Prospective Students

Current Announcements

The Animal Sciences Department held a live Q & A on Tuesday, April 21st for admitted students with great information for all incoming students.

Watch it here if you missed it, and check back often for more information.

Welcome to ANSC at UMD, we are delighted you are interested in our program! Look around and explore what we have to offer; if you have more questions about our program and/or would like to schedule a tour of our campus farm, reach out to us at ansc-undergrad-prog@umd.edu.

The ANSC Major:

... is a great program for a pre-veterinary student.

... provides a strong foundation for graduate school.

... can prepare you for many jobs working with animals or on animal issues.

Which Track Will You Choose?

Within the Animal Science undergraduate program, there are three focuses of study or tracks:

  1. Animal Care and Management

  2. Pre-Science/Pre-Professional

  3. Combined Ag VetMed

Learn more about the different tracks!

Animal Care and Management (0104A)

  • Careers in equine, poultry, livestock, laboratory animal

  • Production, nutrition, health, policies

  • Biology, Chemistry

  • Animal management and advanced animal electives

Pre-Science/Pre-Professional (0104E)

  • Veterinary, dental, medical, graduate schools

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry

  • Some animal management and advanced animal electives

Combined Ag VetMed (1299D)

  • Accelerated veterinary school application timeline: Junior year

  • Same requirements as Pre-Science/Pre-Professional

  • Finish 4th year either at veterinary school or as a Pre-Science/Pre-Professional track

*Not a graduating option

Which Species is Right for You?

Do you have a favorite animal? Have you grown up working with a species and want to extend your experience? Are you fascinated by a certain type of animal but have no experience with them yet? The ANSC department has many species-specific courses and clubs to help you get involved with your species of interest!

Horse

Classes

ANSC 232 - Horse Management

ANSC 237 - Equine Reproductive Management

ANSC 282 - Grazing Animal Management

ANSC 330 - Equine Science

Clubs
  • Maryland Equestrian Club
    Get involved with our horses on the campus farm! Members take shifts for feeding, grooming, and stall mucking on a weekly basis. They also offer riding lessons for equestrians of all experience levels; advanced riders give each other and the less experienced members lessons. If you are a total newbie to horses, you can even get lessons in groundwork!

  • Maryland Equestrian Team
    The Equestrian Team is a sports club that competes through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, competing against schools like Goucher, UMW, and American. In addition to shows, club members have an opportunity to participate in clinics and other horse-related events.

  • Maryland Eventing Team
    MET is an affiliate member of the United States Eventing Association and competes at the USEA Recognized National Intercollegiate Eventing Championships each year.  Members have the opportunity to participate in monthly meetings, educational seminars, local competitions, and horse-related clinics. 

  • UMD Pre-Veterinary Society

Other
Experiences
  • Internships in the equine industry

  • Working on the campus “farm crew”

  • Student research projects related to equine studies

  • Being an undergraduate teaching assistant for an equine studies course

Sheep

Classes

ANSC 245 - Sheep Management

Clubs
Other
Experiences
  • Showing a lamb on “Ag day” (Maryland Day)

  • MD Sheep and Wool Festival

  • Student research projects related to small ruminants

  • Working on the campus “farm crew”

  • Being an undergraduate teaching assistant for the sheep management course

Cows, Pigs, Livestock

Classes

ANSC 220 - Livestock Management

ANSC 242 - Dairy Cattle Management

ANSC 282 - Grazing Animal Management

Clubs
Other
Experiences
  • Internships on and off campus

  • Working on the campus “farm crew”

  • Student research projects related to livestock species

  • Being an undergraduate teaching assistant for the livestock management course

Poultry

Classes

ANSC 262 - Commercial Poultry Management

ANSC 452 - Avian Physiology

Clubs
Other
Experiences
  • Internships in the poultry industry

  • Student research projects related to poultry studies
  • Being an undergraduate teaching assistant for the commercial poultry management course

Laboratory Animals

Classes

ANSC 255 - Aquaculture

ANSC 260 - Laboratory Animal Management

ANSC 455 - Applied Animal Behavior

ANSC 453 - Animal Welfare and Bioethics

Clubs
Other
Experiences
  • Working in our departmental animal facility, a research lab on campus, or UMD’s central animal facility as an animal caretaker

  • Internships in the lab animal industry and the federal agencies that interact with it

  • Student independent study projects related to laboratory management

Small Animals, Cats, Dogs

Classes

ANSC 250 - Companion Animal Care and Management

ANSC 260 - Laboratory Animal Management

ANSC 455 - Applied Animal Behavior

Clubs
Other
Experiences
  • Internships in the companion animal industry, animal shelters, veterinary hospitals

  • Student independent study projects related to companion animal studies

  • Being an undergraduate teaching assistant for the companion animal management course

Important Info for Prospective Students:

Freshmen and Freshmen Connection Students

Once you are ready to confirm you will be coming to UMD, there are a number of steps you need to take to get ready to start as a student, depending on your admission status. The Office of Admissions has detailed lists of the steps to take to confirm your enrollment:

Admitted Freshmen:

  • Required to attend ANSC/AGNR Orientation, where you will meet with an ANSC advisor and get registered for fall courses.

Freshmen Connection:

Minimum Grade Policy:

  • 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.

AP/IB Scores and Course Credit:

  • Students may gain course credit, depending on the score received on AP or IB exams. Please view this chart for a guide to what you will receive credit for, based on your scores.

Math Eligibility and Course Restrictions:

  • Under University policies, the math prerequisite for CHEM131/132, BSCI170/171, and BSCI160/161 is officially listed as "eligible to take calculus". This means in order to be considered eligible to take any of those courses, students must have completed at least through pre-calculus (MATH113 at UMD), or placed into Calculus through the Math Placement Exam to be eligible to take these courses. There are no exceptions to this policy, so make sure that you take the time to study for the math placement exam before taking it! 

Major Changes within UMD

Declaring the ANSC major:

If you are an actively enrolled student at UMD and are interested in switching into the ANSC major, you will need to attend a major change seminar. These seminars are offered approximately once per month, and review what to expect from ANSC curriculum, advising policies, and address next steps you will need to follow to change into the major.

If you plan on attending a session, or of you have any further questions about this process, please email ansc-undergrad-prog@umd.edu.

Date Time Location
Mon, March 23 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ANS1408 (1st floor conference room)
Wed, April 1 3:00 - 4:00 PM Online via Zoom, link TBA
Fri, May 1 1:00 - 2:00 PM Online via Zoom, link TBA

 

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.  In this case, you are welcome to start taking ANSC courses, but your home advising unit will not become ANSC until the following semester.

Finally, as you consider if ANSC is right for you, please understand that it is very difficult for students to complete all ANSC requirements in only two years, as most of our courses are only offered once per year and follow a set sequence.  Most students take at least 2.5-3 years to complete the requirements after changing into the major.

Students Transferring to UMD from Another Institution

 

**IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT 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 transferring here. If you transfer here after two years somewhere else, 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.

Students planning to transfer to ANSC at UMD can take steps to prepare themselves to enter our program and stay on track with courses. The information below will help you plan what courses to take prior to entering UMD.

Planning to transfer from an institution outside of UMD?

To determine what courses you may already have credit for, as well as planning additional courses to take before transferring, take the following steps:

1.Start by contacting the Office of Pre-Transfer Advising, who can work with you on the steps below to determine course credit and mapping out a plan.

2. Find the corresponding curriculum worksheet for the option you are interested in.

3. Go to the Transfer Credit Evaluation Center and use the Transfer Course Look-Up function to look up the courses you have taken or are planning to take at your institution. You can then use the curriculum worksheet to figure out which courses (ie WHICH Chemistry) at your institution fulfill the correct requirement at UMD. If you have taken courses that do not show up as having been evaluated, please consult the directions at the bottom of this page for your next steps. 

  • ASSOCIATES DEGREE: Students who have earned an Associate's Degrees from a Maryland institution (AA degrees earned from a non-Maryland school will not be accepted) do not have to complete all individual General Education requirements, as the AA will satisfy these. Students with a verified AA must still complete ALL ANSC requirements, regardless if they have a Gen Ed/CORE designation or not. Students under Gen Ed with a verified AA must complete Professional Writing and any additional credits to complete a total of 40 credits of lower level/general education courses. Students under CORE with a verified AA must must complete Professional Writing (unless exempt due to earning an A in ENGL101) and two Advanced Studies courses. Students in the CORE program must earn a total of 43 credits worth of lower level/general education courses.

4. We STRONGLY encourage students interested in transferring to ANSC to try to complete the following requirements prior to entering UMD. Make SURE you follow the instructions in Step 2 to verify the courses you are taking will transfer as the required courses here at UMD. 

  • Calculus (MATH120, MATH220, or MATH140). At the very least, students should aim to have completed Pre-Calculus (MATH113)

  • Introductory Biology Course (BSCI170/171, formerly BSCI105)

  • General Chemistry (CHEM131/132) - make sure to read about UMD's Chemistry policy on General Chemistry 2

  • **IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TIME TO GRADUATION**  It is very difficult for students to complete all ANSC requirements in only two years. Most students take at least 2.5-3 years to complete the requirements after transferring here. If you transfer here after two years somewhere else, 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.

5. Once you've figured out what you already have credit for, use our numerous course planning resources to get an idea of what your schedule might look like here at UMD! 

Math Eligibility and Course Restrictions

Under University policies, the math pre-requisite for CHEM131/132, BSCI170/171, and BSCI160/161 is officially listed as "ready to take calculus". This means in order to be considered eligible to take any of those courses, students must have completed at least through pre-calculus (MATH113 at UMD), or placed into Calculus through the Math Placement Exam to be eligible to take these courses. There are no exceptions to this policy, so make sure that you have completed precalculus prior to transferring to UMD to avoid being blocked from taking these courses. 

Minimum Grade Policy

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. If you are entering the ANSC major in Summer 2016 or later, your grades (even in courses taken prior to Summer 2016) will be evaluated according to the C- minimum course grade requirement, as you will be starting in ANSC under this policy. Only a C- or higher will be counted for transfer courses to meet major requirements. If you earn below a C- in a major requirement, you will have to repeat it.

AP Courses

If you earned AP credits high school, you need to have them reported by the AP Board directly to UMD. They do not get transferred with your transcript even if you had them reported to your previous institution.

Transfer Course Evaluation (for courses that have not yet been evaluated)

Transfer courses that have not already been evaluated for equivalency to UMD courses must be submitted for evaluation using the guidelines provided by the Transfer Credit Center. If you have courses that have not been evaluated, use these links and follow the indicated directions to submit courses for review.

General course evaluation process

Instructions on requesting a course evaluation

*IMPORTANT* – Animal Science can only evaluate Animal Science courses. All other evaluation requests must be submitted to the corresponding departments or through the TCEC.