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Information on Transfer Student Registration

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ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Welcome to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science! We are pleased that you have chosen to join our program and look forward to your arrival on campus. Please use this page as a guide to assist you as you select and register for your first semester courses.

Selecting your courses for your first semester at UM will be the first step you take in transitioning into your college career. You may use the following information, as well as the UM Bulletin for your selected major in regards to our degree requirements.  Checkout the Curriculum Requirements to see which courses should be taken within your first semester. (A typical full-time academic schedule for a new Rosenstiel student is around 15 to 17 credits). Please read this page in its entirety to ensure proper enrollment.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANNING YOUR COURSE SELECTIONS

Prior to selecting courses for your first semester, all transfer courses relevant to your degree requirements must be evaluated for UM equivalency. The first step in this process will be to send official transcripts along with AP/IB/CLEP exam results to:

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

Please also send a copy of all relevant transcripts, including current courses, along with AP/IB/CLEP exam results, to the Marine and Atmospheric Science Program Office at marsci@miami.edu. (Unofficial transcripts are fine for this purpose) When sending copies of your transcript/current courses to the program office, please make sure to also send any syllabi to assist in the process of UM equivalencies. Please provide your contact information in the email. A Rosenstiel transfer advisor will be in touch with you soon, although please note that during the summer, it may take a few days.

Transfer Credits

 Generally, most academic coursework taken at accredited colleges and universities will transfer, provided a grade of “C” or higher is achieved in the courses. Exceptions include credits earned in physical education, technical as well as vocational courses, remedial or college preparatory work.  See Transfer of Credits.

Transfer coursework that does not reflect a known UM equivalency (100T) will remain undesignated in Canelink. Individual courses may then be evaluated by the respective UM departments to determine UM equivalency. This requires the student to submit a Transfer Course Equivalency Evaluation form, along with the detailed course syllabi for each course. These detailed syllabi can be obtained from the previous instructor or department.

Most importantly, equivalency evaluation forms for courses to be used as prerequisites for courses at UM need to be completed prior to your registration. Typically, this includes coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics and Physics.

AP/IB/CLEP Credits

Note that minimum scores at UM may differ from those at your previous institution. See credit information (and related links) to determine UM minimum scores. AP, IB, and GCE scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admission by the end of your first semester. Exam scores submitted on other university or college transcripts will not be accepted. No credits will be awarded after your first semester. Official test scores and/or transcripts for credits earned from any college/university should be sent to the Office of Admission (see address above).

  *Once your official transcript(s) and/or test scores have been processed by the Office of Admission, make sure to check that the correct transfer courses and test scores are reflected correctly on your CaneLink account.*

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 Rosenstiel students will have their STEM cognate satisfied through their major requirements. You are responsible for completing cognates in Arts & Humanities and People & Society. Majors or minors in these areas will satisfy the cognate requirement.

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.

Students transferring 30 or more credits have the option of completing a transfer individualized cognate in People & Society or Arts & Humanities depending on the courses transferred. These courses do not have to be within the approved course list but should fall within the Areas of Knowledge. Please click here to learn more about cognates.

Written Communication Skills  

Students at UM must take two Written Communication Skills courses. Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing WRS 105 together with ENG 106, WRS 106, WRS 107, or the equivalent. If you are not transferring in with any English Composition courses from your previous institution, you will have to complete the Written Communication Skills requirements at UM. Similarly, if you are transferring in with only one English Composition course, you will have to fulfill the other WRS requirement once you transfer.

Mathematics 

For all transfer students, the appropriate level of math course may be determined by AP/IB scores, transfer credit, SAT/ACT scores, 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. Click here for more information to help you determine which math course you should begin with to start the math sequence for your major.

Links to Helpful Canelink Video Tutorials

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.

Course Registration

Please click here for step-by-step tip sheets and tutorials on how to register for classes. Below are the typical first semester courses taken for each major. These may differ based on the credits you transfer in with. As you are working on your selections, should questions arise, please email the Marine and Atmospheric Science Program at  marsci@miami.edu.

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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

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!  Please contact us by email  marsci@miami.edu or phone (305) 284-2180 should you need assistance. Before Orientation in August, you will be assigned a faculty advisor. Your appointment time for advising will be given to you at Orientation.