Montana State University

Animal and Range Sciences

Advising Goals

Advising goals of the department regarding individual students include:

  • Keeping each student on track toward graduation in a timely manner.
  • Advising each student of career opportunities, and helping with the job application process.
  • Working with each student on course scheduling, adding, dropping, and withdrawing from classes.
  • Helping each student learn how to work and cope with the system.

On a group basis, our goal is to provide support for student extra curricular activities.

Advising Policy

Advisors are assigned to students based on their major in the department and their livestock or natural resource interests.

Advising is required of all students for course scheduling each semester and for developing a plan of study to keep on track toward graduation. All advisors post office hours for advising.

Students are required to see their advisor for all adds, drops, and withdrawals so that each student understands the consequences of the action on their long term achievement of a degree in a timely manner.

Students are required to work with their advisor to complete their degree audit forms and Application for Baccalaureate degree forms one year prior to graduation.

Advising is recommended whenever a student has questions about the direction of their program, career opportunities, etc.

Students are allowed to change advisors whenever they think it would be beneficial to their academic program.

Recent Changes and Future Plans

To Improve Quality of Advising

The assignment of advises to advisors should be based on their livestock or natural resource interests, i.e., if a student is interested in sheep he/she should be assigned to a faculty member also interested in sheep.

Each advisor should set up a meeting with their newly assigned freshman and transfer students within the first two weeks of classes to meet each of them and to discuss career opportunities and their individual goals and how they can best meet those goals.

To Improve Accessibility of Advisors

In general, we do not feel that we have a problem with accessibility of our advisors. Advisors are reminded to post office hours for advising.