Welcome to Transition Academic Programs
The General Studies 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 the student’s academic
history and the limit of no more than two GEST 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 BUAD, PETE, MEEN, and CHEN with the limit of two GEST semesters. Our goal is to help
make your transition to a realistic desired 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.
Students in the FOCUS Learning Community Program come from a variety of majors to participate in
community experiences that maximize the opportunities for academic and personal success.
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.
It is time to prepare to declare . . . .
Students CHANGING TO GEST: Any student who hopes to continue in or move into Transition
Academic Programs from a major in a college must submit a Request to Continue in GEST/TEAM form.
Upper-level Students: Students who will be classified as seniors when May grades are posted are not
eligible to change to the GEST major. Students who will be classified as juniors when May grades are
posted may only be approved for one GEST semester, assuming other requirements are met.
FOR ALL STUDENTS ALREADY POSTED IN THE GEST MAJOR FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER: Students are only
guaranteed one GEST semester. They may earn the ability to pre-register for a second GEST semester based upon
the official midterm 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 majors to check the TAP webpage for
Change of Major requirements/deadlines/application processes for most of the majors on campus.
Core Curriculum requirements by catalog are available online.
Make an appointment - Please note you need to bring
a printed degree evaluation when you meet with an advisor.
Degree Planner - All GEST and TEAM majors must submit a degree planer that includes at least
75 hours included this spring. They will not be cleared to pre-register in April unless the
courses entered into the degree planner have been reviewed and approved by an advisor.
Group workshops during which students can complete a degree planner in less than an hour
are being offered on Monday from 9-10, Tuesday from 8:30-9:30, Wednesday from 10:30-11:30, and
Thursday from 11-12. You can sign up by going to ers.tamu.edu.