the genes of animals will be performed. Techniques include isolation of DNA, use of restriction enzymes, cloning procedures, PCR analysis, and Southern hybridizations. Lecture material focuses on interpretation of results generated in the laboratory.

L. Taneyhill (Seats=10, Open=10, Waitlist=0)

Number of Credits: 3

Section: 0101

Instructor: Lisa Taneyhill (ltaney@umd.edu, 5-0597)

Location: Animal Sciences Building (#142), Rm 0108

Dates: January 2 to January 22, 2019 (MTuWThF)

Time: 9 AM to 5 PM

Course TA: Arpita Aditya

 

9/17/18 - Animal Care & Management ANSC340 requirement

As of this semester, students in the Animal Care & Management option (whether they are already in the option or enter it in the future) are no longer specifically required to take ANSC340 (Health Management of Animal Populations). Students will now take 12 credits of their choosing of Advanced ANSC Electives. ANSC340 will now be able to count as 3 credits of that requirement, the same as it does for students in the Science/Pre-Professional option.
 
This change in requirements represents the same number of required credits, but gives students more flexibility in choosing their Advanced ANSC Electives. Students with an interest in ANSC340 can still take it as indicated above. 
 
Summary of Change:
Old RequirementNew Requirement
9 credits Advanced ANSC Electives + ANSC340 required = 12 credits12 credits Advanced ANSC Electives
 
However, please note that due to some scheduling changes, ANSC340 will NOT be offered spring 2019. Students may choose from the other offered ANSC Advanced Electives, including ANSC440 ( Zoonotic Diseases and Control), which is held at the same time as ANSC340 was offered. Make sure to adjust your spring course planning to reflect this change.
 

9/10/18 - FINAL reminder - TODAY is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that TODAY (Monday 9/10) 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, by selecting "Graduation Application and Diploma Status".

9/7/18 - Reminder - MONDAY is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that Monday (September 10th) 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 9/10. 

Monday 9/10 is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in December. You can do that online through Testudo, by selecting "Graduation Application and Diploma Status".  

 

9/4/18 - Help Center Hotline Available for students

The Help Center Hotline is a student-run peer counseling hotline and walk-in service here on campus. Trained counselors are there to be a supportive listening ear to students who need or want to talk about anything.

Attached is a flier with a brief description of hours and services. Also feel free to reach them on Facebook or on their website! 

Help Center Hotline

301-314-HELP

 

8/30/18 - Reminder - Monday 9/10 is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that Monday September 10th 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 9/10. Although you have until next Monday, I strongly recommend you be enrolled in all classes you want to be in by the end of this week, lest you get too behind. 

Monday 9/10 is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in December. You can do that online through Testudo, by selecting "Graduation Application and Diploma Status".

 

8/29/18 - Tips for good email etiquette

Welcome to the start of the new semester! To help you get going on the right foot, I wanted to provide you with some valuable information regarding communicating with faculty and staff here at UMD. As students, it is important to make sure that you are doing everything possible to communicate effectively. Effective communication and proper email etiquette will go a long way towards making a positive impression, and building positive relationships with faculty members is something you should strive for. 

As such, all students should read the following link on proper email etiquette when conversing with University faculty and staff. Please pay especially careful attention to the details regarding how to address your professor or faculty mentor as well as having reasonable expectations for a response time. 
 
http://www.wikihow.com/Email-a-Professor
 
Have a great fall semester!
 

8/29/19 - ANSC359 for Fall 2018 Semester

Just a quick reminder that if you are planning to enroll in ANSC359 for Fall 2018 applications need to be submitted by 5:00 PM on Thursday September 6th. The application can be found at  https://go.umd.edu/ANSC359_application
 
Please contact me with any questions you have about receiving academic credit for your internships.
 
Dr. VanKlompenberg
 

8/27/18 - ANSC Peer Mentor Hours - Fall 2018

I hope your fall semester is off to a great start! Just a reminder that as you're getting settled into the semester, we have our ANSC Peer Mentor available to help answer questions.
 
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 Katie!  She is holding office hours today, on the first day of classes, so stop in and say hi!
 
Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Katie Collins
Location: ANS 1408 (first floor conference room)
Hours: 

Monday 8/27  - Mon 10/1: hours will be once a week, on Monday from 5pm -7pm
Beginning Monday 10/8: hours will be Monday from 5-7pm and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30pm

 
Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop in any time during her posted hours!
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