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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree fulfills the recommendations of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. Graduates with the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry are certified by ACS as having completed coursework recommended by ACS. The coursework within the department offers a broad-based and rigorous education which emphasizes a molecular approach to chemical phenomena, an approach central to the heart of any chemical field. The department offers foundation and in-depth coursework in the five major sub-disciplines of Chemistry: Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree requires 120 semester credits.

The department prepares students for careers in the chemical sciences by affording the intellectual, technical, and communications opportunities conducive to the development of future generations of scientists. The Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences prides itself in the 2011 opening of a new wing which houses state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation available for cutting edge research. Students find opportunities to work with faculty who hold high caliber, peer-reviewed, externally-funded research grants awarded by federal agencies including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, United States Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and many other agencies. This affords students opportunities to present their research at local or national biannual meetings of the American Chemical Society.

For students interested in graduate studies, the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences participate in several SDSM&T graduate programs including the M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D. Materials Engineering and Science, and Ph.D. in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Students opting for a graduate degree in these disciplines have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research with a dissertation in fundamental and in-depth areas of chemistry while augmenting their chemistry background with coursework specific to their respective graduate program of enrollment.

As chemistry is pervasive in the economy of the United States, graduates of the department find diverse employment opportunities in government, private, and academic sectors, and are highly sought after by employers. Additionally, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree is an excellent choice as a pre-professional degree option for those students seeking further study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, materials science, environmental science, patent or environmental law, and education.

Advisors work closely with their assigned students in order to ensure each student completes all degree requirements in a timely manner, meets prerequisites for further education (such as medical or other professional schools), and is knowledgeable about post-graduation options and employment opportunities.

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 2023

Venue

Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,

501 East Saint Joseph Street,

RAPID CITY,

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.

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