Articulation/Transfer Plan for Miami Dade College

Articulation Agreement

General Education and Major Requirements Equivalency Chart [PDF]

Through the efforts of Project PUENTES, Miami Dade College (MDC) and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) have signed an articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer and transition of students from the Associate in Arts Environmental Studies program at MDC into the Bachelor of Science Program in Environmental Sciences at UPR-RP. It is intended to provide students the opportunity to continue their college education at the university level, while recognizing the achievements of students awarded an Associate of Arts degree from MDC.


1) To facilitate and expedite the transfer of students between MDC and UPR-RP. By means of this agreement, the participating students can take those required courses for the Associate of Arts degree (AA) at MDC, which will permit the transfer to UPR-RP without losing credits or extending the established time for completing the requirements of the program;

2) To strengthen the academic development of the participating students by providing them with the opportunity to achieve their academic goals in a reasonable time and to expose them to the cultural and educational resources of both participating institutions, enriching their academic preparation.


1) In order to be accepted into the UPR-RP BS in Environmental Sciences, a student must (a) graduate from MDC with an AA degree in Environmental Studies, and (b) complete the first and second year courses as set forth in Appendix A.

2) Students will be admitted from MDC using the standards established by UPR-RP as outlined in Appendix B and will be accepted as Junior (Third Year) students.

3) UPR-RP will, to the best of its ability, counsel and advise MDC graduates through UPR-RP’s admission process with the assistance of URP-RP Student Services personnel, the Chair of the Program of Environmental Sciences, and the College of Natural Sciences advisors.

4) UPR-RP will accept up to a maximum of 65 college credit hours from the MDC student’s AA degree in Environmental Studies and general education coursework.

5) Once accepted at UPR-RP, the student will need to complete a minimum of 48 credits at UPR-RP at the 3000 level or higher as specified in Appendix C.

6) UPR-RP’s Environmental Sciences Program is charged with producing quality undergraduates who possess a core liberal education, along with technical expertise in Environmental Sciences, and to promote the development of self-education for lifelong learning. The program is located within an accredited university with multiple learning modes and staffed by a strong faculty with diverse research interests. The Environmental Sciences Program has also been strengthened by increasing national and local focus on environmental matters and by the support of the local science community.

7) For matriculation purposes, students accepted by this Articulated Transfer Program and who are full time students in good standing, will pay the same tuition paid by Puerto Rican residents.


  1. A minimum of 30 credits, approved by the College of Natural Sciences. The validation or substitution of required courses will be evaluated once the student has been admitted to the university.

  1. General GPA = 2.5

  1. Science and Math GPA = 3.0

  1. Minimum general application index = 315

  1. Calculus I (4 credits) (recommended)

  1. Biology I-II with lab (8 credits)

  1. Chemistry I-II with lab (8 credits)

*These requirements are revised annually and are subject to changes.