First-year Curriculum at Texas A&M University

Holistic Model for Engineering

  • Technology enhanced classrooms
  • Clustered students in common courses
  • Course integration
  • Teaming in the classroom
  • Active/cooperative learning pedagogy
  • Faculty team teaching
  • Industry in the classroom
  • Assessment and Evaluation

First year courses are now offered together in “clusters” for groups of 100

  • Skill levels of new students determine placement in course clusters
  • 100 students per course cluster
  • Independent (unclustered) courses available
  • Different levels of intensity within course clusters (0-4 courses)
  • Clusters available for the freshman & sophomore years