Students from Institutions Outside Texas A&M University (TAMU)

The admission process for most students who transfer from institutions outside TAMU is handled almost entirely by the University’s Office of Admissions and Records (OAR).

Students who apply for transfer from other institutions are placed into two categories by the OAR based on criteria defined by the College of Engineering. These are: 1) automatic deny and 2) admit or deny admission upon further review. For more information about the criteria used to establish these categories, contact the OAR.

The department is involved in the admission process only for those student placed into the second category - “admit or deny upon further review”. The OAR, through the Engineering Academic & Student Affairs (EASA), sends a list of these students with summary sheets for each, to the department for review. The Director of the Undergraduate Student Services Office and/or the Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies, as representatives of the Department Head, decides which students are admitted.

Several factors are considered in the admission decision for transfer students. These include, but are not limited to: 1) number of students currently enrolled in the department, 2) projected number of admitted first year students who will enroll in the department for the semester under review, 3) the projected number of admitted transfer students who will enroll in the department for the semester under review, 4) the number of transfer applicants under review and 5) the academic record of those transfer applicants under review.

With respect to factor 5), the department favorably views those students with a proven record of excellence in math, science and engineering. Students who have:

  • Completed a minimum of 12 SCH of core math/sciences (CBK1) courses that transfer as TAMU MATH 151 (or higher), PHYS 218 and CHEM 107 & 117 or equivalents with a grade not less than “B”
  •   Earned a CBK GPR of 3.00 or better
  • Earned a cumulative GPR of 3.00 or better
  • No history of repeating, dropping or withdrawing from courses
  • Not made a grade less than “C” in any course in the last semester of course work

will have the best chance of being accepted. The ocean engineering curriculum requires Foundations of Engineering I and II (ENGR 111 and ENGR 112).  A course equivalent to ENDG 105 and a course equivalent to CSCE 110 or 206 at A&M will be accepted for the ENGR 111 and ENGR 112 course requirements only if the approved courses were completed prior to spring 2015.


  1. CBK courses are: ENGR 111, ENGR 112, MATH 151, MATH 152, PHYS 218, PHYS 208, CHEM 107 & 117 & ENGL 104.
  2. The department reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who has been assigned a sanction due to academic misconduct.
  3. Students who are accepted are generally placed on “Provisional” status for a minimum of one semester. Provisional students must meet a set of requirements to remain in the department. These requirements, as defined by the department, may include but are not limited to: the number of hours taken per semester, restrictions on dropping courses,specific courses that must be taken in designated semesters, minimum grades in specific courses, and minimum overall GPR.
  4. The provisions of this policy do no constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student, faculty or staff member of the Department of Ocean Engineering or Texas A&M University. This policy is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a guarantee of admission if all provisions are met. The department reserves the right to change or alter any statement herein without prior notice.