Annual Committee Planning Report
Duration and Time Limits
English Language Requirements
Forms and Petitions
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This document was developed for the guidance of faculty and graduate students in WFSC and its affiliated programs. Students enrolled in the interdisciplinary degree programs of Genetics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, and Toxicology are expected to follow these departmental guidelines and procedures along with any others specific to those programs. Specific policies and procedures pertaining to faculty and students located away from the College Station campus or associated with collaborative degree programs are provided in separate sections at the end of this document.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all deadlines are met and the necessary paperwork submitted by deadlines. Deadlines are listed by semester on the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) semester calendars. It is recommended students are familiar with the dates and deadlines and required steps and documents for graduation at least a year before the anticipated semester of graduation to ensure all requirements are met. For paper forms, students must gather all signatures from committee members and submit forms to the graduate advisor, Lindsay Hutchins, in WFES 118 for the department head signature, records, and routing to OGAPS.
All communication from the department and graduate advisor will be through TAMU email. Emails regarding university and departmental deadlines will be sent multiple times each year.
To be accepted into the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences graduate program all students must identify a WFSC faculty member who is willing to serve as the advisor/graduate committee chair. A faculty member must agree to be a student’s faculty advisor before the student is admitted into the graduate program. Student performance issues (e.g., failure to adhere to graduate program policies and advising, unsatisfactory academic progress to degree completion, poor communication, excessive class/lab absences without university excused documentation, student rule 7) can and will result in the student’s dismissal from the faculty advisor’s lab and termination of the faculty advisor from the student’s graduate committee. The student must meet with the WFSC graduate advisor immediately following the dismissal, where a deadline will be set for the student to secure a new WFSC faculty advisor. Should the student not secure a new faculty advisor by the given deadline, the student will be dismissed from the WFSC graduate program.
The student’s advisory committee must be selected beginning of the second regular semester for Master’s students and beginning of the fourth regular semester for Ph.D. students. Students not meeting this deadline will have a hold placed on their account by the OGAPS, and that hold can only be removed by submitting a degree plan and having it approved by their advisory committee, the department, and OGAPS.
The composition and size of the committee should reflect the scope of the intended graduate program and should be developed with substantial input from the student’s faculty advisor. Interdisciplinary research efforts normally require larger committees. The advisor(s) will serve as chair(s) of the committee. The committee must be selected from members of the TAMU Graduate Faculty. Recognized scholars who are not faculty of TAMU may serve as adjunct members of the Graduate Faculty following nomination and approval by WFSC, COALS, and OGAPS; see OGAPS Graduate Faculty Guidelines for membership qualifications. The process to add an outside member may take two to three months for approval. Students should plan accordingly. Members of the Graduate Faculty not located in College Station or Galveston may serve as co-chair committee members.
To assure the student receives necessary guidance regarding University academic matters, all advisory committees must include at least one tenure-track faculty member. Students whose advisor is off-campus must have an on-campus committee member from WFSC. Additional committee members (those who are not members of the TAMU Graduate Faculty) may be added as a”Special Appointment” status by submitting a nomination request to the WFSC graduate advisor. Special appointments are not included in the required minimum committee composition.
Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Wildlife Science (MWS), and Master of Natural Resource Development (MNRD)
The committee must include at least three members of the Graduate Faculty representing the student’s field of study, including the major advisor(s). A chair/co-chair must be from within the WFSC tenure-track faculty, with at least one member from a department other than WFSC. All adjunct Graduate Faculty members nominated by WFSC will count as an inside committee member.
The committee must include at least four members of the Graduate Faculty, including the major advisor(s), and at least one of the members must be from a department other than the student’s major department. A chair/co-chair must be from within the WFSC tenure-track faculty, with at least one member from a department other than WFSC. All adjunct Graduate Faculty members nominated by WFSC will count as an inside committee member.
The student, in consultation with the student’s advisory committee, will develop the proposed degree plan. The degree plan and list of committee members must be submitted to OGAPS through the Document Processing Submission System (DPSS) and approved by the student’s advisory committee, department, and OGAPS. The advisor and/or committee may require additional coursework over the minimum requirements described below based on the student’s previous experience, intended areas of study or other factors.
The student’s advisory committee will evaluate the student’s coursework and experience to determine the courses necessary for the degree plan. Remedial coursework not applicable to the graduate program will be required for students without proper graduate preparation in the chosen discipline and should precede major coursework and research when possible. Although the student and advisor play the major roles in determining the research project, project identification and evaluation should incorporate continuing input from the entire advisory committee.
Master’s (thesis and non-thesis): no later than the beginning of the second regular (fall/spring) semester.
Doctoral: no later than the beginning of the fourth regular (fall/spring) semester.
If a degree plan is not submitted by this deadline, OGAPS will place a registration hold on the student’s account, blocking the student from course registration.
Master’s Degree (Thesis)
The M.S. degree requires a thesis to be written based on original research. At least 32 credit hours of approved credits are required on the degree plan.
M.S. Degree Plan Requirements
• at least 18 hours of regular graded (non-research, non-variable credit) coursework
• no more than 8 credits combined of 691 and 684
• no more than 12 credits combined of 684, 685, and 691
• no more than 8 credits of 685
• no more than 1 credit of 681
• no more than 9 credits of 300 and/or 400 level coursework
• no more than 12 credits of transfer coursework
• no more than 50 percent of the degree plan may be completed through distance education courses
NOTE: Transfer coursework must have the approval of the committee, department, and OGAPS.
M.S. students must be continuously enrolled with at least 1 credit hour each Fall and Spring semester until graduation. Summer enrollment is only necessary for August graduation.
MWS and MNRD Degrees (Non-Thesis)
The MWS and MNRD degrees are non-thesis degrees but require the writing of a professional paper. At least 36 credit hours of approved courses are required on the degree plan.
MWS and MNRD Degree Plan Requirement
• at least 30 hours of regular graded (non-research, non-variable credit) coursework
• no more than 6 credits combined of 684 and 685
• no 691 credit
• no more than 1 credit of 681
• no more than 9 credits of 300 and/or 400 level coursework
• no more than 12 credits of transfer coursework
NOTE: Transfer coursework must have the approval of the committee, department, and OGAPS.
Ph.D. Degree Plan Requirements
The Ph.D. degree plan requires at least 64 hours of coursework for students who have completed an approved Master’s or another advanced degree. Students without a Master’s degree require 96 hours of coursework on the degree plan. Ph.D. students have 10 consecutive calendar years to complete their degree. Once a Ph.D. student reaches 99 hours and/or 21 semesters (including summers) they will be charged out-of-state tuition. Ph.D. students are not bound by the same degree plan combination or transfer limitations as described above for Master’s students. No more than four courses may be taken by distance education and no more than 50 percent of the non-research credit hours required for the degree plan may be completed through distance education courses.
64 Hour Program (with approved M.S.)
• at least 18 hours of regular graded (non-research, non-variable credit) coursework
• 2 credits of 691
96 Hour Program (with approved M.S.)
• at least 36 hours of regular graded (non-research, non-variable credit) coursework
• 2 credits of 691
Degree Plan Requirements
All students are required to maintain continuous registration until such time as they complete all requirements for graduation unless a specific leave of absence is granted (in writing) by the department. Summer registration is not required by the university, but may be required by the advisory committee or to meet assistantship/fellowship/scholarship or other requirements. To be considered for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half-time (5 hours fall/spring, 3 hours summer).
Faculty advisors may require more hours depending on the amount of time or other resources they must commit to a student’s research and/or thesis/dissertation. If final thesis/dissertation corrections have been cleared by the OGAPS before the registration deadline in a particular term, registration is not required during the graduation semester (excluding international students). Students participating in a non-thesis degree program are not required to maintain continuous enrollment once coursework is complete, but must be registered in the semester they want to graduate.
A student must be registered in the semester(s) in which prelims, final defense of the thesis/dissertation, and graduation are scheduled. International students should check with ISS on additional enrollment requirements that may affect their visa status.
Ph.D. students in residence are required to register for two credits and M.S. students are required to register for one credit of WFSC 681 (or other approved 681) during the course of their degree program. Non-thesis master’s students are encouraged to register for one credit of WFSC 681, but not required.
All students are strongly encouraged to present a thesis/dissertation proposal seminar to fellow students and their advisory committee prior to conducting much of their research. This will provide project orientation and clarify objectives, justification, methods, and logic. The timing, location, and format of this presentation will be cooperatively planned by the student and the advisor, but with a public announcement to allow interested persons to attend.
All students will present a final thesis/dissertation research seminar prior to the final examination. This too will be cooperatively planned and advertised to the academic community.
Students pursuing M.S. (thesis) and Ph.D. degrees must develop a detailed research proposal. This research proposal, consisting of a maximum of ten pages of narrative, should review pertinent literature and summarize methods to be used in the proposed research. The proposal should optimally be submitted and approved before the research starts. At the latest, the proposal should be submitted to OGAPS before the end of the second-long semester (fall or spring) for M.S. students and before the end of the fourth long semester for Ph.D. Students. The research proposal form must also be signed by the student, committee, and department head and attached to the proposal for submission. Students must gather all signatures from committee members and submit form and hard-copy of proposal to the graduate advisor, Lindsay Hutchins, in WFES 118 for the department head signature, records, and routing to OGAPS.
The proposal should make clear the topic to be addressed, its background, motivation for the study, and the general approach to be followed. Format proposal according to the thesis/dissertation template in conjunction with the style guide you are using (APA, MLA, ACS, etc.).
Proposals might include but not necessarily be limited to the following information:
– Statement of the Problem
– Purpose of the study—states the goals of the research
– Hypotheses, Research Questions and/or Objectives
– Literature Review & Significance—indicate why this problem and study are important; conceptual framework; relevant literature
– Method or Procedures—describes instrumentation, how the study will be conducted, and how the data will be collected
– Limitations—conditions beyond the control of the researcher that may restrict the study’s conclusions
– Delimitations—restrictions placed on the study by the researcher that may restrict the study’s conclusions
– Treatment of Data—analyses to be conducted, including (as appropriate) the specific statistical procedures
– Evidence that the study is in compliance –Refer to RED FLAGS: Animals Use, Human Subjects Research, Biohazards/Select Agents, Export Controls, Good Laboratory Practices attached to Proposal Approval Form on OGAPS website.
A student’s research project should be designed to produce a publishable product for a refereed journal. It is in the best interest of the student and the committee to ensure the proposal is approved prior to the start of the research. The student should report regularly on research progress to the advisor and the advisory committee to prevent unexpected surprises or misunderstandings and to gain the approval of any redirection.
A formal Preliminary Examination (prelim) for Ph.D. students may be given by the student’s advisory committee if the student is within six hours of completing formal degree plan coursework (except 681, 684, and 691) but must be given before the end of the semester following completion of regular coursework on the degree plan.
The Preliminary Exam Checklist and Report must be submitted to OGAPS within ten days of the oral examination date. The signed checklist and report should be submitted to the graduate advisor, Lindsay Hutchins, in WFES 118 for the department head signature, records, and routing to OGAPS.
To be eligible to hold a preliminary exam, the student must:
– have a Degree Plan approved by the OGAPS no later than 90 days prior to the preliminary exam
– have a graduate GPR of at least 3.0 (Program GPA)
– have a degree plan GPR of at least 3.0
– be registered for at least one credit
– be within 6 hrs of completing all formal (graded) course work on the degree plan (i.e., all course work except 681, 684, 685 and 691)
Prelims will cover all areas within the scope of the student’s doctoral program and usually includes written exams from each advisory committee member, followed by an oral exam administered by the committee as a whole.
The student is responsible for completing the Preliminary Examination Checklist before scheduling the preliminary exam. Written and oral examinations must be held on the College Station campus; however, students may request, well in advance of scheduling the exam, for an exemption to hold examination off-campus. Examinations by Skype or other electronic means must also be requested in advance with a statement indicating the location of each member and the student. Committee substitutions can be made, but the examination must be rescheduled if two or more members cannot attend. There can be no substitutions for the committee chair. No more than one dissenting vote is permitted for the student to pass.
After successfully completing the prelims, a student must complete all remaining degree requirements within four calendar years or the prelims must either be retaken or time-limit extension must be requested from OGAPS.
All M.S. or Ph.D students must complete a thesis or dissertation. In addition to meeting OGAPS requirements, students must provide a copy of their thesis/dissertation to the department and to each member of their committee. The thesis/dissertation should be in a proper format for publication and “tightened” to readiness for submittal by use of appendixes for non-essential information.
The student’s committee will offer guidance on study design and interpretation of results. It is not the committee’s responsibility to edit careless writing. A polished draft (including all manuscript components and page numbers) must be delivered to the advisory committee for review after the student and major advisor have agreed upon editorial changes; this should occur well before the anticipated date of the final examination. It is the student and faculty advisor’s responsibility to make certain the document is in good form, both in terms of grammar and scientific style. Committee members have the right to reject documents that fail to meet these guidelines. Committee members should be given at least two weeks to review the draft before the student attempts to schedule the final exam/defense. The final exam is to be scheduled only after the advisory committee agrees the thesis or dissertation is ready for defense.
Committee members should return the corrected thesis/dissertation to the student two weeks after receipt. As such, the student should check with committee members to ensure they have the time to review the document. If the student delivers the final draft to the committee one month prior to the exam, that would allow two weeks before the scheduled exam/defense date for the student to make recommended changes.
Although the final oral exam tends to focus on the thesis/dissertation/professional paper, additional issues may be addressed on the basis of the prelims, or as an outgrowth of the normal discussion of the student’s research or professional activities. Requests to schedule final oral exams/defenses must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the scheduled date requested, and only after approval to schedule has been received from all advisory committee members. If the request for scheduling includes a petition for changes to the degree plan or advisory committee, the request must be submitted at least five weeks ahead of the scheduled date.
To schedule the final exam/defense, submit the completed Request and Announcement of Final Exam form signed by the committee chair to the graduate advisor, Lindsay Hutchins, in WFES 118 for the department head signature, records, and routing to OGAPS.
Final exams must be held on the College Station campus; however, students may, well in advance of scheduling the exam, for an exemption to hold examination off-campus. Examinations by Skype or other electronic means must also be requested in advance with a statement indicating the location of each member and the student. Committee substitutions can be made, but the examination must be rescheduled if two or more members cannot attend. There can be no substitutions for the committee chair. No more than one dissenting vote is permitted for the student to pass.
Defense Announcements to WFSC
Students should email Lindsay Hutchins with thesis/dissertation/professional paper title, defense date, location, time, and photos to be included in WFSC announcement. Lindsay will create the announcement graphic, request student approval, and distribute to the WFSC listserv, website, and social media. Students may also create their own flyer graphic and email to Lindsay for distribution.
Defense Announcements on OGAPS Website
The online web announcement is not a substitute for the paper Request and Announcement of the Final Examination form. Additionally, completion (or lack of completion) of the online announcement in no way impacts the approval or processing of your paper Request and Announcement of the Final Examination form. Once the online defense announcement is complete, the announcement will appear on the OGAPS Defense Announcements website. Announcements will be published after OGAPS approves the Request and Announcement of the Final Examination.
All students completing the MWS or MNRD non-thesis degrees must complete a professional paper. Students may receive up to six hours of 685 credits for the professional paper. Specific information on paper content and style may vary considerably and is typically decided by each student’s graduate committee. Full-time non-employed students will be encouraged to complete an off-campus internship. Students may receive up to four hours of 684 credits for an internship. Students are also encouraged to submit a copy to the library to keep in a digital repository. Final approval of style and content for graduate student documents (proposals, theses, dissertations, professional papers) is the responsibility of each student and their graduate committee.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences requires all graduate students to meeting with their advisory committee and complete the Annual Committee Planning Report by June 1 each year. The purpose of this report is to assess students annually and provide feedback on their program. The department believes annual advisory committee meetings increase student success, decrease time to degree, promote publications, and address other potential deficiencies. Departmental goals, such as to increase student publications and effective communication before graduation, can best be achieved through the guidance and encouragement of each student’s faculty mentor and advisory committee. The report form may be downloaded below and returned to Lindsay Hutchins in WFES 118 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WFSC faculty members serve on a number of graduate committees, both as advisors and as committee members. Thus, faculty members often have multiple proposals, theses/dissertations to review each semester, typically near the end of the semester. It is in the best interest of the student to allow adequate time for the review of these documents and for corrections to be made.
Some graduate requirements are submitted online while others require paper forms, the Graduate Program Requirements Submission Process was created to guide students through the submission process. Each requirement includes a link to the document submission form (electronic and paper) along with the signatures required. All signatures on paper forms can be scanned if necessary with the exception of the individual listed in the original signature column.
Students must gather all signatures from committee members and submit forms to the graduate advisor, Lindsay Hutchins, in WFES 118 for the department head signature, records, and routing to OGAPS.
In conjunction with The Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences offers the Military Sustainability Program which supports the testing and training activities on Defense Department lands through land management and regional planning, research and policy innovations, and education and outreach efforts. These efforts support the twin imperatives of military readiness and land conservation stewardship.
The Certificate in Military Lands Sustainability is a unique web-based graduate program (non-thesis) that provides students with an understanding of the interrelationships among ecology, economics, policy, and culture as factors that influence natural resource conservation and management on military lands. Acceptance into the Certificate in Military Lands Sustainability program is competitive. Applicants must hold a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited institution, preferably in science, agriculture, engineering, or education. A minimum of 3.0 GPA in the last 60 undergraduate hours is expected but individual exceptions can be made based on professional training and achievements beyond undergraduate study.
The program is comprised of coursework in three integrated, multidisciplinary thematic areas of emphasis: land management; policy analysis and development; and cultural competencies and conflict management. The Certificate in Military Lands Sustainability requires the completion of 13 graduate credit hours and serves to complement existing professional graduate degrees offered in the Departments of Ecosystem Sciences and Management (ESSM) and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC). The certificate program and associated graduate degrees employ full use of cyber-learning strategies to afford the greatest flexibility to prospective students, allowing them to pursue a graduate degree without having to be physically located on-campus.
The Document Processing Submission System (DPSS) is the online submission system for the following documents:
- Degree plans
- Time limits
OGAPS requires paper forms for several other processes including Thesis/Dissertation Proposal, Preliminary Examination Checklist, Request for Final Examination and the Written Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form. More information on required forms, signatures, and deadlines may be found on the Graduate Program Requirements Submission Process page.
A doctoral degree generally requires at least four years of full-time work beyond a master’s degree or five to six years of full time work beyond a bachelor’s degree. All degree requirements must be completed within ten years. Coursework exceeding ten calendar years may not be applied toward the degree without submitting a time-limits petition. Students have one calendar year after their final exam to submit their dissertation to OGAPS and clear. If a student is in the seven or ten-year time limit before the one year is complete, the seven or ten-year time limit takes precedence.
A master’s of science degree generally requires at least two years of full time work beyond a bachelor’s degree. The non-thesis master’s option typically requires at least three years of part-time work beyond a bachelor’s degree. A student must complete all degree requirements within seven years. Coursework over seven calendar years old may not be applied toward the degree.
To meet residency requirements, which are decided by the university, a master’s student must be enrolled full-time (nine hours) for one semester, while a Ph.D. student with an approved graduate degree must be enrolled full-time for two consecutive semesters. Ph.D. students without a master’s degree are required to be registered full-time for the third semester. These semesters must be fall, spring or the 10-week summer term.
If a student will not meet this requirement, a petition for waivers and exemptions can be submitted to OGAPS through DPSS. The waiver is only granted to those students who are employed full-time. To receive the wavier, a letter from the employer, verifying employment, must be submitted to the graduate advisor for OGAPS.
English language requirements must be met before a student is eligible to graduate, complete preliminary examination, or hold a final defense. English Proficiency Verification can be achieved by presenting:
- a TOEFL score of at least 80 on TOEFL iBT (550 paper-based), or
- an IELTS score of at least 6.0, or
- a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (400 on the old scale), or
- GMAT Verbal score of at least 22, or
- a PTE Academic score of at least 53, or
- acquiring alternative verification from the OGAPS via a departmental request. An international graduate student holding a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution qualifies for alternative verification.
Individual colleges may choose to establish minimum TOEFL standards that exceed the University minimum for English Proficiency Verification.
Scores from TOEFL examinations administered more than two years before submission of the application for admission shall not be eligible for English Proficiency Verification. All scores must be official before the requirement will be shown as met. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to teach or interact with undergraduate students in any form, when representing the department or any organization or affiliate of the department.
A student wishing to hold a teaching assistantship must meet additional requirements to be certified by the State of Texas and Texas A&M University. No exceptions can be made to this rule. English Proficiency Certification can be achieved by:
- scoring at least 80 on each of the sections (reading, listening, written composition and oral skills) of the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE),
- obtaining grades of A or B in English Language Institute (ELI) courses (reading, listening, written composition and oral skills) at the 300-level or higher, or
- acquiring alternative certification from the OGAPS via a departmental request.
A student who has received a baccalaureate degree following four years of study at an accredited U.S. institution or institutions qualifies for alternative certification. All other requests for alternative certification require strong department justification and review in compliance with OGAPS policies and guidelines.
An international student who has completed an equivalent English training program at an institution other than Texas A&M may request English Proficiency Verification or Certification.
Verification or Certification is requested through the Departmental Graduate Advisor. The student should provide the Departmental Graduate Advisor with documentation to support Verification or Certification. If the department concurs with the request, the Departmental Graduate Advisor will submit a letter recommending and requesting Verification or Certification (with documentation attached) to the OGAPS. OGAPS will determine on a case-by-case basis whether Verification or Certification is granted.
Any international graduate student not meeting the English language requirements when admitted must take the ELPE. If the student fails to meet the ELPE requirements, they must take ELI courses in deficient areas and receive a grade of A or B in all 300 level courses they are required to take.
ELI courses do not count for credit nor can they be used to satisfy registration or any other requirement, but will be counted towards billed hours. These requirements should be met early in a student’s program, and must be met before scheduling the final exam for master’s students or the preliminary exam for Ph.D. students. The department and OGAPS will allow for the removal of only one registration block due to not meeting these requirements. Students must fulfill this requirement while on campus at the same time the residency requirement is met. No student will be allowed to leave the country or conduct research for longer than one semester (Fall/Spring) until both the residency and language requirements are met.
The ELPE is offered at the beginning and end of each semester and ELI courses are offered each semester. For more information on language requirements and rules for international students please contact International Student Services at 979-845-1824.
Texas A&M University’s Division of Research, through the Office of Research Compliance and Biosafety, is responsible for providing training and support to faculty, students, and staff in regulatory requirements for research. The offices seek to promote and ensure the highest standards for research compliance throughout Texas A&M.
Multiple programs compose the offices, which provide administrative and operational support for Texas A&M’s research compliance review committees as well as other research compliance programs designated at the university.
All students who will be leaving the country for any reason other than vacation must register with the Study Abroad Office. This even applies to international students who are returning to their home country to conduct research. If a student will be leaving the country or the continental United States for anything other than a vacation, please contact the Education Abroad. International students must also contact International Student Services.
Students conducting research off-campus but remaining in the continental United States must register for CIRT (Critical Incident Response Team).
Additional travel guidelines and procedures on the Domestic and International Travel Procedures webpage.
Common graduate fellowships and awards:
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is the home department for graduate students and graduate faculty members who are located in Galveston and whose primary research activities take place away from the College Station campus. Graduate Faculty members of WFSC located in Galveston may solely chair graduate committees but at least one faculty member of WFSC at College Station must serve on those committees. Adjunct Graduate Faculty of WFSC located in Galveston may serve as members of students’ advisory committees or as co-chairs with a WFSC graduate faculty member. At least one WFSC faculty member at College Station must serve on the graduate committee. The same privileges pertain to graduate faculty members in Galveston not affiliated with WFSC.
Each student and their major advisor are responsible for adhering to all departmental requirements and processing all documents associated with their graduate program. This includes registration, payment of fees, and acquisition of signatures on degree plans and proposals before submission to the department, as well as compiling and submitting all relevant documents research compliance.
Galveston-based students have the same residency requirements as College Station WFSC students.
Students who fail to remain continuously enrolled or who are dismissed from the university and/or department must apply for readmission. A returning degree-seeking graduate student who has attended TAMU within the last 12 months will not have to submit a readmit application. A readmit application is required for all students who have not attended TAMU within the last year and require departmental approval, beyond that of your advisory committee, before being allowed to return to the department.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Graduate Program evaluates student academic progress and assigns probation terms for those who are academically deficient at the end of each semester. Section 12.3 of the TAMU student rules listed below, a graduate student in a degree-seeking program are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
12.3 A degree-seeking graduate student is considered to be scholastically deficient if:
12.3.1 Either his or her cumulative GPR or the GPR for courses listed on the degree plan
falls below 3.00 or below a higher standard set by the department or college of affiliation; or
12.3.2 He or she fails to show acceptable proficiency in such other requisites for his or her
degree as may be assigned by his or her graduate committee, department or OGAPS (e.g., qualifying and preliminary examinations, research, writing or a thesis or dissertation, etc.).
If the GPA falls below a 3.0 the student will be placed on one-semester probation where the GPA must achieve at least a 3.0 GPA by the end of the subsequent semester. If the GPA is brought to at least a 3.0, the student will be allowed to continue enrollment in the graduate program; if not, the student will be dismissed from the department. The student may appeal to the WFSC Graduate Affairs Committee, Department Head, College, and OGAPS.
Graduates of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (GWFSC)
Women in Science and Engineering
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
TAMU Graduate and Professional Student Council
Texas Master Naturalists
TAMU Chapter of the Wildlife Society
TAMU Chapter of the American Fisheries Society