4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Rapid City

About this program

Chemistry BS

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes when subjected to changing conditions or environments. Chemistry encompasses all parts of life - everything you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch involves chemistry.

What does a chemist do?

A chemist investigates the properties of matter at the atomic and molecular level. They analyze compounds, refine substances, and do testing on chemical products with the goal of improving the quality of products.

With a degree in chemistry from South Dakota Mines, you can work in research and development, quality control, manufacturing, consulting, law, and even environmental fields.

Admission requirements

International 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
  • English Proficiency Requirement - can be viewed on our website
  • Proof of College Algebra-readiness by one of the following methods:
    • ACT or SAT math sub-score of at least 25/590
    • Completion of a college math course (Intermediate Algebra or higher)
    • Qualifying score on the Accuplacer exam

Applications from students with deficiencies are reviewed on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers high school curriculum (special consideration is given to math and science coursework), grades, and test scores.

*U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to provide an English proficiency. 

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Program content

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry I Lab
  • Composition I
  • Calculus I
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)
  • Introduction to Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences

Second Semester

  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II Lab
  • Calculus II
  • University Physics I
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Differential Equations
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Second Semester

  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • Communication in the STEM Workplace
  • University Physics II
  • University Physics II Laboratory
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Junior Year

Fall Semester - Odd Years

  • Systematic Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry I Lab
  • Explorations in STEM Communications
  • Elective(s)
  • Polymer Chemistry


Fall Semester - Even Years

  • Systematic Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I C
  • Physical Chemistry I Lab
  • Explorations in STEM Communications
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Elective(s)

Senior Year

Fall Semester - Odd Years

  • Biochemistry I
  • Elective(s)
  • Polymer Chemistry (OR) Elective

Fall Semester - Even Years

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry I
  • Elective(s)

Scholarships & funding

International students may seek scholarship opportunities but should be aware that many scholarships are limited to US citizens or permanent residents. South Dakota Mines does not offer scholarships specifically for international students. You must be ADMITTED by January 15 of the year you are planning to enroll in the fall semester if you wish to be considered for scholarships. Scholarships are only awarded for a start date of the fall semester. Please see the Scholarships website for information on Mines scholarships.

International students are NOT eligible for South Dakota Mines or federal loan programs and should not apply for such financial assistance. 


Total Estimated for the undergraduate I-20 — 2022-2023

  • Academic year (9 months) - $17,100
  • Living Expenses (9 months) - $10,900
  • Books & Supplies (9 months) - $ 1,200
  • Estimated Total for one academic year - $29,200

The estimate for living expenses includes only room, board, and health insurance, which is mandatory for international students. This does not include personal and transportation expenses, which you will still have. The institution estimates that you will spend approximately $3450 per academic year on personal and transportation expenses, so please be prepared for these expenses.

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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.

Contact info

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

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

Phone no: 16053946884

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