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Current Announcements

ANSC graduate caps With the closure of the University due to COVID19, the ANSC department had alumni send in messages of congratulations and encouragement for the Class of 2020, and Terps from all over responded. Read some of them here:


Congratulations Class of 2020

Program Requirements & Planning

See ANSC's full list of classes, when they are offered, and prerequisites: ANSC Class List

Animal Care & Management Option Science/Pre-professional Option Combined Ag-Veterinary
Medicine Option

This curriculum prepares you for a rewarding career in equine, poultry, or livestock production and related fields (animal nutrition, health, and allied industries).

This curriculum prepares students for entry into professional schools in the health sciences (medical, dental, pharmaceutical, etc.) and top graduate research programs in the US. 

This track is for students seeking early vet school admission (junior year applicant). The accelerated curriculum is designed for transfer students who have completed most degree requirements by their junior year.


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Entered ANSC prior to Fall 2017

Prior to Fall 2017, students in the ANSC major chose from one of five areas of concentration: Animal Care and Management, Equine Studies, Science/Pre-professional, Animal Biotechnology, or Combined Degree.

Beginning Fall 2017, there are now 3 tracks: Animal Care & Management, Science/Pre-Professional, and Combined Degree. Students already in one of the options that are no longer offered will have NO CHANGE to their requirements. Students changing their option from Fall 2017 on can only change to one of the currently existing options.

Important update for 2016 - Make sure to read about our new Minimum Grade Policy!

Curriculum worksheets (a list of all degree requirements), sample 4-year plans, and benchmark contracts for all options can be found at the links below.

Students who enter the ANSC major Fall 2016 or after must use these materials.

Students who enter the ANSC major in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 must use these materials.

Students who started or switched into the ANSC major prior to the Fall 2015 semester should use these materials. Students in this category also have the option to switch to the new (post-Fall 2015) curriculum if they wish to do so. Students wishing to change to the new curriculum must complete this form and submit it to the ANSC Undergraduate Office. 

Additional course planning resources are available in our Advising section!


Minimum Grade and GPA Policies for ANSC Students

ASNC Grade Policies:

  • Earn a C- or better in all major required courses, including ANSC courses and required supporting courses in other departments

  • Complete any prerequisites with a C- or better in order to register for a class.

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all major required courses

  • General Education courses allow a grade of D- or better as a passing grade - except if a major required course satisfies a gen ed requirement

    • Example: BSCI223 (Microbiology) is a major required course which also satisfies the I-Series Gen Ed requirement. ANSC students must earn a C- or better to receive credit, as it is a major requirement.

Special case for:

  • ANSC Students enrolled in ANSC prior to (and during) Spring 2016 

  • External Transfer Students Enrolled Summer Session II 2016 and after

A D- in ANSC required courses will still be considered creditable towards completion of the ANSC major for all currently enrolled students.


Benchmarks provide a timeline of courses to complete by a certain number of semesters within ANSC.

  • This helps keep students on track to graduate on time, accounting for prerequisites and courses which are offered during specific semesters.

  • Meeting these benchmarks shows successful progress through the major.

  • Measurement of benchmarks begins when you begin with ANSC.

  • If you are unable to meet benchmarks, it may indicate this major is not a good fit for you; it may be in your best interest to switch to a different major.

Changing your Option

  • It is easy to change between our major options (Animal Care and Management, Pre-Science/Pre-Professional, and Combined Ag-Vetmed).

  • Complete the survey in your Elms advising course to request a change of option.

  • Please note, that options cannot be changed after the registration drop/add period during the semester; requests submitted after that window will be processed the following semester.

Exceptions to Policy

The following circumstances require an Exception to Policy request to the college. You may learn more about exceptions and find the request form here.

  • Credit limit - request to take over 17 credits

  • Time conflict (trying to take two courses that may overlap)

  • Late Add (adding a course after the end of the schedule adjustment period)

  • Late/Retroactive drop without a "W"

  • Late/Retroactive drop with a "W"

  • Grading method change Repeat Policy (over 18 credits)

  • Repeat Policy (3rd attempt of same course)

  • Enroll "off-campus" within final 30 credits

  • Exceed the 4-credit drop limit in one semester

  • Take a Graduate course for undergraduate credit

*Please note that requests are not guaranteed and are considered on a case-by-case basis

Taking Courses Off-Campus

Students may take courses at other institutions for UMD credit in some circumstances. To do so:

  • Fill out a Permission to Enroll in Another Institution form before you take the course at another institution.

  • Identify an equivalent course to a UMD course via the Transfer Credit Evaluation Center< website.

  • If the permission is granted, you may enroll in the course by following that school's posted requirements.

  • Once you have successfully completed the course, have the Registrar's Office at the other institution send the official transcript/record to UMD's Office of the Registrar. This is the only way the course will be added to your UMD record.

Please note:

  • The maximum number of credits you may transfer from a 2-year institution is 60, and 90 for a 4-year institution

  • Fundamental math and fundamental english requirements must be completed at UMD

  • You need to submit an Exception to Policy request if you wish to take a course at another institution within the last 30 credits of your UMD degree

  • CHEM272 must be taken at UMD

Helpful Links

ANSC Advising

Advising Overview

ANSC Advising infographic

In ANSC, we structure advising to ensure that all students are getting accurately, timely, helpful information early in their careers through our group advising. After the first two semesters in the major, you have the opportunity to customize your advising experience through one-on-one interaction with your faculty mentors in the fall (and spring, if you wish) and attendance at topic-specific workshops in the spring semesters. At the 75 credit hour mark, and after 2 semesters in the major, we will check in with you on your degree progress through a senior audit.

Course Planning Resources

ANSC Requirement Courses

Approved Management Ccourses

Approved Advanced ANSC Electives

  • ANSC220- Livestock ManagementANSC232
  • Horse Management
  • ANSC237-Equine Reproductive Management (beginning Spring 2018)
  • ANSC242- Dairy Cattle Management
  • ANSC245-Sheep Management 
  • ANSC250*Companion Animal Management (*In-major SP)
  • ANSC255 *Aquaculture (*In-major SP)
  • ANSC260-Laboratory Animal Management
  • ANSC262-Commercial Poultry Management
  • ANSC282-Grazing Animal Management
  • NSC330- Equine Science
  • ANSC340*Health Management of Animal Populations (*In-major SP)
  • ANSC359*Internship Experience in Animal and Avian Sciences (*In-major SP)
  • ANSC410-The Gut Microbiome and its Roles in Health and Disease
  • ANSC417-Regulatory Issues in Animal Care and Management
  • ANSC435* Experimental Embryology (*In-major SP)
  • ANSC436-Animal Health Policy and Communication (Formerly ANSC489A)
  • ANSC437-Animal Biotechnology
  • ANSC440-Zoonotic Diseases and Control (Formerly ANSC489R)
  • ANSC443-Lactational Physiology
  • ANSC444-Endocrinology
  • ANSC446/447- Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction (+/- lab)
  • ANSC450-Animal Breeding Plans
  • ANSC452-Avian Physiology
  • ANSC453-Animal Welfare and Bioethics
  • ANSC454-Nutritional Aspects of Metabolic Disease (Formerly ANSC489O)
  • ANSC455-Animal Behavior
  • ANSC460- Comparative Vertebrate Immunology
  • ANSC489Q- Advanced Animal Biotechnology: Perspectives from Current Literature
  • ANSC497-Recombinant DNA Laboratory


Dropping a course with a W?

There are several factors you should consider when determining whether or not to drop a course with a W. Review our Factors when considering dropping a course with a "W" FAQ.

FAQ Page

Student Resources

Connect with ANSC's Peer Mentor today: ANSC Peer Mentor

Tutoring Resources

If you find yourself struggling in a class, or just not performing as well as you would like, there are a number of campus resources available to help. Students are encouraged to seek out assistance in their courses early on in the semester.

  • UMD Tutoring
    Campus wide and major specific tutoring resources (including Chemistry, Math, and Physics).

  • Counseling Center Academic Resources
    Resources (both on-campus and online) to help students with study skills, math learning, and time management.

  • Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education
    A variety of services and programs to enhance the learning experiences and promote the academic success of undergraduate students.

  • Academic Success and Tutorial Services
    Initiative of the Academic Achievement Program with a specific focus on serving students in “high-risk” courses.

  • WiseGuy
    Online volunteer peer tutors/mentors.

  • Guided Study Sessions (GSS)
    Free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses.

  • UMD Writing Center
    Opportunities for undergraduate students to improve writing and thinking skills in their academic work and careers.

  • Oral Communication Center
    Helps students with speaking assignments and hosts workshops on topics such as listening, speaking anxiety, and presentation delivery:

Counseling Resources

If you or anyone you know is struggling with problems of a personal nature (depression, anxiety, stress, etc.), the University has many resources to help you! We want all students to feel safe and and be successful, and we are here to help. If you find yourself struggling, do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help!

  • Counseling Center
    Offers free and confidential counseling sessions to registered UMD undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Mental Health Service in the University Health Center
    Mental health evaluation, prescription and monitoring of psychiatric medicine.

  • Help Center - (301) 314-HELP
    The HELP Center is a campus telephone hotline where you can confidentially speak to a trained student (peer-counselor) about any matter that concerns you.

  • Center for Healthy Families
    The Center for Healthy Families provides couples, marriage and family therapy as well as parent education.

  • University Chaplains
    Pastoral Counseling. Please check the Chaplain Directory for specific contacts from each religion or denomination.

  • Undergraduate Student Ombudsperson
    The Ombuds Office assists students with resolving issues with the university, including those in which students are unsure where to go for assistance or those that may not be easily addressed through established policies or procedures. The ombudsperson provides information on university policies and procedures, makes referrals to appropriate campus colleagues who may be helpful with resolving issues, and sometimes facilitates the resolution of problems.

Vet School Resources

Learn more about how our ANSC undergraduate program can prepare you for veterinary school

Departmental Honors

The departmental Honors Program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is intended to provide academically talented students with the opportunity for significant professional development through scholarly work that goes beyond the scope of the regular curriculum. Students in the honors program will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty advisor to complete a substantial research project. Successful participants will earn a college honors citation in recognition for their hard work.


  • Completion of at least 12 credits in the ANSC major.

  • Completion of at least 56 credits of undergraduate course work (junior standing) 

  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2

  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 in courses required for the ANSC major

Required Program Elements:

  • Six or more credits in upper-level honors courses, seminars, or workshops. These courses may be from any department on campus and may also be used to meet other requirements. Graduate courses in the ANSC department (600-level), may substitute for any part of this requirement.

  • Six or more credits of ANSC 388 Honors Thesis Research under the direction of a faculty member, culminating in a thesis and satisfactory performance on an oral defense of the thesis conducted by two or more faculty members.

How to Apply:

  • Students interested in entering the AGNR College Honors Program should visit the AGNR honors program webpage for further details and instructions.

  • Admission will be based on grades, background and work experience as well as evidence of the motivation and maturity necessary for the successful completion of the program. Admission will also be contingent upon the availability of a faculty advisor.


Important: Deadlines for scholarships for Spring 2020 have already passed, check back for the next scholarship cycle.

Departmental Undergraduate Scholarships

ALL applications due by midnight on March 1, 2020. Scholarship notifications will be sent out in early April 2020.

All students submitting scholarship applications must also have an ANSC faculty member submit this evaluation form. Any scholarship applications submitted that do not have a corresponding evaluation form submitted WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 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. For questions, please contact Hannah Gorrie.

ANSC scholarship awards average $1000-$3000 

If applying for more than one scholarship, you must submit separate applications for each scholarship


American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) Washington, DC Area Chapter Scholarship

The Fund will be used solely for scholarship support for a current Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, pursuing a degree in fields of animal, dairy, or poultry science as well as aquaculture at the University of Maryland. Preference will be given to students pursuing a research, industry, or university career, which will be indicated on the scholarship application.

**Students planning to attend veterinary school with a specialization in small, companion, and/or zoo animals only are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.**

**Students on a pre-veterinary track that intend to focus specifically on production animals are eligible to apply.** 

Apply NOW Online! - Current Students

Judith E. Brocksmith Pre-Veterinary Scholarship

Awarded to one current student enrolled in the pre-veterinary option within the ANSC major. This scholarship is awarded based on merit. 

Apply NOW Online! - Current Students

England Scholarship

Awarded to selected students within the ANSC major who clearly demonstrate an interest in obtaining a career in the dairy industry.

Apply NOW Online! - Current Students

Apply NOW Online! - Incoming Students 

Tom Hartsock Animal Management Scholarship
(NOT AVAILABLE for 2020) 

Student must have completed at least 27 credits, must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and must demonstrate a commitment to a career in animal management by electing an area of specialization related to an animal management career, such as Animal Care and Management or Equine Studies. Students must maintain a full-time status in order to be receive the scholarship funds each semester, and must keep a GPA of 2.5 or higher throughout each semester. Awarded to one Animal Science student in odd-numbered years. 

Kinghorne Scholarship

Provides scholarships to undergraduate students with demonstrated interests in poultry production or avian business. Recipients of the Kinghorne Scholarship are required to take the two departmental poultry courses and complete an internship within the poultry industry. 

Apply NOW Online! - Current Students

Apply NOW Online! - Incoming Students 

Rummel Scholarship

Awarded to one student with a demonstrated interest in conducting research in Avian Ethology. The recipient of the Rummel Scholarship will complete a research project directed by a faculty member within the ANSC Department. Students interested in applying for this scholarship should also include a proposal for the research project. 

Apply NOW Online! - Current Students

AGNR Scholarship Opportunities

Academically talented students are eligible for one of the numerous merit scholarships awarded in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. All scholars are encouraged to pursue the University Honors Program, as well as research projects and internships. Priority consideration is given to those who submit an application for admission by December 1st, and official high school transcript, SAT scores and supporting documents to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You are also encouraged to submit a short biography highlighting your interest and experience in your intended area of agricultural study. The top scholars also compete for the University's Banneker Key Scholarship which provides full financial support for four years.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

College Level Undergraduate Scholarships

Chester R. Bletch Endowment

Awarded to students whose career interest and studies focus on dairy science.
For more information, call 301-405-2078.


James R. Ferguson Memorial Fund

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need to students enrolled in animal sciences. For more information call, 301-405-2078.


Maryland Dairy Scholarship

Two (2) four thousand dollar ($4,000) scholarships will be offered to Maryland youth who have had a dairy project (any breed) and are enrolled in a 4-year College of Agriculture program. These scholarships are being made available from a friend of 4-H and the dairy industry. Review the application or call 301-405-1392 for more information.

Maryland Dairy Scholarship Application

Links for ANSC Undergrads

Class Forms

  • ANSC389 Form
    Internship Education Learning Proposal for 389 Credit.

  • ANSC399 Form
    ANSC 399 Special Problems Permission Form.


Course of Study Worksheets