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Frequently Asked Questions

Biology

Undergraduate Programs Office

To find out answers to the following questions, go to the Biology FAQ page:

1. How do I change majors?
2. How do I get forced into a class?
3. What should I take next semester?
4. What catalog should I follow?
5. Can I take a course pass/fail (S/U)?
6. Can an undergraduate take a graduate course?
7. What day do I register?
8. I don't know my classification?
9. I missed my registration day, what can I do?
10. I forgot to pay my fees and my schedule was dropped, what can I do?
11. Why would the registrar add penalties to my fees?
12. I'm blocked, how do I clear the block?
13. How do I co-enroll at another college?
14. How many times can I take the same KINE 199?
15. If I make a "D" in a course, do I have to take it over?
16. I made a "D" in a course, if I take it over is the "D" taken off my record?
17. Am I on probation?
18. What if I don't make my probation requirements?
19. How do I appeal a grade?
20. Do grades count for transfer courses?
21. How do I withdraw from the university?
22. How do I drop a course?
23. Can I drop a particular course after Q-drop is over?
24. How can I get an incomplete in a course?
25. What math courses are required for my degree?
26. Do I have to take a language since I took two years of language in high school?
27. What can I take as biology (or botany or microbiology or zoology) electives?
28. What can I use as general electives?
29. How do I satisfy a minor?
30. How many hours can I transfer from another school?
31. What courses can I transfer from another school?
32. What is a BIOL 485?
33. How do I choose a 485 topic?
34. How many hours of 485 can I use?
35. How do I register for a 485?
36. Do I have to take a computer science or foreign language course?
37. What about the core curriculum?
38. What Humanities electives can I take?
39. What Social Science electives can I take?
40. What Speech and Writing Skills courses can I take?
41. What is a degree check?
42. When do I file a degree check and where?
43. How do I file for graduation?
44. What is the best major to get into medical or dental school?
45. How do I apply to dental/medical school?
46. Where do I get MCAT/DAT information and when should I take it?
47. What can I do with a biology degree?
48. How do I apply to graduate school?
49. Where can I get G.R.E. information?
50. I don't want to stay in biology, but don't know what degree program I should enter. What should I do?
51. How do I find out who my advisor is?
52. What student biological societies are available?
53. What departmental scholarships are available?
54. What courses can I test out of?
55. Who signs the request for "testing out" of a course?
56. What do I do if I have a disagreement with a professor?
57. Is there a course I can substitute for ENGL 301?

College of Science

Undergraduate Programs Office

A senior undergraduate student with a cumulative grade point ratio of at least 3.0 is eligible to enroll in a graduate course and reserve it for graduate credit by filing a petition. This petition must be approved by the course instructor, the student's major department head, the dean of the college offering the course and the dean of the student's undergraduate college.

An academically superior undergraduate student with a cumulative grade point ratio of at least 3.25 is eligible to apply graduate credit hours toward his or her undergraduate degree program by filing a petition. This petition must be approved by the course instructor, the student's major department head, the dean of the college offering the course and the dean of the student's undergraduate college. Graduate credit hours used to meet the requirements for a baccalaureate degree may not be used to meet the requirements for a graduate degree.
Students who wish to take classes after they have graduated must have a 3.6 overall GPA. Students will either apply as post-baccalaureate or non-degree seeking students. Any violation of the honor code will result in forfeiting the right to future enrollment.


  • Post-baccalaureate students already have an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a second undergraduate degree.

  • Non-degree seeking students intend to take courses but do not wish to pursue a degree.


The College of Science offers minors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and statistics. A student interested in declaring a minor should seek approval from both their major department and the department offering the minor. To initiate the process, please contact the department which offers the minor of interest for requirements.
Administrative removal of posted grades requires approval by the dean of the college in which the student was enrolled during the semester in which the courses were taken. A NG requires documentation of the extraordinary circumstances justifying the No Grades. The instructor of record and/or department head will be consulted during the process. Only in the most rare and justified cases will a NG be granted for less than all courses in a given semester and must be specifically addressed in supporting documentation.

The College of Science requires a student to complete an application for No Grades and to include supporting documentation. Approval of No Grade Requests will be determined by the committee using this rubric. The typed application and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in 514 Blocker. A committee will review the application and determine if the No Grades will be granted. The student will be notified of the decision by the College of Science Dean's office.
Any student who was not enrolled at Texas A&M University for the previous semester (excluding summer sessions) must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions and Records. Please visit their website for information on deadlines and application process.

College of Science students who are eligible (students who have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point ratio (GPR) and were not previously blocked or dismissed by the College of Science) for readmission will be allowed to return to their most recent major in the College of Science. Readmission is not guaranteed. Each application is evaluated on its own merits.
The Transfer Admission office evaluates all college-level courses transferred to Texas A&M University. If a course is acceptable, it will transfer either as a direct equivalent to a Texas A&M course, or "by title" if no Texas A&M equivalent has been established. Whether or not a "by title" course can be applied to a College of Science degree plan is determined by your academic advisor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. To begin this evaluation process, provide your academic advisor with the transfer course catalog description and syllabus. Your academic advisor will complete a "Curriculum Substitution Request" form and send the form with the catalog description and syllabus for each class, to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for approval. If the College of Science approves the transfer work as equivalent to a Texas A&M University course, the request will be forwarded to the Degree Audit office for final processing.
Students in good academic standing, with less than 90 hours, may initiate a curriculum change during the semester no later than the last day of preregistration. Five workdays after final grades are available, curriculum changes may once again be initiated.

A student not in good standing may initiate a curriculum change during the semester until the first day of preregistration. Beginning with the first day of preregistration, a curriculum change will not be considered until after the end of the semester. Five days after final grades are available for the semester, curriculum changes may once again be initiated.

A first semester freshman may initiate a curriculum change through the fifth class day of the semester. After the fifth class day, no curriculum change will be considered until after the end of the semester. Five days after final grades are available for the semester, curriculum changes may once again be initiated.

All changes of major, either into or within the College of Science, must be approved by an academic advisor in the department offering the proposed major. Internal transfers for current TAMU students to College of Science majors will no longer be accepted after a students has completed 6 long semesters of college course work, post high school graduation. The CLSC does not accept change of majors once a student reaches senior status (90 hours). All students are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPR and a 2.5 GPR in their proposed major to be admitted to the College of Science.

* To initiate this process, please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in the department which offers the proposed major.*

For BIOL, BMCB, MBIO and ZOOL - Overall GPA must be 2.5 or better; 2.5 GPA or better in BIOL 111/112 with no grade less than a C; 2.5 GPA or better in CHEM 101/102/111/112 with no grade less than a C. At least one BIOL and one CHEM must be taken at A&M and counted toward the required GPA. It is expected that students complete BIOL111/112/213/214; CHEM101/111/102/112/227/237/228/238; and MATH147/147 (or the equivalents) by the start of the students' fifth full semester. No D's or F's in proposed major's courses on new degree plan, unless student has retaken courses and earned a C or better. No scholastic dishonesty.

For CHEM - Overall GPR of 2.5 Completion of CHEM101/102/111/112 with a GPR of 2.5 or better and no grade lower than a C. Completion of MATH151 (preferred completion of MATH152) with an overall GPA of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C. No D's or F's in proposed major's courses, unless student has retaken courses and earned a C or better. No scholastic dishonesty.

For APMS and MATH - Overall GPA must be a 2.5 or better; 2.5 GPA or better in MATH 151/152 with no grade less than a C. No D's or F's in proposed major's courses, unless student has retaken courses and earned a C or better. No scholastic dishonesty.

For PHYS - Overall GPA must be a 2.5 or better; 2.5 GPA or better in MATH 151/152 with no grade less than a C; 2.5 GPA or better in PHYS 218/208 with no grade lower than a C. No D's or F's in proposed major's courses, unless student has retaken courses and earned a C or better. No scholastic dishonesty.


For STAT - Overall GPA must be a 2.5 or better, 2.5 GPA or better in all MATH and STAT courses, 2.5 GPA or better in MATH 151/152 (or 171/172) with no grade less than a C, no Cs or lower in proposed major's courses, unless students has retaken courses and earned a B or better.

For University Studies-Mathematics for Business and Pre-Professionals - Overall GPA must be a 2.00 or better; 2.0 GPA or better in MATH 151/152 with no grade less than a C.

For University Studies-Mathematics for Teaching - Overall GPA must be 2.75 or better; 2.5 GPA or better in MATH 151/152 with no grade less than a C.

For University Studies-Secondary Science Teaching - Overall GPA must be 2.75 or better; 2.5 GPA or better in BIOL111/112 and CHEM 101/102/111/112 with no grade less than a C.

Double Majors or Double Degrees


A student interested in pursuing a double major or double degree in the College of Science is required to seek approval from both the current major department as well as the proposed major department. The College of Science requires a petition including a degree plan to be completed and approved by both departments. To initiate this process, please contact the department which offers the proposed major or degree. Please note, the College of Science requires a 3.00 overall GPR, a 3.00 in current major as well as the proposed major, and must initiate the process before the student reaches 90 credit hours.


Undergraduate Double Majors


Both majors must lead to the same baccalaureate degree, e.g., both must lead to BA or BS, rather than one leading to a BA and one to a BS. The degree for a double major is one degree; one diploma will be issued, with both majors indicated. A student must complete the requirements for both majors before the degree can be awarded.


A student pursuing a double major must complete all university and college requirements. If both majors are in the same college, the student must complete all department/curricular requirements for each major. If one major is in one college and the other is in another college, the student must meet all requirements for each major. A list of courses required for completion of the second major must be approved by the advisor for that curriculum.


Undergraduate Second Degrees


A student pursuing a second degree will, upon completion of all requirements, receive two separate degrees, e.g., two BAs, two BSs, or a combination of either BA, BS, BBA, BLA, or BED degree.


A student pursuing a second degree must complete all university, college, and department/curricular requirements for the second degree not covered in the first.


Courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for both degrees. However, the total semester hours required must be at least 30 semester hours in addition to the greater number of hours required for either degree. At least 12 hours of 300- and 400-level course work must be completed in each field of study.

A student may drop a course without penalty through the 50th class day of a fall or spring semester, the 15th class day of a summer term or the 35th class day of a 10-week summer semester. The symbol Q shall be given to indicate a drop without penalty.

Undergraduate students will normally be permitted three Q-drops during their undergraduate studies. Students who have documented emergencies or very unusual, substantial, nonacademic circumstances that occur after the Q-drop deadline may still have relief. The student's dean will retain the authority to support a student to Q-drop after the deadline. Additional Q-drops will be allowed only in documented unusual circumstances as determined by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. To initiate the process, complete a Q-drop form and visit your academic advisor or Dean's Office for further assistance and instruction.

  • Letters are considered evaluations and will be based on grades earned, notes in file, extracurricular activities, awards, etc.

  • Requests must be sent at least 10 working days prior to deadline

  • Information that must be given to Dr. Scott include current resume, all forms with waivers signed and legal address for entity receiving letter



  • All forms completed and signed by appropriate departmental representatives and advisors

  • Must be submitted at least 5 working days prior to deadline



  • Completed forms must be submitted 5 working days prior to deadline

A student desiring to withdraw from the university (drop to zero hours) before the completion of a semester is required to comply with the official withdrawal procedure (see below). This process is initiated in the dean's office of the college in which the student is registered. A student may not withdraw after the Q-drop deadline. Students who have documented emergencies or very unusual, substantial, nonacademic circumstances that occur after the withdrawal deadline may still have relief. The student's dean will retain the authority to support a student to withdraw after the deadline.

Students may not withdraw during final examination periods.

During the summer session, a student must withdraw from the university when they drop all classes they are registered for in all summer terms.

When a student withdraws from the university beginning the first class day and extending through the Q-drop deadline, the registrar will assign a grade of W to all courses enrolled in during that semester, and the W grades will be displayed on the permanent record.

College of Science students withdrawing for a second time will not normally be readmitted to the College. To be considered for readmission, documentation that issues have been resolved, projected course loads, and supports outlined by a professional will be required.
Students who wish to take courses concurrently at Texas A&M University and another institution should verify with their academic advisor at Texas A&M that the courses will transfer into their degree plan before enrolling. International students are required to seek approval from International Student Services (ISS) before enrolling.
Students asked to provide documentation for a medical absence should provide a note from their healthcare provider on letterhead with current contact information. Effective dates should be included. Dean's Office personnel may contact the provider to verify appointment and that student was "too ill or too contagious" to attend class or that the illness rises to the level of "extenuating and extraordinary."

Deaths in a student's immediate family are also excused. An obituary or a letter from a funeral director listing relationship to the deceased must be provided with contact information to the funeral home for verification.

FALSIFICATION OF THE ABOVE CONSTITUTES A VIOLATION OF STUDENT CONDUCT AND CAN BE REFERRED TO THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE FOR ADJUDICATION.
To register concern or praise about classroom communications, a student first reports concern to the instructor in charge of the course. If the issue is not resolved at this level, the student should report the concerns to the instructor's Department Head for resolution and complete the Classroom Communication Concerns form.
An undergraduate student is scholastically deficient when his or her semester grade point ratio is less than 2.00; or his or her cumulative grade point ratio is less than 2.00; or the cumulative grade point ratio in his or her major field of study is below a 2.00.

In the event an undergraduate student becomes scholastically deficient, he or she may, after review by his or her academic dean, be: suspended from the College—for scholastic deficiency; permitted to continue in school on scholastic probation; or warned of scholastic deficiency.

Students will be placed on academic probation if they incur a deficit of -1 grade point overall or in their major, and will be allowed to continue on probation up to a deficit of -7 grade points overall or in their major for one semester. A student will be dismissed from the College of Science if he or she incurs a deficit of -8 grade points overall or in their major. Students may also be removed for failure to meet terms of probation or posting less than a 2.00 semester GPA for two consecutive semesters. Students dismissed from the College of Science will be blocked from continued enrollment until they successfully change to a new major in another college at Texas A&M University. Unless officially accepted by another college at Texas A&M, the student must pursue his or her academic endeavors at another institution of higher learning.

Students who have completed fewer than 60 hours and were dismissed for scholastic deficiency may meet the qualifications to apply for change of curriculum through General Academics.

Regents Scholars is a Texas A&M University program aimed at students who are the first in their family to attend college. The College of Science clusters such students together in various courses according to their major. Additionally, those students are expected to live on campus and are assigned College of Science staff and faculty as mentors/advisors. The goal of the program and its various facets is to help ease students’ transitions to university life and improve their odds for collegiate success, thereby improving College and University retention and graduation rates.
Current approved writing courses offered by the College of Science are located on the Writing Center website.

Mathematics

Undergraduate Programs Office

From a community college in Texas, reference the Texas Common Course Numbering System - Appendix B of the course catalog.

  • To receive your certification as an undergraduate, you need to take the education courses described on our Undergraduate Homepage. The easiest way to do this is to get a BA in MATH with Certification. You can get certified with any of our degree plans, but it will take more than 128 hours to do so.

  • There are other ways to become certified after you graduate, including Post-Baccalaureate, Accelerated, and Temporary Certification. For a list of places in the state which offer these certification methods, see the State Board for Educator Certification website.


  • If you have a minor declared and want to remove it, see the advisor in your major to have it removed.

  • NOTE: Failure to remove a minor for which you have not met the requirements will block you from graduating.


  • Before taking TEFB 324, a student must formally apply to the Teacher Certification Program at Texas A&M

  • The first step in doing this is to have a Teaching Field Plan filled out by Dr. Vince Schielack (MILN 211, vinces@math.tamu.edu), which lists the math courses required for certification

  • After completing the Teaching Field Plan, take it to the Education Advisors in Heaton Hall to fill out a Certification Plan. They will instruct you on what needs to be done to formally apply to the certification program.


  • As an incoming freshman, no requirements

  • As a transfer student, a 3.0 overall and at least Cal I and Cal II with a 3.0 average and no D's or F's.

  • From another major at A&M, a 2.5 overall and 2.5 in applicable MATH/STAT/CPSC courses

  • As a double major, 3.0 overall and 3.0 in applicable MATH/STAT/CPSC courses


  • KINE 199 must be taken S/U. This is the default when you sign up for it.

  • KINE 198 may be taken S/U or for a grade

  • If you want to change the grading status of your KINE 198 or 199, you can do so on Howdy up to the Q-drop deadline.

You must keep at least a 2.0 overall and a 2.0 in applicable MATH/STAT/CPSC courses. If not, you will be on probation. If you fall at least 8 grade points below a 2.0 (example: after 28 hours you have only 48 grade points), you will have to find another major outside the College of Science.

  • The aggieTEACH is the only way a student can receive Teacher Certification as an undergraduate. There is no difference in the courses you take, but there are scholarship awards available for students pursuing certification in this program.

  • For more information or to sign up for the aggieTEACH program, see Jennifer Whitfield in Blocker 517.


Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs Office

We do accept AP scores; however, we like to see higher scores on your physics and math exams than the minimum scores set by the University.
There currently is no plan to offer an astronomy degree, However, as of Fall 2014, we do offer an astrophysics minor.

Yes, we offer departmental scholarships to continuing Physics majors. Interested students should fill out the University Scholarship Application.
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