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University Studies - Area of Concentration

University Studies Biomedical Sciences application

Course Form

There needs to be a minimum of 6 hours at 400 level and 36 hours of 300-400 level coursework in residence at Texas A&M University.

  1. Select 21-24 hours from among the following courses for the area of concentration. If there will be more than 24 hours in the area of concentration, please include a justification. Two approved writing courses will be required for the University Studies degree. The courses may be in the area of concentration or the minors. Please indicate writing courses in the area of concentration, if any, with a W following the course number (TAMU 400 W). If courses required for the area of concentration include a course or courses from outside the department of the area of concentration, please include a letter of support from the department(s) offering the course(s). Courses listed as part of the University Core Curriculum do not need a letter of support.
    1. The following 22 hours of course work are required*
      Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
      TBD To Be Determined 3
      TBD To Be Determined 4
      TBD To Be Determined 4
      TBD To Be Determined 5
      TBD To Be Determined 3
      TBD To Be Determined 3
    2. Select _____ hours from the following courses*:
      Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
      Not Applicable

      * If the Area of Concentration requires students to select courses from a list of preselected combinations, please duplicate this table; e.g. two course from column A, two courses from column B

    3. Prerequisite courses not included in the University Core Curriculum or listed above:
      Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
      CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
      CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
      CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
      CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3
      BICH 410 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
  2. Student will select two minors (30-36 hours). One must be from outside the college offering the area of concentration. Biology minor is not allowed due to overlapping courses (Biology agrees)
  3. Free electives (17-26 hours). If there will be fewer than 17 hours of free electives, please include a justification in the preceding 2-3 page statement.
  4. Specify courses in the University Core Curriculum1, 2, 3 that will be required for this area of concentration (43 hours). Please maintain as much flexibility as possible.

    Requirement Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
    Communication

    ENGL 104
    Any

    Composition & Rhetoric
    Any
    3
    3
    Mathematics MATH 131 Mathematical Concepts - Calculus 3
    Natural Sciences BIOL 111
    BIOL 112
    Introductory Biology I
    Introductory Biology II
    4
    4
    Humanities Any 3
    Visual & Performing Arts Any 3
    Social & Behavioral Sciences VTPB 221 Great Diseases of the World 3
    History Any U.S. History course 6
    Political Science POLS 206
    POLS 207
    American National Government
    State & Local Government
    3
    3
    International & Cultural Diversity Any 6
    Kinesiology KINE 198
    KINE 199
    1
    1

Notes:

  1. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum.
  2. There is a graduation requirement which includes 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. Refer to the International and Cultural Diversity table for a list of acceptable courses. A course satisfying a University Core category, a college/department requirement, or as a free elective may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  3. Completion in high school of two units of the same foreign language or one year of college work is required for graduation.

Scholastic Probation and Suspension

Scholastic probation will occur if you drop below a cumulative GPR of 2.00 at Texas A&M University in the USVM degree plan. At any point a student drops below a cumulative GPR of 1.0 at Texas A&M University, a student is not allowed to remain in the USVM degree program. Decisions on scholastic probation and suspension from the college are made by the Assistant Dean of Biomedical Sciences.

Many student situations are not typical; therefore the Assistant Dean of Biomedical Sciences considers the varied aspects of each individual case before choosing a course of action. The decisions of the Assistant Dean of Biomedical Sciences may be appealed in writing by following the procedures described in the Texas A&M University Student Rules.

Also, the university may suspend a student from the university according to the student rule 12.2.4:

Suspended from the university for deficient scholarship; a scholastically-deficient undergraduate student may, after review by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies or designee, be suspended from the university because of scholastic deficiency by the following action:

Suspension: Separation of the student from the university for a definite period of time. The student is not guaranteed readmission at the end of this period of time. The student is guaranteed a review of the case and a decision regarding eligibility for readmission.

The decision to suspend a student takes effect when the Undergraduate Academic Appeals Panel (See Student Rule 57) does not support the student’s appeal, or when the appeal is waived, or when the time limit for appealing has passed. A recommendation by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies or designee to suspend the student from the university because of scholastic deficiency must be made with concurrence of the student’s academic Dean or designee.

This supersedes departmental college probation and suspension decisions. The Texas A&M University Student Rules contain definitions and procedural outlines for such matters as scholastic deficiency, scholastic probation, and matters in which these guidelines are based. In any conflict between the individual college guidelines and the Texas A&M University Student Rules, the Rules have priority.

USVM Scholastic probation is determined at the end of each spring semester. Students placed on scholastic probation MUST take courses at Texas A&M University that summer in order to attempt to raise their overall GPR at Texas A&M University. Students who do not attend Texas A&M University that summer, will be blocked from USVM and their fall classes will be dropped. TAMU suspension determinations are made after every semester.