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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Advising Questions

  • How do I make an appointment?
    • To make an appointment with a BIMS academic advisor, you can log into the Online Appointment Scheduler. You can set up your appointment with either a preferred advisor or a preferred time.
  • Where do I go for my advising appointment?
    • The BIMS academic advising office is located in VIDI Room 123 in the Veterinary Building Education Complex (VBEC).
      *Important Note about VIDI 123:

      Our offices have moved into the beautiful Veterinary Building Education Complex (VBEC).  We are now in VIDI Room 123.  Our phone number has not changed.  Currently the area is still under construction and therefore, for your safety, we are asking that students follow the below in order to reach our offices.  It is imperative that you read and follow the instructions below. If you get lost, call 979-845-4941 and someone will meet you in LOT 24 to direct you. Maps will be posted on the windows of our old offices.

      Prospective families - we encourage you to park at the MSC University Center Garage and use ROUTE 9, which stops at VIDI.

      Please see transport.tamu.edu for the active bus map and use ROUTE 9, which stops at VIDI. This is the ONLY way to come. Currently there is no student or visitor parking.
  • What is a closet major?
    • According to Student Rule 1.5.1: A student must be taking courses for his/her current degree.  For BIMS majors, students are required to take either one Science and one Math - or - two Sciences each semester to be making degree progress.  Students found in violation of this are considered closet majors and will have a registration block placed on their academic record.
  • What is academic warning vs. academic probation?
    • BIMS majors are required to maintain a certain GPA based on the number of cumulative credit hours earned. Students with 54 credit hours or less are required to maintain a 2.00 GPA while students with 55 credit hours or more are required to maintain a 2.50 GPA to remain in good standing with the major. USVM majors are required to maintain a 2.0 overall TAMU GPA or higher.  Students who achieve an overall TAMU GPA of less than 1.0, in any semester, are not allowed to remain BIMS or USVM majors and must leave the college.
    • Academic Warning: A students GPA is below the required GPA for BIMS or USVM majors and needs to work on improving his/her GPA. Students are placed on Academic Warning after fall semester grades post. Students will need to improve their GPA to good standing by the end of the following spring semester. Students who achieve less than a 1.0 overall TAMU GPA in any semester are not allowed to remain in BIMS or USVM majors and must leave the college.
    • Academic Probation: A student’s GPA is below the required GPA for BIMS or USVM majors. Students are placed on Academic Probation after spring semester grades post. It also means that the student is required to take classes during the following summer semester at TAMU to raise his/her GPA back to good standing or the student needs to change his/her major. Students who achieve less than a 1.0 overall TAMU GPA in any semester are not allowed to remain in BIMS or USVM majors and must leave the college.
  • What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
    • STANDARD for SATISFACTORY DEGREE PROGRESS: College of Veterinary Medicine undergraduate students (BIMS and USVM) have the obligation to make satisfactory progress towards completion of all degree requirements. A minimum standard to measure degree progress requires satisfactory completion of 75% of attempted course credit hours each academic year. BIMS and USVM students are expected to take course work that applies towards the appropriate BIMS/USVM major.
  • What are the rules for academic probation and suspension in BIMS or USVM?
    • 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.

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Registration Questions

  • How do I find my registration time?
    • The Office of the Registrar's website provides a schedule of when the pre-registration period starts for each student classification. For your individual pre-registration start time, you can log into the Howdy portal and click on the "My Records" tab.
  • How do I register for classes?
    • Please click here for step-by-step instructions of how to register.
  • How do I register for BIMS 484/BIMS 485?
    • To qualify for either course, you must be a U3 and have all of your CBK's completed. Each course has a form that needs to completed and turned into the front desk of the BIMS academic advising office before you can be enrolled in the course.
    • To register for BIMS 484, you will need to complete a BIMS 484 request form. This form will require approval from Dr. Henry Huebner, who is located in Room 159 Reynolds Building.
    • To register for BIMS 485, you will need to complete a BIMS 485 request form. This form requires signatures from both the professor as well the professor's department chair.
  • What can I do if a course is closed?
    • If a course is closed, you will need to contact the department that the course is housed in to see if a force list is available. For all BIMS and V--- courses, the force list is located in the BIMS academic advising office. You will have to fill out a force request during your pre-registration period and turn in the request form to the front desk in Room 159 Reynolds Building. You will have to fill out a force request online here: /bims/current/forms.
  • Where can I find the Texas A&M Catalog?
    • The Texas A&M Catalog is no longer printed as a paperback book. It can be found online here. The website has online versions of past catalogs starting from the 2003-2004 catalog to the present.
  • Where do I find what courses count in the core curriculum?
    • You can find out what courses can count for the core curriculum requirements by searching the Texas A&M Catalog. Typically, the core curriculum courses can be found on pages 15-20 in the catalog.
  • Can a course count for both my Humanities elective and my Visual & Performing Arts elective?
    • No, a course can only count for one requirement. You need to have a unique course to fulfill each requirement.
  • How do I complete the Lab Safety Acknowledgement form?
    • Log into your Howdy portal and click on the "My Record" tab.
    • In the "My Schedule" box, click the "Lab Safety Acknowledgement" link.
    • Select the semester for which you wish to complete the Lab Safety Acknowledgement form.
    • Click the Accept button on the bottom of the screen.
  • Do I have to complete the Lab Safety Acknowledgement form each semester?
    • Yes, you will have to complete a new Lab Safety Acknowledgement form for each semester that you register for a lab course.

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Dropping Classes Questions

  • How do I drop a class?
    • Students are required to fill out a Q-Drop Request Form. You will then need to meet with an academic advisor to discuss how dropping the course will affect your degree progress. The form will then be processed by the BIMS academic advisor and sent to the Office of the Registrar.
  • How many Q-Drops are permitted?
    • Students are allowed four (4) Q-Drops during their undergraduate studies at Texas A&M.
  • How do I dispute a grade?
    • For more information on disputing a grade, please see Part III: Student Grievance Procedures Rule 48 in the Student Rules.

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Transfer Questions

  • If I take a course at a community college, will it transfer to Texas A&M?
  • Where do I send a copy of my transcript for my transfer coursework?
    • Once you have completed your coursework and the grade has posted, you will need to submit an official transcript to Texas A&M. Transcripts must be received directly from the other institution via an electronic copy or sent in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions. The mailing address can be found here.

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Miscellaneous Questions

  • Why do I have a Bacterial Meningitis hold on my account?
    • Effective January 1, 2012, Texas Senate Bill 1107 requires all students under the age of 22 entering an institution of higher education to receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining the immunization before the first day of the semester. The Office of Admissions has more information about this requirement.
  • What can I do with my degree after graduation?
    • Click here for more information.
  • When do I apply for graduation?
    • The Office of the Registrar updates their website with details about when to apply for graduation and when the ceremony will take place. Typically, students apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester that they plan on graduating. To apply for graduation, you log into your Howdy portal.
  • Who do I talk to about a problem with a professor?
    • If you are having a problem with a professor, please come in and see one of the academic advisors in the BIMS academic advising office. For more information about the formal process of student grievances, please read Part III: Student Grievance Procedures in the Student Rules.
  • How do I apply for admissions to Texas A&M?
    • Please visit the Office of Admissions website for more information.
  • What is a NEO email account?
    • A NEO email account is assigned to every admitted student at Texas A&M. You can activate your NEO account by using your University Identification Number (UIN). You will receive important communications through this email account. It is recommended that you check your NEO email daily.
  • How do I pay my tuition?
    • You can pay online by logging into the Howdy portal, clicking on the "My Records" tab, and then clicking on "Pay Bill/Manage Account". You can also pay in person at the Student Business Services Cashier located in Suite 2801 in the General Services Complex. Payments can also be mailed. For more information, visit the Student Business Services website.
  • How do I declare a double major, minor, or certificate?
    • All double majors/double degrees, minors, or certificates need to be declared before you reach 75 credit hours.
    • Double major/double degree: You will need to meet with the department where the second major/degree is housed to seek their approval and complete the necessary paperwork. Once completed, you need to bring the paperwork to the BIMS academic advising office. For more information, please read Part I: Academic Rules Rule 14 in the Student Rules.
    • Minor: You will need to meet with the department where the minor is housed to seek approval. Once you have the department's approval form, you will need to bring the form to the BIMS academic advising office for one of the academic advisors to add the minor to your academic record. The exception to this is the Business minor - you only need to meet with a BIMS academic advisor to declare this minor.
    • Certificate: You will need to set up an advising appointment and meet with Anna Budvitis or Dr. Elizabeth Crouch to declare the Spanish Certificate.
  • What is the excess credit hour rule?
    • For more information on this rule, please the Office of the Registrar's website.

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