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Undergraduate Advising


Becoming an ANSC Major

If you are interested in switching to ANSC, you are required to attend a major change seminar. These seminars are held on multiple dates in both the fall and spring semesters, on the following dates:

Spring 2014 Seminars - all held in ANSC0467 (Reading Room)

  • Session 1: Mon 2/3 at 2pm
  • Session 2: Wed 3/5 at 10am
  • Session 3: Tues 4/15 at 2pm
  • Session 4: Wed 5/7 at 10am

Please contact Libby Dufour at if you would like to sign up for one of these sessions. You must sign up to attend the session, and you must attend a session to be eligible to change to the ANSC major.

Prior to attending the session, you should visit our website and familiarize yourself with the courses required for the option you are interested in. You can find curriculum worksheets for all of the options in the Forms Section.

At the session, you will learn about the differences in our options, and be given tools to formulate a plan of how you would complete your ANSC requirements in a timely manner.

After attending the session, you will be required to create and submit a semester by semester academic plan for completing the required coursework. This plan will be reviewed, and admittance to the major will be granted pending approval of your academic plan. 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.

The ANSC department has a mandatory advising policy. This means that you must have a face-to-face meeting with your faculty advisor every semester before you will be allowed to register for courses. You will be assigned to an advisor when you officially switch majors. Because advising is required, it is imperative that you schedule a time to meet with your advisor well in advance of your registration date.

You should come to your advising session with the list of courses you plan to take the next semester, as well as your full academic course plan. Once you have met with your advisor, they will lift a specific block that prevents you from registering. If you do not meet with your advisor, this block will not be removed and you will NOT be able to register.