What will I learn?

Applied Biological Sciences

The Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences.

Applied Biological Sciences (ABS) graduates are rigorously trained in the biological sciences, with a strong background in the foundation areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences offers both fundamental and advanced courses in biology and chemistry. In the area of biology, course offerings include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, microbial genetics, cell and molecular biology, pathogenesis, and industrial microbiology. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences requires 120 semester credits.

The department prepares students for meaningful and productive careers in one of the diverse areas within the biological sciences, including medicine, microbial and molecular biology, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, or biomedical engineering. The ABS major has a wide range of options to uniquely prepare graduates for these cross-disciplinary and technology-oriented professional career paths. Students can select courses from an extensive list of electives to suit their particular interests and career aspirations.

  • Students wishing to pursue careers or graduate study in medicine, pharmaceutical science, biomedical technology, medical and patent law, academic research can choose a premedical or molecular emphasis, rich in courses in microbiology and cell and molecular biology.
  • Students wishing to prepare for graduate study in biomedical engineering or pursue career fields such as bioprocessing or bioenergy can choose a biomedical engineering emphasis, which provides an opportunity to meld biology with world-class engineering courses available at SDSM&T. This emphasis involves academic preparation in various engineering disciplines, including civil, materials and metallurgical, or mechanical engineering.
  • ABS graduates will also be well-positioned, with further certification, to fill the demand for highly-trained middle and high school science teachers.

Which department am I in?

Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$16,890.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,

501 East Saint Joseph Street,


South Dakota,

57701, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Academic Requirements: 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all coursework; 5 Passes on the GCE O or A level exams (under the Cambridge/ed excel model). Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL - 520 on the paper based test; ITEP - 4.0 (academic plus only); have completed more than 56 college level credit hours at a U.S. institution; are from a country whose primary language is English (i.e.: United Kingdom, Australia as verified by admissions officer); graduated from a U.S. high school having spent the final 2 years in the U.S.; have been released by SIU's Center for English as a Second Language? (CESL); students who do not meet the above requirements must attend CESL and be released before they will be allowed to attend SIU.

For international students

Students must have completed a secondary school with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL Internet-based test: 68 minimum score (Upper level score - 83), Computer Based Test – 190 minimum score (Upper level score – 220), Paper Based Test – 520 minimum score (Upper level score – 560); IELTS: 5.5 minimum score (Upper level score – 6.5), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 47 minimum score (Upper level score – 56)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.