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Entry-to-a-major (ETAM) information for General Engineering students in College Station, Galveston, and McAllen

ETAM uses a priority method that places students in the highest rank major possible based on your academic performance, content in your ETAM application, and the program’s capacity.

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 the semester they plan to successfully complete MATH 152, PHYS 206, and ENGR 216 with a C or better.


Application Timeline

Application Periods by Term - First Semester at Texas A&M University - Fall 2019

1st Semester - Fall 2019

  • Not Applicable

2nd Semester - Spring 2020

  • Opens: March 30, 2020
  • Closes: May 12, 2020
  • Decisions Released: July 2020

3rd Semester - Fall 2020

  • Opens: October 26, 2020
  • Closes: November 24, 2020
  • Decisions Released: January 2021

4th Semester - Spring 2021

  • Opens: April 2021
  • Closes: May 2021
  • Decisions Released: June 2021

Application Periods by Term - First Semester at Texas A&M University - Spring 2020

1st Semester - Spring 2020

  • Not Applicable 

2nd Semester - Fall 2020

  • Opens: October 26, 2020
  • Closes: November 24, 2020
  • Decisions Released: January 2021 

3rd Semester - Spring 2021

  • Opens: April 2021
  • Closes: May 2021
  • Decisions Released: June 2021

4th Semester - Fall 2021

  • Opens: October 2021
  • Closes: December 2021
  • Decisions Released: January 2022

General Engineering ETAM Eligibility Requirements 

Student ETAM eligibility will be based upon at least two semesters of coursework taken at Texas A&M University. Students are ETAM eligible based upon courses completed at the conclusion of the semester the application is submitted (e.g., for students who submit an application during the spring semester, their eligibility is based upon the courses completed at the end of the spring semester).

Grade Point Average:

  • Texas A&M University cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0
  • Texas A&M University term GPA of at least 2.0

Required Coursework - General Engineering students are required to complete at least the following courses at Texas A&M University (TAMU) with a minimum grade of C or higher:

Engineering: Two engineering courses taken at TAMU from the following list:

  • ENGR 102
  • ENGR 216 or the equivalent cross-listed course PHYS 216

Science: Two science courses taken at TAMU from the following list:

  • CHEM 107/117 or CHEM 101/111 or CHEM 119
  • CHEM 102/112 or CHEM 120
  • PHYS 206
  • PHYS 207
  • PHYS 222

Math: Two math courses taken at TAMU from the following list:

  • MATH 151
  • MATH 152
  • MATH 251 or MATH 253
  • MATH 308
  • MATH 304
  • CSCE 222 (Discrete Math)

Notice about Q-drops, Credit by Exam (AP, IB, CLEP) and Dual Credit

If you Q-Drop a math or science course and choose to accept credit in its place:

  • You will no longer be considered for Automatic Entry to your first choice major
  • You may also unwittingly be jeopardizing your ETAM eligibility

Please contact a General Engineering academic advisor if you are considering this option.


Automatic Entry Requirements

The ETAM process includes automatic entry to a student’s first choice major based on the above ETAM eligibility requirements and the following additional requirements:

Students who start in MATH 151 or higher: Students who begin their first full semester at TAMU in MATH 151 or higher are only eligible for Automatic Entry during their second semester.

  • Students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the conclusion of the semester the application is submitted.
  • Successful completion of MATH 152, PHYS 206, and ENGR 216 with a C or better at the conclusion of the second full semester is required.
  • Students who enroll and attempt a math or science course for which they have AP credit for must complete the course at TAMU to retain their ETAM eligibility and/or automatic entry eligibility, unless they are able to satisfy the two math and science course requirements for ETAM with additional coursework taken at TAMU from the Required Course list above.
  • You will no longer be considered for Automatic Entry if you Q-Drop a math or science course to accept credit in its place. If you are considering this option, please consult with a General Engineering academic advisor to ensure that your decision does not also jeopardize your ETAM eligibility.

Students who start in ENGR 289 or MATH 150: Students who begin their first full semester at TAMU in ENGR 289 or MATH 150 are only eligible for Automatic Entry during their third semester.

  • Students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the conclusion of the semester the application is submitted.
  • Successful completion of MATH 152, PHYS 206, and ENGR 216 with a C or better at the conclusion of the third full semester is required.
  • Students who enroll and attempt a math or science course for which they have AP credit for must complete the course at TAMU to retain their ETAM eligibility and/or automatic entry eligibility, unless they are able to satisfy the two math and science course requirements for ETAM with additional coursework taken at TAMU from the Required Course list above.
  • You will no longer be considered for Automatic Entry if you Q-Drop a math or science course to accept credit in its place. If you are considering this option, please consult with a General Engineering academic advisor to ensure that your decision does not also jeopardize your ETAM eligibility.