UM’s Hands On, Early On culture encourages undergraduates to experience research, lead projects and collaborate with faculty and peers.
The key to forging intellect, character and well-being is being in the right environment with the right tools. We have assembled a world-class faculty, recognized in their fields, and vigilant in mentoring budding scholars and researchers, keeping their doors open to students. (At many schools, the administration touts the faculty; at UM, the students do.) As one of the most active research universities as rated by the Carnegie Foundation, our professors are providing the research used in other schools’ textbooks.
At University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences the curriculum is designed to take full advantage of the University’s subtropical location.
  • Year-round access to a variety of specialized marine environments
  • deep ocean waters offshore the coral reef tracts of the Florida Keys
  • estuarine sea grass beds and mangrove shoreline of South Florida
  • Students are introduced to the general complexities of the ocean and atmosphere through lectures, laboratories and field trips.
  • Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with the faculty in their laboratories and are able to earn course credit by conducting independent research under the supervision of leading scientists in their field.

    Play the video below to experience what it's like to be a University of Miami Undergraduate.

    At the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Michael Gaines is an innovator in his field.
  • His philosophy about teaching is that students at all levels need to be active participants in their own learning and not passive observers.
  • He teaches introductory biology lecture, HHMI experimental lab, research ethics, and experimental design.
  • This is what he says is "quintessential active learning."

    Play the video below to see this philosophy at work in the Howard Hughes Lab.

    Play the video below to see his philosophy at work in the Everglades.