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 16 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 credits. The courses are structured around hands-on experiences, guest lecturers, open discussion, lab work and field trips. Classes are 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.


Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Anthropology - 6 credits

Discover the field of crime scene investigation and forensic anthropology.

APY 100 - Forensic Investigation (3 credits)
APY 200 – Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3 credits)

Discover life as a forensic anthropologist and specialist! 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. Recover and interpret past events through forensic archaeological excavation of questionable burials and examination of human skeletal remains. Discover the investigation, identification, analysis, and recovery of human skeletal remains as an application of a scientific process to serve the law.
This exciting program will introduce you to all 206 bones, features and characteristics of the human skeleton, a necessary step enabling you to determine sex, age, stature, ancestry, time of death, and ultimately provide the scientific evidence needed to assist law enforcement in their investigation of death and identity of human remains.
Participate in closure of a case by bringing forward the results from your forensic examination of physical evidence and analysis of all aspects of a crime scene.

Maximum enrollment: 15
Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

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Health and Medicine - Neuroscience 6 credits

NUR 200 – Health Promotion, Prevention and Rehabilitation (3 credits)
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 credits)
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.

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

Health and Medicine - Infectious Diseases 6 credits

BPH 200 – Introductory Public Health (3 credits)
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 credits)
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

Health and Medicine - Psychiatry 6 credits

BPH 200 – Introductory Public Health (3 credits)
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 credits)
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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Global Business and International Relations - 6 credits

GBM – Global Business (3 credits)
Course description coming soon.

POL 203 – World in Crisis – International Relations Past and Present (3 credits)
This course will cover the evolution of the state system and diplomatic norms, comparative analysis of political and economic systems, introduction to major theories of governance, forces of integration and disintegration, the global political economy, cyber spying, terrorism, mass migrations, environmental challenges, and their consequences.

Maximum enrollment: 20
Prerequisites(s): History or Political Science

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Explorations in Architecture and Design- 6 credits

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. A school-wide exhibition will display the students’ work at the close of the program. Resources made available through the School of Architecture will include drafting supplies and equipment, computer aided design software and research resources.

Due to the laboratory time needed in the design studio component, students are recommended to opt for the Residential Program. Students will spend time in the studio in the evening on Monday – Friday until 10:00/11:00 p.m. and on weekends as needed.

ARC 109 – Introduction to Architecture (3 credits)
(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 credits)
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 book format that illustrates the body of work produced during the three- week program.

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Business, Ethics and Leadership - 6 credits

Study business, ethics and law principles.

GBM 101 – Fundamentals in Business (3 credits)
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 credits)
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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Digital Media Production - 6 credits

UM Summer Scholars 2016 Digital Media Final Project on Vimeo.

Students in this program 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.

JMM 108 – Writing for the Digital Age (3 credits)
This course provides students with an understanding of writing styles appropriate for communicating in the digital age. Students will engage with multimedia and social media messages appropriate to a variety of industries including journalism, public relations, and advertising, with a particular emphasis on grammar, spelling, syntax, and clarity. The course provides a solid foundation for further practice and specialization in various types of multimedia communication.

JMM 206 – Producing Digital Content (3 credits)
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

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Filmmaking - 6 credits

Create your own movie by taking on the role of a screenwriter, director, actor and editor.

CIM 103 - Survey of Motion Picture (3 credits)
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 credits)
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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Sport Administration - The Business of Sport - 6 credits

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

KIN 100 – Leadership and Ethics in Sport (3 credits)
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 credits)
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 credits

Learn principles of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.

KIN 105 – Introduction to Athletic Training (3 credits)
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 (3 credits)
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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Experience various disciplines and basic concepts in engineering.

Track A: Aerospace, Architectural, Civil, Environmental and
Mechanical Engineering - 6 credits

CAE 100 - Introduction to Architectural, Civil, Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
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 credits)
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, Computer and Electrical Engineering - 6 credits

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

BME 100 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering(3 credits)
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 credits)
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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Law - Litigation and the Legal Profession - 6 credits

Study litigation and the practice of law.

LWU 101 - Courtroom 101: Litigation Basics (3 credits)
“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. (3 credits)

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

LWU 102 - Introduction to the Legal Profession: Law, Ethics and Society (3 credits)
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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Tropical Marine Biology - 6 credits

Shark Tagging with UM Summer Scholars

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

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