Plant Pathology and Microbiology is a department with approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students and quickly growing. We provide an inclusive, hands-on learning environment in which our students engage in integrated teaching, research, and high-impact programs to create skillful thought leaders in the field. Our students receive world-class education that they can apply to a diverse array of career fields after graduation. Through innovative classroom and field learning experiences, our faculty provide advanced educational opportunities to prepare students for careers in the science and stewardship of biological diversity, ecosystems and their services, and the biosphere. PLPM graduates are critical thinkers set up to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.
In the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences we have aligned our academic advising to better support students during their time at Texas A&M University. We have assembled a diverse and knowledgeable advisor community dedicated to providing our students with high-quality academic advising services. If you are a current student and have questions about your coursework, degree program or progress toward graduation, we encourage you to reach out to one of the advisors in WFES Advising Hub.
Undergraduate Student Admissions
Interested students must submit their application along with the required materials using the applications found at Texas A&M Admissions. To learn more about the BESC major, reach out to an academic advisor to schedule either a virtual or in-person appointment.
Change of Major Requirements
Current Texas A&M University students looking to transfer into our department through a change of major, must if you plan to change majors, you must make a request to the academic college, department or major you want to transfer into by submitting change of major request form. It is essential to review the requirements before submitting a change of major request. Those requirements can be found on the Change of Major form specific to your degree. You can find application deadlines and Change of Major Forms for our College on the Texas A&M Undergraduate Studies website.
Admission from other institutions is granted on a competitive basis. Students must meet the minimum general requirements set by the University to be considered for departmental admission. The University requirements for transfer can be found on the Office of Admissions website. Grade point ratio, course history, reasons for requesting the Bioenvironmental Sciences major, and other indicators are reviewed. Changes in departmental capacity may influence acceptance criteria.
Required Coursework For Admission
|Must take:||Elementary Statistical Inference||3||MATH 1342/1442||STAT 201|
|Must choose one of the following courses:||Mathematics-Business & Social Sciences||3||MATH 1324||MATH 140|
|Business Calculus||3||MATH 1325||MATH 142|
|Introduction to Logic||3||PHIL 2303||PHIL 240|
- The six (6) credits of math, listed above, must be completed before applications will be considered. MATH 2413 and MATH 2414 are accepted in lieu of MATH 1324 and MATH 1325.
- Repeated courses will also be used in the GPA calculation. Example: If an applicant makes an F in ENGL 1301, then repeats ENGL 1301 and makes an A, the A and the F both will be used in the GPA calculation.
- A grade of ‘D’ is considered passing; however, a grade of ‘D’ negatively impacts the GPA.
- Review the course equivalency at your school.
- Spring applicants must have math complete by the time of application.
- Summer/Fall applicants must have math complete by May (but must apply by the deadlines).
- All TAMU employees who become aware of discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence) and/or retaliation must report it regardless of how they become aware of the information.
- What is your passion?
- How did you get it?
- What is/are your career goal(s)?
- How can RPTS help you reach those goals?
Are you Putting RPTS as your 2nd Choice Major?
- We do look at second choice majors, but you must submit an essay directly to RPTS.
- Write a separate essay answering the questions under “Essay Help.” Send a PDF copy of the essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. The essay must include your UIN and name in the header. This essay must be emailed the same day that you submitted your Apply Texas application.
Graduate Student Admissions
Interested students may submit an application via Texas A&M University GraduateCAS. To learn more about the PLPM graduate program, reach out to an academic advisor.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students at Texas A&M get a world-class education at a reasonable cost—and graduate with far less college-related debt than their peers at other universities. Texas A&M University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences support students through scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and travel and research grants. This funding is made possible by donors and supporters of the department, college and university including former students, family and friends, former faculty and industry sponsors.
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
We understand that graduate education is an investment and one we don’t take lightly. PLPM and Texas A&M University offer competitive assistantships and fellowships to help alleviate the cost of higher education and make attending graduate school more affordable. Approximately 95% of current full-time, on-campus graduate students in PLPM are supported by departmental teaching assistantships, grant-based research assistantships, or internal and external graduate fellowships and grants. Research and travel grants are also available from the college and university. Check with the Graduate and Professional School for details on opportunities available across the university.
Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships
The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology offers graduate fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. These are available on a competitive basis to qualified individuals. PLPM invites nominations for graduate assistantships and fellowships available to qualified incoming graduate students matriculating each fall semester funds are available. Outstanding prospective doctoral students are given priority for awards. However, exceptional prospective master’s students (thesis-based) are also considered, where applicable.
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