Editor’s Note: With this piece on the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School, we are inaugurating a new series on Marine Science Today that will highlight the latest developments at the major marine science academic centers around the world. Each piece has a little background on the school or university and a roundup of the latest news from that organization. We encourage all educational organizations to send us their news and we’ll update the public on the important work going on all over the world to understand Earth’s Inner Space.
The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) is both a graduate and undergraduate program within the University of Miami. The campus is located on a 16 acre (65,000 m2) campus on Virginia Key in Miami, Florida. It is the only subtropical applied and basic marine and atmospheric research institute in the continental United States.
Marine Science has been a part of the academic curriculum at the University of Miami since 1949, when the Marine Laboratory initiated a program of studies leading to a Master of Science degree. In 1977, the College of Arts and Sciences and RSMAS joined together to establish and undergraduate Marine and Atmospheric Science program. The 2008-2009 school year was the first year that the undergraduate program was separated from the College of Arts and Sciences. It is now its own separate division within the University.
The graduate program is divided into six academic categories.
- Applied Marine Physics
- Marine & Atmospheric Chemistry
- Marine Affairs & Policy
- Marine Biology & Fisheries
- Marine Geology & Geophysics
- Meteorology & Physical Oceanography
Through the undergraduate Marine and Atmospheric program students can choose from 2 main degree options. One is a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science with majors in Marine Science and Meteorology. The other is a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs. The Bachelor of Science track requires a double major in one of the basic sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, physics or computer science.
Here is some of the latest news from RSMAS:
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