College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Major changes within UMD

Declaring the ANSC major:

If you are already a student at UMD, and interested in switching to ANSC or adding ANSC as a double major, you are required to attend a major change seminar. These seminars are held on multiple dates in both the fall and spring semesters. Dates of seminars are listed on the sign up form.

The ANSC major change process:

  1. Sign up for an ANSC Major Change Seminar. You must sign up to attend the session, and you must attend a session to be eligible to change to the ANSC major. You should budget approximately 1 hour for attending the session. If you are unable to make one of the scheduled sessions, please contact Libby Dufour.
  2. Prior to attending the session, you should visit our website and familiarize yourself with the courses required for the option you are interested in. Our main Prospective Students page walks you through exploring our options. You can find curriculum worksheets and sample course plans for all of the options on the Program Requirements page of our website.
  3. At the session, you will learn about our requirements and the differences between our options, as well as how advising works in our department. You will be walked through Course Planning Resources to formulate a plan of how you would complete your ANSC requirements in a timely manner.
  4. After attending the session, you will be required to create and submit a semester by semester academic plan for completing the required coursework. During the seminar, students are provided with specific criteria for course plan submission. Plans that do not meet this criteria will not be reviewed, and will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission. This plan will be reviewed, and admittance to the major will be granted pending approval of your academic plan and subsequent submission of a signed benchmark contract.
  5. Students should be aware that after the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period, (usually the first two weeks of classes), their major change cannot go into effect until the following semester.


Important notes about the ANSC major:

Minimum Grade Requirement:

ANSC has a minimum grade requirement for all major required courses. Students must be meeting minimum grade and GPA standards in order to remain in the ANSC major.

Time to graduation:

It is very difficult for students to complete all ANSC requirements in only two years, as most of our courses are only offered spring OR fall.  Most students take at least 2.5-3 years to complete the requirements after changing into the major. If you change into our major after two years in another major, keep in mind it may not be possible for you to complete your degree in four years total, and that you may need to plan on an additional semester or year.




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