Engineering at McAllen — Class of 2021

The ETAM process utilizes a priority method that is designed to place students in the highest rank major possible based upon student performance and capacity. For the case in which student determines that their highest rank major offer is not a good match, students have the option to pursue a change of curriculum to a different major within the College of Engineering or Texas A&M University.

Students must apply to three majors with the option to select up to five majors. Majors must be ranked in order of preference. Students are strongly encouraged to apply during their first opportunity.

All majors are open for applications during each entry-to-a-major cycle.

Application Timeline

First Semester at Texas A&M University at McAllen - Fall 2017

Application Term Open Closed Decisions Released
Spring 2018 - First Opportunity April 2018 May 2018 June 2018
Fall 2018 - Second Opportunity November 2018 December 2018 January 2019

Engineering at McAllen students who are not in a major after the second opportunity will work closely with a general engineering advisor to enter into a major.

Students who do not meet eligibility requirements and required coursework after their fourth semester at Texas A&M University will be dismissed from the College of Engineering.

Automatic Admits

  • The entry-to-a-major process includes automatic admission to the first choice major for students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA after the first two semesters for the first opportunity application process only.
  • Students are required to have completed two engineering courses, two science courses, and two math courses (one of which must be at least Math 151), all with a grade of C or higher.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student eligibility will be based upon at least two semesters of course work at Texas A&M University at McAllen.
  • Students are eligible based upon courses completed by the end of the semester in which the application is submitted (e.g., for students who submit an application during the spring semester, the eligibility is based upon the courses completed at the end of the spring semester).
  • Students must be in good academic standing (e.g., requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0) and not be on academic probation at the end of the semester during which the application is submitted (e.g., requires the term GPA of at least 2.0).

Required Coursework

Engineering at McAllen students are required to complete at least the following courses at Texas A&M University at McAllen with a minimum grade of C or higher:

  • Engineering: Two engineering courses from the following list – ENGR 111, ENGR 112
  • Science: Two science courses from the following list – PHYS 218, PHYS 208, CHEM 107/117 or CHEM 101/111, CHEM 102/112.
    • Students who start in MATH 150, the requirement is one science course from the above list for the first application opportunity only
    • Students interested in BMEN or CHEN are expected to take CHEM 107/117 or CHEM 101/111 and CHEM 102/112
  • Math: Two math courses from the following list – MATH 151, 152, 251, 308
    • For students who start in MATH 150, the requirement is one additional math course from the above list.

Students interested in Civil Engineering, Ocean Engineering and Petroleum Engineering

  • It is recommended that PHYS 218 be completed by the end of the semester the ETAM application is submitted.
  • If PHYS 218 has not been completed by the end of the second semester (first ETAM application opportunity), it is recommended students submit the ETAM application at the end of the third semester (second ETAM application opportunity), when PHYS 218 will be completed.
  • For students that are eligible for automatic admission, they will be placed into civil engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum regardless of the completion of PHYS 218.