Welcome to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science! Please use this page as a guide to assist you as you select and register for your first semester courses.
For the purpose of our online pre-selection process, we are concentrating only on the required core courses needed to graduate. Your transitional advisor will assist you with pre-registration steps that will prepare you to register. During New and Transfer Student Orientation Advising you will meet with your primary academic advisor to discuss how this first semester fits into your overall curriculum requirements. A typical full-time academic schedule for a new Rosenstiel student will include 4-5 courses with 1 to 2 labs (15-17 credits). Please read this page in its entirety to ensure proper enrollment.
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 webpage to search for courses.
*Transfer Students* – Please make sure to visit our Transfer Students page for instructions on planning your course selections.
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 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.
Individualized Cognates –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.
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 Written Communication Skills and Mathematics requirements for all majors are described below.
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* 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- level 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 refer to the bulletin.
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Students 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. All incoming students must take WRS 105 unless it is waived, or you earned AP/IB credit. If you have a minimum SAT Writing score of 700 or a minimum ACT English score of 32, WRS 105 is waived; take WRS 106 or WRS 107 instead. There are selective sections of WRS 107 designated for our program. All other sections are reserved for Engineering (Typically those that include the number 7 or 8). WRS 107 is a specialized version of ENG/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.
Please click here details about ALEKS to schedule an assessment and to understand how you will be placed.
For those students who are bringing in math credit please click here for further information.
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.
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 |
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 |
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! Please contact us by email marsci@miami.edu or phone (305) 284-2180 should you need assistance. Before Orientation, you will be assigned a primary academic advisor.