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Current Texas A&M Students

Current students who are interested in changing their major to Biomedical Sciences or University Studies with a Veterinary Medicine Concentration (USVM) will be required to attend a change of major meeting during the semester in which they wish to change. Applications will be available at the meeting. Please visit our Change of Major page for more information.

Students must complete the following paperwork:

Requirements to change to BIMS

  • 2.5 overall TAMU GPA
  • At least 12 graded hours at TAMU
  • No more than 75 overall passed hours
  • At least two math/science courses from the CBK list must be completed at TAMU with a grade of “C” or better.

Note: All math/science courses from the CBK list must have a grade of “C” or better in each course taken at Texas A&M or a grade of “B” or better in each completed course if taken at a 2-year college in order to be admitted to BIMS upper-level courses.

Requirements to change to USVM

  • 2.0 overall TAMU GPA
  • At least 12 graded hours at TAMU
  • No more than 100 overall passed hours
  • At least two science or math courses from the following list, completed at TAMU with a passing grade; a grade of “C” or better is strongly recommended.
    • List of courses: Biology 111, 112, Chemistry 101/111, 102/112, Chemistry 227/237, Math 131 or 142 or 147 or 151 or 171
    • USVM is not a gateway to a BIMS degree program. If you pursue a USVM degree, you will not be allowed to switch to a BIMS degree program.

Change of Major Meetings

Prospective BIMS and USVM students must attend one of the following change of major meetings and submit a change of major application (form) available at the meetings.

Date Time Location
September 6, 2018 4:00-5:00 pm VIDI Room 106
October 19, 2018 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 106
November 8, 2018 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 106
December 12, 2018 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 106
January 22, 2019 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 105
February 13, 2019 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 104
March 7, 2019 2:30 – 3:30 pm

VIDI Room 104

April 10, 2019 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 104
May 7, 2019 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 106
June 3, 2019 2:30 – 3:30 pm VIDI Room 106

*Important Note about VIDI 123:

BIMS and USVM students and families,

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.   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.

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses

The Texas Common Course Numbers are in parentheses next to the Texas A&M equivalent.

Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 111 (BIOL 1406) Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL 112 (BIOL 1407) Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 101 & 111 (CHEM 1411) Fundamentals of Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 102 & 112 (CHEM 1412) Fundamentals of Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 227 & 237 (CHEM 2423) Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 228 & 238 (CHEM 2425) Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4
PHYS 201 (PHYS 1401) College Physics I 4
PHYS 202 (PHYS 1402) College Physics II 4
MATH 131* Mathematical Concepts - Calculus 3

*Acceptable course substitutions include MATH 142 (MATH 1325) and MATH 151 (MATH 2413).

 

**VETERINARY MEDICINE & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES Change of Major Requirements – Effective January 30, 2019

2.50 Biomedical Science (BIMS) change of major information

  • 12 or more graded hours completed at TAMU
  • Must have less than 75 hours completed (including transfer, dual and AP credit)
  • Must attend a mandatory change of major meeting
  • A minimum of four (4) CBK courses completed; courses must have a grade of “C” or better from TAMU or a grade of “B” or better if completed at a 2-year college
  • Two (2) CBK courses must be taken in sequential semesters at TAMU (i.e., fall BIOL 111, spring BIOL 112 or spring CHEM 101/111, fall CHEM 102/112 or fall CHEM 227/237, spring CHEM 228/238)
  • CBK courses: MATH 131 or 142 or 147 or 151 or 171; BIOL 111 & 112; CHEM 101/111, 102/112, 227/237, & 228/238; PHYS 201 & 202
  • No more than two (2) semesters of not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Advising Office is located in VIDI 123; Email: bims@cvm.tamu.edu

2.00 University Studies – College of Veterinary Medicine (USVM) change of major information

  • 12 or more graded hours completed at TAMU
  • Must have less than 95 hours completed (including transfer, dual and AP credit)
  • Must attend a mandatory change of major meeting
  • A minimum of three (3) of the following science or math courses completed (a grade of “C” or better is strongly recommended):
    • BIOL 111, 112
    • CHEM 101/111, 102/112, CHEM 227/237
    • MATH 131 or 142 or 147 or 151 or 171
  • Note: A minimum of two (2) of these courses must be taken in sequential semesters at TAMU (i.e., fall BIOL 111, spring BIOL 112 or spring CHEM 101/111, fall CHEM 102/112 or fall CHEM 227/237 spring BIOL 112)
  • No more than two (2) semesters of not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • USVM is not a gateway to the BIMS degree program. Students pursuing a USVM degree are not be eligible to change majors to BIMS
  • Advising Office is located in VIDI 123; Email: bims@cvm.tamu.edu