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Welcome to Transition Academic Programs

The General Studies major major is designed to accommodate students needing one or two semesters to complete course work necessary for entrance into a specific major course of study. It is very important to determine and declare your desired major as soon as possible. Each student’s designated major must be approved each GEST semester as being realistically within reach given your academic history and the limit of majoring in GEST for no more than two semesters. For example, if this is your first year at TAMU and you only made a 2.0 last fall, it will not be possible to meet the GPA requirements for majors such as ALHE, BUAD, CHEN, COSC, MEEN and PETE within the limit of two GEST semesters. Our goal is to help make your transition to a realistic designated major a smooth one.

Students in the Texas A&M Blinn TEAM Program may be allowed three or four semesters to complete TEAM requirements before they can declare a specific major course of study.

Corresponding with Transition Academic Programs Only TAMU e-mail addresses can be used during any exchange or discussion of students’ grades, admission or other private information. Please only use your official TAMU e-mail account when engaging in an on-line academic discussion that includes your personal information. TAMU staff and faculty will only send and accept student-originated email when its source is TAMU. Do not rely on monitoring your TAMU e-mail from any mobile device. Regularly check your TAMU e-mail via a University-based computer terminal.

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Spring Changes of Major: Friday, April 22, 2016 was the last day to attempt to change majors during the spring semester.

Re-open for Requests to Change to GEST: Final spring semester grades will be officially posted on May 17th in At that time we will post instructions about how to apply to change majors for the summer and/or fall. Please be aware that students who are not in good academic standing who are GEST majors will not be allowed to enroll in summer classes at TAMU.

If Approved for the GEST Major: Students are only guaranteed one GEST semester. They may earn the ability to pre-register for a second GEST semester based upon the official mid-term grades that are posted for their classes. They must meet course and grade requirements for a desired major that is realistically within reach, given the maximum of two GEST semesters. Students who begin a second GEST semester will not be clear to pre-register for the following semester until they have moved into a major in one of the colleges.

It is VERY important for all GEST and TEAM majors to check the TAP webpage for Change of Major requirements/deadlines/application processes for most of the majors on campus.

Loss of Academic Good Standing: Any GEST or TEAM major whose TAMU cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 will be sent an email to the student’s official TAMU e-mail address about their status and the process to request to be allowed to continue on academic probation.

Make sure your TAMU e-mail goes directly into your inbox if you view your e-mail mostly on your mobile device.

UPPER-LEVEL STUDENTS: Students who will be classified as seniors when spring semester grades are posted are not eligible to change to the GEST major. A very few students who will be classified as juniors when May grades are posted may be approved for one GEST semester, assuming other requirements are met.

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Programs in Transition Academic Programs are supported with funding from The Association of Former Students.
The Department of Transition Academic Programs is an Equal Opportunity Employer