Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy - Additional Information

Engineering students in the Engineering Academy program: 

  • Are required to meet the Texas A&M College of Engineering Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Detailed information can be found on the BYOD website. 
  • Must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester. Two to three credit hours are allocated for Texas A&M engineering courses taught by College of Engineering faculty at El Centro’s Center for Design. The remaining credit hours will be offered through any DCCCD college. Students enroll together in first-year math, science and engineering courses to enhance their academic success.
  • May enroll in a total of six credit hours through Texas A&M and a total of six credit hours through any DCCCD college during the summer. 
  • Who drop to zero hours at Texas A&M are withdrawn and forfeit all Texas A&M student privileges for the remainder of the term (i.e., use of campus support services, student discounts, sports tickets, etc.). Unless otherwise prohibited, students may continue in the Academy the subsequent semester pending Texas A&M course availability and prerequisites. 
  • Work with DCCCD campus advisors and Texas A&M engineering advisors to enroll in courses appropriate for the student’s preferred major at Texas A&M. Other courses may not count toward meeting the minimum required hours. 
  • Must complete the required calculus sequence through any DCCCD college for the engineering major into which they’re admitted prior to beginning full-time enrollment at Texas A&M. 
  • Who transition to full-time status at Texas A&M prior to completion of their associate degree, must apply (upon eligibility) for reverse articulation to receive their associate degree through one of the colleges of DCCCD.

GPA Calculation 

Texas A&M will calculate a student’s cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) at each institution based on the courses taken by the student at that institution. Grades for all transferable courses earned at each institution will be used in the computation of the CGPA for that institution, including failing and incomplete grades and repeated courses. 

Any transferable credits earned through institutions — other than any of the DCCCD colleges or Texas A&M — prior to entry into the program will count toward the DCCCD credit requirement only. Grades received for these credits will not count toward the DCCCD CGPA requirement.  

Once a student has entered the program, all credits must be earned at Texas A&M and any of the DCCCD colleges if they are to be used to satisfy program completion requirements.  

Any Credit by Examination received through Texas A&M before the start of the program will count toward the DCCCD college’s credit requirement. 

Removal from the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Dallas County Community College District 

An engineering student removed from the Engineering Academy program for either academic or disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to continue enrollment and will not be guaranteed admission to Texas A&M. Continued enrollment at any DCCCD college will be at the discretion of local DCCCD college officials. 

Pathways to full admission to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering 

Entry-to-a-Major  

The primary pathway to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering is the Entry-to-a-Major process. Engineering students in the Engineering Academy are strongly encouraged to apply to a degree-granting major as early as possible upon meeting the following two eligibility requirements: 

  1. Must be in good academic standing in the Engineering Academy, which implies a CGPA of at least 2.0 at TAMU and 2.5 at the partner community college; 
  2. Complete at least two math, two science and two engineering courses. 

Students who complete the required coursework and earn a 3.5 CGPA or higher at each institution are guaranteed entry to the first-choice engineering major at the end of their first year. Detailed information can be found on the Engineering Academy Entry-to-a-Major website.  

Upon entry to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering, an engineering student in the Engineering Academy may choose to remain co-enrolled at any DCCCD college through the completion of the two-year program or decide to attend Texas A&M University full time and use reverse articulation to complete an associate degree. Engineering students remaining at a DCCCD college after being granted entry to a major will be advised by the advisor in the degree-granting major, as well as the Engineering Academy advisor. 

Program Completion 

Engineering students in the Engineering Academy program who do not meet the Entry-to-a-Major application requirements can still secure full admission to Texas A&M by satisfying program completion requirements. In particular, students must meet the following requirements by the end of the first summer session following the second year of enrollment in the Engineering Academy: 

  • Completion of at least 50 transferable hours from any DCCCD college with a minimum CGPA of 2.5; 
  • Completion of at least 10 hours of engineering coursework from Texas A&M with a minimum CGPA of 2.5. 

Upon successful completion, students can apply for a change of curriculum into a degree-granting major at Texas A&M. Advisors for the Engineering Academy program will help engineering students identify majors in or outside the College of Engineering that are suitable for their academic goals and CGPA competitiveness.