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01.01.03

Biomedical Science and College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Partnership

Biomedical Science and College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Partnership

The Biomedical Science Program (BIMS) at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University signed the first guaranteed acceptance agreement between an undergraduate and graduate program within the University.

The Pilot 4+2 Agreement between Biomedical Science and the Professional Program in Biotechnology (PPiB) was signed by Dr. H. Richard Adams, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Edward A. Hiler, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Vice Chancellor of Agriculture, on January 22, 2003.

The unique program name (4+2) comes from the four-year undergraduate degree and two-year M.S. graduate degree that students will earn upon completing the program. The 4+2 program will facilitate the admission of students from the BIMS program into the Biotechnology program and ensure a seamless transition. "This is a tremendous opportunity for undergraduates who are ready to map out their academic program leading to a professional career in biotechnology," said Dean Adams.

BIMS students considering the program must have a cumulative 3.75 GPA, take a collection of directed electives specified by the department and complete the requirements necessary for graduate school admission to Texas A&M University including letters of recommendation and an interview.

The 4+2 program was implemented to facilitate the transition of qualified BIMS students into a graduate school program. "We are pleased that there is now a seamless process in place to matriculate these highly qualified students into our professional program," said Dean Hiler. The Professional Program in Biotechnology began three years ago and prepares students for careers in both the laboratory and business world by earning a Masters in Biotechnology.

The Pilot 4+2 agreement is expected to begin in the summer of 2003 and is expected to have an annual enrollment of 20 students.

Contact Information:
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718



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