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See below for Entry to a Major (ETAM) information for Texas A&M University 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 their academic performance, their ETAM application content and the program’s capacity.

Students must apply to three majors, but have 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 the required coursework with a C or better.


Application Timeline

Application Periods by Term - First Semester at Texas A&M University - Fall 2021

First semester - fall 2021

  • Not applicable

Second semester - spring 2022

  • Opens: March 2022
  • Closes: May 2022
  • Decisions released: June 2022

Third semester - fall 2022

  • Opens: October 2022
  • Closes: December 2022
  • Decisions released: January 2023

Fourth semester - spring 2023

  • Opens: March 2023
  • Closes: May 2023
  • Decisions released: June 2023

Application Periods by Term - First Semester at Texas A&M University - Spring 2022

First semester - spring 2022

  • Not applicable 

Second semester - fall 2022

  • Opens: October 2022
  • Closes: December 2022
  • Decisions released: January 2023

Third semester - spring 2023

  • Opens: March 2023
  • Closes: May 2023
  • Decisions released: June 2023

Fourth semester - fall 2023

  • Opens: October 2023
  • Closes: December 2023
  • Decisions released: January 2024

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 with a minimum grade of C or higher:

Engineering: Two engineering courses taken at Texas A&M from the following list:

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

Science*: Two science courses taken at Texas A&M from the following list:

  • CHEM 107/117 or CHEM 119
  • CHEM 120
  • PHYS 206
  • PHYS 207
  • PHYS 222

Math*: Two math courses taken at Texas A&M from the following list:

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

*One primary objective for required coursework is to observe student performance in at least two science courses and at least two math courses taken in residence at Texas A&M University. For students who exhaust all science and math courses on the lists above (through credit by exam and/or credit earned by dual credit courses or other transferred coursework), please visit with your General Engineering academic advisor to identify additional science courses, if any, that may enable you to satisfy your desired major's course requirements.

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 Texas A&M University in MATH 151 or higher are only eligible for automatic entry during their second semester.

  • Students must have a 3.75 cumulative GPA or higher at the conclusion of the semester the application is submitted.
  • Students who enroll and attempt a math or science course for which they have AP credit must complete the course at Texas A&M to retain their ETAM eligibility and/or automatic entry eligibility. However, they also have the option to satisfy the two math and science course requirements for ETAM with additional coursework taken at Texas A&M from the required course list above.
  • Students will no longer be considered for automatic entry if they 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 MATH 150: Students who begin their first full semester at Texas A&M in MATH 150 are only eligible for automatic entry during their third semester.

  • Students must have a 3.75 cumulative GPA or higher at the conclusion of the semester the application is submitted.
  • Students who enroll and attempt a math or science course for which they have AP credit for must complete the course at Texas A&M to retain their ETAM eligibility and/or automatic entry eligibility. However, they also have the option to satisfy the two math and science course requirements for ETAM with additional coursework taken at Texas A&M from the required course list above.
  • Students will no longer be considered for automatic entry if they 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.