Frequently Asked Questions
SSC APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER AVAILABLE
FOR BIMS/USVM STUDENTS ONLY
STUDENT ACCESS: HOWDY, MY
RECORDS TAB, SSC LINK
How does a current BIMS/USVM student make an
Where do I go for my advising appointment?
- To make an appointment with a BIMS academic advisor, you can
log into your HOWDY portal, under MY RECORDS TAB, and select SSC-
Syudent Advising. Follow the prompts to schedule your advising
What is a closet major?
- The BIMS academic advising office is located in VIDI Room 123
in the Veterinary Building Education Complex (VBEC).
- 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.
What is academic warning vs. academic probation?
- 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
- 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
- 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
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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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- 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 VIDI 123.
- To register for BIMS 485, you will need to complete a BIMS 485 request form.
This form requires signatures from the professor.
- 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, You will have to fill out a force
request online here: /bims/current/forms. You will have
to fill out a force request during your pre-registration
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Log into your Howdy portal and click on the "My Record"
- In the "My Schedule" box, click the "Lab Safety
- 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
- 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 Office. Please realize it is BIMS Policy that
if you are passing a course with a C or better you will remain in
the course. This is per Student Rule 1.17
- How many Q-Drops are permitted?
- Students are allowed four (4) Q-Drops during their
undergraduate studies at Texas A&M.
- How can I appeal to drop a course?
- You may submit an appeal form with your Q-Drop Request
form with details to your circumstances for review by the Associate
Dean if you have a "C" or better in the class you wish to request
to drop. Until your appeal is complete you will need to
continue going to class and completing any assigned
- 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
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- 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
- 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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- Why do I have a Bacterial Meningitis hold on my
- 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
- 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
- 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
- How do I apply for admissions to Texas A&M?
- Please visit the Office of Admissions website for more
- 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
- 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
- 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
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