TAMIU-TAMU Ink Pre-Engineering Agreement

TAMIU, TAMU Pre-Engineering Agreement
Makes it Easy for Students to Transfer

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) signed an agreement today that facilitates the automatic admission and academic transfer of students from TAMIU into certain engineering degree programs at TAMU. (photo)

“Students will take the first two or three years here of core and engineering courses at TAMIU and if they maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, can be admitted to the engineering program of their choice in College Station,” said Dr. Nasser Momayezi, dean of TAMIU’s College of Arts and Sciences, said.

In order to qualify for automatic admission under the terms of the agreement, TAMIU students must select and follow the required degree plan as a full-time student at TAMIU, complete a total of at least 42 credits from the degree plan, including required courses, maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all courses attempted from among those listed in the degree plan and meet all other general transfer admission requirements for transfer to TAMU.

TAMIU students who do not qualify for automatic transfer admission are eligible for consideration for admission to TAMU under the standard criteria that generally apply to all transfer students.

Dr. Momayezi said the agreement signed today expands on an existing agreement while taking into account TAMIU’s additional engineering faculty strengths.

“We used to have an articulation agreement, but it was not as comprehensive as this one. It didn’t include automatic admission and we offered fewer courses. We now have a good number of engineering courses. We hired a new mathematics and physical sciences department chair, Dr. Rafic Bachnak, who is also a professor of electrical and computer engineering. In addition, we hired three new professors: two engineering professors—one who teaches industrial engineering and the other electrical engineering, and the third, a computer scientist,” Momayezi said.

Dr. Dan Jones, TAMIU provost and vice president for academic affairs, praised the agreement.

“Our students enjoy many benefits because TAMIU is a Member of the Texas A&M University System,” Jones said, “This agreement makes it possible for Laredo students to have preferred access to one of the best engineering programs in the world.  We are grateful to everyone at Texas A&M who worked closely with our faculty to make this agreement happen,” Jones said.

Bartell Zachry, native Laredoan and chairman of the board of San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Corporation, helped to bring the two universities together and noted the opportunities the partnership presents.

“I’m honored to have had a role in bringing these two great schools together.  This is all about access for South Texas and Laredo especially.  Who knows, maybe someday there will be an engineering,“ Zachry said.  

Zachry, also an engineer and longtime supporter of Texas A&M University engineering programs, met with students after the ceremony and described their job future in engineering as full of rich possibilities.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at 326.2460 or visit offices in the Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center, room 301.

University office hours are 8 a.m.  5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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