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Welcome to General Academic Programs’College Meeting Hotard Hall Dr. Kriss Boyd Executive Director
College Meeting Objectives • First Semester Transition 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Registration Preparation 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Purpose of the University Experience • To better understand the world • To learn to accomplish complicated tasks • To develop the ability to function as a self - sufficient adult • To create lifelong learners
Our Goal We “EXIST to ASSIST” students as they “PREPARE to DECLARE” by . . . • Maximizing students’ career options through careful course selection • Allowing students to graduate without taking excessive hours
How many A&M majors can you name? • 65-85% of all college students change their major!
When should I meet with an Academic Advisor? At least once in the middle of each semester.
G P S Global knowledge of Texas A&M University (Student Counseling Service, Scholarships & Financial Aid) Position students to declare a major (Change of Curriculum Requirements, Degree Plans) Systems to help students succeed (Processes, Referrals)
Cost of an Extra Semester Tuition & fees: $4, 207 Books & supplies: $ 675 Room & Board: $4,004 TOTAL: $8,886* Graduating on Time: PRICELESS! * Future value of $8,886 at 5% after 25 years = $30, 091
High School vs. College College deadlines are REAL deadlines.
SyllabusPrint, Read, Save, and Refer to the Course Syllabus • The course syllabus contains the following important information: • Course title & number • Term / meeting times / location • Course description • Prerequisites • Learning outcomes or course objectives • Instructor informationTextbook and / or resource materials • Grading policies • Course topics • Calendar of activities, major assignment & exam dates
SyllabusPrint, Read, Save, and Refer to the Course Syllabus • A link to the course syllabus is provided in Howdy:
Come on in… Hotard Hall
Make an Appointment • How to make an appointment http://gest.tamu.edu • If unsure of available times, call the office at 979.845.5916
Texas A&M University System TAMUS UNIVERSITIES STATE AGENCIES TAMU -TAMUG/TAMUQ HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
University Structure UNIVERSITY Texas A&M University COLLEGE College of Agriculture & Life Science DEPARTMENT Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics MAJOR Genetics
Colleges General Academics Agriculture & Life Sciences Engineering Texas A&M University Architecture Geosciences Liberal Arts Business Science Education & Human Development Veterinary Medicine
University Studies Curriculum HoursComponent 43-45 TAMU Core Curriculum Courses 21-24 Concentration 30-36 Two Minors 15-26 Electives/prerequisite requirements 120 Total hrs required unst.tamu.edu
High School vs. College Don’t wait to cram the night before a test!
Tips for Academic Success • Go to class!!!! • Take lots of notes or record lecture. • Study for each class every week.
Communication with Faculty • Read and keep a copy of each syllabus. • Stop by and talk to your professor before the first exam. • Email your professor immediately if you will be missing class for an excused absence. **Always use TAMU email account.
Report Classroom Communication Concerns • If you experience a communication problem with your professor (i.e., does not speak fluent English), report the problem with a Classroom Communication Concerns form (available online).
Communication With Academic Advisors • The quality of the advice you get is impacted by the quality of information you provide your advisor. • Learn to run a ‘What if’ degree analysis before you meet with your advisor. • There are shorter waiting lines for advisors in October and February.
Employment • Less than 15 hours per week • Look into work study & other on-campus work opportunities • https://jobsforaggies.tamu.edu/ • http://hireaggies.tamu.edu • Work in Bryan/College Station area • Work for necessary items only
Extracurricular Activities Over 800 recognized organizations Great way to meet new friends Develop leadership skills
Time Management15 hrs class, 15+ hrs study (more during exam weeks), 15 hrs work, 1 Organization, 1 Intramural Sport
High School vs. College • Each professor can grade differently, but the basis for grades must be provided in the course syllabus. • ALL grades of A-F are utilized and assigned at A&M.
60 Hour Limit Get Ready for a Road Trip General Studies students have 60 hours to prepare to declare
Freshmen with College Credit • SUBMIT YOUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS ASAP for accurate advising • A&M can’t award college dual credit from high school transcripts.
Freshmen with College Credit • REPORT (do not accept) your AP credits today • DO NOT ACCEPT any AP credits until you talk with an advisor (no hurry) • AP credits cannot be removed once awarded • Acceptance of excess credits may: • Limit your choices of major due to hour restrictions • Shorten your decision time for a major • Cause you to pay the out-of-state tuition rate • Ruin your chance for a tuition rebate • Prevent you from receiving Texas B-on-Time loan forgiveness
Freshmen with High Hours • Freshmen entering TAMU with 45+ hours of college credit will have challenges…some majors won’t admit students who have 60+ hours. • There will be a special advising session later today for students in this situation
How to Calculate a GPA Grade/Quality Points GPA Hours Total hours attempted at A&M (includes F’s & U’s) Don’t include hours for courses in which you received grades of “S”, but “U” grades count as F’s S/U classes receive a grade of “S” for “C” level work or better, and a grade of “U” for “D” or worse performance. • Grade points are earned per credit hour A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 F = 0
How to Calculate a GPA Formula Sample Total Grade Points / GPA hours = GPA 39 / 13 = 3.000
Importance of 1st semester grades Semester Hours Grades 1 14 1.75* 2 15 2.25 3 15 2.50 4 16 3.25 TOTALS: 60 ** 2.46*** * This student is on academic probation. **At 60 hours students in General Studies must declare a major *** 2.46….not prepared to declare most majors including: Business, Architecture, Teacher Certification, etc.
Importance of Good Academic Standing • Students with a GPA below 2.0 are on academic probation. • Students on academic probation who do not return to good standing may be blocked from continued enrollment at TAMU.
First Year Grade Exclusion MUSC – 201 B 3 hours STLC - 101 A 2 hours MATH - 141 F# 0 hours KINE - 199 S 1 hour POLS - 207 B 3 hours ENGL - 104 C 3 hours Semester credit: 12 hours / TAMU semester GPR: 2.909 F# The final grade IS recorded on the transcript with a Grade Exclusion symbol (#). --- 3 Grade Exclusions on grades of D, F or U ---
Q-Drop MUSC – 201 B 3 hours STLC - 101 A 2 hours MATH - 141 Q 0 hours KINE - 199 S 1 hour POLS - 207 B 3 hours ENGL - 104 C 3 hours Semester credit: 12 hours /TAMU semester GPR: 2.909 Q 3 Q-drops allowed (1 hour classes do not count) ----- Deadline to Q-drop is the 50th class day -----
High School vs. College Levels of knowledge tested in college: • Evaluation • Comprehension (memorization) • Application to new areas of knowledge • Analysis of conflicting data or points of view • Synthesis – creating new concepts If you only memorize material in college, you will lose points on exams.
Academic Advising Sessions (Next) • These sessions are organized into areas of primary interest consisting of majors that require similar coursework. You will attend the session that most closely matches your primary interests: • Technological & Scientific • Pre-Health, Environmental & Agricultural • Business & Administrative • Interdisciplinary & Undecided
Technological & Scientific (Identified as requiring at least one 4-hour calculus course) • Biochemistry • Biology (for research) • Chemistry • Computer Science • Construction Science • Engineering • Genetics • Geology • Geophysics • Industrial Distribution • Mathematics • Meteorology • Physics • Visualization
Pre-Health, Environmental, & Agricultural • Health Fields • Any major (professional schools do not limit students by major) • Environmental Studies • Food Science • Forensic & Investigative Sciences • Health • Horticulture • Kinesiology • Nutritional Sciences • Agronomy • Animal Science • Biology • Bioenvironmental Science • Biomedical Science • Entomology
Business & Administrative • Human Resource Development • Information & Operations Management • Ag Communications & Journalism • Agricultural Economics • Sports Management • Accounting • Agribusiness • Finance • Economics • Marketing • Management
Interdisciplinary, Exploratory & Undecided* • Liberal Arts • Social Sciences • Psychology • Sociology • Communications • Humanities • Arts • Languages • Cultures • Interdisciplinary • Teaching • Elementary • Middle Grades • Health Education • Physical Education • Architecture • University Studies * Undecided = “no idea.” If torn between two or more options, attend the breakout session for the more restrictive (specific) option.
Instructions • We will now transition to the Academic Advisement sessions. • Please save your questions for this session • During the next session you will be assigned a registration location for tomorrow.
Academic Advisement Sessions (Next) • Technological & Scientific Rm 110 • Pre-Health, Environmental & Agricultural Rm 203 • Business & Administrative Rm 108 • Interdisciplinary & Undecided Rm 209