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.

BIMS Partnership

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.