COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

REGISTRATION GUIDE

The College of Arts and Sciences offers four degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA). Your major will fall under one of these degrees, outlined below. All degrees consist of general education requirements, major requirements, electives, and specialty courses. For the purpose of your online registration process, this guide concentrates on general education and major requirements needed to graduate.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON PLANNING YOUR SCHEDULE

  1. PLEASE REVIEW THIS ENTIRE DOCUMENT, which contains important information on suggested courses for your intended major and/or degree.
  1. Follow the steps on the Registrar’s website.
  1. Plan your schedule for 15 – 17 credits, with the minimum full-time load being 12 credits. This is roughly 4 – 6 classes. Your schedule should be a blend of general education courses and major requirement courses, outlined below.
  1. If you have taken, or plan to take AP/IB exams, follow this link for information on credit equivalencies, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
  1. To have AP/IB scores, or Dual Enrollment/Transfer courses evaluated for UM credit, you must request that your scores/transcripts be sent directly to the UM Office of Admission from the College AP Board, your regional IB office, or previous attended institution(s) –a notation on the high school transcript is not sufficient. A minimum grade of "C" is required for consideration of credit in all dual enrollment/transfer courses. To have CLEP scores evaluated for UM credit you must submit an Official Test Result Report to the UM Office of Admission. All official test scores/transcripts should include the UM code “5815” and be sent to: University of Miami, Office of Admission, P.O. Box 249117, Coral Gables, FL 33124-4616. We must receive these prior to the end of your first semester at UM.
  1. Now you are ready to begin your selection process. Continue reading and then refer back to the website for further instructions.

GUIDE TO COURSE SELECTIONS

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The general education requirements consist of Proficiencies and the Areas of Knowledge. All degrees carry general education requirements. Please visit our Student Resources webpage and click on the PDF that pertains to the degree you wish to study. These degree sheets outline the degree specific general education course requirements. General education requirements are completed over the duration of your college career. After reviewing your relevant degree sheet, please read below for more detailed information on certain general education requirements.

PROFICIENCIES

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

All students are required to take ENG 105 and should enroll in this course for fall. The exception will be if you have AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit for this course OR are waived based off a SAT/ 700 in reading and writing, or critical reading, or have an ACT/32 in English. See Information for First-Year Students for more information.

MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, & STATISTICS

All students are required to take the ALEKS Placement Test. The math, computing, and statistics requirements vary per degree type for the BA, BS, & BFA degrees.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

All students are required to complete a language course (modern or classical) at the 200 level or higher. If you wish to enroll in a modern language course, please read the information on our Placement Guidelines page: Modern Language Guidelines. Students interested in taking Spanish should then click on the link On-line Spanish Placement Advisor to determine their Spanish placement.

AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE

COGNATES

Students must take a cognate (which is constituted by at least three related courses, for nine credits) in each area of knowledge: Arts & Humanities, People & Society, and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Credits in your major or minor count toward these requirements. The courses in a cognate are related in a topical, thematic, interdisciplinary, sequential, or other such fashion, so that completion of a cognate provides coherent depth of knowledge in the area. Students must take three cognates to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement, one in the Arts & Humanities (A&H), one in People & Society (P&S), and one in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Each cognate has course options that allow students to complete the cognate in ways that meet their individual interests, while staying within the coherent focus of the cognate. In addition to the cognates that have been designed by faculty, the MAJOR you choose and the MINOR you choose will fulfill the cognate requirement in one area. 

Please see this link for official University information on cognates, which are required of all degrees/majors at the University. Use the “Search Cognates Box” to find courses of interest. 

REQUIRED OF ALL FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS

UMX: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI’S FRESHMAN EXPERIENCE

The University of Miami Freshman Experience (UMX 100) is required of all freshmen and you will be automatically registered by the University for this course. It is a graded, comprehensive virtual self-paced course specifically designed to assist first year students, transfer students included, in making a successful transition to the University of Miami.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The College of Arts and Sciences has 40 majors divided among its four degrees. The College also welcomes undeclared majors. Outlined below are suggested/required courses for each major and to which degree that major applies, referenced above. This is your registration guide for courses you should register for in the fall, coupled with general education courses. For more information on each major refer to the Undergraduate Academic Programs in the UM Bulletin. For more information on each course, refer to the Course Listings for all schools in the UM Bulletin. Not all courses may be available at time of registration.

BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA) – Non Science Majors

Africana Studies AAS 150 or AAS 260 
American Studies AMS 101
Anthropology Any 100 or 200 APY
Art Any three of the following: ART 101, ART , ART 104 or ART 109, and ARH 131 or 132
Art History ART any level and ARH 131 and ARH 132
Classics CLA 220 or LAT 101 or GRE 101
Criminology SOC 101
Economics ECO 211 
English Any 200 level after completion of ENG 105
French FRE 101, 102, 105 or 201 depending on competency
Geography
GEG 110 or GEG 120
German GER 101, 102, 105 or 201 depending on competency
History Any 100 or 200 level
International Studies INS 101 or INS 102
Judaic Studies JUS 231
Latin American Studies LAS 101
Mathematics Take the ALEKS Placement to determine what math course to take your first semester.
Philosophy PHI 210 or PHI 215
Political Science Any 200 level POL
Psychology PSY 110 and PSY 106
Religious Studies Any 100 or 200 REL
Religion and Healthcare Studies REL 101, 102, 103 or 105
Sociology SOC 101
Spanish SPA 101, 102, 105 or 201 depending on competency
Theatre Arts THA 105 and THA 141 and THA 143
Women’s & Gender Studies WGS 201

BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA) – Science Majors

Biology If your math placement is MTH 107 or higher, take BIL 150 & 151 (lec. & lab). Only BIL 150 offered in spring.
Chemistry If your math placement is MTH 108 or higher, take CHM 111/113 (lecture and lab).
Computer Science CSC 120 - prerequisite: MTH 108 or corequisites: MTH 140 or higher.
Ecosystem Science & Policy ECS 111
Geography and Regional Studies    GEG 110 or GEG 120
Geological Science If your math placement is MTH 107 or higher, take GSC 110/114 and CHM 111/113. If your math placement is below MTH 107, take GSC 110/114 only.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA)

THA 2 THA 111, THA 113, THA 116, THA 120, THA 141, THA 143, THA 198, THA 294
THA 3 THA 365, THA 141, THA 143, ENG 105, MTC 109, and one course in either a People and Society Cognate or one from a STEM Cognate.
THA 6
THA 141, THA 143, THA 364, THA 365, ENG 105, ACC 211
THA 7 THA 111, THA 113, THA 116, THA 120, THA 141, THA 143, THA 191, THA 196, THA 198, MTC 109 & ENG 105.
THA 8  ENG 105, THA 141, THA 143, ART 101, THA 365, BUS 150

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS)
Students planning to major in the following disciplines should register for beginning science classes in their first semester in order to stay on track for the requirements needed in the sophomore and junior years.

Biology If your math placement is 107 or higher, then take BIL 150/151 (lecture and lab). If your math is MTH 108 or higher take either CHM 111/113 (lecture and lab) or CHM 121/113 (lecture and lab) and BIL 150/151.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology If your math placement is 107 or higher, then take BIL 150/151 (lecture and lab). If your math is MTH 108 or higher take either CHM 111/113 (lecture and lab) or CHM 121/113 (lecture and lab) and BIL 150/151. If you select chemistry ONLY, then be prepared to take BIL 150/151 in the summer.
Biochemistry and Nutrition If your math placement is 107 or higher, then take BIL 150/151 (lecture and lab). If your math is MTH 108 or higher take either CHM 111/113 (lecture and lab) or CHM 121/113 (lecture and lab) and BIL 150/151. If you select chemistry ONLY, then be prepared to take BIL 150/151 in the summer.
Chemistry If your math placement is MTH 108 or higher, take CHM 111/113 (lecture and lab).
Computer Science CSC 120 - prerequisite: MTH 108 or corequisites: MTH 140 or higher.
Ecosystem Science and Policy If your math placement is MTH 107 or higher, take ECS 111 and CHM 111/113 (lecture and lab).
Geography & Regional Studies GEG 110 or GEG 120
Geological Sciences  If your math placement is MTH 107 or higher, take GSC 110 w/lab GSC 114 and CHM 111/113 (lecture and lab).
Mathematics Take the ALEKS Placement to determine what math course to take your first semester.
Microbiology and Immunology If your math placement is MTH 108 or higher, take CHM 111/113 or CHM 121/113 (lecture and lab) and BIL 150/151 (lecture and lab). If you have college credit for CHM 111 and BIL 150 then enroll in MIC 319.
Neuroscience If your math placement is MTH 107 or higher, take PSY 110 and BIL 150/151 (lecture and lab). If your math placement is below MTH 107, take PSY 110.
Physics If you got a “B” or higher in MTH 108, or if you have been placed into a calculus course by your ALEKS score, take PHY 205. Otherwise, take CHM 111 or CHM 121/113 (lecture and lab). In all cases, a course in the math sequence is required.
Psychology PSY 110 & PSY 106

 

UNDECLARED ARTS & SCIENCES MAJORS (UAS)

Students who are undeclared have unlimited options from which to choose. We recommend you focus on courses that align with the College General Education Requirements, outlined on the above referenced degree sheets. More importantly, you should register for courses in which you have great interest. Also, this will help to inform you future major selection. Schedule for what you want the most, then, during Orientation, you can work with an advisor to fine-tune your selections. Refer to the major requirements listed above for course ideas and suggestions.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRACKS

PRELAW STUDIES

While no particular major is preferred by law schools, it is important to complete courses that focus on developing logical and critical thinking, as well as writing skills. The Arts and Sciences’ curriculum offers many options in majors that will fulfill these requirements. It is recommended that you begin with one of these classes in your first semester: CLA 232, PHI 101, PHI 110, POL 201, or HIS 101. For more information about the prelaw program, please visit our website. You can also download a copy of the prelaw manual.

PRE-HEALTH STUDIES (Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, or Pre-Dental)

Every student who seeks admission to a health professional program must select a major at UM, as these tracks are not majors. However, all of these programs require specific science courses for admission. These include, but are not limited to, the following introductory level classes and corresponding labs. It is recommended that you begin with one of these science/lab classes your first semester (they are two-semester courses):

Biology                                    150 (151 not offered in spring)  and 160/161
General Chemistry                  111/113 and 112/114 or in the Fall take CHM 121/113
College Physics                       101/106 and 102/108
or University Physics               205, 206/208 (for Physics majors)

For more information, visit the PreHealth Website.

OTHER

  1. If you would like to be in the Band of the Hour, and want more information, email cdamon@miami.edu or call 305-284-4273.
  2. If you are part of the Air Force ROTC scholarship program, you must enroll in AIS 101 (1 credit) and AIS 150 lab. Call 305-284-2870 for more information.
  3. If  you are interested in taking Army ROTC, please sign up for MSL 101 (2 credits) and/or call 305-349-1619.

FINALLY…

You are now ready to begin making your choices. Please use the worksheets to help you in making your course selections and choosing the time of day for your classes. After you have filled these out, navigate back to the original website‌ to continue to other information.

An academic advisor will review your course selections and contact you if necessary, regarding any schedule adjustments.

Your advisor for your first year will be assigned in January. At Orientation in January, you will have the opportunity to meet with your advisor if you wish, to make changes to your schedule.

 

QUESTIONS???

If you have any questions, please review all provided materials first. If after review of the materials you still have questions, refer to our FAQ page if your question is not answered; please contact the Center for Freshman Advising by E-mail at fys@miami.edu or at: 305-284-3437.

 

We look forward to seeing you in January!