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4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Rapid City

Program description

Biomedical Engineering BS

Students master engineering fundamentals and biomedical science. Graduates gain experience in laboratory settings, data analysis, biomedical problem-solving, foundational engineering, biomedical engineering research and design.

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to join ongoing research at Mines in areas of biomaterials development, medical device fabrication and drug delivery system development.

  1. Focus Areas
  2. Bioimaging
  3. Biomaterials
  4. Biomechanics and computational modeling
  5. Assistive technology/rehabilitation engineering
  6. Tissue engineering

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 Biomedical Engineering/Lab
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology I Lab
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry I
  • Composition I
  • Calculus I

Second Semester

  • Programming for Engineers and Scientists
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II Lab
  • Calculus II
  • University Physics I
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • Biomedical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Anatomy Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Statics
  • Differential Equations

Second Semester

  • Biomedical Technologies/Lab
  • Biomedical Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Introduction to Circuits, Machines, and Systems/Lab
  • Calculus III

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Department Approved Elective
  • Communication in the STEM Workplace
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Properties of Materials

Second Semester

  • Biomedical Engineering Transport Phenomena
  • Biomedical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
  • Basic Engineering Economics
  • Explorations in STEM Communications
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering Senior Design I
  • Department Approved Elective
  • Engineering Elective
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Second Semester

  • Biomedical Engineering Senior Design II
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective
  • Department Approved Elective
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

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 opportunities

Biomedical engineers are in high demand, especially in a time when new technologies are evolving quickly, and the baby boomer population is in need of equipment that will allow them to live actively longer.

Forbes calls biomedical engineering the “high-paying, low-stress STEM job you probably haven’t considered.” CNN Money named it one of the best jobs in America.

There are lots of career avenues in the field of biomedicine, including:

  • Developing bioinstrumentation used in the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems
  • Biomaterials development, which can be either natural living tissue or artificial materials. For instance, this field might include tissue engineering, biomedical implant development, drug delivery, or nano-implants
  • Physician
  • Rehabilitation engineering, which uses engineering and computer science to develop devices that assist individuals recovering from or adapting to physical and cognitive impairments
  • Biomedical scientist or researcher
  • Develop hardware and software for medical devices as a medical technology developer

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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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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

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

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