College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Benchmarks

The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences' expectations and policies are designed to promote success of all ANSC students and to ensure consistent progress towards graduation. Students are required to develop an individual plan for timely completion of their major(s) and to revise their plans accordingly as circumstances change. Under regular circumstances students are expected to complete their major within four (4) years. Benchmarks are courses students must complete by the time they have completed a designated number of semesters within the ANSC major. Meeting these benchmarks is indicative of successful progress through the major. Measurement of benchmarks begins when a student starts that specific major at UMD.

Students are responsible for knowing their course requirements and making sure they are selecting courses that fulfill those requirements. As students create their plan, they need to keep the following benchmark requirements in mind. All students are expected to complete the required benchmarks by the end of the indicated semester. Students who are not meeting benchmarks and not making timely progress towards their degree will be required to change into a new major.

All students in the ANSC major sign and submit a benchmark contract, confirming awareness of the benchmark courses and the consequences of not meeting those benchmarks. This submission is done as part of the first semester of advising (prior to Fall 2018 it was done during Orientation.) The chart below contains a complete list of the required benchmarks for each option.

Benchmark Contract for Animal Care & Management

Benchmark contract for Science/Pre-Professional or Combined Degree

 

ANSC Option Benchmark

0104A - Animal Care & Management

  

 

Completed by 2 semestersMATH113 or higher, ANSC101/103, BSCI170/171
 Completed by 4 semestersCHEM231 (or PLSC275), ANSC204/205 (formerly ANSC211), one of ANSC220, ANSC232, ANSC242, ANSC250, ANSC255, ANSC260, ANSC262
 Completed by 6 semestersANSC212
   
0104E/1299D - Science/Professional & Combined Degree  
 Completed by 2 semesters MATH113 or higher, ANSC101/103, BSCI170/171
 Completed by 4 semesters CHEM231/232, ANSC204/205 (formerly ANSC211)
 Completed by 6 semesters CHEM241/242, ANSC212
   
Previously offered options  
0104C - Equine Studies (This option was only offered prior to Fall 2017)  
 Completed by 2 semesters MATH113 or higher, ANSC101/103, BSCI170/171
 Completed by 4 semesters CHEM231 (or PLSC275), ANSC211, ANSC232
 Completed by 6 semesters ANSC212
   
0104D - Laboratory Animal Management (This option was only offered prior to Fall 2015)  
 Completed by 2 semesters MATH113 or higher, ANSC101/103, BSCI170/171
 Completed by 4 semesters CHEM231 (or PLSC275), ANSC211
 Completed by 6 semestersANSC212
   
0104F - Animal Biotechnology (This option was only offered prior to Fall 2017)  
 Completed by 2 semestersMATH113 or higher, ANSC101/103, BSCI170/171
 Completed by 4 semestersCHEM231/232, ANSC211
 Completed by 6 semestersANSC212, ANSC327, BSCI223, CHEM241/242
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