The Biomedical Sciences
(BIMS) undergraduate program focuses on preparation for
professional schools, research, and the health sciences industry.
There is one comparable, but smaller (about 1/3 the size)
undergraduate program housed at the veterinary college at PEER 1.
The M/F ratio at this peer institution is 33:67 with 14.8%
underrepresented minority (URM) students. The BIMS undergraduate
program has been consistently successful in recruiting and
retaining female students with a current male to female ratio (%)
of 29:71, while the TAMU M/F ratio, excluding BIMS, is 53:47. The
overall population of URM in the BIMS program is 33.6%, excluding
Asian students as URMs. BIMS is home to 829 FTIC (first time in
college) UG students. Of these FTIC, 72.5% are women and 37.8% are
URM, if Asians are excluded, and almost 50% (49.7%) are URM with
Asians included. Of those completing BS degrees, 69% were female
and 26% were URM, compared with 18.9% URM graduates last year. Of
those completing BS degrees at PEER 1, 69% were female and 9.4%
* Compared to our peer, the data show that BIMS has been
successful in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining URM students to
feed the applicant pipeline to professional healthcare programs
(MD, DVM, DDS, PA, etc.).
Data Engagement: BIMS undergraduate program advisors are charged
with specific responsibilities focused on their diversity-related
activities including the Veterinary Enrichment Camp, transfer
students, student recruitment and retention, study abroad, and the
Spanish certificate program. The BIMS undergraduate program has 14
active 2+2 articulation agreements with community colleges that
were chosen based upon geographic, socioeconomic, and racial
diversity. A new 2+2 partnership was developed this year with
Western Texas College which has an early college HS feeder program
from Roscoe ISD.
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