Summer Scholars: Three-Week, Credit Program

Explore your Academic Interests

Earn Six College Credits in Three Weeks

As one of the nation's most active research universities, the University of Miami specializes in innovative thinking and great teaching - a combination that is showcased in the Summer Scholars Program. Learn from distinguished faculty in your field of interest, and study in classes that connect classroom ideas and hands-on learning in one of our exciting summer college programs.

Academic Specialties
Students select one academic specialty from UM's schools and colleges. Each academic specialty consists of two courses for a total of 6 credit hours. Courses are structured around hands-on experiences, guest lecturers, open discussion, lab work and field trips. Classes are held daily, Monday through Friday. Morning class is from 8:20 - 11:30 a.m. and afternoon class is from 1 - 4:10 p.m.

Find our course listings below:
Please note, courses are subject to change. UM reserves the right to limit enrollment, and/or cancel any course. 

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Architecture

Miami Business School

School of Communication

School of Education and Human Development

College of Engineering

Frost School of Music

School of Law

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science


College of Arts and Science

Forensic Investigation, Crime Scene, and Intelligence Analysis 6 Credit Hours

Discover life as a forensic anthropologist, crime specialist and analyst. Work with law enforcement special agents, forensic anthropologists and forensic specialists to learn the method and process for answering the hidden reasons behind an individual's unnatural death. Meet professional intelligence analysts and discover careers paths in this exciting field.

APY 100. Introduction to Forensic Investigation. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will go into the field to gain an introductory understanding about forensic investigation of a crime scene. Forensic investigation is the process of examination and identification surrounding a death from unnatural causes by law enforcement. Forensic investigation is accomplished through the knowledge of approaching a crime scene, gathering evidence, and analyzing all aspects of a crime scene. Join forensic firearm and fingerprint specialists to analyze “instruments of death and destruction” that caused the demise of the individual and uncover latent prints left at the crime scene establishing the identity of the perpetrator. Search the hidden secrets employed by forensic behavioral analysts who assist criminal investigations to provide behavioral assessments of unknown offenders, threat analyses, interviews, prosecutorial and trial strategies and ultimately expert testimony. Participate in the investigative technology available to law enforcement such as digital and cyber forensics by extracting information and data from computers, the Internet and following an individual’s digital footprint for the evidence essential in prosecuting cyber-crime. As our society has grown more complex, it has become more dependent on rules of law to regulate investigative activities. You will observe this first hand as we spend a day in a criminal courtroom. This course will take you from a crime scene to the courtroom.

APY 200. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology. 3 Credit Hours. 

Students will learn the basics of the identification and analyses of the structure and function of the human skeleton and how it relates to Forensic Anthropology. Forensic Anthropology is the study of the recovery, identification, investigation, and analysis in a medicolegal context of human skeletal remains.  The class will include all 206 bones of the human skeleton, assessment for sex, age, stature, ancestry, and identity, demonstration of skeletal measurements, and determination of bone pathology and trauma. This exciting program will introduce you to the human skeleton, its features and characteristics necessary to determine sex, age, ancestry, time of death, and in the end, provide scientific evidence needed to assist law enforcement in their investigation of death and the identity of human remains. Follow the footsteps of the forensic archaeologist, discover and recover human skeletal remains. We will also look into some of the newest fields enlisting forensic science, which applies science to law and prepare you with the necessary skills to provide your results in a court of law.

Maximum enrollment: 18
Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

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Health and Medicine Neuroscience 6 Credit Hours

NUR 200. Health Promotion, Prevention and Rehabilitation. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course is designed to introduce the physical, social and behavioral alterations encountered through-out the healthcare continuum including: health promotion, maintenance, rehabilitation and diseases prevention. The impact upon the individual, family and society at large of both health and illness will be explored. Strategies for the maintenance of optimal health will be presented through a variety of classroom and community experiences. Scientific and technological advancements utilized to restore health will be discussed.

NEU 100. Introduction to Neuroscience From Molecules to Behavior. 3 Credit Hours.
This course is designed to introduce students to fundamentals of neuroscience through traditional lectures, laboratory experience and presentations. We will cover molecular mechanisms of basic neuroscience principles as they relate to health and disease. Students will gain an understanding of how nerve cells communicate with each other and form a network that controls our body. Students will be exposed to how neuroscience research is done as well as explore career opportunities in neuroscience. 

Maximum enrollment: 30
Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

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Health and Medicine Infectious Diseases 6 Credit Hours

BPH 200. Introductory Public Health. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course is a survey of the basic principles of Public Health. Topics that will be covered include an overview of the health care system, health insurance, the history of health care in the US, communicable and non-communicable diseases, the physical and built environment, emergency preparedness and response, and various other topics that influence the health of populations.

MIC 100. Introduction to Microbiology. 3 Credit Hours.  
This is an introductory microbiology course for the summer scholars program. Microorganisms are in every facet of our lives and make up a microscopic world. Right now, your body is inhabited by over 40 trillion bacteria. Due to the evolution of our immune systems, we have been able to coexist with this world. It is when our immune systems weaken or when our otherwise healthy immune system encounters a particularly nasty pathogen that we become vulnerable. This course will cover the topics of how our immune system works, how microbial pathogens cause disease, how beneficial microbes protect us from disease, and some of the other activities perform that impact our world. The laboratory will provide you with invaluable experience in growing, staining, viewing and identifying microorganisms through the use of practical techniques and procedures. An in lab presentation of your “unknown organism” will culminate what you have learned.

Maximum enrollment: 30
Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

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Health and Medicine Psychiatry 6 Credit Hours

BPH 200. Introductory Public Health. 3 Credit Hours.  
This course is a survey of the basic principles of Public Health. Topics that will be covered include an overview of the health care system, health insurance, the history of health care in the US, communicable and non-communicable diseases, the physical and built environment, emergency preparedness and response, and various other topics that influence the health of populations.

NEU 200. Introduction to Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences. 3 Credit Hours.
The course will cover basic aspects of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. We will emphasize the impact of evidence-based findings on the diagnosis, etiology, management and treatment of all major psychiatric disorders. Concepts such as history of psychiatry, evolution of the psychiatric nomenclature, childhood and adult development, brain circuitry/neurotransmitters, psychotherapies and pharmacological mechanisms of most commonly used medications will be discussed. We will utilize lectures, small group discussions as well as videos and live patient interviews. We will watch and discuss movies, analyzing their psychiatric content. Students will be able to observe and be part of patient interviews conducted by a faculty member. Students will attend this course on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

Maximum enrollment: 18
Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

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Cyber Security with Python Programming 6 Credit Hours

CSC 116. Cyber Security An Introduction to Security in Cyber Space. 3 Credit Hours. 
An introduction to cyber security, for all students. Recent incidents. The Internet. Defending against cyber attacks. Tools to protect individual users and computer networks. Legal, moral, and social aspects of cyber security.

BTE 120. Introduction to Business Technology and Programming in Python. 3 Credit Hours.
This Course covers the fundamentals of technology focusing on programming logic and structured programming principles including problem solving, algorithm design, and program development using Python The course introduces the student to object-oriented programming through a study of the concepts of program specification and design, algorithm development, and coding and testing using a modern software development environment. Students learn how to write programs in an object-oriented high-level programming language (Python). Topics covered include fundamentals of algorithms, flowcharts, problem solving, programming concepts, classes and methods, control structures, arrays, and strings, data structures and object oriented programming. 

Maximum enrollment: 15
Prerequisites(s): 

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Global Business and International Relations 6 Credit Hours

Discover global business and leadership, and international relations.

GBM 102. Global Business. 3 Credit Hours. 
Miami's strategic location at the crossroads of the Americas provides an exciting setting to explore global business and leadership. Gain an overview of practices followed by organizations and individuals doing business in a global environment. Explore the recent globalization phenomenon – why has it flourished as such? Learn key differences that characterize the various countries involved in the global economy. Review trends, including the rewards and challenges, that affect global trade and the investment environment. Investigate critical concepts – the common strategy and structure of international business and the traits that define a global leader.

POL 203. Introduction to International Relations. 3 Credit Hours. 
Introduction to the theory and practice of international relations. Areas covered include: diplomacy, conflict resolution, international institutions and law; great power politics, international political economy, environmental politics, political integration, the evolving state system, and new global challenges.

Maximum enrollment: 25
Prerequisites(s): History

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School of Architecture

Explorations in Architecture and Design  6 Credit Hours

The Explorations in Architecture program is an intensive studio-based three-week experience that introduces students to ideas, principles and methods of exploring architectural and urban problems. By using the School of Architecture curriculum as a model, specially designed courses include instruction in design, drawing, history, theory and representation. Interrelated aspects of architecture, including sustainability, landscape architecture, historic preservation, digital representation and urban design, will assist the student in combining learned information with actual hands-on experience.

The program benefits from Miami’s unique geographical location, which enables in-situ investigations in sustainable and tropical design. The concepts learned in the courses will be expanded during excursions to local urban sites, which are unlike any other place in the United States such as historic Coral Gables, South Beach and the Art Deco District, Coconut Grove and the renewed Wynwood and Mid-century Modern neighborhoods.

Format of instruction includes lectures, guided walking tours and workshops. The curriculum consists of two courses; Introduction to Architecture (ARC 109) and Visual Studies (ARC 110) and is taught by the UM School of Architecture’s distinguished faculty. Local professionals are invited to expose the students to the art and business of practice.

Students will work on a graduated sequence of exercises culminating in a project during each week of the program and a final digital portfolio/book. Resources made available through the School of Architecture will include drafting supplies and equipment, computer aided design software and research resources.

ARC 109. Introduction to Architecture. 3 Credit Hours.  
(Includes Design & Design History) Introduction to architectural ideas and principles including composition, space, form, function, history and methods of exploring architectural and urban design problems. Students will learn the relationship between two dimensional and 3 dimensional spaces through analytical drawing and model making. Course pedagogy includes weekly lectures in history and theory to better inform the design process. This course will encourage intuitive action, rapid visual analysis and interpretation.

ARC 110. Visual Studies. 3 Credit Hours.  
Concurrent with the ARC 109 course, the visual studies course explores Architectural drawing as a means of discovery, exploration, analysis and representation. Coursework begins with freehand drawing, in which students explore and refine their observation and representational skills, followed by an introduction to digital drawing and 3-d fabrication used in the profession today. The students will develop a portfolio in digital format that illustrates the body of work produced during the three-week program.

Maximum enrollment: 16
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

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Miami Business School

Business, Ethics and Leadership 6 Credit Hours

Study business, ethics and law principles. In this academic track students enroll in GBM 101 and GBM 100.

GBM 101. Fundamentals in Business. 3 Credit Hours.
This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to the various fields of business knowledge and that are essential for successful decision making in the global marketplace. Students will be exposed to lectures in the functional areas of business: economics, accounting, finance, and management. In addition to lectures and discussions about some of the core principles in these areas, the curriculum will require students to engage in hands-on activities that will help to familiarize them with the different business fields and decide if a career in business is right for them.

GBM 100. Fundamentals of Ethics and Leadership in Business and Law. 3 Credit Hours.
This is a comprehensive course specifically designed to assist high school students focus on building a proper foundation to prepare for college and then law school or graduate school in the future. The course creates opportunities for students to hone their ethical, logical and analytical ways of thinking and become knowledgeable of the workings of the business and legal communities. GBM 100 is a blend of academics, leadership, networking and teamwork that are at the core of a successful transition from high school to college to graduate school.

Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): Algebra

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Global Business and International Relations 6 Credit Hours

GBM 102. Global Business. 3 Credit Hours. 
Miami's strategic location at the crossroads of the Americas provides an exciting setting to explore global business and leadership. Gain an overview of practices followed by organizations and individuals doing business in a global environment. Explore the recent globalization phenomenon – why has it flourished as such? Learn key differences that characterize the various countries involved in the global economy. Review trends, including the rewards and challenges, that affect global trade and the investment environment. Investigate critical concepts – the common strategy and structure of international business and the traits that define a global leader.

POL 203. Introduction to International Relations. 3 Credit Hours.
Introduction to the theory and practice of international relations. Areas covered include: diplomacy, conflict resolution, international institutions and law; great power politics, international political economy, environmental politics, political integration, the evolving state system, and new global challenges.

Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): History

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Cyber Security with Python Programming – 6 Credit Hours

Students in this track will enroll in both CSC 116 and BTE 120.

CSC 116. Cyber Security – An Introduction to Security in Cyber Space. 3 Credit Hours.
An introduction to cyber security, for all students. Recent incidents. The Internet. Defending against cyber attacks. Tools to protect individual users and computer networks. Legal, moral, and social aspects of cyber security.

BTE 120. Introduction to Business Technology and Programming. 3 Credit Hours. 
This Course covers the fundamentals of technology focusing on programming logic and structured programming principles including problem solving, algorithm design, and program development using Python. The course introduces the student to object-oriented programming through a study of the concepts of program specification and design, algorithm development, and coding and testing using a modern software development environment. Students learn how to write programs in an object-oriented high-level programming language (Python). Topics covered include fundamentals of algorithms, flowcharts, problem solving, programming concepts, classes and methods, control structures, arrays, and strings, data structures and object oriented programming. 

Maximum enrollment: 15
Prerequisites(s): 

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School of Communication

Digital Media Production – 6 Credit Hours

Students in this track will learn the fundamentals of conceptualizing, gathering, verifying, and presenting content appropriate for a variety of media enterprises, including journalism, public relations, and advertising. Central to this program is student interaction with social and mobile media technologies and engaging in storytelling appropriate for today’s complex and evolving media landscape. Students will use the School of Communication’s state of the art radio and television facilities, as well as field television equipment, non-linear editing software, smartphones and social media. In the Digital Media track students will enroll in JMM 102 and JMM 206.

JMM 102. Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course examines how traditional and new media industries are economically structured and how various media content influences audiences and culture. Historical, technological, and regulatory issues related to the different media platforms will also be discussed from a comparative perspective.

JMM 206. Producing Digital Content. 3 Credit Hours. 
In this course, students will learn to produce multimedia content, including still photos, video, audio, and text. Students will act as production crew, on-air talent, writers, producers, reporters and directors. This course will involve a lot of hands-on work with appropriate technology, as well as out of class time to gather the necessary content around campus and/or in the community.

Maximum enrollment: 12
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

UM Summer Scholars 2016 Digital Media Final Project on Vimeo.

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Filmmaking 6 Credit Hours

Create your own movie by taking on the role of a screenwriter, director, actor and editor. In the Filmmaking Track you will enroll in both CIM 103 and CIM 151.

CIM 103. Survey of Motion Picture. 3 Credit Hours.
An overall look at the motion picture industry including the roles of the principal players, the environment in which they work, the development, production and marketing of motion pictures, and the “creative” accounting employed by the industry. Illustrative films will be shown and discussed in class.

CIM 151. Introduction to Digital Production. 3 Credit Hours. 
Students will learn cinematography, lighting, editing, audio recording, and story development through lecture, discussion, screenings, labs and projects. We will focus on both technical aspects and aesthetic principles of filmmaking. Throughout the class, students will critique shared work to develop analytical skills and enhance the quality of class film projects. Students will learn the visual language of film, and how to tell stories visually.

Maximum enrollment: 15
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

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Interactive Media 6 credits

CIM 1XX. Media for Social Change. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course examines media activism in order to improve conditions in a local community and intervene in issues afflicting the global community. We will review the philosophy and history of alternative and activist media ranging from photography, documentary, cinema, the Internet, to social media, and cyberactivism. At the end of the semester, students will have a fully developed project concept.

CIM 211. Interaction Design. 3 Credit Hours. 
In this class students will familiarize themselves with the disciplines of user experience (UX) and interaction design (IxD) by understanding and learning how to apply creative and abstract thinking skills to facilitate communication through the design of interfaces that connect information, products, services, and space. Students will be taught to prototype rich interactive experiences and to assess ease of use, utility, perception of the value of the system, and efficiency in performing tasks.

Maximum enrollment: 15
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

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School of Education and Human Development

Sport Administration The Business of Sport – 6 Credit Hours

Study laws, regulations and management of intercollegiate and professional sports.

KIN 100. Leadership and Ethics in Sport. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course introduces students to the concepts of leadership, motivation, and ethics in the field of sport administration. The course will include and combine theoretical foundations, exercises, activities, and projects designed for practical application of the leadership concepts. In addition, students will be exposed to industry leaders and networking opportunities through a variety of site visits to sport organizations.

KIN 200. Sport Marketing and Finance. 3 Credit Hours.  
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to sport management as a professional endeavor. The class provides a broad overview of sport management by presenting extensive discussions of the foundational aspects of the profession and current topics from the sport industry. Students will have an introduction to the following components of the sport industry: ethics, leadership, communications, marketing, finance, and event management. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to meet with leaders from a variety of collegiate and professional sport organizations. Organizations that have provided executives to speak to the students have included: NASCAR, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers, Miami Heat, and UM Athletics.

Maximum enrollment: 25
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

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Sports Medicine Athletic Performance and Injury Management – 6 Credit Hours

Learn principles of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.

KIN 105. Introduction to Athletic Training. 3 Credit Hours 
In this practical, hands-on course, the students will learn to identify basic sport injuries that afflict the major joints of the body, and review basic methods to treat these injuries. The student will also learn how nutrition, improper biomechanics, and poor training can all impact sport performance. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to learn and practice techniques or procedures (such as athletic taping or bracing) that may be useful in minimizing the incidence of injury.

KIN 110 – Foundations in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. 3 Credit Hours. 
This class will consist of an introduction to the field of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. Basic information relevant to appropriate exercise prescription, proper nutritional habits, implications on health, longevity and performance will be addressed. Hands-on practical experiences will supplement theoretical concepts learned in the classroom setting.

Maximum enrollment: 25
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

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College of Engineering

Experience various disciplines and basic concepts in engineering.

Track A: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with Architectural, Civil and Environmental Engineering 6 Credit Hours

CAE 100 - Introduction to Architectural, Civil, Environmental Engineering. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course exposes students to the study and practice of engineering and gives an overview of three disciplines divided into five sections: Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Structural Engineering and Research in Engineering. The course has a unique configuration that allows students to experience both the breadth of engineering as a profession and the depth of particular disciplines through problem solving, group design projects, field trips and engineering ethics discussions.The course is designed to simulate a real world engineering environment where teamwork, communication and creativity are the keys to success.

MAE 100 – Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.
This course presents of the basic concepts of mechanical and aerospace engineering. It covers three broad areas – mechanical design and manufacturing, materials science and renewable energy technology, and aerospace engineering, including airplanes and rockets. In the design and manufacturing area, the process of new product development, including the aspects of creativity, patents, computer-aided design, reliability of products, mechanism design and manufacturing aspects of tolerances and fits will be presented. Hands-on design projects and a visit to the machine shop are also included. The topic of materials science and renewable energy technology introduces fuel cell, hydrogen production, solar cell, biomass utilization, wind energy, and geothermal power. The topic will stress on the problems of depletion of fossil energy resources and impact to environment. It provides an overview of the principles of highly efficient and clean electrochemical power systems. The emphasis is to allow students to get first-time hand-on experience of fuel cell, solar cell, and batteries in the laboratory. The students will team up to operate solar cell and fuel cell and build simple batteries using items for their daily use. The topic of aerospace engineering presents fundamentals of aerospace vehicles, aerodynamics and wind tunnels. The discussion on airframe and propulsion systems includes airfoils, wings, nozzles, propeller and jet engines. A visit to the wind tunnel laboratory and tests on a NACA airfoil will be demonstrated.

Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): Precalculus and physics are recommended, but not required

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Track B: Biomedical Engineering with Computer and Electrical Engineering 6 Credit Hours

Explore topics in engineering and gain an introductory understanding of the various disciplines.

BME 100. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course is designed to expose high school students to the main biomedical engineering topics along with its professional development options. The students are provided with lectures, visits, and hands-on experiences aimed to provide an introductory understanding of the discipline. The course includes topics on optics, medical imaging, biomaterials, microscopy, cellular engineering, tissue engineering, bioelectricity, and biomechanics. The course also includes a final design project in which the students design, fabricate and test a microcontroller based biomedical device.


ECE 100. Introduction to Computer and Electrical Engineering. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course is an introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering and it covers three thematic units of the discipline: Electronics, Digital Systems and Signal Processing. Emphasis is on hands-on experience and the end of the course the student will learn how to construct and test a stereo power amplifier, a digital voting machine and software for processing audio signals.

Maximum enrollment: 12
Prerequisites(s): Precalculus and physics are recommended but not required

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Frost School of Music

Music Therapy and Human Behavior coming soon

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Maximum enrollment: 15
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

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School of Law

Law - Litigation and the Legal Profession 6 Credit Hours

Study litigation and the practice of law.

LWU 101. Courtroom 101: Litigation Basics. 3 Credit Hours. 
“People of the jury, have you reached a verdict?” Persuading a jury or a judge does not begin in closing argument. Asking for a verdict depends upon all of the evidence, the lawyer’s persuasive ability, and a clear development of the theory of the case. This course will enhance the student’s abilities to participate in mock trials, by incorporating techniques of witness direct and cross examination, exhibits, objections, opening statements and closing arguments. It will incorporate technology in the courtroom, as well as for preparation. The skills acquired will be helpful in almost any persuasion presentation, including lobbying, debate and negotiation. 

Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

LWU 102. Introduction to the Legal Profession: Law, Ethics and Society. 3 Credit Hours. 
This course introduces students to the practice of law in the United States from the perspective of the law as a profession that draws heavily on philosophy, sociology and ethics. The course will focus on the basics of attorney client formation, duties and responsibilities of lawyers, regulation of lawyer conduct, basic elements of law practice, managing relationships and many other facets of the attorney’s duties as an officer of the court. The course will be based around the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct and will use excerpts from a problem based casebook. (3 credits)

Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

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ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Tropical Marine Biology  6 Credit Hours

Study Florida's tropical marine ecosystems.

MSC 107 - Life in the Sea (3 credits)
Introduction to the oceans and their significance to mankind, encompassing geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes; man’s role in and on the sea, including fisheries, pollution, and ocean management.

MSC 115 – Tropical Marine Environments (3 credits)
A field and lecture study of selected marine environments around South Florida, with emphasis on the interaction between organisms and the geological substrate.

Field trips include a visit to the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key, local field excursions, an overnight in Key Largo, a swim with dolphins, and shark tagging.

Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science.

Shark Tagging with UM Summer Scholars
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Marine Conservation  coming soon

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Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science.

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