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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. Our goal is to help make your transition to your 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 . . . .


ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS:

Students CHANGING TO GEST: Any student who hopes to move into Transition Academic Programs from a major in a college must submit a Request to Continue in GEST form.

  • Good Academic Standing: Online requests for students in good standing will be allowed through Tuesday, January 13, at 5 p.m. After that, students must meet with an advisor in person to change majors.
  • TAMU GPA less than 2.0: Students who hope to change to GEST who are not in good academic standing must submit an Appeal Form by clicking on the button below for GPA <2.0

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.

  • Students enrolled for a first GEST semester this spring: You will be required to submit a Request to Continue in GEST form to be approved for a summer/fall GEST semester. If you have not done so by February 28 at 5 p.m., a hold will be placed on your record until you do so.
  • Students enrolled for a second GEST semester this spring: They will NOT have access to fall pre-registration until they move into a major in a college.
  • GEST majors currently < 2.0:
    • Some GEST majors whose TAMU GPA is less than 2.0 will be told in an email sent on January 5 that they can continue to spring on probation without submitting another request or appeal before the spring semester.
    • Those GEST majors with larger GPA deficits will be told in an email sent December 23 that they must submit an Appeal for Continued Enrollment form.

DO NOT SUBMIT EITHER A REQUEST TO CHANGE MAJORS TO GEST UNTIL OFFICIAL FINAL GRADES ARE VISIBLE IN HOWDY.TAMU.EDU ON DECEMBER 23. WE WILL BEGIN REVIEWING THOSE ON JANUARY 6.

LINKS TO TWO FORMS: When you click on a button below, you will then be directed to one of two forms. One is for students in good academic standing (CUMULATIVE TAMU GPA 2.0+) and one for those who are not in good academic standing (CUMULATIVE TAMU GPA < 2.0).

To apply (select your status):

  • THE DEADLINE FOR ANY STUDENTS ALREADY POSTED AS A GEST MAJOR WILL BE MONDAY, JANUARY 12TH AT 5 P.M.
  • THE DEADLINE FOR ANY STUDENT WHO HOPES TO CHANGE TO THE GEST MAJOR WILL BE MONDAY, JANUARY 19TH AT 5 P.M.
  • STUDENTS SHOULD RECEIVE SOME RESPONSE BY EMAIL WITHIN 2-3 WORKDAYS.


Core Curriculum requirements by catalog are available online.

Make an appointment - Please note you need to run a degree evaluation before you meet with an advisor.

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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