Q: How do I know what classes to take at Blinn or another college in the summer?
A: The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed
to aid students in the transfer of courses between colleges throughout Texas. Common
courses are freshmen and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified
as common by institutions that are members of TCCNS. For more information about
TCCNS and the courses at Texas A&M which correspond to TCCNS, visit the TCCNS Page.
Q: I have missed class due to illness and/or serious personal problems. What
should I do?
A: You are responsible for providing satisfactory evidence to the instructor
regarding the absence. If the absence occurs the same day as a scheduled exam or
other graded procedures, you must notify the instructor or department by the END
of the next working day after the absence in order to ensure full rights. Some instructors
request documentation from the student for an excused absence while others require
notification by his or her academic advisor. Regardless, there must be written documentation
that confirms the reason and the dates absent. Remember, the instructor is under
no obligation to provide an opportunity to make up missed work because of an unexcused
Q: What counts as a university excused absence?
A: The following reasons are considered excused by Texas A&M University
(Section 7.1 from student rules http://student-rules.tamu.edu/rule07 )
Students who miss graded work for excused absence have a very limited amount of
time to notify the professor that the absence was excused and provide documentation.
For specific information, go to:
http://student-rules.tamu.edu/ and search for excused absence.
Q: How do I change my major out of GEST?
A: The process of changing out of GEST to some major is quite simple as long as you
meet the requirements of the intended major. If requirements are met for a specific
major, then all you need to do is go to that department or college and request to
be changed into their major. Other majors have more complicated application processes and
deadlines for applications each semester. See our Changing Majors webpage for these at
No paperwork needs to be completed in General Studies. However, if you do not meet the requirements,
you may need to come talk to an academic advisor in GEST about your options.
Q: How do I change my major into GEST?
A: You must first meet with a GEST advisor. If your GPR is a 2.0 or better and
you will not be a senior at the beginning of the next full semester you can then submit an
online form to request the move to GEST. If you do not have a 2.0 and hope to change into GEST,
then the decision will be made based on:
Q: How long can I be a GEST major?
A: Students who are allowed to change to the GEST major are only guaranteed one
GEST semester. Some students may earn the ability to pre-register for a second GEST semester
if the students’ midterm and/or final grades are on target for gaining entry to the designated major.
Q: What are the Add/Drop deadlines?
A: A student may add a class during the first five class days of the fall
or spring semester, or during the first four class days of the summer terms or 10-week
summer semester. A student requesting to add a course after these deadlines must have the
approval of the student's undergraduate associate dean or designee. The student also may
be required to obtain approval from the professor of the class. A student may drop a course
with no record during the first five class days of a fall or spring semester and during the
first five class days of a summer term or 10-week summer semester. Following this period, if
approved by the dean or the student's college, a student may Q-drop a course without penalty
through the 60th class day during fall or spring, or on pro-rated dates during the 5-week and
10-week sessions of the summer semester.
Q: How do I Q-drop a class?
A: If you are a GEST student, you should come by 300 Hotard Hall (Between
Neeley and the Post Office) between the 5th and the 60th class day. The first thing
you will do is fill out the Q-drop form and read over the Student Acknowledgment
of Q-drop Responsibility form, which informs you about potential circumstances that
may result from the Q-drop. Upon completion of these forms, you will meet with an
advisor for a short period to discuss the appropriateness of the Q-drop.
Q: What classes count toward the limit of 4 Q-drops?
A: All classes count as a Q-drop except for one-hour classes (i.e.
KINE 199, BIMS 101). There is one exception to this rule: if a science lab is Q-dropped
and the lecture section is not, it will be considered a Q-drop. If, however, the
lab is Q-dropped at the same time, AND ONLY AT THE SAME TIME, as the lecture part
of the course, then it will be considered one Q-drop.
Q: What are the GPR requirements for majors that require above a 2.0?
A: Check the Change of Major page
on our website.
Q: Can I take the qualifying courses for Mays Business school at a community
A: Yes, as long as they are equivalent to classes at TAMU. The Mays
College of Business prefers that accounting majors take all accounting courses at
Q: Where do I go to have a transcript sent to another school?
A: The Office of the Registrar, located in the General Services Complex or online at
Q: I have taken courses from another school. How do I have those credits posted
A: Texas A&M must receive an official transcript from the originating
institution. Request the granting institution to send a transcript to the TAMU Registrar.
Q: What courses transfer to TAMU?
A: The following is the webpage address for the Texas Common Course Numbering System
in the 2014-15 Texas A&M University Catalog: http://catalog.tamu.edu/pdfs/14-15_UG_Catalog-copy4.pdf.
Q: What courses can I take Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory in Transition Academics?
When is the last time I can change to S/U from a grade or the reverse?
A: KINE 198/199 and STLC 101/102 can be taken S/U. The last time a
change in grade status may be made is the Q-drop deadline.
Q: How do I get my grades?
A: To view your grades, login to http://howdy.tamu.edu.
Q: I need to see an advisor. How do I set up an appointment?
A: To schedule an appointment, click on "Contact Us" in the left menu
bar and follow the link for the "Appointment Page."
Q: Can I get forced into a class that is listed as full?
A: General Studies has no authority to force students into
courses which have met enrollment limits. To check on the possibility of a force,
contact the department which offers the course.
Q: I am on probation. Should I go to summer school?
A: GEST academic policy states that students on probation may not attend
summer school. If there are compelling reasons for you to attend TAMU rather than
a community college or other institution, see your academic advisor.