Q. How do I know if I need to take ENG 105 English Composition?
A. You will take ENG 105 unless one of the following applies to you.
You scored 700 or above on your SAT/V or 32 on the ACT/E.
You scored 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam or 5 on the AP exam *.
- You will earn 6 credits in ENG 105 and ENG 106.
You earned credit for ENG 105 through dual enrollment.
Q. What math course do I have to take?
A. BSN and the BSPH students require a statistics course above the level of MTH 101 College Algebra. The BSHS students require a calculus course.
Q. What if I disagree with my math placement?
A. If you wish to change your SAT or ACT based placement you may take the math placement test. The schedule of tests will be available during the summer.
Q. Should I take biology or chemistry my first semester?
A. BSN students should take BIL 150/150 General Biology their first semester so they can take HCS 212/213 Human Anatomy in the spring. Students must be placed above the MTH 101 level to be able to take BIL 150/151. BSHS and BSPH students may take either BIL 150/151, CHM 103/ or CHM 111/113 depending on their track.
Q. What if my math level is not high enough for me to take BIL 150/151?
A. You may take CHM 103/105 your first semester followed by BIL 150 in the spring, summer or fall. If your track requires CHM 111/113 you will have to postpone your science classes until you have reached the required math level.
Q. What counts as a general elective?
A. A general elective is a class that is not required for your program but interests you and counts towards your degree. If you meet the requirements for such a course you may take it as a general elective.
Q. I am a health science student and am not sure which chemistry I should take. How do I know?
A. This is a guide to the appropriate chemistry for your track.
- Pre-Physical Therapy, Health Science Business – CHM 103/105
- Pre-Pharmacy & Pre-Forensics – CHM 111/113
- Health Science General – CHM 103/105 or CHM 111/113
- Pre-Med students take CHM 111/113
Q. How many credits should I take in my first semester?
A. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to be a full-time student. A typical full-time first semester course load is 14-15 credits. If you bring in AP, IB or dual enrollment credit or plan to take summer classes you may decide to limit yourself to 12 credits. Some freshmen take 12 credits the first semester and increase their course load second semester.
Q. Do I need to take a foreign language?
A. The BSPH requires a foreign language at the intermediate level. The BSN and BSHS do not have a foreign language requirement, however students may pursue a foreign language as a minor or take a class as an elective.
Q. Where can I see my complete program of study?
A. Go to the SONHS website at www.miami.edu/sonhs click on ‘Academics’ and then browse for your program of interest. All plans of study are posted.
Q. Who can I ask if I have more questions?
A. Call the SONHS Office of Student Services and ask to speak to an academic advisor or email