Freshman FAQ

Frequently asked questions by prospective Aggie Geoscientists

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Interested in becoming an Aggie Geoscientist? Check out a few frequently asked questions by our prospective and incoming freshman to help you get started.

Is there a separate application for each major in the geosciences?

No, there is not a separate application for any of the majors offered through Geosciences. You need only apply through the university admissions process, and declare one of our majors.

Do you accept second-choice majors?

Yes, we do!

How many students do you accept each year?

We do not work off of a capacity or quota system; therefore, our entering class size varies from year to year without worry of hitting a maximum.

Does the College of Geosciences offer scholarships?

Applicants should follow the instructions regarding scholarship consideration on the ApplyTexas or The Coalition forms as well as complete Essays A, B, and C. The College of Geosciences also offers continuing student scholarships. Continuing students should contact their advisor regarding application information.

What classes should I take in high school to better my chances for acceptance?

Learn what you need to apply.

Do you offer any study abroad opportunities? Internships? Undergraduate research?

Yes, in fact, majors in the College of Geosciences participate in study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research at a higher rate than any other College at Texas A&M. Once you are enrolled, feel free to work directly with a faculty member or your advisor on how best to proceed.

Can you recommend a dorm?

Majors within the College of Geosciences have an opportunity to apply for our Living-learning Community (LLC) located in Dunn Hall. There are a limited number of spaces available, but there are many dorms also located on the south side of campus conveniently located near most of our buildings.

Do you offer any summer programs?

We offer a GeoX camp in the summer for high school students. The ideal candidate would be a rising senior during camp time. The application opens in December and closes in April.

How can I visit?

If you would like to visit the College of Geosciences, please schedule an appointment. If you would like to make a campus, housing, and admission’s visit, please register on the Visitor Center website.

Can you tell me a little about student involvement? Student organizations? Volunteering?

Geoscience students have the unique opportunity to be involved in each of the “High Impact Learning Experiences” that Texas A&M promotes for undergraduate students. These experiences include the following: Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research, Internships, and Service-learning. Each major offers numerous opportunities for student involvement that makes it hard for students NOT to be involved while working on their degree.

Each major within the College of Geosciences has at least one associated student organization that helps students deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the mission of that organization.

Geoscience students are no stranger to volunteering their time and talents. Many of the activities available for students to participate in are considered “Service-learning Projects”. For example, one regularly offered First Year Seminar includes a service-learning experience in Costa Rica whose mission is to assist local communities with their unique water-related issues.

What careers can I get into after I graduate?

Students graduating with a degree from the College of Geosciences can utilize their degree in a vast array of career fields. Common career fields students pursue are: academia, professional school (law, medicine, dentistry, etc.), all levels of government, research, consulting, and diverse management areas encompassing all levels of Industry.

Why geosciences?

Geoscientists are essential to solving society’s grand challenges; i.e. global climate change, air and water quality, and adequate energy and food supplies. Geoscientists are leaders in providing solutions to pressing societal problems, including securing a reliable and affordable energy future, optimizing the use of our natural resources, predicting natural hazards and identifying mitigating actions that will allow communities to prosper in times of adversity, expanding our knowledge of Earth and planetary systems for the benefit of future generations, and educating a geoscience workforce who will become future leaders. The viability of society is contingent upon freshly educated scholars ready to face the challenges we face today.

Why geosciences at Texas A&M?

The College of Geosciences at Texas A&M is the 2nd smallest college on campus. With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, our majors enjoy smaller class sizes and faculty one-on-one mentorship. While being among the top geosciences training grounds in the country, the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M supplements every students’ experience with the academic support and involvement opportunities necessary to be successful in college and beyond.

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