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4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Rapid City

About this program

Biology BS

As a science, the field of biology has evolved from the days of Darwin studying finches to understanding the world - including plant and animal populations, medicine, energy, and the environment - at the biochemical, genetic, and molecular level.

Biology undergraduates will focus in one of several areas of specialization, including biomedical engineering, pre-health professions, biomedical or cancer research, molecular genetics, biotechnology, or environmental sciences.

The interdisciplinary specialization allowed by this program positions students well for careers and graduate programs in medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical engineering and technology, biotechnology, bioprocessing, molecular biology, clean energy research, and patent law. The biology program also prepares graduates for work in research.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Course Requirements

The School of Mines will carefully review and consider for acceptance applicants who meet the general education requirements and the following criteria:

  • Achieve a high school GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete high school coursework requirements as listed below
  • Proof of College Algebra-readiness by one of the following methods:
    • ACT or SAT math sub-score of at least 20/520
    • Completion of a college math course (Intermediate Algebra or higher)
    • Qualifying score on the Accuplacer exam
  • OR are South Dakota Regents’ Scholars

*Applications from students with deficiencies are reviewed on an individual basis.

All applicants not meeting the admission requirements listed above will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers high school curriculum (special consideration is given to math and science coursework), grades, and test scores.

Undergraduate International Student Admissions

To be considered for undergraduate admission, international applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the secondary (high school) and post-secondary (college) education levels.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English.

Transfer students within the US may not be required to provide this score.

  • Applicants must provide an acceptable SAT or ACT score. Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 590 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT.
    • Transfer students may not be required to provide this score.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • Introduction to Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences
  • General Biology
  • General Biology Lab
  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemistry I Lab
  • Composition
  • Calculus

Second Semester

  • General Biology II
  • General Biology II Lab
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II
  • Calculus II
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology Lab
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)
  • Introduction to Physics I
  • Introduction to Physics I Laboratory (OR) University Physics I

Second Semester

  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • Genetics
  • Genetics Lab
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)
  • Introduction to Physics II
  • Introduction to Physics II Laboratory (OR) University Physics II
  • University Physics II Laboratory

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Biochemistry I
  • Biochemistry I Lab
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Major Program Elective
  • Communication in the STEM Workplace

Second Semester

  • Biochemistry II
  • Differential Equations (OR)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)
  • Explorations in STEM Communications

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Major Program Elective

Second Semester

  • Major Program Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the ;university website for more information.


Total Estimated Direct Cost — 2021-2022 — Undergraduate

  • Tuition and Fees SD Residents & Child of Alumni - $12,110
  • Tuition and Fees SD Advantage & MN Reciprocity - $12,110
  • Tuition and Fees WUE - $16,010
  • Tuition and Fees Non-SD Resident - $16,530

Career paths

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical research
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Patent law
  • Environmental health
  • Genetics
  • Radiology
  • Forensics
  • Epidemiology/public health

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology was founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, which was mining. And now it includes so much more. Over the years, South Dakota Mines evolved into a leading science...

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Why study at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Life at South Dakota Mines is more than books, homework, and tests. It’s robot races on the Quad, blacksmithing on Friday afternoons, late-night hangouts with friends in the dorm, and cheering for your favorite Hardrocker sports team. It’s finding “your” people – friends who geek out at the same stuff you do, whether that’s esports, robotics, fossils, or chemistry experiments. You’ll work alongside “your” people in classrooms and on student teams and organizations. At South Dakota Mines, it’s more about collaboration than competition, and you’ll never be alone in your passions and interests.

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

501 E Saint Joseph Street
57701 Rapid City South Dakota
United States of America

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