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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Welcome to Orientation


What is orientation all about? § Meeting fellow students and becoming familiar with campus § Learning about the academic side of college § Academic advising and scheduling of fall classes § Finding out about residence halls, meals, etc. § Learning about resources for your success § Getting your Cat Card (official identification card for students, CAT$cratch, dining, library and fitness access, door access, bus pass for CCTA)

§ UVM email address § Knowing you’ve made the right choice


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The CALS

Plan and Prepare

PACT

Apply Yourself in Academics

for success:

Communicate

Take Responsibility


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Majors Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Environmental Studies

Biochemistry

Food Systems

Biological Sciences

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Community Entrepreneurship

Microbiology

Community and International Development

Molecular Genetics

Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Sciences

Public Communication

Ecological Agriculture

Sustainable Landscape Horticulture

Environmental Sciences

Self Design

Plant Biology


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Minors Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Food Systems

Applied Design

Green Building and Community Design

Biochemistry

Microbiology

Community Entrepreneurship

Molecular Genetics

Community and International Development

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Consumer Affairs

Plant Biology

Consumer and Advertising

Public Communication

Ecological Agriculture Environmental Studies

Soil Science Sustainable Landscape Horticulture

* Minors are not required for CALS students


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Our Building and Departments Morrill Hall- CALS Dean’s Office, CDAE Department

Terrill Hall- Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department

Stafford Hall- Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department

Jeffords Hall- Plant and Soil Science, Plant Biology Departments

Marsh Life Sciences- Biological Sciences, Nutrition and Food Sciences Departments


Our Farms and Facilities

Miller Research Complex EDUCATION

RESEARCH

CREAM PROGRAM

UVM HORSE BARN


Conduct research, do an internship, study genetics, immunology, pre-med, pre-vet ‌to name a few!

LABS and

LIFE SCIENCES


Just a few current student highlights What will be your story?

• • • • • •

Student interned at Alaska HeliMush, a family owned sled dog business. Student received a $90,000 fellowship to study at the Yale University School of Art. First year student received a grant to attend the Special Olympics Global Youth Summit in Austria. Student completed an internship with the Rwanda Ministry of Health studying healthcare policy. Student started working for FOX News full-time before graduating in May. A student completed Honors College research in Molecular Genetics while working for UVM Rescue.

91% of CALS seniors are employed or working full-time with 6 months of graduation!

Almost 1/3 of CALS Seniors go on to graduate studies within 6 months of graduation!


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Advising

What can you expect? • Meet at least once a semester • CALS 001 Assignment • Help with courses, research opportunities, internship information, plans for study abroad, graduate school, minors, knowledge of UVM services, etc. • Advisors may not be who you meet tomorrow, advisor assigned in August- will get notified

What is the PACT?

Communicate

Prepare and Plan


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Foundations Courses CALS 001 and 002

§Two semesters § Public speaking § Information technology § Small group interaction § Junior and senior peer advising § Assistance in first year campus life


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dual Major vs. Dual Degree Dual Major: having two majors within one college. § If you are seriously thinking about pursuing double major, start the process early. § We recommend starting out with one major the first semester or year, and then go from there. § Another option is choose one major and add a minor or two – same effect, but less credits.

Dual Degree: having two majors within two different colleges. § You have to fulfill both college and major requirements. § VERY time consuming. § You have to fully understand what you are getting yourself into – it is possible that you may not graduate in four years. * Need to work with your advisor to plan for study abroad and internship opportunities


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Core Competencies Knowledge - Students develop a fundamental base of knowledge that will serve as a foundation for lifelong learning. (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts)

Skills - Students develop abilities and use tools to effectively communicate, analyze, problem solve, think critically and work with others. (math, statistics, computer technology)

Values - Students are exposed to values that are expressed through relationships with community, the environment, and themselves that are consistent with the mission of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the University. (Diversity and Sustainability)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Diversity and Sustainability General Education Requirements

The requirement state that all undergraduate students must satisfy the following THREE requirements prior to graduation: One 3-credit course approved in Diversity Category 1 (Race & Racism in the U.S.) One 3-credit course approved in Diversity Category 2 (Human and Societal Diversity). One 3-credit course approved in Sustainability


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Sustainability Living/Learning Community

The LEAF Program Landscape Ecology, Agriculture and Food

• 1 credit class in the Fall • Field trips • Guest speakers • Part of the Sustainability Community • University Heights South


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Readiness Tests Math Readiness Test – what does your score tell you? •

Your score will place you into the appropriate level Math course, depending on what Math course your major requires. Please see your student folder (you will receive on Day 2) for a detailed score guide.

Foreign Language Placement Exam (language class is not required) Biological Science Placement Test • • •

This test is not required but is highly recommended for students interested in taking BCOR 21 their first semester. If you’ve taken this test and scored higher than 120, talk to your advisor about taking BCOR 021 instead of BCOR 011 If you have questions, contact Professor Donald Stratton (Don.Stratton@uvm.edu)

Advanced Placement Scores (AP)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Academic Student Resources and Support

PACT Take Responsibility Apply Yourself in Academics

Learning Co-op - subject area tutors, study skills, writing center

Supplemental Instruction Sessions introductory courses

Career Services - Supports students and graduates in identifying and attaining their career and life-long learning goals (resume, cover letter, internships, jobs, general information

SAS – Student Accessibility Services


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Additional Student Resources and Support MOSIAC Student Center - Supports the holistic development of ALANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, and Native American) and Bi/Multiracial students

LGBTQA Center – Serves as UVM's point of coordination for activities, community, resources, advocacy, information, and history for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Pan, Queer & Questioning, Asexual and Advocate identified people.

Student Health Clinic Resident Assistants (RA) Faculty Advisor Dean’s Office – Student Services (Whitney Northrop and Rose Laba)


UVM Academic Integrity 1. All ideas, arguments, and phrases, submitted without attribution to other sources, must be the creative product of the student – Violation constitutes plagiarism. 2. All experimental data, observations, interviews, statistical surveys, and other information collected and reported as part of academic work must be authentic –Violation constitutes fabrication. 3. Students may only collaborate within the limits prescribed by their instructors – Violation constitutes collusion. 4. Students must adhere to the guidelines provided by their instructors for completing coursework – Violation constitutes cheating.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Registrar’s Website (uvm.edu/registrar) • • • • •

Academic Calendar Deadlines for drop, add, withdrawal Final exam schedule (already posted, no changes) Course schedules Transfer credits


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Planning for Graduation in Four Years‌.or less!

12 credits per semester

15 credits per semester

18 credits per semester (over 18 needs approval by your advisor and the Dean’s Office, additional cost)

(less than 12 credits is considered part-time and may impact financial aid

Graduation Requirement = 120 credits


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Your Academic Record • Currently CATS Audit, in September you will see DEGREE AUDIT. • Your record of what courses need to be completed for your major, transfer credits, “what if”, etc. • Check it often, especially before visiting your advisor! • Go to MYUVM to access.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dean’s List – top

20% of students from each class, every semester. (this does not mean the same GPA in each class)

Minimum GPA-

2.0 required for graduation from CALS.

Academic trial- various levels depending on GPA and number of semesters under 2.0. Recovery plan developed with the Dean’s office.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A Few Important Academic Policies When issues come up, talk with your Professors and the CALS Dean’s Office- Student Support Services (Whitney, Rose, Kate)

Communicate Missing exams, assignments - extenuating circumstances only! Academic Alerts - not given in every course (ask your professor) Repeating a course – credit counts only once; grade averaged into overall GPA


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Expectations of a CALS Student • Students take the initiative- you are your own advocate! • UVM Email is the #1 way we communicate with you – check it often • Make appointments with professors if you’re not doing well in class • Contact the Dean’s office (Whitney Northrop) with academic, health or personal issues • Talk to your RA, then to ResLife if you have housing or roommate issues

Take Responsibility


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Expectations of the Families of CALS Students • Provide support for your student but let them take responsibility • The Dean’s Office and professors want to hear from the students directly •

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can not speak about grades unless student has signed off officially in Dean’s office

• We are here to answer any questions along the way, and to support students over the next four years.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A few words of advice • Take chances and try new things • Let interests evolve • Expect that college life will be a different experience than you expect • Address emails professional and politely • Sit in the first few rows of your classes • Go to class every day • Introduce yourself to your professors • Think about time management and plan ahead • Have fun, and be good to yourself!

We are so happy you are a part of our CALS family!


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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See you in the Fall! Any questions, please feel free to contact us at calsstudentservices@uvm.edu or call the Student Services Team at 802-656-2980.

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