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ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANNING YOUR COURSE SELECTIONS

Please use this page as a guide to assist you as you select and register for your first semester courses. Before Orientation in August, you will be assigned a faculty advisor. You will receive a copy of your schedule of classes during Orientation and will have an appointment with a faculty advisor during that time. Your appointment time for advising will be given to you at Orientation.

NOTE: During the summer months Rosenstiel faculty advisors are diligently working on their research, collecting, and publishing data from their field work. Should you have any questions after reading this page you may reach out to marsci@miami.edu, and we will be more than happy to assist you. 

For the purpose of our online pre-selection process, we are concentrating only on the  required core courses needed to graduate. After Orientation, you will meet with your faculty advisor to discuss how this first semester fits into your overall curriculum requirements. A typical full-time academic schedule for a new Rosenstiel first-year student will include 4-5 courses with 1 to 2 labs (15-17 credits).

Course descriptions can be found through Canelink. CaneLink is the University of Miami's online portal for students and faculty. You will use your existing CaneID and password to log on. Please use the guide provided on Admission's New Student Registration webpage to search for courses.

*Transfer Students* – Please make sure to visit our Transfer Students webpage for instructions on planning your course selections.

AP/IB/CLEP Exams, Dual Enrollment, Transfer Courses, Summer Scholars

  • AP/IB (HL) or CLEP exams: If you do not know the results of AP/IB (HL) and CLEP exams at this time, you will need to make a judgment about the potential for receiving credits. Let us know which exams you have or will have taken. Upon receipt of the results, please inform the RSMAS Undergraduate office by e-mail at marsci@miami.edu. You may check the AP/IB (HL) credit information in order to determine the exam scores necessary for the awarding of University of Miami credit for specific courses.
  • To have AP and IB (HL) scores evaluated for UM credit,  you must request that your scores be sent directly to the UM Office of Admission from the College Board or from your regional IB office --- a notation on the high school transcript is not sufficient. To have CLEP scores evaluated for UM credit you must submit an Official Test Result Report to the UM Office of Admission. The University of Miami’s School code is 5815.
  • Dual Enrollment/Transfer credits: If you took a course for college credit, you must submit official transcripts to the UM Office of Admission from the issuing College or University. A listing on the high school transcript is not sufficient to award college credit. A minimum grade of "C" is required for consideration of credit in all dual enrollment and transfer courses. Please note: All grades earned in these courses are part of your permanent record. If you plan on using a transferred science or math course as an equivalent to a course required for your major, please complete the Transfer Course Equivalency Form. Submit the form along with the course syllabus to marsci@miami.edu for processing.
  • Summer Scholars: Students who have taken part in the Summer Scholars MSC107 and MSC115 track will be waived out of MSC112 and should not enroll in MSC112. We would ask that you identify yourself during the enrollment process to ensure this information is recorded within your student file.

  Official test scores and/or transcripts for credits earned from any college/university should be sent to:

University of Miami
Office of Admission
P.O. Box 249117
Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117

Cognates

The University General Education requirements will be completed using cognates. A cognate is a group of at least three courses for at least nine credits, related in a topical, thematic, interdisciplinary, sequential, or other fashion, so that completion of a cognate provides coherent depth of knowledge.

You will need to complete one cognate in each of the three Areas of Knowledge: Arts and Humanities, People and Society (Social Sciences), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). All undergraduate students in the Rosenstiel School will be required to complete the Arts and Humanities and People and Society cognates but will fulfill their STEM cognate requirement through their major requirements. Students in Marine Affairs will fulfill their People and Society cognate requirement through their minor. To find out more information about cognates click here.

Individualized Cognates – Beginning in Fall 2021, UM students can fulfill the Areas of Knowledge general education requirement by creating an individualized cognate. Only courses (UM as well as transfer courses) with an Area of Knowledge course attribute in CaneLink can be used in an individualized cognate. To read more about the specifics for individualized cognates and current approved courses, click here.

Required Courses for Majors

The following sections outline the recommended courses for first-year students enrolling in each major. Students beginning with transfer credit should contact the main office at marsci@miami.edu. The English and Mathematics requirements for all majors are described at the bottom of this page.

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  • Geological Sciences (B.A. B.S.)

    • Introductory Geology: GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • Take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate. See cognates.
    • B.S. students consider taking Principles of Chemistry with lab: CHM 121 and 113 if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Affairs

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • An introductory science course, either BIL 150 or CHM 121 depending on your Mathematics placement. BIL 150 requires MTH107 while CHM121 requires MTH108 or higher. If you are placed into MTH101 take CHM 110.
    • Consider taking both CHM 121 and BIL 150 or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106. See cognates.
    • ECO 211, or an additional course of your choice. We suggest you begin with the introductory course in your chosen minor*, or a course towards an Arts and Humanities cognate. See cognates
      * Approved minors (with introductory courses) are: Anthropology (one of APY 201, 202, 203 or 204), Economics (ECO 211), Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS 111 or 113), Geography and Regional Studies (any 100- or 200-level GEG course), Latin American Studies (LAS 101), International Studies (either INS 101 or 102), or Political Science (one of POL 201, 202, or 203). For minors in Business or Communication, please contact the Marine and Atmospheric Science office.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Biology & Ecology

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • General Biology I Lecture and Lab: BIL 150 and 151. Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 121 and 113 or BIL 255.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test); take a more advanced math course (such as MSC 204 Environmental Statistics), GSC 111 Earth Systems, or a class toward a cognate.
    • Consider taking both CHM 121/113 and BIL 150/151 or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Biology

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), take GSC 110 or CHM 121 and CHM 113.
    • An introductory science course with lab either: BIL 150 and 151 or CHM 121 and 113. Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 121 and 113, BIL250 or BIL 255. See under Marine Science/ Chemistry for Chemistry AP/IB score information.
    • Consider taking both CHM 121/113 and BIL 150/151 or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Chemistry

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), take GSC 110 or GSC 111, MSC 203 or MSC204.
    • Principles of Chemistry with lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 221 and 205.
    • Consider taking both CHM 121/113 and BIL 150/151 or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Computer Science

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), take CSC 120. Students with Computing Science A (AP scores of 4 or 5) or IB-HL (score of 6 or 7) should take CSC 220 instead.
    • An introductory science course with a lab: either BIL 150 and 151 or CHM 121 and 113.
    • Consider taking both CHM 121/113 and BIL 150/151 or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Geological Sciences

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • Introductory Geology: GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Consider taking both Principles of Chemistry with lab CHM121/113 and Mathematics or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Microbiology and Immunology

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • Introductory Biology Lecture with Lab: BIL 150 and BIL 151. Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take Principles of Chemistry with lab CHM 121 and CHM 113. Students also with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 5), should take GSC 110 or GSC 111 or CHM 221 and CHM 205.
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), take MSC 203, MSC 204, GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Consider taking an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Mathematics

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), take MTH 210, MTH 311 or MSC 203.
    • An introductory science course with a lab: either BIL 150 and 151 or CHM 121 and 113.
    • Consider taking Statistics (MTH 224) or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Physics

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus I (with an AP score of 4 on Calculus BC, or a 5 on Calculus AB, or an IB/HL score of a 5 or 6) take PHY221 or MSC 203. If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), take MTH 210 or MTH 311.
    • An introductory science course with a lab: either BIL 150 and 151 or CHM 121 and 113.
    • Consider taking an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology

    • Atmospheric Science: ATM 103 (Survey of Modern Meteorology).
    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), we recommend that you still consider enrolling in Calculus II, (MTH162 or MTH172). You can also consider taking Linear Algebra, MTH 210. If you have this option please email the Meteorology advisers, Dr. Tony Hynes and Dr. Lisa Murphy-Goes and they will contact you to discuss.
    • Consider taking an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology/Broadcast Journalism

    • Atmospheric Science: ATM 103 (Survey of Modern Meteorology).
    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Communications School: JMM 108 (Writing in the Digital Age) and JMM 102 (Introduction to Electronic Media).
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), we recommend that you still consider enrolling in Calculus II, (MTH162 or MTH172). You can also consider taking Linear Algebra, MTH 210. If you have this option please email the Meteorology advisers, Dr. Tony Hynes and Dr. Lisa Murphy-Goes and they will contact you to discuss.
    • Consider taking an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology/Marine Science

    • Survey of Modern Meteorology: ATM 103.
    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), we recommend that you still consider enrolling in Calculus II, (MTH162 or MTH172). You can also consider taking Linear Algebra, MTH 210. If you have this option please email the Meteorology advisers, Dr. Tony Hynes and Dr. Lisa Murphy-Goes and they will contact you to discuss.
    • Consider taking both CHM 121 lecture and lab CHM 113 or take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology/Mathematics

    • Atmospheric Science: ATM 103 (Survey of Modern Meteorology).
    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), we recommend that you still consider enrolling in Calculus II, (MTH162 or MTH172). You can also consider taking Linear Algebra, MTH 210. If you have this option please email the Meteorology advisers, Dr. Tony Hynes and Dr. Lisa Murphy-Goes and they will contact you to discuss.
    • Take an elective towards an Arts and Humanities cognate. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Oceanography

    • Introduction to Marine Science Lecture and Lab: MSC 111 and MSC 112.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • If you place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), take MTH 210, MTH 211 or MTH 311.
    • Introductory Biology Lecture and Lab: BIL 150 and BIL 151.
    • Consider taking either MSC 203 or MSC 204 if you received credit for WRS 105 and ENG/WRS 106 or 107.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

Written Communication Skills

Students must take two Written Communication Skills courses, WRS 105 and either ENG/WRS 106 or WRS 107. All incoming students must take WRS 105 unless it is waived, you earned AP/IB credit, or you have Foote Fellow status. If you have a minimum SAT Writing score of 700 or a minimum ACT English score of 32, WRS 105 is waived; take ENG 106, WRS 106, or WRS 107 instead. There are three sections of WRS 107 designated for our program (C9, D9, and P). All other sections are reserved, and enrollment will be blocked. WRS 107 is a specialized version of WRS 106 focusing on the sciences. Students with an AP score of 5 on the English Language exam (IB score of 6 in HL English A1) receive credit for WRS 105 and 106.

Mathematics

  • If you were admitted with an SAT/ACT test, your score may be used for math placement.
    • Option: If a higher-level math placement is desired, you can opt to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment for consideration.
  • If you have an approved AP Calculus score of 3 or 4, your result may be used for math placement.
    • Option: If a higher-level math placement is desired, you can opt to take the ALEKS Math Placement.
  • If you were admitted without an SAT/SCT test or if you are an International Student, you must complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment to determine the appropriate math course for you.

Please click here for more details about ALEKS to schedule an assessment and to understand how you will be placed.

All Students – Bachelor of Science majors will be required to complete one year of calculus (Calc I and II) while Bachelor of Arts majors are required to take one math course (MTH 108 or above). In addition, all undergraduate students must take one course in either statistics or computer science. For specific statistics and computer science requirements review each major.

 

Approved Statistics and Computer Science Courses for All Tracks

Course Code
Title
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics
MSC 203 Foundations of Computational Marine Science
MTH 224 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
CSC 120 Computer Programming I

 

Approved Math Courses for Bachelor of Arts:
Course Code
Title
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students
MTH 107 Precalculus I
MTH 108 Pre-calculus II
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics
MTH 130 Introductory Calculus
MTH 140 Calculus I with Foundations A
MTH 161 Calculus I
MTH 162 or MTH 172 Calculus II

 

Approved Math Courses for Bachelor of Science:

Course Code

Title

MTH 101 Algebra for College Students
MTH 107 Precalculus I
MTH 108 Pre-calculus II
MTH 140 Calculus I with Foundations A
MTH 161 Calculus I
MTH 162 or MTH 172 Calculus II

 

CONGRATULATIONS! You now have all the information you need to start the course selection process. If you have any questions email marsci@miami.edu.