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 preselection 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 fulltime academic schedule for a new RSMAS freshman will include 45 courses with 1 to 2 labs (1417 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
 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 email 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.
 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 331249117.
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.
 Introductory Geology: GSC 110 or GSC 111.
 Enroll in an English course as described in its respective section (See Below).
 Introductory Chemistry with lab: CHM 111 and 113
 Mathematics course as described in the table below.
 Arts and Humanities cognate. See cognates.
 Introductory Biology BIL 150 or BIL 160 (Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should email marsci@miami.edu.
 CHM 111 (or 112 if you have AP scores that waive you from CHM 111)
 ECO 211, GSC110 (preferred) or 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.
 Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
 Introductory Biology BIL 150 (Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should email marsci@miami.edu
 Introductory Chemistry CHM 111 and 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 4 (IB HL score of 5), should take CHM 112 and 114. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 201 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 GSC 110 and 114 or CHM 111 and CHM 113.
 Introductory Biology BIL 150 (Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should email marsci@miami.edu.
 Introductory Chemistry CHM 111 and 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 4 (IB HL score of 5), should take CHM 112 and 114. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 201 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 GSC 110 and 114 or CHM 111 and CHM 113.
 Either Introductory Biology: BIL 150 or Earth System History GSC111 (Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take GSC111
 Introductory Chemistry with lab: CHM 111 and 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 4 (IB HL score of 5), should take CHM 112 and 114. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 201 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 MSC204 (Statistics).
 Introductory Chemistry: CHM 111/113
 Introduction to Programming I: CSC 120. Students with Computing Science A (AP scores of 4 or 5), Computing Science AB (AP scores of 3), or IBHL (score of 6 or 7) should take CSC 220. Students with Computing Science AB (AP scores of 4 or 5) may take CSC 322.
 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 309.
 Introductory Geology: GSC 110 and 114.
 Earth System History: GSC111
 Introductory Chemistry with lab: CHM 111 and 113 or take a Mathematics course as described in the table below.
 Enroll in an English course as described in its respective section (See Below).
 Introductory Biology BIL 150 (Students with Biology AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should email marsci@miami.edu.
 Introductory Chemistry CHM 111 and 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 4 (IB HL score of 5), should take CHM 112 and 114. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should take CHM 201 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 GSC 110 and 114 or CHM 111 and CHM 113.
 Introductory Chemistry: CHM 111 and 113.
 Earth System History: GSC111
 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 (Introduction to Linear Algebra).
 Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
 Introductory Chemistry CHM 111 and 113. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 4 (IB HL score of 5), should take CHM 112 and 114. Students with Chemistry AP scores of 5 (IB HL score of 7), should email marsci@miami.edu.
 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 PHY 205 (University Physics I). Otherwise, take GSC111 (Earth System History).
 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
 Enroll in English and Mathematics courses as described in their respective sections (See Below).
 Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102 and ATM37101.
 Weather Forecasting: ATM243.
 Atmospheric Chemistry: ATM265.
 Enroll in a 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 MurphyGoes and they will contact you to discuss.
 Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102 and ATM37101.
 Weather Forecasting: ATM243.
 Enroll in either a course for the Broadcast Journalism major: Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age (JMM102) or Writing for the Digital Age (JMM108).
 Enroll in a 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 MurphyGoes and they will contact you to discuss.
 Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102 and ATM37101.
 Weather Forecasting: ATM243.
 Introductory Chemistry: CHM 111 and 113.
 Enroll in a 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 MurphyGoes and they will contact you to discuss.
 Introduction to Weather and Climate: ATM 102 and ATM37101.
 Weather Forecasting: ATM243.
 Atmospheric Chemistry: ATM265.
 Enroll in a 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 MurphyGoes and they will contact you to discuss.
 Introductory Chemistry with lab, CHM 111 and CHM 113
 Introductory Biology, BIL 150
 Math (MTH 161 or MTH162 if students qualify) as described in the mathematics section below.
 English (usually ENG 105 or ENG 107) as described in the English section below. Students with credit for both ENG 105 and ENG 106/107 should take an elective that will count towards an arts and humanities or a people and society cognate. See cognates.
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 (B9 and C9).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. 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. 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 Bachelors of Arts majors are required to take one math course (MTH 108 or above). In addition, all undergraduate students (excluding Geological Sciences B.A.) must take one course in either statistics or computer science.
Approved Statistics and Computer Science Courses for All Tracks
Course Code

Title

MSC 204 
Environmental Statistics 
IEN 311 
Applied Probability and Statistics 
MTH 224 
Introduction to Probability and Statistics 
CSC 120 
Computer Programming I 
Approved Math Courses for Marine Affairs and Geological Sciences (B.A.)
Course Code

Title

MTH 101 
Algebra for College Students 
MTH 107 
Precalculus Mathematics 
MTH 108 
Precalculus Mathematics II 
MTH 113 
Finite Mathematics 
MTH 130 
Introductory Calculus 
MTH 161 
Calculus I 
MTH 162 or MTH 172 
Calculus II 
Approved Math Courses for Marine Science, Marine Biology & Ecology, Meteorology, Geological Sciences (B.S.), and Oceanography
Course Code

Title

MTH 107 
Precalculus Mathematics I 
MTH 108 
Precalculus Mathematics II 
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.
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.