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Information on Freshmen Registration

FOR THE

ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANNING YOUR COURSE SELECTIONS

Please use this site as a guide to assist you as you select and register for your first semester courses. Before Orientation you will be assigned a faculty advisor. Your appointment time for advising will be given to you at Orientation.

For the purpose of our online pre-selection process, we are concentrating only on the required core courses needed to graduate. After arriving on campus, 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 RSMAS freshman will include 4-5 courses with 1 to 2 labs (14-17 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 the New Student Registration website to search for courses.

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 send the course syllabus to marsci@miami.edu for review.
  • 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 cognate 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 here.

Required Courses for Majors

The following sections outline the recommended courses for freshman enrolling in each major. Freshman beginning with transfer credit should contact the main office at marsci@miami.edu. The English and Mathematics requirements for all majors are described below.

  • 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 Principles of Chemistry with lab: CHM 121 and 113 if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Affairs

    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • Introductory Biology BIL 150 or BIL 160.
    • Introductory Chemistry: If you are placed into MTH108 or higher take CHM121. Otherwise, take CHM 110.
    • ECO 211, GSC110, GSC111 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.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Biology & Ecology

    • Introductory Biology Lecture and Lab: BIL160 and BIL 161.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture and Lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 221 and 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 a more advanced math course, GSC 111 or CHM 221 lecture and lab CHM 205.
    • Consider taking BIL250, BIL255 or a cognate if you are enrolled in 12 credits or less.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Biology

    • Evolution and Biodiversity Lecture and Lab: BIL160 and BIL 161. Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7) should take BIL 250 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 MSC 203, MSC 204, GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture and 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 an elective towards a cognate if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Chemistry

    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture and Lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7) should take CHM 221 and 205.
    • 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 MSC 203, MSC 204, GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Evolution and Biodiversity Lecture and Lab, BIL160 and BIL 161, or an elective towards a cognate. Consider taking both if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

     

  • Marine Science/Computer Science

    • Introduction to Programming I: 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.
    • 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 MSC 204, MTH 224, GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture with Lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113.
    • Consider enrolling in both BIL160/161 and CHM121/113 or taking an elective towards a cognate if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Geological Sciences

    • Introductory Geology: GSC 110 or GSC 111
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
    • Students who place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), should take MSC 203, MSC 204, MTH 224 or CSC 120.
    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture with Lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113.
    • Consider enrolling in both BIL160/161 and CHM121/113 or taking an elective towards a cognate if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Microbiology and Immunology

    • Evolution and Biodiversity Lecture and Lab: BIL160 and BIL 161, or consider taking Introduction to Microbes and Immune System, MIC 301.
    • 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 MSC 203, MSC 204, GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture and 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 an elective towards a cognate if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Mathematics

    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture with Lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113.
    • Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below). Students who place out of Calculus (with an AP score of 5 on Calculus BC, or an IB score of 7 on the HL test), should consider taking MSC 203, MTH 210, MTH 224 or MTH 311.
    • Introductory Geology: GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Consider enrolling in both BIL160/161 and CHM121/113 or taking an elective towards a cognate if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

     See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Marine Science/Physics

    • 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 Calculus II, PHY 221 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 PHY 221, MSC 203, MTH 210 or MTH 311.
    • Introductory Geology: GSC 110 or GSC 111.
    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture with Lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113.
    • Consider enrolling in both BIL160/161 and CHM121/113 or taking an elective towards a cognate if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

     See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology

    • Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102.
    • Weather Forecasting: ATM 243.
    • Atmospheric Chemistry: ATM 265.
    • 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 advisors, Tony Hynesand  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 ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

     See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology/Broadcast Journalism

    • Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102.
    • Weather Forecasting: ATM 243.
    • Atmospheric Chemistry: ATM 265.
    • Communications School: JMM 108 (Writing in the Digital Age) or JMM 102 (Introduction to Electronic Media) or COM 250 (Freedom of Expression & Ethics)
    • 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 advisors, 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 ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

     See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology/Marine Science

    • Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102.
    • Weather Forecasting: ATM 243.
    • Principles of Chemistry Lecture and Lab: CHM 121 and CHM 113.
    • 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 advisors, 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 ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Meteorology/Mathematics

    • Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102.
    • Weather Forecasting: ATM 243.
    • Atmospheric Chemistry: ATM 265.
    • 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 advisors, 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 ENG 105 and 106/107. See cognates.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

  • Oceanography

    • Introductory Geology: GSC 111
    • 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 or MTH 211 or MTH 311.
    • An introductory science course with lab either: BIL 160 and 161 or CHM 121 and 113. Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 121 and 113.
    • Consider taking either MSC203 or MSC204 if you received credit for ENG 105 and 106/107. Alternatively, BIL 160 and 161 and CHM 121 and 113 can be taken as a replacement.

    See Bulletin for
    » course description

English

Students must take two English composition courses, ENG 105 and either 106 or 107. All incoming students must take ENG 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, ENG 105 is waived; take ENG 106 or ENG 107 instead. There are two sections of ENG 107 designated for our program (C9 and D9).We would ask that you select a section and contact marsci@miami.edu so that we may enroll you in the correct course. ENG 107 is a specialized version of ENG 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 ENG 105 and 106.

Mathematics

For all incoming students the appropriate level of math course may be determined by AP/IB scores, SAT/ACT scores, previous college credit, or by taking a proctored ALEKS test. If you would like to place in a higher level, you may choose to take the ALEKS Math Placement exam on campus during one of the proctored sessions offered during the summer and during move-in dates in August.  Click here for the Placement Guide and click here for proctored testing dates/times to determine which math course you should begin with to start the math sequence required for your major.

International Students  – International students will be required to complete the ALEKS Math Placement test on campus during one of the proctored sessions offered during the summer or during move-in dates in August prior to enrolling in any classes that require a math pre-requisite.  Knowing that the transition to a US academic setting can be challenging, this will ensure that your enrollment is tailored to your abilities and will maximize your chances of academic success. Click here for the Placement Guide and click here proctored testing dates and times to determine which math course you should begin with to start the math sequence required for your major.

Bachelor of Science majors will be required to complete one year of calculus 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
IEN 311 Applied Probability and Statistics
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 Pre-calculus Mathematics
MTH 108 Pre-calculus Mathematics II
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics
MTH 130 Introductory Calculus
MTH 140 Calculus Concepts 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 107 Pre-calculus Mathematics I
MTH 108 Pre-calculus Mathematics II
MTH 140 Calculus Concepts 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 call: (305) 284-2180 or email marsci@miami.edu.

You will receive a copy of your schedule of classes during Orientation and will have an appointment with a faculty advisor during that time – before classes begin.