The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) was established in 1943 as the Marine Laboratory of the University of Miami. It has grown from its modest beginnings in a boathouse to be one of the nation’s leading institutions for oceanographic and atmospheric research and education.

Originally a tropical marine biological facility, the Marine Laboratory initiated a program of studies leading to the Master of Science degree in 1949. In 1953, laboratory and classroom buildings were constructed on the School’s present campus on Virginia Key, and in the late fifties, the Marine Laboratory expanded its staff and developed its oceanographic capabilities in response to the increased interest in scientific research in the United States. It became the Institute of Marine Science in 1961. Ocean-going research vessels were acquired, and additional buildings were constructed to accommodate new wide-ranging projects. In 1969 the Institute, now a School, was named for Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel in recognition of a major contribution made through the Rosenstiel Foundation to encourage progress in the marine and atmospheric sciences at the University of Miami. 

Today, RSMAS has a faculty of 70 scientists who conduct sponsored research while offering graduate studies leading to the Master of Professional Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The School offers graduate programs in Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Ecosystems and Society, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Geosciences, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Ocean Engineering, and Ocean Sciences. Undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science (with majors in Marine Science, and Meteorology), and a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs are also offered. 

RSMAS uses multiple laboratory and high-performance computing facilities and a state-of-the art catamaran. The Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex (MTLSSC), opened in 2014, houses studies that rely on seawater for observing air-sea interactions in a controlled environment and for holding, spawning and rearing marine organisms. This complex is the centerpiece of an updated RSMAS campus. The catamaran, named the F. G. Walton Smith, in honor of the founder of the Rosenstiel School has been in service since 2000. The 96-foot-long catamaran is able to explore the deep ocean as well as normally inaccessible shallow environments such as reefs, mangroves and grassbeds.


Academic Programs

The Rosenstiel School is made up of seven academic programs:


General Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Science (M.P.S.) Program

The Master of Professional Science (M.P.S.) degree offers many tracks within the departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Society, and Ocean Sciences. The curriculum is structured to allow students to complete their degree in as little as 12 months (for select tracks), with the training and real-world experience necessary to prepare them for careers in today’s professional science job market. 

Checklist

All M.P.S. students should follow the M.P.S. Checklist. which indicates all the milestones that must completed in order to graduate from the Rosenstiel School. 

Credit Hour Requirements

M.P.S. students must complete 30 credits of graduate coursework, with a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate with the M.P.S. degree. These credits are typically distributed as follows: 24 course credits and maximum 6 internship credits. All RSMAS students are required to complete the Research Ethics course (RSM 700). 

Academic Advisor and Committee Chair

Students will be assigned an Academic Advisor during their first semester in residence. The advisor must hold an appointment in the department representing each student’s track. This individual will offer guidance regarding University expectations, coursework, registration, program details, and graduation requirements. At the beginning of the first semester, the student and the Academic Advisor will establish the curriculum to be followed, based on the student's personal and professional goals and M.P.S. track requirements. During a student’s second semester in residence (Fall or Spring), each student will begin forming their internship committee, starting with the committee chair. This person can be different from the student’s academic advisor. The Committee Chair acts as a resource to the student regarding career guidance and the selection of an appropriate internship, as well as providing guidance during the internship and report/presentation creation. Any RSMAS graduate faculty member may act as a committee chair, but it should be someone with relevant experience in the students chosen career/internship path. Students should identify their chair no later than the end of the second semester.

Committee

All M.P.S. students must have a graduate committee of at least 3 members. This committee will include a committee chair from the RSMAS faculty (described above), an additional faculty member from UM, and one outside committee member, who is usually the direct supervisor at the student’s internship. Each member should be an expert in the student’s chosen track, and more specifically, the topic of their final report. Though deviations from these guidelines are possible, they must be approved by the M.P.S. Associate Dean and Program Director. The Appointment to Student Committee form solidifies the committee and is due 1 week after starting an internship.

Comprehensive Examination

Students must respond to and successfully pass 4 comprehensive exams during his or her time in residence. The exams will be written and will be based on core course content. Your overall evaluation for all 4 comprehensive exams is cumulative. The Program Director will collect the exams from your course instructors and submit your comprehensive exam’s final report (indicating your overall result) to you via email upon completion of your 4th comprehensive exam. The Comprehensive Exam form will be used to indicate your overall result. In the event of a failure, a student may be re-examined once, or choose a different course’s exam. Successful completion of 4 comprehensive exams is a requirement for graduation.

Pre-Internship

Before commencing an internship, a student must: 

  • Submit the Internship Commitment Form including a 1-page summary of the proposed project, highlighting the timeline, goals, expectations, and objectives of your internship. 
  • Complete at least 12 graduate-level credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Removal all I (Incomplete), NG (No Grades), grades lower than C-, and deficiencies such as: failure to submit items listed on student’s Certificate of Admission; failure to complete online courses (RSM 700); failure to successfully pass 4 comprehensive exams.

Internship

Each student will be required to complete an internship with an organization engaged in some activity associated with marine and/or atmospheric science and identify an Internship Supervisor.  Such organizations can be national or international agencies, private corporations, or foreign governments with clearly defined marine and/or atmospheric-oriented programs or activities.  Internships can be either paid or unpaid by the organization, or interns can complete the internship by formal participation in a University-sponsored program in some area of marine or atmospheric science. The Internship Commitment Form is due no later than 2 weeks after the start of an internship, but should ideally be completed before the internship begins. Additionally, a detailed synopsis of a proposed contribution to the hosting organization is required as a formal proposal no later than 1 month after the start date. The internship proposal will include: an introduction to the topic (i.e. a literature review), a statement of the problem, the purpose of the study, methods and materials (i.e. the proposed activities and analyses), a timeline, and plans for disseminating the information. The internship proposal template and guidelines are available on the M.P.S. website

Institutions may release an intern before the end of the proposed time commitment, and an intern may also terminate the position with an institution at any time, provided there are significant reasons not to proceed.  In either case, due process will include a conference with the intern, the supervisor, and the student’s academic committee members.  The resolution of any problems should occur during this meeting.  However, should the problems continue, or are deemed to be irreparable/irrevocable, the internship may be terminated, and the plans for the involved student will be reevaluated by the student’s committee.

Internship Report

The final grade (Pass/Fail) will be based on a written report and an oral presentation. The final assessment will be based on a written report and an oral presentation. The internship report is not a summary of involvement but rather a contributory assessment of the experience, including developmental insight and a summary of any research performed. Copies of the final, approved report should be distributed as follows:

  • One electronic copy to each member of student’s committee
  • One copy for the representative agency, institution, or business (electronic and/or hard copy, at their request)
  • One electronic copy (as a Word document file), plus the fully-signed title page (PDF or hard copy is accepted) submitted via e-mail to the M.P.S. Office

Oral Presentation

A strict requirement for the completion of the M.P.S. degree is an oral presentation.  Oral presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes in length (includes time for Q&A from the committee and other attendees), should include a visual component (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.), and may not be scheduled until all committee members have edited at least one draft of the internship report.  Additionally, the PowerPoint (or equivalent) must be reviewed and edited by your Committee Chair, and all committee members must be invited to the presentation, to attend either in person or virtually (e.g. Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.).  If presenting at RSMAS, please coordinate with your committee to identify a mutually agreeable time and date, and then follow the instructions and deadlines on the M.P.S. Graduation Checklist.  If presenting off-campus or at a different UM campus (e.g. Coral Gables, Medical, etc.), follow the instructions above as well as those listed on the checklist. Hosting an oral presentation and submitting its visual content (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, PDF) to the M.P.S. Office is a requirement for graduation.

Conference Attendance

Though not mandatory, M.P.S. students are strongly encouraged to attend a scientific conference during their academic residency at RSMAS.

Graduation

Students must be registered for at least 1 graduate-level credit during the semester in which they plan to graduate. Also, all students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, all passing grades, 30 graduate level credits total on his/her graduate record in order to graduate from the M.P.S. program. All M.P.S. students, including joint J.D./M.P.S. students, must apply to graduate via CaneLink during the semester in which they intend to graduate. Application deadlines for graduation are available on the Academic Calendar. If you applied to graduate, and then elected to defer graduation to a future term, you must apply for graduation again. Students who applied for Spring graduation but chose to defer to Summer graduation must notify the M.P.S. Office via email.

J.D./M.P.S. students can only apply to graduate from the UM School of Law via CaneLink. J.D./M.P.S. students must email the M.P.S. Office of his or her intent to graduate and indicate the semester for graduation.

All M.P.S. students, regardless of track, must follow the deadlines and instructions listed on the M.P.S. Graduation Checklist for successful clearance by the M.P.S. Office. Students who fail to complete the requirements listed on the M.P.S. Graduation Checklist will not be cleared for graduation.  Clearance delays will delay the release of a student’s degree/diploma.

Master of Science (M.S.) Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is offered in Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Society, Marine Geosciences, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, and Ocean Sciences. The expected time to completion for the M.S. degree is two years of full-time study. 

Checklist and Academic Plan

Each student should follow the RSMAS Checklist for Defense and Graduation, which will guide the student through all the milestones required in order to graduate from the Rosenstiel School. This begins with an Academic Plan that identifies the number of courses a student must complete to be eligible for graduation, according to Program Handbook. Part I should be reviewed and completed by the student and Program Director during the first semester; Part II must be completed at least one semester before expected graduation. 

Credit Hour Requirements

M.S. students are required to take a minimum of 30 credit hours, which consists of 24 graduate course credits (of which 18 must be taken at UM) and 6 research credits, PGM 810 (“PGM” is the program abbreviation). All RSMAS students are required to complete the Research Ethics course (RSM 700). 

M.S. students with prior graduate coursework from another accredited institution may transfer up to 6 course credits (with grades of "B" or above) with approval from the Program Director. Credit hours that pertain to or have been counted toward another degree cannot be transferred. Work taken more than six years prior to transfer will not be accepted; all work transferred is subject to examination by the program. Students must have an approved Academic Plan on file prior to completing the Graduate School's Petition for Transfer of Credit

Any student whose cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below 3.0 will receive written notice from their Program with copies to the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) stating that they are on academic probation.  Any graduate student who receives this warning letter must meet the full standards of academic progress set forth by the University by the end of the subsequent semester.  Students who fail to meet the cumulative GPA requirement have failed to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards established by the university and are no longer eligible to receive any graduate assistantship, fellowship or tuition scholarship and are subject to dismissal from the school.

Committee

The “Thesis Committee” described in the UM Graduate Student Handbook  is commonly known as the student’s “Committee” at RSMAS. Specific requirements for committee formation are set by the UM Graduate School; individual programs may have additional requirements.

The thesis committee will consist of not less than three members. The committee chair must be regular faculty from the student’s program or department of concentration (this includes secondary appointments). In addition to the chair, one of the remaining members must also be regular faculty or have graduate faculty status in the student’s program or department of concentration; the third member must be an outside member

Once the Committee is formed (typically by the end of the first year), the Appointment to Student’s Committee form should be completed, approved by all members and the Program Director, then submitted to GSO.  The Committee should meet regularly to review the student's progress, and prepare a short report on research directions with the student. Proposed changes to the membership of a committee must be approved by the Committee Chair and must carry the endorsement of the Program Director. Approved changes to the Committee must be submitted to GSO using the Change to Student’s Committee form.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination may be required by the end of the first year.  Whether or not to host the exam, as well as the required content and format, is at the discretion of each program. The Comprehensive Exam form notifying GSO of the outcome must be submitted by the Committee Chair and approved by the Program Director. 

Thesis Proposal and Proposal Defense 

The thesis proposal, containing the items listed below, must be defended and approved by the student's Committee. The purpose of the proposal defense is to certify the readiness of the student to conduct thesis research, as well as facilitate an open discussion regarding the objectives of the thesis and the relevant experimental approach. 

  1. Tentative title 
  2. Statement of the problem and objectives
  3. Methodology, including equipment and facilities required
  4. Timetable

The Thesis Proposal form must be approved by the members of the student's Committee and Program Director. The completed form must be submitted to GSO with the approved copy of the proposal.

Thesis Defense

Before scheduling the defense, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have an approved committee on file
  • Pass the comprehensive exam (if applicable) 
  • Submit and successfully defend the thesis proposal
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all credits earned 
  • Remove all incomplete grades or deficiencies

The defense must occur by the "Deadline to Defend" during the semester a student intends to graduate. Students must be enrolled for research credits during the semester of defense. The Announcement of Defense form must be submitted to GSO at least 14 days prior to the defense date. The student is responsible for reserving the room and obtaining approvals from all Committee members and Program Director. Each committee member must be given no less than 14 days to review material prior to approving the Announcement of Defense. Thus, the student must provide the Committee with a complete version of the dissertation at least 1 month prior to the desired defense date. If a student is receiving a stipend, the Student Payroll End Date form should accompany the Announcement of Defense. The Committee Chair should notify GSO of the outcome of the defense via the Completion of Defense memo and Defense Rubric.

Thesis Submission

All graduating students must adhere to the ETD guidelines provided by the Graduate School. In addition to submitting an electronic copy of their manuscript to the UM Scholarly Repository, students must complete the following forms by the deadlines specified in the Academic Calendar

  1. Certificate of Defense Appro​val: This form is the student's proof of successful defense. Students must prepare this form at least one week before the defense date for committee members to electronically sign after the successful defense.
  2. ETD Final Content Approval Form: This form replaces the signed hard copy of the signature page to formally document the Committee’s approval of the content in the final manuscript. Students must complete this form prior to uploading the final manuscript to the Scholarly Repository.
  3. ETD Availability Agreement Form: This form informs the Graduate School of the availability option for the final manuscript in the UM Scholarly Repository.

Graduation Clearance and Submission Deadlines

A student must apply for graduation during the semester in which they intend to graduate. Applications must be submitted online through CaneLink by the deadline specified on the Academic Calendar. The defense and submission deadlines are set by the Graduate School. If a student applies for graduation and does not meet the Deadline for Completion, they must reapply for graduation for the following semester. A graduating student must submit a Clearance Form to GSO prior to the last day of the semester. In order to be cleared for graduation, the student must satisfy the minimum degree requirements set by the Program and Graduate School; fulfill all milestones noted on the RSMAS Checklist for Defense and Graduation; and complete the Graduate School's ETD Process by the identified deadlines. The Clearance Form must be completed by the student then returned to GSO prior to the last day of the semester.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is offered in Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Society, Marine Geosciences, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, and Ocean Sciences. The expected time to completion for a Ph.D. degree is five years. A student in residence in the program beyond 8 years requires approval by the Program Director and Associate Dean. 

Checklist and Academic Plan

Each student should follow the RSMAS Checklist for Defense and Graduation, which will guide the student through all the milestones required in order to graduate from the Rosenstiel School. This begins with an Academic Plan that identifies the number of courses a student must complete to be eligible for graduation, according to the Program Handbook. Part I should be reviewed and completed by the student and Program Director during the first semester; Part II must be completed at least one semester before expected graduation. 

Credit Hour Requirements

Each program sets their own requirements with regard to course and research credits, PGM 830 (where “PGM” is the program abbreviation), as stated in the Program Handbook, as long as a minimum of 60 total credits are taken. The Graduate School requires at least 24 credit hours and a minimum of 12 dissertation credit hours taken in residence at UM. It is up to each program to determine, upon admission whether a student requires more course credits to fulfill the Ph.D. requirements. Ph.D. students entering with a Master’s Degree from another accredited university may apply up to 24 course credits toward their Ph.D. degree at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director. Individual programs may require more course credits to remove deficiencies. Of the 36 remaining credits needed for the Ph.D., a minimum of 12 must be taken as research credits (PGM 830). All RSMAS students are required to complete the Research Ethics course (RSM 700). 

Ph.D. students with prior graduate coursework from another accredited institution and have not earned a graduate degree may transfer up to 9 course credits (with grades of "B" or above) with approval from the Program Director. Students must have an approved Academic Plan on file prior to completing the Graduate School's Petition for Transfer of Credit. Credit hour transferred is subject to the same recency rules as all other credit hour counted toward the degree, and is also subject to examination by the program.

Any student whose cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below 3.0 will receive written notice from their Program with copies to GSO stating that they are on academic probation.  Any graduate student who receives this warning letter must meet the full standards of academic progress set forth by the University by the end of the subsequent semester.  Students who fail to meet the cumulative GPA requirement have failed to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards established by the university and are no longer eligible to receive any graduate assistantship, fellowship or tuition scholarship and are subject to dismissal from the school.

Committee

The “Supervisory Committee” and “Dissertation Committee” described in the UM Graduate Student Handbook are commonly known as the student’s “Committee” at RSMAS, and are normally the same committee. Specific requirements for committee formation are set by the UM Graduate School; individual programs may have additional requirements. 

The dissertation committee is composed of at least four members; this includes the committee chair (i.e. the primary research mentor/advisor), who may or may not be from the student’s program, department or school (this includes secondary appointments), and must be a permanent member of the graduate faculty. Of the remaining members, it is also required that two shall be members of the program or department of concentration, as well as permanent members of the graduate faculty, and one from outside the program or department of concentration. A program may require additional members.

Once the Committee is formed (typically in the second year), the Appointment to Student’s Committee form should be completed, approved by all members and the Program Director, then submitted to GSO.  The Committee should meet regularly to review the student's progress, and prepare a short report on progress and research directions with the student.  Proposed changes to the membership of a committee must be approved by the Committee Chair and must carry the endorsement of the Program Director. Approved changes to the Committee must be submitted to GSO using the Change to Student’s Committee form.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination may be required by the end of the first year.  Whether or not to host the exam, as well as the required content and format, is at the discretion of each program. The Comprehensive Exam form notifying GSO of the outcome must be submitted by the Committee Chair and approved by the Program Director. In the event of a failure, a student may be re-examined once, upon the advice of the student's advisor and/or Committee, and at the discretion of the Program Academic Committee with advice from the Comprehensive Exam Committee.  If granted, the re-examination must be given before the end of the following semester. 

Dissertation Proposal and Proposal Defense 

The dissertation proposal, containing the items listed below, must be defended and approved by the student's Committee. The purpose of the proposal defense is to certify the readiness of the student to conduct dissertation research, as well as facilitate an open discussion regarding the objectives of the dissertation and the relevant experimental approach. 

  1. Tentative title 
  2. Statement of the problem and objectives
  3. Methodology, including equipment and facilities required
  4. Timetable

The Dissertation Proposal form must be approved by the members of the student's Committee and Program Director. The completed form must be submitted to GSO with the approved copy of the proposal.

Qualifying Examination

The written qualifying examination is normally administered around the time of the proposal defense.  In addition, an oral qualifying examination may be required by the program or the student's Committee. The Committee will prepare and administer the written examination (and oral examination, if required) within the program guidelines.  The Qualifying Exam form notifying GSO of the outcome must be submitted by the Committee Chair and approved by the Program Director.

Admission to Candidacy

Before being admitted to candidacy, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have an approved committee on file 
  • Pass the comprehensive exam (if applicable) 
  • Submit and successfully defend the dissertation proposal
  • Pass the qualifying exam
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all credits earned 
  • Remove all incomplete grades or deficiencies

The Application for Admission to Candidacy must be completed and approved by the Graduate School at least one semester prior to the expected semester of graduation. No student may receive the degree in the same semester or summer session in which they are admitted to candidacy. The student must be admitted to candidacy before the defense dissertation is scheduled. If there are any changes to the student’s Committee after this form is approved by the Graduate School, the student must submit a Committee Composition Change Request Form to the Graduate School and the Change to Student’s Committee form to GSO.

Dissertation Defense 

The defense must occur by the "Deadline to Defend" during the semester a student intends to graduate. Students must be enrolled for research credits during the semester of defense. The Announcement of Defense form must be submitted to GSO at least 14 days prior to the defense date. The student is responsible for reserving the room and obtaining approvals from all Committee members and Program Director. Each committee member must be given no less than 14 days to review material prior to approving the Announcement of Defense. Thus, the student must provide the Committee with a complete version of the dissertation at least 1 month prior to the desired defense date. If a student is receiving a stipend, the Student Payroll End Date form should accompany the Announcement of Defense. The Committee Chair should notify GSO of the outcome of the defense via the Completion of Defense memo and Defense Rubric.

Dissertation Submission 

All graduating students must adhere to the ETD guidelines provided by the Graduate School. In addition to submitting an electronic copy of their manuscript to the UM Scholarly Repository, students must complete the following forms by the deadlines specified in the Academic CalendarAdditional requirements for Ph.D. students are listed in the UM Graduate Student Handbook and ETD guidelines

  1. Certificate of Defense Appro​val: This form is the student's proof of successful defense. Students must prepare this form at least one week before the defense date for committee members to electronically sign after the successful defense.
  2. ETD Final Content Approval Form: This form replaces the signed hard copy of the signature page to formally document the Committee’s approval of the content in the final manuscript. Students must complete this form prior to uploading the final manuscript to the Scholarly Repository.
  3. ETD Availability Agreement Form: This form informs the Graduate School of the availability option for the final manuscript in the UM Scholarly Repository.

Graduation Clearance and Submission Deadlines

A student must apply for graduation during the semester in which they intend to graduate. Applications must be submitted online through CaneLink by the deadline specified on the Academic Calendar. The defense and submission deadlines are set by the Graduate School. If a student applies for graduation and does not meet the Deadline for Completion, they must reapply for graduation for the following semester. A graduating student must submit a Clearance Form to GSO prior to the last day of the semester. In order to be cleared for graduation, the student must satisfy the minimum degree requirements set by the Program and Graduate School; fulfill all milestones noted on the RSMAS Checklist for Defense and Graduation; and complete the Graduate School's ETD Process by the identified deadlines. The Clearance Form must be completed by the student then returned to GSO prior to the last day of the semester.

Educational Training Program (Teaching Assistants)

RSMAS Ph.D. students are expected to be a Teaching Assistant (TA) for two courses while pursuing their degree. A training session and two teaching opportunities are offered as courses in educational training (RSM 771RSM 772RSM 773). The mandatory TA program will include training of new TAs, evaluation of their performance, and recognition of excellence. Faculty nominations for the RSMAS TA Excellence Awards are solicited each semester, and will be given at the end of the academic year. 

The goal of the TA program goal is to make the experience as valuable as possible for the TA, the faculty, and the students taking our courses.  RSMAS TAs must comply with the following requirements

  • Register for and complete the RSMAS TA training workshop, RSM 771
  • Review the TA Resources posted on Blackboard
  • Register for the Educational Training courses: RSM 772 and RSM 773
  • Refer to the guidelines and course documentation provided with the TA appointment letters 

Master of Professional Science (M.P.S.) Programs

The M.P.S. degree prepares students for science careers in industry, government, and non-profit organizations, where employment demands are growing. M.P.S. degrees were developed and implemented nationally in response to employer demands for well-rounded, highly trained employees with a breadth of knowledge and practical skills to address emerging environmental issues and improve the management of natural and cultural resources. The curriculum is structured to allow students to complete their degree in as little as 12 months (for select tracks), with the training and real-world experience necessary to prepare them for careers in today’s professional science job market.

Master of Science (M.S.) Programs

RSM 600. Research Diving Techniques. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to the practices and policies of scientific diving. The object is to prepare students to use SCUBA as a research tool for the marine sciences. The course content will qualify students as scientific divers under the auspices of the UM/RSMAS Scientific Diving Program and will meet the standards set by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Students must be certified as a recreational diver with a RSTC recognized certification agency; have a minimum of 10 logged open water dives, two dives within 6 months of starting the course; pass a swim test and complete a physical exam.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

RSM 601. Scientific Freediving. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide students who have an interest in conducting underwater research with the skills and competencies to be certified as a University of Miami Scientific Freediver in accordance with the Standards for Scientific Freediving. This course will discuss and evaluate topics related to the history and evolution of freediving and the common techniques; marine mammals and human physiology in relation to freediving activities and adaptations; safety and problem management in the aquatic realm; the practical application of underwater research skills, techniques, and methodologies.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 611. Principles of Mass Spectrometry and Applications to Marine, Atmospheric, and Environmental Science. 3 Credit Hours.

This course goes in depth into the principles and uses of mass spectrometry. It is intended for graduate students who use mass spectrometry to conduct their research. Concepts taught will include the components of mass spectrometers (vacuum systems, ionization methods, mass analyzers, detectors), different types of mass spectrometers and their uses, and coupling chromatography to mass spectrometry. Each student will be required to give presentations on new advances in mass spectrometry and an in-depth presentation on a mass spectrometer that they use and new findings in the literature relevant to their technique and personal research.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 612. Statistics for Marine Scientists. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers statistical theory, tools, and methods required for data analysis, emphasizing marine science applications.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

RSM 613. Statistical Modeling of Extreme and Rare Events. 3 Credit Hours.

The course will focus on rare events and extreme values observed in nature. In particular, students will learn: advanced statistical methods of data analysis, as well as concepts of probability and predictability; statistical modeling of rare and extreme events; and applications of these advanced techniques to real atmospheric and oceanic data.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 615. Marine Tourism and Conservation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to critical concepts in the practice and management of marine tourism, and explores the potential of tourism to contribute to marine conservation across different geographical locations and taxa. Discussion, readings, and lectures encourage students to draw connections between the biology and ecology of organisms and ecosystems and existing human-environment relationships. We also consider the social context in which tourism is occurring, and how this may shape the success or failure of tourism operators in contributing to conservation. This course will also explore questions about “consumptive” and “non-consumptive” uses of marine resources. Discussion will evaluate both the potential and the limitations of marine tourism as a tool for environmental protection.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 616. Florida Topics in Environmental Law & Policy. 1 Credit Hour.

This course will provide an overview of environmental law at the state and local level in Florida. The course will include an analysis of relevant law, legislation, and emerging issues for Florida-specific environments. The course will focus on environmental themes that are of particular importance to marine professionals, such as Everglades restoration, coral reef protection, marine protected areas, coastal wetland regulation, water pollution litigation, home rule and state preemption, and climate change policies.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Summer.

RSM 617. Instrument Design and Quick Prototyping for Marine Science. 2 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the principles and applications 3D printing, scanning and digital manufacturing for non-engineers. It will cover the basic principles and practice of: (1) computer aided design and drafting (CAD); (2) digital manufacturing techniques, including 3D printing and CNC machining (milling and laser cutting); and (3) performance assessment of student-manufactured prototypes. This will be achieved through lectures and hands-on training in the RSMAS Makers Lab, whereby each student will be required to design, construct, and field-test a new piece of hardware that is relevant to their field and/or individual research.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Summer.

RSM 620. Climate and Society. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide students from different disciplinary backgrounds with an overview of physical processes, general concepts and policy debates surrounding climate issues.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 621. Object-Oriented Programming and Agent-Based Modelling. 3 Credit Hours.

Hands-on training in object-oriented programming using Java, including Java statistical packages, and in the development of agent-based and individual-based simulation models for ecological, physiological, social, economic and physical sciences. Course includes introductions to cellular automatons and models based on social and behavioral networks. No prior programming experience required.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 622. Data Management for Scientists. 2 Credit Hours.

This course will cover techniques used in data profiling, filtering, and archiving. online tools will be used for elaborating data management plans and well-established database techniques for manipulating data. Participants will develop data management plans and introduce techniques for data manipulation, such as database design and implementation concepts, query coding, and data cleaning/importing/exporting. Course participants will be exposed to theoretical concepts and engage in hands-on activities throughout the semester. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data for processing or asked to select a dataset from the many online data repositories.
Components: LEC.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall.

RSM 645. Science Communication: Professional Writing. 1 Credit Hour.

This course introduces students interested in scientific research to various techniques for processing and presenting research data and information. Students will learn techniques to effectively present research to the general public and to the scientific community in written form, such as research papers, grant proposals, conference presentations and fact pages.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 646. Presentation Boot Camp. 1 Credit Hour.

This course focuses on presenting scientific concepts and research findings more effectively to both technical audiences and the general public.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

RSM 647. Methods for Marine and Atmospheric Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on curriculum and instructional methods for teaching marine and atmospheric content in formal and informal settings. The course will introduce students to recent national science and engineering, climate, and ocean education standards and best curricula and instructional approaches for teaching and learning science. The course will also focus on identifying and analyzing research on marine and atmospheric education and effectively communicating scientific topics to different audiences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

RSM 648. Management and Leadership in Marine and Atmospheric Science. 3 Credit Hours.

The goal of this course is to become an effective leader/manager while leveraging the individual strengths of a team in the marine and atmospheric field. The course will use leadership theories and case studies to understand how decisions affect outcomes. Students will develop the ability to manage teams effectively amidst a changing world. Students discuss literature and case studies to explore the foundations of effective leadership and support task triage, decision-making, shared mental models, and appropriate executive styles. The course will introduce students to recent national science and engineering, climate, and ocean standards and best approaches when it comes to managing a staff in the marine and atmospheric sciences. The course will also focus on identifying and analyzing marine and atmospheric leadership and effectively communicating scientific topics to different audiences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 649. Advanced Presentation Boot Camp. 1 Credit Hour.

This follow-up course builds upon the topics and approaches covered in the basic training session and focuses on advanced techniques for designing and delivering effective scientific presentations to both technical audiences and the general public. The course provides opportunities for students to expand and practice their critique language and hone their presentation evaluation and design skills.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

RSM 650. Data Management in the Research Environment. 2 Credit Hours.

This course covers theoretical and practical approaches to research data management in academic contexts. Theoretical aspects include overviews of information science, data policy and data governance. The practical approaches include skills and best practices in research data management, and basic command line computing for data analysis and visualization (python and R). The purpose of the course is to increase research productivity, to enable data stewardship, and to help the student exceed data management expectations/requirements in the research environment. This is a practical methods course with tangible products; students produce a data management plan for their specific research endeavor, or prepare and deposit data into a discipline specific repository (other projects subject to instructor approval will be considered). The class is open to all graduate students in all disciplines. There are no prerequisites and while the course is designed for the first or second year of a graduate program, students who are further along will benefit as well.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

RSM 665. Fish Ecology and Oceanography. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is intended to introduce students to key biological, ecological, oceanographic, and climatic processes of direct relevance to fishery species, with a view toward development of an ecosystem perspective.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

RSM 666. Polar Science. 3 Credit Hours.

The course covers the physical, chemical and biological components of the polar oceans, atmosphere and coastal regions. The interactions between ocean, ice, atmosphere and land are discussed in detail not only in terms of local relationships, with links to the climate system.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

RSM 667. Motorboat Operator Certification Course. 1-2 Credit Hours.

The MOCC course was developed and formalized by the United States Department of the Interior in the early 1990’s. This course is designed to give students broad academic knowledge and practical training running small boats (boats 26’ in length or shorter). In addition to the relevant theory, students will get hands-on training trailering small boats, launching and loading at boat ramps, slow and high speed maneuvering, marlinspike (knot tying), as well as in water emergency training and the use of flares and pyrotechnics. The MOCC certification is the training standard for occupational small boating and used by government organizations, public and private research organizations, public aquaria, etc. The certification is a marketable skill for students moving ahead in their careers in marine science. Students must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record (less than 6 points) to be eligible for training in this course.
Components: LEC.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

RSM 668. Techniques in Respirometry, Swim Performance and Behavior of Aquatic Organisms. 2 Credit Hours.

The objectives of this course is to give participants an understanding and overview of methods and hands-on with modern equipment. The emphasis of the course will be on marine fish, but the techniques can be used for freshwater fish and aquatic invertebrates as well. The course is based on lectures, lab exercises and plenary discussions. The final part of the course constitutes a written project based on data collected during the week.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

RSM 671. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures and research projects in special topics related to Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

RSM 672. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures and research projects in special topics related to Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

RSM 673. Special Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Lectures and research projects in special topics related to Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

RSM 700. Research Ethics. 0 Credit Hours.

Online research ethics training, required for all graduate students.
Components: DIL.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

RSM 710. The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms. 3 Credit Hours.

The fluid environment of the sea influences the growth, distribution, and survival of marine organisms. The physical processes that affect organisms occur in space and time, ranging from the molecular properties of water to basin-wide linkages between oceanic regime and climate shifts are discussed. Course emphasis is placed on how physical processes affect the life of plankton to nekton, Students are required to present reviews based on the literature.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

RSM 771. Educational Training 1. 0 Credit Hours.

Educational training workshop and presentations.
Components: WKS.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

RSM 772. Educational Training 2. 0 Credit Hours.

First semester of educational training.
Components: WKS.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

RSM 773. Educational Training 3. 0 Credit Hours.

Second semester of educational training.
Components: WKS.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

RSM 780. Directed Readings. 1 Credit Hour.

The goal of this directed readings course is to cover a wide range of current marine and atmospheric science topics, and to give students experience independently reading about recent advances in research. The course will also give the students an opportunity to practice presentation and communication skills. Students will be assessed based on their presentations and participation.
Components: DIS.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.