A&S Programs of Distinction


+ denotes program is by invitation only

A&S Research Opportunities

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is the hub for undergraduate research at the University of Miami. Through a unique combination of mentorship, exploration, and rigorous scholarship, as an undergraduate in the College you will be encouraged to push the limits of your knowledge beyond the classroom, test hypotheses, and create new ideas. Research opportunities unique to A&S students include:

da Vinci Program +

Inspired by the artist, humanist, and scientific genius Leonardo da Vinci, this program encourages you to explore the interdisciplinary connections between the arts, humanities, and sciences by emphasizing the distinctive elements that humanities classes can offer.

Departmental Honors Program

Departmental Honors Programs provides you with opportunities to intensify and deepen your knowledge of a major, to permit you closer associations with professors, and to prepare you for research, thesis preparation, and other work at the graduate level.

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS)

The Directed Independent Language Study program gives you the opportunity to study languages not currently offered through traditional classroom instruction by pairing you with a native speaker. You will gain linguistic and cultural competence through conversation in the language and improve your ability to adapt to new linguistic and cultural environments.

Dual Degrees and 4+1 Programs

Our selective Dual Degree and 4+1 Programs are designed to help you obtain both your undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time:

  • BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: You can earn both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in approximately six years.
  • BIOLOGY: This joint degree program allows you to concurrently work on your B.S. and M.S. in Biology degrees in just five years.
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE: You can earn both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in just five years.
  • FELLOWS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (FILAS): In this highly selective Honors Program, you can complete a dual degree (B.A./M.A.) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in just five years. And, you get $3,000 in travel support for studies in the region.
  • LAW: You are guaranteed admission to UM’s Law School and allowed to complete both a bachelor’s and a J.D. in just six years.
  • MARINE GEOLOGY: You can complete a dual degree (B.S./M.S.), a bachelor’s in Geological Sciences from the College with a graduate Master of Science degree from UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in just five years.
  • MEDICINE: You are assured a place in UM’s Miller School of Medicine after only three to four calendar years of undergraduate work.

First-Year Seminars

Small courses exclusively for first-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Courses are created and taught by distinguished faculty and are designed to introduce first-year students to the breadth, depth, and interconnectivity of the liberal arts.

Foote Fellows Honors Program +

The Foote Fellows Honors Program exempts you from the Cognates Program of General Education requirements. As a Foote Fellow, you can explore a multitude of educational resources, which many leverage into an opportunity to take additional majors and/or minors and to study abroad.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Program +

If you are a underrepresented minority student interested in biological research and scientific discovery, the Biology Department offers an undergraduate research program funded by The Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Pre-Health Tracks

The Pre-Health tracks, including the Pre-Med track, prepare you for entering medical or graduate school by providing academic, career, and school application advising.

Pre-Law Track

The Pre-Law track gives you the option of majoring in any field while simultaneously preparing to enter law school. Services include academic advising, information on law schools, and LSAT Practice workshops.

Program for Integrated Science and Math (PRISM) +

PRISM brings together the top freshmen interested in the natural sciences. PRISM classes are advanced versions of the typical track done by a freshman natural science student. It’s a vibrant learning environment that includes special events, small inquiry-based labs, and academic support.

Undergraduate Neuroscience Society

Whether or not you are a neuroscience major, the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society encourages you to explore the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience through organizing seminars with leading scientists and doctors, round-table discussions on current research, intercollegiate conferences and a mentor program.