College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

Advising Policy

The ENSP program faculty and staff are committed to helping you achieve your personal and academic goals.  Whether working with us in advising, the classroom, or over e-mail, we value what you bring to our program.  Please take a few minutes to read through these items so you can bring your best self to the process.

If you still have questions, you are welcome to make an advising appontment with Ms. Angela-Mazur-Gray, Assistant Director, by visiting: https://enspadvising.youcanbook.me/

Advising and grade requirements

  • Advising is mandatory for ENSP students, regardless of GPA, credit level, or concentration.  You must visit your advisor at least once a semester; and you may visit as often as you like.
  • ENSP students are expected to enroll in MATH every semester until they complete concentration MATH requirements.  A strong foundation in MATH is required in entry-level Biology and Chemistry classes.
  • Students must earn a C- grade or higher in all courses, including Benchmarks, ENSP core courses, concentration requirements, and restricted electives.
  • To earn their degree, students must complete at least 120 credits; and earn a 2.0+ GPA in all courses required for the major, including ENSP Core courses, concentration requirements, and restricted electives.

Declaring a concentration

  • Students who have completed 40+ credits must develop a graduation plan for their intended ENSP upper-level concentration prior to registration for the following semester.  Incoming students (from other majors) who have more than 40 credits completed, must have a graduation plan in hand before they will be declared into ENSP.

E-mail

  • Official University communication is sent to the address listed on TESTUDO. Establish your Terpmail account here.
  • Organize your e-mail by using "folders" or by using two accounts, one for "personal" use, one for "school."
  • Check your school account several times weekly.
  • We send the ENSP Advising News to the e-mail address you gave us at Orientation; if you would like us to change it, let us know.

Permission is required...

Exceptions to policy

  • We want you to succeed! Please let us know ASAP if anything outside of school (illness, family emergency, or other extenuating circumstances) is affecting your academic performance. We probably can't solve the problem, but we can try to minimize its effects on your academic progress.  See guidelines under "Advising."
  • Please contact your assigned advisor or e-mail Angela (abm13@umd.edu) ASAP to give us the most flexibility re: related academic policies, strategies or resources.
  • Review the process in your college for requesting an exception to policy and submit your request ASAP.

Exceptional advising is a shared responsibility.

To maximize your advising experience...

Be current on academic policies, procedures, and requirements; and actively explore educational opportunities and internships.

  • Familiarize yourself with the UM, College, and ENSP websites; and read listserv announcements; the information on them is there for YOU!
  • Know the academic calendar. Set appointments with your advisor well in advance of deadlines.
  • Understand concentration requirements and keep a copy of your advising checklist and graduation plan together for easy reference.

Help your advisor get to know you.

  • Take initiative and contact your advisor (note: some like phone calls, others prefer e-mail).
  • Reflect on your interests, experiences, and goals, and be frank about your plans, concerns, and hopes.
  • Consider taking a copy of your resume to your first advising meeting; it’s a great summary of your “academic and career autobiography.”
  • Take a copy of your transcript with you to each meeting. It is available on TESTUDO.

Spend some time thinking through the following questions:

  • What are your academic goals? What are your long-range career goals?
  • What skills, courses, or experiences will you need to achieve these goals?
  • How can you use the summer months to gain the greatest amount of professional development?
  • If considering graduate school, are you pushing yourself to do more than the minimums, e.g., should you be taking more Calculus, more basic sciences? Discuss this with your advisor early in your academic career.
  • Update your advisor on your academic experiences and new or changing interests.

Prepare a list of questions or concerns before each advising meeting so you won’t forget them and to ensure they all get answered.

  • Do preliminary research on your questions/concerns before your advising meeting; this will put you farther down the road to a thorough answer.
  • Have a list of proposed courses, with rationale.
  • If there are upper level courses outside your curriculum that are related to your concentration and academic interests, ask if they can “count” as Restricted Electives. Bring a course description and the instructor's name and contact information with you.
  • If you are interested in gaining research or internship experience, ask about departmental opportunities or get referrals to appropriate faculty members.
  • Take notes during your advising session and keep copies of all documents you receive (e.g., referral locations, next steps, etc.). Place your advising notes in a personal advising file for later reference.
  • Your advisor will present you with options, but you must make the decisions and take the steps necessary to make them happen.

Challenge yourself to do more than the minimums.

  • Talk to your advisor about how to prepare for the best possible entry-level positions and/or graduate schools - and then do it!
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