HLA Advising


Horticulture and Landscape Architecture provides advising to students in the horticulture, environmental horticulture, and landscape architecture majors, as well as minors in horticulture, environmental horticulture, and organic agriculture.

Our Academic Success Coordinators can address a variety of advising-related questions, assist students with managing their degree programs, and be a resource in navigating university processes and paperwork. Each student will also be assigned to at least one Faculty Mentor to provide additional guidance and professional development support. Below are a variety of resources to help you in your progress.


The HLA Student Success Center located at the University Services Center – Fourth Floor North – 601 S Howes St is open from 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday

Advising FAQ

How do I declare or change my major or minor?

To declare or change your major or minor please stop by the HLA Student Success Center in 111 Shepardson Building. You may also schedule an advising appointment with your adviser using links above.

How do I get my advising code?

Please schedule an advising appointment with your adviser to get your advising code. You may use the links above. You may also receive a link to schedule an appointment in an email invitation from your adviser prior to registration periods.

What classes are required for my major or minor?

You can find complete program information for all of our majors and minors in the CSU General Catalog.

You can see your own progress toward meeting those requirements by viewing your Degree Progress Audit in Ram Web.

How do I run my Degree Progress Audit?

Log into your RAMweb account, and click on Menu at top right. Select Academic Planning & Progress. Then select Degree Progress Audit. Click Request an Audit, and then click Run Declared Program to see results based on your current major. If you wish to view results for a different major click Run Different Program and use the drop down menus to make your selections.

Your degree progress audit report lists the classes you have taken, your “in-progress” coursework, and the classes that you still need to complete in your program.

You are expected to have reviewed your Degree Audit Report prior to advising meetings and prepare a tentative list/schedule of courses to be discussed with your adviser during your meeting.

What is the All University Core Curriculum (AUCC)? What courses can I take to fulfill AUCC requirements?

All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements provide a solid foundation for undergraduate studies for all CSU students. The AUCC requirements are listed in the CSU General Catalog, and you can find specific courses that fulfill each requirement here as well.

To search current offerings of AUCC classes in the Registration system on RAMweb, use “Advanced Search” and highlight all of the course prefixes. Then under “Attribute Type” highlight the AUCC Category you want to search/satisfy. RAMweb will bring up an alphabetical list of all classes offered that semester fulfilling that particular AUCC requirement.

How do I request a course override?

Course overrides must be requested from the instructor. Please email to instructor directly to request your override and be sure to let them know your name, your CSU ID, the reason for your request, and the specific section(s) of the course you want.

Course overrides for HORT variable credit courses (HORT 384 Supervised Teaching, HORT 486 Practicum, HORT 487 Internship, HORT 495 Independent Study, and HORT 496 Group Study) require additional paperwork. You can pick this up in the HLA Student Success Center in 111 Shepardson Building.

How do I take the Math Placement Exam?

Most students are required to take the Colorado State University Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE). Learn more about the math placement process here. Find the entire math placement directory here.

If you do not receive an adequate score from your MPE to register for MATH 117 or higher, please do NOT register for MATH 101 or 105. Instead, complete the Entry Level Mathematics Tutorial and then plan to register for MATH 117.

How do I register for classes?

You will find answers to all of your questions about registration and waitlists here.

How do waitlists work?

You will find answers to all of your questions about registration and waitlists here.

Please note, you will only be able to waitlist for the smaller lab and/or recitation sections for courses that have linked components.

Where can I find undergraduate forms?

Many forms can be found on the Registrar’s Office Forms website (appeals, repeat/delete, transfer re-evaluation, veterans forms, etc.)

HORT variable credit courses (HORT 384 Supervised Teaching, HORT 486 Practicum, HORT 487 Internship, HORT 495 Independent Study, and HORT 496 Group Study) require additional paperwork. You can pick this up in the HLA Student Success Center in 111 Shepardson Building.

Are there any Tutoring and Academic Success Resources on campus?


The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) learning programs offer tutoring, study groups, workshops, and other learning resources.

The Eagle Feather Tutoring Program  is a free tutoring service for math and science courses available to students on a walk-in or appointment basis at the Native American Cultural Center office.

The Writing Center the Colorado State University Writing Center is a free service open to Colorado State University students, staff, faculty, and alumni as well as the local Fort Collins community.

The Chemistry Learning Resource Center (CLeRC) has many resources available to undergraduate students that aims to improve student learning and academic performances for all students in our chemistry courses.


In addition to the scholarships that you apply to via the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) you may wish to visit the links below for other external awards.


Seed Your Future – Scholarships & Internships – Outstanding resource that lists many scholarship opportunities.

The American Floral Endowment May 1, 2019 – also lists multiple scholarships

Arborjet “Taking Root” Scholarship Program June 2019

Colorado Garden Foundation 2019 Scholarships Application opens Feb 1, 2019

Hoe and Hope Garden Club Scholarship, February 28, 2019

The Irrigation Foundation Scholarship Program February 15, 2019

JSR Foundation Scholarship Competition May 2019

Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship March 30, 2019


Mid America CropLife Association – Young Leader Scholarship Program (Jan. 25)

The Colorado Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Scholarship (April 5)

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Scholarship (May 1)

Women in Agribusiness Summit Scholarship (June 30)

Garden Club of America Scholarships (various scholarships and deadlines)

Other scholarship searches

Tracy Smith, Director of Undergraduate Advising

Tracy Smith

Advising for the Horticulture Major and Environmental Horticulture Major

Office: University Services Center – Fourth Floor North, 601 S Howes St

Phone: 970-491-0877

Email: tracy.smith@colostate.edu

Amy Quinn-Sparks, Academic Adviser

Amy Quinn-Sparks

Advising for the Online Horticulture Major

Phone: 970-491-1940

Email: amy.quinn@colostate.edu

Danielle Martin, Academic Support Coordinator

Danielle Martin

Advising for the Landscape Architecture Major

Office: 111 Shepardson Building

Phone: 970-491-8416

Email: d.martin@colostate.edu

Sarah Wilhelm, Research Associate

Sarah Wilhelm

HLA Internship Coordinator

Office: Plant Growth Facilities, by appointment only

Phone: 970-491-8416

Email: sarah.j.wilhelm@colostate.edu

Beka Crocket, Career Services

Beka Crocket

Career Services

Office: 149 Animal Sciences Building

Phone: 970-491-3721

Email: beka.crocket@colostate.edu

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