Combined Programs

Combined programs require students to transfer to other institutions to complete professional training programs. These are also called 3+1 or 4+1 programs (three or four years here, one year at another institution) or 3-2 programs (three years here, two at another institution).

Please understand that in most cases we cannot guarantee your acceptance into a program at another institution.

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical laboratory scientists apply scientific background and skills to supervision and performance of diagnostic procedures to determine presence or absence of disease and to monitor response to treatment.

Miami offers two baccalaureate degree programs that include a 12-month laboratory "clinical year." In the 3+1 program, you take three years at Miami followed by an internship to receive a B.S. in medical laboratory science. In the 4+1 program, you take four years at Miami to earn an A.B. or B.S. in biology, zoology, chemistry, or microbiology, and then you enter the clinical year.

After completing either program, you are eligible to take national registry examinations. Please understand that Miami cannot guarantee your acceptance into a clinical year site.

3+1 Program

This program requires 96 pre-clinical year semester hours at Miami, 32 in advanced courses. You take an interdepartmental sequence of courses in chemistry, microbiology, and zoology. Specific requirements include: general microbiology, pathogenic microbiology, and immunology, a year of general chemistry and a year of organic chemistry (or organic chemistry and biochemistry), one year of general biology; a course in mathematics; competency in computer usage; and completion of a foreign language at second-year level.

During your junior year, you must file a petition in the dean's office of the College of Arts and Science to be graduated in this program. When you apply for a clinical year at a hospital, you must have a letter of intent from the Registrar of Miami University.

During your clinical year, you will be registered for MBI 487-488-489 at Miami. These courses fulfill the Global Miami Plan Capstone Experience requirement. Clinical laboratory rotations and lecture series may include hematology, chemistry, bacteriology, immunology, virology, parasitology, and mycology along with electives such as laboratory management and forensics. After you complete your clinical year and certify this to the University Registrar's Office, you will be awarded the B.S. in medical laboratory science.

Affiliated training hospitals for this program include The Cleveland Clinic; University of Cincinnati Hospital; Wright State University in Dayton; Southwest General Health Center near Cleveland; Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron; St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Covington, Kentucky; Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; and St. John Health Laboratories in Michigan.

4+1 Program

For this program, you choose a major in chemistry, microbiology, or zoology and fulfill all departmental, Arts and Science, and Miami Plan requirements for the baccalaureate degree. Pre-clinical year course requirements are: a year of general chemistry, a year of organic chemistry (or organic chemistry and biochemistry), a year of introductory biology, and one course in mathematics and general microbiology.

During fall semester of your senior year, you apply to enter a clinical year program at any hospital approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Sciences in the U.S.

For more information about either program in medical laboratory science, see the program adviser in the Department of Microbiology.

Engineering

Students desiring an engineering degree from another school in addition to a Miami degree may arrange either A.B. or B.S. 3-2 programs with any engineering school.

A.B. requirements for the 3-2 program are in the next section under Arts-Professional Arrangement. B.S. requirements for the 3-2 program are equivalent to these, except for deletion of the A.B. College of Arts and Science Requirement sections A through E, inclusion of the B.S. College of Arts and Science Requirement section A, and substitution of an appropriate B.S. curriculum instead of an A.B. curriculum. Completion of the 3-2 engineering program satisfies the Miami Plan Capstone Experience requirement.

At Miami, your major requirements must be completed unless they are continued in engineering school by recommendation of the major professor and approval of the Committee of Advisers. In particular, you may wish to major in engineering physics, a program described in this chapter with the College's major programs.

Miami has cooperative arrangements with Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University, and Washington University (St. Louis), so that any student satisfying the appropriate 3-2 program requirements will be accepted by Case, Columbia, or Washington University and will receive the Miami degree (A.B. or B.S.) upon receiving the engineering bachelor's degree or sooner.

Environmental Management and Forestry

Miami has a cooperative agreement with Duke University School of the Environment, which allows students to attend Miami for three years and Duke for two years. You receive a B.S. in Botany from Miami and either a Master's in Forestry (M.F.) or a Master's in Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from Duke.

Miami students accepted by Duke can enter the professional master's degree programs at the end of the junior year. Your Miami degree (B.S.) is granted after your first year at Duke when Miami's requirements are met.

Basic requirements for recommendation to Duke's programs are 96 semester hours at Miami, including 32 at or above the 200 level, a cumulative grade point average of 2.50, and completion of both the Miami Plan and College of Arts and Science Requirement A (foreign language).

In the first semester of your junior year, you must file a petition with the College of Arts and Science to request a recommendation for the program, and you must apply to Duke for admission. Deadline is February 1 for fall admission and October 15 for winter admission. Duke also requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission. You should arrange to take this test the first semester of your junior year.

Courses required for the three years of study at Miami are:

Departmental Requirements (24 hours, 14 must be advanced hours)

BIO 115 and 116 Biological Concepts (4, 4) or

BIO 191 Plant Biology (4) plus BIO 116 (4) or BIO 114 (4)

BIO 203 Introduction to Plant Cell and Molecular Biology (4)

BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity (4)

Related Hours

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) or
MTH 251 Calculus II (4) or
MTH 249 Calculus II (5)

STA 261 Statistics (4)

Thematic Sequence in chemistry (18 hours)

Recommended Electives

CSE 163, 253, 283

ENG 215, 313

GEO 437, 447, 448

GLG 111, 115L

IES 431, 450

PHY 171, 172, 181, 182

POL 261, 362

Environmental Science Co-Major

The environmental science co-major emphasizes earth science and life science approaches to understanding environmental patterns and processes. Students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths and post-graduate degrees in environmental science, especially those with biological and physical science specializations. The term "co-major" indicates that students must complete another major at Miami University. The environmental science co-major complements the primary major, which provides significant depth and breadth in an academic discipline. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major, students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

Interactive Media Studies Co-Major

The co-major in interactive media studies is an interdisciplinary co-major that is designed to complement the traditional disciplinary-focused major. (It cannot be taken independently of a disciplinary focus). This co-major includes courses that span across the breadth of Miami University's offerings. From art to the humanities to computer science, the IMS co-major brings the inherently interdisciplinary world of technology to the traditionally disciplined student. There are four concentrations within the co-major that allow students to focus their experience on a particular area of interactive media, and to better complement their disciplinary area of focus. These concentrations include:

  • Digital Art and Design
  • Digital Game Studies
  • Digital Humanities and Social Science
  • Self-Designed (adviser approval required)

An application and "portfolio" are required for admittance. There is a minimum 2.50 GPA requirement and a limited number of students are admitted each year.

Premedical Studies Co-Major

Provides a broad-based premedical background and prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in medicine as well as other healthcare related fields. Integrates comprehensive, regularly scheduled premedical advising with courses that cover fundamental concepts in the biological, physical, and social sciences required for admission to medical school or other health professional schools, and/or in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A co-major must be taken in conjunction with a primary major, which provides the significant depth and breadth of an academic discipline; it cannot be taken independently. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

Note: Students are not required to complete the co-major for successful application and admittance to medical school or other health professional schools. Premedical Studies courses as well as access to services provided by the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education and the Premedical Advisory Committee are available to all students.

Sustainability Co-Major

The sustainability co-major emphasizes human-nature interaction in understanding environmental patterns and processes. Students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths and post-graduate degrees in environmental science, especially those with management and policy specializations. The term "co-major" indicates that students must complete another major at Miami University. The sustainability co-major complements the primary major, which provides significant depth and breadth in an academic discipline. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

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