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Whether unraveling the human genome or predicting future climate change, tomorrow’s scientists need a strong foundation in science and mathematics combined with an ability to combine knowledge in creative interdisciplinary ways

We created the Advanced Program for Integrated Science and Math (PRISM) to provide top students with the integrated training needed to shape the future of science.

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Questions about PRISM? Contact Dr. Dan DiResta at diresta@miami.edu.
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IS PRISM RIGHT FOR YOU?

The Advanced Program in Integrated Science and Math brings together the top freshmen interested in the natural sciences. PRISM classes are advanced versions of the typical track done by a freshman natural science student, so there are no additional classes to complete.   

QUALIFIED STUDENTS FOR PRISM:

    • Major in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Neuroscience, and Physical Therapy
       (though we encourage any student interested academically in the natural sciences to apply)
    • Have a record of success in high school including honors, AP or IB classes
    • Are ready to take college calculus
    • Satisfy one of the following requirements:
       • Minimum SAT Math score of 720;
       • Minimum SAT Math Level II Subject score of 620;
       • Minimum ACT Math score of 31

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A RIGOROUS COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS

PRISM is more than just great classes and faculty; it’s a vibrant learning environment that includes special events, small inquiry-based labs, academic support, and a lively student community.  PRISM curriculum gives exceptional freshmen a strong grounding in the natural sciences with an emphasis on preparation for scientific research.  

Our outstanding faculty, lab directors, graduate assistants, and caring advisors are there to encourage integrated learning. PRISM students are exposed to new developments in science and are encouraged to become actively engaged in research during their undergraduate experience.

A central purpose of the Advanced Program for Integrated Science and Math is to create a community of freshmen science students who can support each other while having a rich and enjoyable experience.  To that end, PRISM extends beyond the classroom with various special events, lectures, and field trips.

Professors and students are also brought together in informal and social settings to foster relationships that can advance students’ academic interests, research opportunities, and career plans.  PRISM faculty, advisors, and lab directors strive to reduce the competitive atmosphere that often exists in the sciences so students can ask questions, work together, and help each other.

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PRISM CURRICULUM

The Advanced Program for Integrated Science and Math is designed for those students interested in pursuing a career in health science with a research focus (M.D./Ph.D. track).  The PRISM program provides an excellent preparation for careers in medicine, veterinary, or physical therapy. 

PRISM is built around an integrated curriculum consisting of two sciences and one math or computer science each semester for the first two years.  Taught at an advanced level with a focus on integration of science and quantitative skills, these courses explore the sciences deeply and with greater individual attention.  Enriched lab sections give students hands-on opportunities to work with new technology and cutting-edge methods that they would otherwise not be exposed to until late in their science education. 

First-year Curriculum
Fall      Spring  
BIL 150/152 BIL160/162 Intro. to Biology with Inquiry-based labs
CHM111/113    CHM 112/114   Intro to Chemistry
MTH 171     MTH 172          Calculus 1 and 2
     
Second-year Curriculum
Fall   Spring  
  CSC 210    Scientific Computing
BIL 2xx   One of 4 second-year bio classes(Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, or Human Anatomy ± lab)
CHM 201/205 CHM202/206   Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 with labs
PHY 201/106 PHY 202/108 Physics with Calculus for Life Scientists


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ROAD TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Faculty, lab directors, academic advisors, and continuing students serve as a resource for the Honors Program for Integrated Science and Math.  PRISM professors mentor students and provide invaluable information on career paths and research possibilities. To reach these goals, advisors help you chart an academic path during one-on-one meetings.  

You can also take advantage of our Interactive Grading service, in which some of the best continuing students who were previously in the same classes are available to work with current PRISM students.  These Interactive Graders run weekly study sessions where they discuss main concepts from class that week and build on existing strengths to instill better study skills.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • AP Credits
  • PRISM versus typical track(s)
  • PRISM and Honors program
  • Marine Biology
  • HPME program
  • Varsity athletes
  • Registering for courses
  • Requirements to stay in program

    What if I get AP credit for biology, chemistry or math?
    Students that take the full PRISM curriculum benefit the most from the integrated approach.  Students that AP-out of CHM 111/112 and BIL 150/160 are often not prepared for the more advanced courses.  We require PRISM students to take CHM and BIL in their first year, but will allow students to test out of Calc I and II.

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    How does PRISM differ from a normal biology major or pre-medical track?
    What distinguishes PRISM from a normal pre-medical track is that it has more rigorous math expectations (math beyond calculus and physics with calculus) and requires a course in scientific computing.  PRISM courses are more challenging than those in the regular track, but we will be providing a higher level of academic support.

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    How does PRISM differ from the existing honors program?
    PRISM is an accelerated program with a focus on science and math.  We do not require courses outside the PRISM curriculum, such as a mandatory honors class every semester.  PRISM classes count as honors classes, if you also pursue general honors.

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    What if I want to study marine biology?
    Marine biology students will take MSC 111 instead of BIL 150. The spring requirements are the same for MSC/BIL and PRISM. BIL 150 will be taken during the Fall of the second year.

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    What if I’ve been accepted into the Honors Program in Medicine (HPME)?
    At the current time, HPME students are not encouraged to participate in PRISM.

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    What if I’m a varsity athlete?
    PRISM students will have chemistry, biology, and calculus labs three afternoons a week, so athletes may not be able to participate because of their afternoon practice schedules.

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    How do I enroll in/register for the right courses?
    The PRISM courses show up in the catalog as special designated sections of the regular course number (BIL 150, CHM 111, etc.).  Students that elect to participate in PRISM will be placed in the appropriate sections. 

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    What are the requirements to stay in PRISM?
    PRISM students must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA and 3.0 average in PRISM courses.

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