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Howdy!. Purpose of the University Experience. To better understand the world To learn to accomplish complicated tasks To develop the ability to function as an autonomous professional. University Structure. UNIVERSITY. Texas A&M University. COLLEGE. College of

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purpose of the university experience
Purpose of the University Experience
  • To better understand the world
  • To learn to accomplish complicated tasks
  • To develop the ability to function as an autonomous professional
university structure
University Structure


Texas A&M University


College of

Agriculture & Life Science



Science & Management


Ecological Restoration


General Academics








Liberal Arts




Veterinary Medicine

core curriculum
Core Curriculum

These courses will count for all majors:

  • Engl104
  • Pols206 and 207
  • 1 American history

(105, 106 or others)

  • 1 Texas history

(226 or others)

  • 1 Kine198 and 199
majors may specify which class from a long list of options
Majors may specify which class from a long list of options:
  • 1 additional writing

or communication

  • 1 Behavioral/Social Science
  • 1 Humanities
  • 1 Vis./Perf. Art
  • 2 Math
  • 2 Science
  • 2 Intl./Cultural
college of agriculture life sciences
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

“It’s the nutrition and the safety of the food we eat. The quality of the air we breathe. The natural resources and wildlife we enjoy. And even the clothes we wear.”

academic majors in agriculture life sciences
Academic Majors in Agriculture & Life Sciences


Agricultural Communications & Journalism

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Leadership & Development

Agricultural Science

Agricultural Systems Management

Animal Science


Bioenvironmental Sciences

Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Community Development

Dairy Science

Ecological Restoration


Food Science & Technology

Forensic & Investigative Sciences



Horticultural Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Plant & Environmental Soil Science

Poultry Science

Rangeland Ecology & Management

Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences

Soil & Crop Sciences

Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences

Interdisciplinary Programs

□ Environmental Studies

□ Renewable Natural Resources

□ Spatial Sciences

college of architecture
College of Architecture
  • Construction Science
  • Environmental Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban & Regional
  • Science
  • Visual Studies
mays business school
Mays Business School
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information & Operations Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing & Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Agribusiness*
college of education human development
College of Education & Human Development
  • Hum. Resource Development
  • Technology Management
  • Teaching Tracks
  • -Early Childhood
  • -Middle Grades
  • -Bilingual
  • -Special Education
  • Health & Kinesiology
  • -Allied, Comm. & School Health
    • -Exercise Science
    • -Sport Management
    • -Physical Education Teacher Cert.
    • (All-Level)
dwight look college of engineering
Dwight Look College of Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Radiological Health Engineering
college of geosciences
College of Geosciences
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Meteorology
  • Spatial Sciences
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
college of liberal arts
College of Liberal Arts
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Communication
  • Telecommunication Media Studies
  • Theatre Arts
  • Music
  • American Studies
  • Classics
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • International Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Anthropology
college of science
College of Science
  • Biology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematical Sciences
tamu galveston
TAMU Galveston
  • Marine Science and Marine Engineering majors
  • Maritime Administration majors
  • Maritime Studies
tamu and nursing
TAMU and Nursing
  • The nursing school in College Station is part of the TAMU System. It is not a TAMU degree.
  • Students can declare GEST for the first two years and then enter nursing school.
  • Some students complete the TAMU degree first.
university studies curriculum
University Studies Curriculum


43-45 TAMU Core Curriculum Courses

21-24 Concentration

30-36 Two Minors

26-15 Electives or prerequisite requirements

120 Total hrs required for University Studies Degrees

Go tounst.tamu.edufor a full list of

University Studies options

general academic programs
General Academic Programs
  • General Studies Major
  • Aggie Access Learning Communities
  • Aggie Gateway to Success
  • Blinn TEAM
  • University Studies
what makes us different
What makes us different?
  • We are the only advisors on campus

who must stay familiar with all

curriculums and requirements

for changing to all majors.

  • We have more freshmen than

any of the colleges, so we

understand freshmen.

  • We know most freshmen need

time to explore their options.

  • About 25% of the freshmen are admitted as General Studies major.
  • About half of these are not ready to declare a major.
  • About half think they know the desired major, but have to earn a place.
  • There are 150+ majors, and most students know about a dozen.

“I like working with computers, but I am not crazy about calculus.”

requirements for changing majors
Requirements for Changing Majors
  • The only resource for the GPR/course/hour requirements for declaring all majors is at:
  • ARCHITECTURE (go to individual departments)
    • 2.50 COSC Must have at least 12 hours completed at Texas A&M and <60

when applying. Application: go to Langford-A 219

Deadline: Oct 1 for Spring, Mar 1 for Summer, June 15 for Fall

    • 3.75 ENDS <60 hours when applying

Application: available in Architecture Building room A 219

Deadline: Mar 1 (once a year only for Summer/Fall)

  • BUSINESS 3.00 cumulative (go to Wehner 238)

At least 30 graded TAMU hours No more than 75 total hours

A 3.0 or above on 4+ Qualifying courses, including completion of both required math

ETC. . . . . .

college student development
College Student Development

65-85% of all college students change their major during their academic career.

“Everyone is telling me I should be a business major. Are there good jobs are out there for horticulture majors?”

texas a m students
Texas A&M Students

Six years after the freshman cohort enrolls at TAMU, 50% graduate from a different college than the one they selected the first semester.

that s it in a nutshell
That’s it in a nutshell.
  • Thanks for being interested and spending time with us.

Kriss Boyd, Ph.D.

General Academic Programs

Texas A&M University

  • PS: I have one last slide:
Kriss’ Soapbox
  • Concurrent enrollment is fine --- to a certain extent. It does not expedite the normal development milestones of teenagers, and it does not have the rigor of TAMU courses. All freshmen make some freshmen mistakes.