Choosing a Major and Making Career Choices
This is never a simple decision. Many students change majors at least once.
do not need to choose a specific major, you will need to choose a division when
you register. If you are undecided, you are assigned to the College of Arts and
Science for advising purposes. In most cases, if you use your first year to take courses
that fulfill the Miami Plan and divisional requirements, you can still complete a major
program with no delay. However, to complete some majors in a four year time period, you
must begin them as a first year student.
To make academic and career choices, you need to
consider your interests and abilities. By now you probably have a strong sense
of your academic strengths and weaknesses. Your interests, however, are still
developing and, like more specific skills, depend on exposure to various activities and
The Career Exploration and Testing Center in the Student Counseling Service, 196
Health Services Building, has reading materials, computer-assisted career guidance
programs, and standardized career instruments to help you learn about your interests,
abilities, and values and to relate them to your academic and career choices.
Occupational and educational information are available to allow you to explore
your options. Career assistants can help you work through the decision-making
process and find needed resources; they can make career counseling appointments for you
with the professional staff.
A two-credit-hour course, EDL 100 Career Development for College Students, provides
opportunities to learn more about selecting a career and appropriate major. It
is only offered to first- and second-year students.
If you want information about specific careers or internships, visit the Office
of Career Services at 241 Hoyt Hall. This office hosts 300-350 employers each
year for on-campus interviews and has an extensive Career Resource Center containing
numerous career books and directories. Career and job-search advising is available
by appointment and during specified walk-in hours. In addition, the Career Services
website at www.muohio.edu/careers/ not only
provides useful career information, but also links to dozens of other career-related sites.
Finally, don't forget to talk with advisers in any academic division or department;
they can advise you on curriculum, career opportunities within fields, and opportunities
for advanced study.
Programs with Special Admission Requirements
Some programs have special requirements that call for careful planning. For example,
you must be admitted to most majors in the School of Fine Arts or the Department of Nursing
(Hamilton & Middletown campuses only) before you declare the major. Also, teacher licensure
programs and science and technical major programs require specific courses that
are usually taken in order.
It is important to check your major's requirements. Programs are listed in each division's
At present, majors with limited or restricted entry include mass communication,
journalism, technical and scientific communication, nursing, social work, special
education, speech communication, speech pathology and audiology, all licensure
programs in the Department of Teacher Education, all programs in the Department of Kinesiology
and Health, strategic communication, and all programs in the Farmer School of Business
and most majors in the School of Fine Arts.
Academic advisers are available to help you understand academic requirements and to address
your concerns. They can provide you with information and resources that will help
you make decisions about your class schedule, course of study, and future opportunities.
First year advisers serve as the primary academic adviser for students during
their first semester at Miami. First year advisers are full time staff with master's
degrees who live and work in the residence halls. First year commuter students
are advised by the Commuter Center graduate adviser in the Commuter Center, located
in room 100 of Shriver Center.
In addition to the first-year adviser, students in the School of Fine Arts and
the School of Engineering and Applied Science are assigned a faculty adviser during
their first year to further assist them with academic requirements. .
In the second
semester of your first year, or, when you transfer to Miami as an upperclass student,
you will be assigned a faculty adviser in your major. For example, if you are a botany
major, a faculty member in that department will be your adviser. If you change majors,
your adviser will also change. Students who are undecided about their major will be advised
by an academic adviser in the College of Arts and Science advising office.
Freshman Mid-Semester Grade Reports
Midterm grades are available to first year students online through BannerWeb in mid-October.
In the spring semester, midterm grades are issued only to continuing students
who earned 16 or fewer credit hours in their previous semester(s). Midterm grades provide
students the opportunity to assess their academic performance while there is still time
to improve before receiving official grades. Midterm grades are not recorded on student's
academic records. First year advisers also have access to students' midterm grades, and
they meet with students who are struggling to discuss strategies for improving academic
As this Bulletin goes to press, this policy is under review.
Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Center
14 Campus Avenue Building, 513-529-8741
Students experiencing academic difficulty
can seek assistance at the Rinella Learning Center. One-to-one and small group
tutoring are available; tutoring is geared to develop self-confidence and independence.
Peer tutors reinforce course material and help students to develop strategies
to learn class material, prepare for homework, and take exams. Tutoring is free of charge.
Requests for tutoring can be made on-line at www.muohio.edu/tutoring. Learning specialists
are also available for individual consultations.
Also coordinated in this office are academic
support services for student athletes, students with LD/ADD, ESL students, students
on academic probation, and the scholastic enhancement and supplemental instruction
Office of Disability Resources (ODR)
19 Campus Avenue Building, 513-529-1541 (TTY accessible)
For students with physical disabilities, ODR ensures program accessibility and
compliance relative to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans
with Disabilities Act. ODR coordinates accommodations through various campus and
state agencies to provide services including, but not limited to, alternative
formats for textbooks, route training, campus transportation, sign language interpreters,
Realtime captioning, modified housing, testing accommodations, priority scheduling,
and access to telecommunications.
Instructors' Office Hours
Most instructors have regularly scheduled office hours to meet with students. These
are usually posted outside their office doors and on the course syllabus. To make an appointment
for another time, contact the instructor or department secretary.
Options for Receiving Credit
Note: Transfer credit information is in the Admission chapter.
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
Any student entering Miami can submit scores from the AP test, given by the College Entrance
Examination Board Advanced Placement Program. Miami accepts AP scores in the areas
listed below (Individual departments determine what is an acceptable score). More information
is available from the Office of the Registrar, 102 Campus Avenue Building (513-529-8711).
At the time this Bulletin goes to press, this policy is under review.
Art History (acceptable score 3 to 5)
Credit for ART 187, 188 (6 hours).
Biology (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Credit for BOT/MBI/ ZOO 116 (4 hours). You may not be prepared to enter a second
year biological science course, however. In this case, take BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115. Permission
from appropriate department chair is required to enter second year biological
science as a freshman. In addition, your choice of major may require you to duplicate
some course work already earned through AP.
Chemistry (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Credit for CHM 141, 142, 144, 145 (10 hours).
A Exam (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Credit for CSA 174 (3 hours) for a score of 4 or 5.
Credit for CSA 174, 271 (6 hours) for a score of 5.
A-B Exam (acceptable score 3 to 5)
Credit for CSA 174, 271 (6 hours) for a score of 3.
Credit for CSA 174, 271, 274 (9 hours) for a score of 4 or 5.
Credit for ECO 201 (3 hours) for score of 4 or 5 on
Credit for ECO 202 (3 hours) for score of 4 or 5 on macroeconomics portion.
English (acceptable score 4 to 5 in language or literature)
Credit for ENG 111 (3 hours) for score of 4, then enroll in ENG 113.
Credit for ENG 111, 112 (6 hours) for score of 5.
Environmental Science (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Credit for ZOO 121 (3 hours)
French (acceptable score 3 to 5 in language or literature)
Credit for language or literature for FRE 201, 202 (6 hours).
score 4 to 5)
Credit for GER 201 (3 hours) for score of 4, then enroll in GER 202.
Credit for GER 201, 202 (6 hours) for score of 5.
Government and Politics (U.S.) (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Credit for POL 101 (3 hours).
History (acceptable score 4 to 5 in American, European,
American: Credit for HST 111, 112 (6 hours).
European: Credit for HST 122 (3 hours).
World: Credit for HST 198 (3 hours).
Latin (acceptable score 3 to 5)
Credit for LAT 201 (3 hours) for score of 3 on Latin literature or Vergil.
Credit for LAT 201, 202 (6 hours) for score of 4 or 5 on Latin
literature or Vergil.
AB Exam (acceptable score 4 or 5)
Credit for MTH 151 (5 hours), then enroll in a Calculus II course.
Students with a score of 3 should see a Math adviser.
Credit for MTH 151 (5 hours) for score of 3 or a B subscore of 4, then enroll
in a Calculus II course. Proficiency credit for MTH 251
(4 hours) may be possible; check with the chief departmental adviser.
Credit for MTH 151, 251 (9 hours) for score of 4 or 5, then enroll in a
Calculus III course and/or MTH 222, or MTH 222T and 331T.
Credit and acceptable score determined by department.
Physics (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Test B: Credit for PHY 171, 172 and 183, 184 (8 hours).
Test C (mechanics): Credit for PHY 181 and 183 (5 hours).
Test C (electricity and magnetism): Credit for PHY 182 and 184 (5 hours).
Psychology (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Credit for PSY 111 (4 hours).
Credit for SPN 311 (3 hours) for score of 4 or 5 on language or
Credit for SPN 202 and 311 (6 hours) for score of 4 or 5 on both
language and literature.
Statistics (acceptable score 4 to 5)
Credit for STA 261. Some major programs will require a higher level statistics
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Contact the Student Counseling Service (195 Health Services Center, 513-529-4634) or
Miami Hamilton Academic Advising and Retention Services (102 Rentschler Hall,
513-785-3129) for information about CLEP.
Credit is given for satisfactory scores on some CLEP Subject Examinations. Tests
are scored by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. Because
there is a fee for each test (see the Fees and Expenses chapter), we encourage
you to take them only if you have had the equivalent of a college course in the
Miami's Oxford campus operates a closed CLEP testing center, which means it offers
these tests to Miami University students only. Miami's Hamilton campus operates
an open CLEP testing center, which means tests are offered to university students
as well as to members of the community who are not enrolled at Miami University.
Miami's Middletown campus does not currently offer CLEP testing.
Score requirements or course credit may change, please contact the Student Counseling
Service for current information.
American Government: credit for POL 101 (3 hours) for score of 55.
Elementary Functions: credit for MTH 151 (5 hours) for score of 50.
College French, Levels I and II: credit for FRE 201, 202 (6 hours) for score of
College Level Spanish Language: credit for SPN 201, 202 (6 hours) for score of
53. Credit for SPN 311 (3 hours) for score of 70 or above.
General Chemistry: credit for CHM 141, 142, 144, 145 (10 hours) for score of 52.
Introductory Psychology: credit for PSY 111 (4 hours) for score of 54.
Human Growth and Development: credit for PSY 231 (3 hours) for a score of 63.
Introductory Sociology: credit for SOC 151 (4 hours) for score of 55.
International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
Miami awards credit to IB diploma graduates for higher level subjects passed at a satisfactory
level (minimum scores vary 5 to 7 by subject area). Standard levels are not awarded credit.
Departments make the final determinations on credit.
Anthropology (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit determined by department.
Biology (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for ZOO 116 (4 hours).
Chemistry (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for CHM 141, 142 (6 hours) and CHM 144, 145 (4 hours).
Economics (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for ECO 201 and 202 (6 hours) .
English (acceptable score 6 to 7)
Credit for ENG 111 and 112 (6 hours).
French (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for FRE 101 and FRE 102 (8 hours).
Geography (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for GEO 121 and GEO 201 (7 hours)
Credit for HST 296 (3 hours) for score of 5 or better.
Credit awarded on an individual basis for selected upper-level courses for score
of 6 or 7.
Latin (acceptable score 6 to 7)
Credit determined by department.
Mathematics (acceptable score 6 or better)
Credit for MTH 151 (5 hours).
Philosophy (acceptable score 6 or better)
Credit determined by department.
Physics (acceptable score 6 to 7)
Credit for PHY 181,182 (8 hours) and PHY 183, 184 (2 hours).
Psychology (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for PSY 111 (4 hours).
Spanish (acceptable score 6 to 7)
Credit for SPN 201 (3 hours).
Theatre Arts (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for THE 131, 191, and 200 (7 hours)
Visual Art (no credit awarded)
Department Proficiency Examinations
These exams may be offered each semester. Each department administers its own test, and
credit applies toward graduation. You may take a proficiency examination during
any semester or term in which you are enrolled. See the Fees and Expenses chapter for test
To be approved for a proficiency examination, you must satisfy the department
that you have a reasonable chance of passing it. Normally, these examinations
are for courses below the 300 level, but they may be given for advanced courses
with approvals of the department chair and the dean of the division in which the
course is offered.
You may obtain credit or advanced placement, or both, by examinations in areas
in which you have had adequate preparation. Credit earned is traditional credit
and is not counted in the admissible 32 semester hours of nontraditional credit.
No grades are awarded for proficiency examinations.
See departments listed below for specific information.
Comparative Religion: see department.
English: Submit a writing portfolio to the department in the summer before your
enrollment; see department brochure for specific requirements and deadline. Students
whose portfolios are rated excellent receive 6 hours of credit for ENG 111 and
112; students whose portfolios are rated good receive 3 hours of credit for ENG 111 and placement in ENG 113.
Latin: see department.
Mathematics and Statistics: offered in MTH 121, 151, 222, 251; STA 261. Contact
the department office. A group proficiency exam in MTH 151 is usually given during
the first week of the first semester.
Designed to help you choose your first course in the fields below, these guides describe
the background necessary to enter courses at a certain level.
If you find that you have chosen a course that is too difficult, you can drop
it (before the deadline to drop, listed in the Academic Calendar in the front
of this Bulletin or a Course Schedule) and begin with an easier course in a later semester.
Algebra and Trigonometry
(See Mathematics and Statistics at the end of this chapter.)
MTH 102 Intermediate Algebra (3): not usually taken by business students.
Algebra preparation for MTH 123. Students with no trigonometry background should consider
following MTH 102 with MTH 104 despite losing duplicated credits.
MTH 104 Precalculus with Algebra (5): covers MTH 102 and precalculus in one
semester. Preparation for MTH 151.
MTH 123 Precalculus (3): preparation for MTH 151. Intended for students with
three years of college preparatory mathematics including some trigonometry.
(See the Mathematics and Statistics at the end of this chapter.)
MTH 151 Calculus I
(5): for students who have had little or no high school calculus. This is the
first semester in calculus sequence MTH 151, 251, 252.
MTH 153 Calculus
I (4): for students with at least one semester of high school calculus including
transcendental functions and strong precalculus backgrounds. In this case, the calculus
sequence is MTH 153, 251, 252.
MTH 157H Honors Calculus I (5): for students with outstanding ability in mathematics.
Intellectually challenging in-depth development of calculus. Enrollment only
by permission of department.
MTH 249 Calculus II (5): primarily for students who have AP credit for Calculus
I. Limited to freshmen. Reviews concepts of limit, derivative, and integrals
from Calculus I, then covers same content as MTH 251 Calculus II. This is the
first semester of calculus sequence MTH 249, 252 that covers same topics as
MTH 151 (or 153), 251, 252.
MTH 249H Honors Calculus II (5): Honors version of MTH 249. Admission requires honors
standing or permission of instructor.
If you did not have chemistry in high school (or you have a very weak background), it
is possible to take CHM 111 before taking the CHM 140 series, although this is
CHM 111: for non-science majors; no previous chemistry necessary.
CHM 137 or 141R, 142, 144, 145: for students preparing for careers in health professions
and sciences, engineering, or science teaching. No previous chemistry necessary.
This is the recommended track for students with little or no chemistry background
and/or a weak mathematics background.
CHM 141, 142, 144, 145: for students preparing
for careers in health professions and sciences, engineering, or science teaching.
Previous high school chemistry necessary.
CHM 141, 153, 142, 161: for students
planning careers in chemistry who are considering graduate school. A high school
chemistry course is necessary. You cannot receive credit for both CHM 144, 145 and CHM 153. These four courses are the required sequence for B.S. chemistry and biochemistry majors.
Placement is based on: (1) high school preparation (typically, one year of high school
equates to one college semester), and (2) results of placement testing administered
by Miami University. You cannot take a foreign language course for credit at a lower level
than you are prepared for. After being placed, you cannot skip a course in the
sequence leading to 202.
If you intend to continue studying the same foreign language as in high school,
you are required to take a placement exam for that language before you enroll.
Placement exams for French, German, and Spanish are taken by freshmen during Summer
Orientation; transfer students take them during transfer student advising in the
summer. Results are immediately available at orientation for placement and advising. Continuing
students wishing to enter a language sequence should take the placement exam and
then seek advising before enrolling in a course.
For other languages, placement exams are taken at home by entering freshmen prior
to Summer Orientation; transfer students in Latin and Russian take them prior
to transfer student advising. Examinations are returned to Miami by mail; results
are available at orientation for placement and advising.
There is no award of academic credit with placement tests.
101 LEVEL: for those beginning a new language.
102 LEVEL: for those who have
successfully completed 101 or GER 111. Also for those whose placement exam scores
indicate they are not prepared to enter the second-year level.
111 in German:
review course for those whose placement exam scores indicate they are not prepared
to enter second-year level. After completing 111, students enter 102.
111 in Spanish: intensive review course for those whose placement exam scores indicate
they are not prepared to enter second-year level. After completing 111, students
121 LEVEL: intensive review course offered in Latin for those whose placement
exam scores indicate they are not prepared to enter second-year level. After
completing 121, students enter 202.
201 LEVEL: for those who have successfully completed
102, SPN 111, or equivalent, or achieved an appropriate placement exam score.
202 LEVEL: for those who have
successfully completed 121, 201, or equivalent, or achieved an appropriate placement
exam score; this course fulfills the language requirement for the College of Arts and
301 LEVEL AND ABOVE: for those who have successfully completed 202 or equivalent,
or achieved an appropriate placement exam score. Any foreign language course
at 300 level or above fulfills the language requirement for the College of Arts
and Science (CAS-A), not including courses in translation.
PHY 101, 103, 111, 118, 121, 131, 141: general physics course. PHY 103 has a prerequisite;
see course descriptions.
PHY 181, 182, 183, 184: calculus corequisite course recommended for science,
computer science, systems analysis, and engineering majors. Freshmen should
enroll in PHY 181F, 182F. There is no physics prerequisite for 181, although
concurrent registration in, or completion of, laboratory course PHY 183 is required.
See course descriptions..
Mathematics and Statistics
Two placement tests are offered to Oxford campus students. (The regional campuses
offer other standardized placement tests.) Test One must be taken before Test
Two. Test One (precalculus) helps assess your readiness for calculus if you expect
to take a mathematics or statistics course. Algebra, trigonometry, functions,
and basic geometry are included on the test. Also take Test Two (calculus) if
you have taken a semester or more of calculus, even AP calculus, during high school
and expect to take a calculus course. Test Two is based on topics covered in Calculus
I. More information about these tests is online (www.muohio.edu/mathstat/place.html)
or available from a departmental adviser..
In the advising table below, I and II
refer to Placement Tests One and Two, and I + II denotes the sum of your scores
on I and II.
|If you plan to
||and you have passed these high school classes
||and have these scores on I and/or II
|Take a calculus course
(a) a year of calculus, including log, exponential, and trig functions
I + II from 35 to 45
MTH 249 or 249H
(b) at least one semester of calculus,
with strong background in precalculus
I + II from 26 to 34
(c) three and one-half or four
years of math with trig but little or no calculus
I from 16 to 25
(d) three or four years of math
including some trig
I from 12 to 15
(e) less than three years of math
I from 8 to 11
I from 0 to 7
Take a noncalculus course, e.g. MTH 121 or STA 261
(a) three years of math, including two years of algebra
I from 12 to 25
MTH 121 or STA 261
||(b) less than three years of math
||I from 0 to 11
|| MTH 102 or 104
Seek middle childhood licensure with a math
(a) a year of calculus, including log, exponential, and
I + II from 35 to 45
MTH 249 or 249H
(b) at least one semester of calculus, with
strong background in precalculus
I + II from 26 to 34
(c) three and one-half or four years of math
with trig but little or no calculus
I from 16 to 25
(d) three or four years of math including some
I from 12 to 15
Seek licensure in early or middle childhood, not concentrating
(a) three years of math, including geometry
I from 12 to 25
(b) less than three years of math
I from 0 to 11
Since recommendations given above or online may not consider all information
relevant to your situation, you should contact a departmental adviser if you have
questions. The goal is to place you in a course with students of similar preparations.
To contact a departmental adviser via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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