Advising Mission

Enhance the educational experience and maximize opportunities for students in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences.

Therefore, we are committed to a strong, effective academic advising program. Advising plays a significant role in the developmental process of educating students for lifelong learning. The advising relationship is a partnership between student and advisor and is dependent on effective communication and regular contact. This partnership has shared responsibilities which culminate in student success.

Student Expectations

- Review degree audit
- Be responsible for self
- Be familiar with deadlines
- Know your degree plan requirements
- Plan a semester ahead
- Use your U of A e-mail
- Utilize your resources
- Communicate with advisors/instructors to develop a relationship

Advisor Expectations

- Know degree requirements

- Know resources and services

- Understand sequencing of courses

- Provide guidance and advice

- Document advising information in UASuccess

Course Requirements

Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
Communication Intensive List

(Updated January 2019)

Course Listing and descriptions

Course Descriptions

AFLS 3413H Honors Proposal Development (Sp) This course offers a synthesis level learning opportunity. Course will include creative process, ethics, proposal writing, literature review, experimental design, scientific theory and methods, data collection, statistics, budget, and summary. Students will draw on their background and presentations to create written proposals. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

AFLS 3993 Professional Growth annd Critical Career Skills
The MERIT Profile will be utilized to identify students behavioral and character profiles so they may "know themselves" based upon strengths and tendencies. Throughout the term, students will be engaged in topics to help them identify their core values and strengths and develop their weaknesses. Course topics will include; adjusting to mistakes, cast off the negatives, verifying your values, scheduling priorities, building character, framing decisions/choices, personal improvement plans, and more. Upon course completion students should be able to utilize personal leadership approaches, strategic thinking and behavior, critical thinking and problem identification techniques and verbal and written communication to effectively convey their suitability specific feasible careers. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

AGED 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public (Sp, Su, Fa) An overview of public communications theory and practices in the agricultural, food, and life sciences with a particular focus on technical writing, public relations and media relations writing, campaign planning, public speaking, and various mass media communication techniques, including print, broadcast, electronic, and social media.

AGED 4003 Issues in Agriculture (Fa) Lecture and discussion on local, regional, national and international issues related to agricultural policy, ethics, environment, society, and science. Designed for students with at least six hours of upper division agricultural science courses. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

AGED 4343 Communication Campaigns in Agriculture (Sp Odd years) Students will develop understanding of the principles, practices and applications of social marketing, integrated marketing communications, advertising and public relations as they pertain to developing communication campaign strategies for the agricultural industry. Students will develop a communication campaign for an agricultural company and/or entity focused on a specific product or service. Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate status.

CSES 3023 Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium (Fa) A communication-intensive course covering topics in agronomy and environmental, soil, and water science with particular emphasis on spoken communication but also including written communication, group activities, professionalism, ethics, problem solving, and information retrieval. A student-oriented class with collaborative participation. Colloquium workshop: 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: COMM 1313 and Junior or Senior standing only.

COMM 1313 Public Speaking (Sp, Su, Fa) Application of the communication techniques needed to organize and deliver oral messages in a public setting. Emphasis given to theory and practice of message strategies and preparation, audience analysis, presentational skills including multimedia support, speech criticism, and the listening process.

COMM 2303 Advanced Public Speaking (Sp, Su, Fa) Continuing study of the invention and adaptation or oral discourse to the needs of listeners. Consideration of the problems of communication in platform presentation. Prerequisite: COMM 1313.

COMM 2323 Interpersonal Communication (Sp, Su, Fa) Personal and interpersonal factors affecting communication in everyday life. Emphasis upon ways in which interpersonal perception, physical environment, semantic choices, and nonverbal cues affect communication primarily in the context of work, family, and other personal experiences.

COMM 2343 Introduction to Small-Group Communication (Sp, Su, Fa) An introduction to procedures used in exchanging information, solving problems, determining policies, and resolving differences in committees and other small groups. Prerequisite: COMM 1313.

COMM 3383 Persuasion (Sp, Su, Fa) Introduction to theories of persuasion with emphasis on application and effect. Prerequisite: COMM 1313.

ENGL 2003 Advanced Composition (Sp, Su, Fa) Review course in English composition. Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023.

ENGL 2013 Essay Writing (Sp, Su) Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023.

ENGL 3053 Technical and Report Writing (Sp, Fa) Intensive practice in such types of writing as processes, descriptions of mechanism, abstracts, and laboratory and research reports. The criteria for effective written exposition in the scientific areas, including agriculture and engineering. Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023 or equivalent.

Advising Forms

The following forms may be utilized by students, advisors, instructors, and departments.

AFLS Overload Petition (19-21 hours)

The student completes the student information, Proposed Schedule of Classes, and Reason for Overload sections. The advisor completes the Recommendations of Advisor section and signs the form. The student takes the form to the Dean's office for processing.

UA Overload Petition (22+ hours) 

Students who wish to carry more than 21 hours per semester must first request and receive favorable action from the Academic Standards Committee. The Dean's office has these forms.

AFLS Scholarship Application

The Bumpers College Scholarship Application is available online only from January 1 - February 15 each year.  Applications must be fully completed and submitted by 11:59 PM February 15th. Some scholarships require additional materials which are listed separately from the scholarship application.  Additional scholarship opportunities are also listed separately and should be reviewed individually.

Course Substitution Form

This form is submitted for a change in the student's degree plan. One example of its use is when a student has successfully taken other courses considered very similar in subject matter to those required by his or her degree plan. The advisor completes the form with the justification stated in clear detail. The form must be signed by the adviser and department head prior to being submitted to the dean's office. The student and the advisor are notified by email if the substitution has been approved.

FERPA Consent Form

This form allows the student to choose what information may be released and to whom it may be released. The student completes this form and turns it in at the Dean's office.

Financial Aid Appeal

The student completes the Student Aid Appeal Cover Page, writes an appeal letter to the Student Aid Committee detailing the circumstance, and includes any supporting documents. The student's advisor completes the appeal form. The student takes the form and other documents to the Dean's office for processing.

Minor Form for non-AFLS minors

This form is available in the Dean's office. Student and advisor signatures are needed. The student must check the catalog to see if a signature of the Department Head granting the Minor is required. A completed and signed form should be in the student's folder before applying for graduation.

Out of Career Form

The completion of the Out of Career Form is necessary when a graduate student wishes to enroll in an undergraduate level course or when an undergraduate student desires to enroll in a graduate level course for undergraduate credit. This form may require the signatures of the instructor, adviser, or department chair. It is submitted to the graduate dean's office.

Petition for Acceptance of "D" Grades for Transfer Credit 

Petition of Transfer Credit 

After the student completes and signs this form, it is returned to the Dean's office for recommendation. This form and all required materials should be submitted at least one month prior to the term for which admission is being requested.

Petition to Academic Standards Committee

Students complete Parts A and B; part C by the student's academic dean who will forward the petition to the Office of the Registrar. Petitions should reach the Registrar's Office by 4:00 PM three working days preceding the meeting of the Committee. The Academic Standards Committee calendar can be found online.

Petition to Take Coursework at Another Institution

The student may pick up this form from the Dean's office. To check for the Off-campus Equivalencies, see the Transfer Equivalency Guide available online. The student, advisor, and Dean's office must sign the form.

Request to use Grade Forgiveness Policy 

The advisor or departmental representative completes this form specifying the criteria and need for the student list. The Dean's office will provide the list but all personally identifiable information for each student will be omitted.

Walton College Course Substitution Petition for AFLS students 

Administrative Drop/Add 

Students may drop/add courses on UAConnect during the schedule-adjustment period or during the first five class days of a major semester. Students who drop classes by the end of the first week of classes in the fall and spring will have their fees adjusted. A course dropped during the first 10 days of class of a major semester will not show on the official academic record. After the first 10 class days and before the drop deadline, a student may drop a course but a "W" will be recorded. Students may not drop a full-semester course after the Friday of the tenth week of classes in a semester. Check the form for correct student ID, College (AFLS or GRAD), Career (UGRD or GRAD), course ID, credit hours, and a reason for the drop/add. Drop/Add forms must have the signature of the instructor, the advisor, and department head. Form should be sent to the Dean's office for processing.

Description of Special Problems

 This form is completed by the instructor for each student enrolling in a special problem section. It should outline the expectations of the student to complete the special problem. The form should be submitted to the Dean's office within the first three weeks of the semester.

Early Alert Form

Who is my advisor?

Your academic advisor's contact information is listed on your UAConnect Student Center screen. If one is not listed, please contact our office to determine who your advisor is.

(479) 575-2252

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