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Engineering Academy Requirements and Additional Details

Please review the following requirements and important information for Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Tarrant County College students.

  • Students are required to meet the Texas A&M College of Engineering Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Detailed information can be found on the BYOD webpage.
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester. Two to three credit hours are Texas A&M University engineering courses taught by College of Engineering faculty at Tarrant County College. Science and math courses must also be taken at Tarrant County College. The remaining core curriculum credit hours will be offered through any college in the Tarrant County College. Students enroll together in their first year math, science and engineering courses to enhance their academic success.
Example First Year Schedule (Students Starting in Calculus I or Above)
Fall Spring
Tarrant County College: Math course (4 credits) Tarrant County College: Math course (4 credits)
Tarrant County College: Science course (4 credits) Tarrant County College: Science course (4 credits)
Tarrant County College: Core Curriculum (3 credits) Tarrant County College: Core Curriculum (3 credits)
Texas A&M: ENGR 102 (2 credits) Texas A&M: ENGR 216 (2 credits)
Texas A&M: CLEN 181 (0 credits)
  • Students may enroll in a total of six credit hours through Texas A&M and a total of six credit hours through the Tarrant County College during the summer.
  • Students who drop to zero hours at Texas A&M are withdrawn and forfeit all Texas A&M student privileges for the remainder of the term (i.e., use of campus support services, student discounts, sports tickets, etc.). Unless otherwise prohibited, students may continue in the academy the subsequent semester pending Texas A&M course availability and prerequisites.
  • Students will work with Tarrant County College advisors and Texas A&M College of Engineering advisors to enroll in courses appropriate for the student’s preferred major at Texas A&M. Other courses may not be counted toward meeting the minimum required hours.
  • Students must complete the required calculus sequence through the Tarrant County College for the engineering major to which they are admitted prior to beginning full-time enrollment at Texas A&M.
  • Students who transition full time to Texas A&M prior to completion of their associate degree must apply (upon eligibility) for reverse articulation to receive their associate degree from the Tarrant County College.

GPA Calculation

Texas A&M will calculate the CGPA at each institution based on the courses taken by the student at that institution. Grades for all transferable courses earned at each institution will be used in the computation of the CGPA for that institution including failing and incomplete grades and repeated courses.

Note that any transferable credits earned through institutions other than Tarrant County College or Texas A&M prior to entry into the program will count toward Tarrant County College credit requirement only. Grades received for these credits will not count toward Tarrant County College CGPA requirement. Once a student has entered the program, all credits must be earned at Texas A&M and Tarrant County College if they are to be used to satisfy program completion requirements. Any credit by examination received through Texas A&M before the start of the program will count toward Tarrant County College credit requirement.

Removal from the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Tarrant County College

An engineering student removed from the Engineering Academy program for either academic or disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to continue enrollment nor be guaranteed admission to Texas A&M. Continued enrollment at Tarrant County College will be at the discretion of Tarrant County College officials.

Pathways to full admission to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering

Entry to a Major: The primary pathway to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering is the Entry to a Major process. Engineering students in the Engineering Academy program are strongly encouraged to apply to a degree-granting major as early as possible upon meeting the following two eligibility requirements:

  1. Must be in good academic standing in the Engineering Academy program, which implies a CGPA of at least 2.0 at Texas A&M and 2.5 at the partner community college, and
  2. Complete at least two math, two science and two engineering courses.

Students who complete the required coursework and earn a 3.75 CGPA or higher at each institution are guaranteed entry to the first choice engineering major at the end of their first year. Detailed information can be found on the Engineering Academy Entry to a Major webpage

Upon entry to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering, an engineering student in the Engineering Academy program may choose to remain co-enrolled at Tarrant County College until the completion of the two-year program or decide to attend Texas A&M University full time and use reverse articulation to complete the two-year degree. Engineering students remaining at the two-year institutions after being granted entry to a major will be advised by the advisor in the degree-granting major as well as the engineering academy advisor.

Program completion: Engineering students in the Engineering Academy program who do not meet the Entry to a Major application requirements can still secure full admission to Texas A&M by satisfying program completion requirements. In particular, students must meet the following requirements by the end of the first summer session following the second year of enrollment in the Engineering Academy program:

  • Completion of at least 50 transferable hours from Tarrant County College with a minimum CGPA of 2.5
  • Completion of at least nine hours of engineering coursework from Texas A&M with a minimum CGPA of 2.5

Upon successful completion, students can apply for a change of curriculum into a degree-granting major at Texas A&M. Advisors for the Engineering Academy program will help engineering students identify majors in or outside of the College of Engineering that are suitable for their academic goals and CGPA competitiveness.