College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Major in Biomedical Sciences

  1. A Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) major will be admitted into the upper-level courses according to the following criteria:
    1. Completion of a set of Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses (35 hours to include BIOL 111 and 112; CHEM 101, 102, 227, 237, 228 and 238; PHYS 201 and 202; and MATH 131) with a grade of C or better in each course. Normally, for admission to BIMS upper-level courses, a student may have attempted a CBK course no more than twice.
    2. A minimum of 55 completed semester hours with a cumulative resident Grade Point Ratio (GPR) of 2.5 or better.

    Process: Each student upon completing 55–65 semester credit hours must have a degree audit to verify upper-level eligibility.

  2. The Biomedical Sciences Program will continue to accept changes of major into BIMS according to current Texas A&M University policy, but restrict changes of major into the upper-level courses (BIMS) according to the criteria listed in item 1. Students in other majors requesting a change of major to the BIMS program must also fulfill the criteria in item 1. In addition, the dean must verify availability of resources necessary to insure the studentÕs full-time enrollment in required upper-level courses prior to admission to upper-level status. If such courses are not available, the student will be denied admission to Biomedical Science.
  3. To enter BIMS upper-level courses, transfer students must have:
    1. A minimum GPR of 2.5 in CBK courses with a grade of C or better in each completed course.
    2. At least 55 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPR of 2.5.
    3. Transfer students admitted under another major and wishing to change into BIMS must complete one semester of graded course work at Texas A&M University with a cumulative resident GPR of 2.5.
  4. Students seeking readmission will be considered on a case-by-case basis, according to current catalog policy. No quotas will be placed on readmission; however, the decision to readmit will be dependent on resource availability and University policy.
  5. Any BIMS student admitted to upper-level courses who then falls below the 2.5 GPR requirement will not be considered in good academic standing in their major and will be placed on college probation. All Biomedical Sciences majors must follow established probation rules for the Biomedical Sciences Program.
  6. The Dean, Director or Department Head will reserve the right to waive CBK or GPR requirements within the criteria established in Texas A&M University Student Rules.
  7. No courses other than KINE 199, BIMS 481, 484 and 489, and 285/485s can be taken S/U to be used in the degree plan.
  8. Existing recruitment and retention initiatives will remain unchanged.
  9. BIMS probation is determined at the end of the Spring semester. Students not meeting acceptable GPA requirements (2.5 majors) or (2.0 area of concentration and for BIMS minors) will be required to attend Texas A&M University that summer and repeat courses as needed to raise their GPA.
  10. Students may only attempt CVM courses a total of three (3) times.