Undergraduate Education

Our undergraduate programs boast a rich history of achievement, contributing for over a century to the scientific and technological advancements known today – and the future as it will unfold tomorrow. From climate change and bioenergy to mineral extraction and national defense, our students continuously adapt, forging innovative solutions to the globe’s most pressing problems. Human ingenuity has always been our greatest strength – and in the dramatically-changing environment of the 21st century, this capacity for innovation has never been so important.

We offer our students real-world experiences to sharpen their potential and careers to ignite it. Our 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, where students are known and closely mentored by their professors, results in over 90 percent of them leaving with valuable internship, co-op, or undergraduate research experience, a 98 percent placement rate, and an average starting salary of $65,600.

But we refuse to rest on rankings. And so, we forge an ambitious path forward, advancing ever closer toward our vision of becoming a world-class university whose collaborative endeavors will reverberate throughout the world.

The proof is in the numbers:

600,000 — the approximate number of specimens and artifacts held in collection by the James E. Martin Paleontology Research Laboratory 
8.9 — the percentage increase of student enrollment fall 2013 compared to fall 2012
120 — the number of acres on which the School of Mines campus sits 
98 — the percentage of graduates who immediately begin working in their field of study or enroll in graduate school 
128 — the age of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 
4 — the number of LEED Gold certified buildings on campus 
14:1 — student-to-faculty ratio 
$65,600 — average starting salary  (2014-15 annual Payscale College Salary Report)

SD Mines Catalog

The SD Mines Catalog is online, with course information and much more.  (Find past catalogs at our catalog archive.)

General Education Requirements

Find more information about system-wide general education requirements on our Assessment webpage.