Students wishing to become a Biochemistry or Genetics major must meet the admissions requirements into Texas A&M University and have us listed as their choice of major. We do not have specific requirements for incoming freshmen.
Change of Major Students
Students wishing to change their major to Biochemistry or Genetics from another major on campus:
- Must have completed at least 12 hours at TAMU
- Must have at least an overall GPA of 2.75
- Must have a grade of C or better in all BIOL courses taken
- Must have a grade of B or better in all CHEM and MATH courses taken
- Must have completed BIOL 111, CHEM 119, and MATH 151 or 171 at time of application.
Change of major students can apply online. Applications received after classes have started will be considered for the next semester once final grades have posted. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance.
Students wishing to transfer into the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics from another institution should be sure to visit the Admissions website for information about applying. You can also view the required coursework by viewing the Transfer Course Sheet for Biochemistry or Genetics. Applicants are encouraged to complete the additional coursework.
Each applicant’s record is reviewed by the admissions committee for the Undergraduate Programs. Prospective transfer students can schedule an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor by filling out the Prospective Student Inquiry form, but this does not guarantee admission. Having the minimum requirements also does not guarantee admission. When submitting your application, please be sure to explain why you would like to major in Biochemistry or Genetics.
Double Degree/Major in Biochemistry/Genetics
Students outside the department wishing to pursue a double degree/major must have:
- at least an overall GPA of 3.00
- credit for BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 119, CHEM 120 and MATH 151 or MATH 171 with a C or better
Students within the department must have an overall GPA of 2.5 to pursue a double major.
*Courses taken elsewhere must be equivalent to these and some can be found via the Transfer Course Matrix