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 . . . .
Spring changes of major: Friday, April 24, 2015 was the last day to attempt to change majors during the spring semester.
Re-open for requests to change to GEST: Once final spring grades are officially posted in Howdy.tamu.edu, 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 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 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 students official TAMU email address about their status and the process to request to be allowed to continue on academic probation.
Make sure your TAMU email goes directly into your inbox if you view your email mostly on your mobile device.
Upper-level Students: Students who will be classified as seniors when May 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.