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Applied Biological Sciences

What is an applied biological scientist?

Applied biological scientists study the world at the biochemical, genetic, and molecular level. They determine the safety of food, drugs, and pesticides, become doctors, geneticists, and microbiologists, and research diseases and alternative energy.

Applied Biological Sciences is Mines' fastest-growing program, housed in a building slated for a $6 million renovation. Specializations include pre-med, molecular biology and genetics, and pre-biomedical engineering, the only undergraduate degree related to biomedical engineering statewide.

Mines ABS Graduates Go On To:
  • Medical School
  • National Institutes of Health
  • FDA
  • EPA
  • FBI
  • Forensics
  • USDA
*The ABS program is too new for institutional career and salary data.


  • medicine, pharmacy, medical research
  • biomedical engineer
  • epidemiology, public health
  • forensics
  • patent law
  • drug testing, pharmaceutical sciences
  • bioenergy and biotechnology
  • microbiology, disease research
  • occupational, physical therapy
  • bioremediation, toxicology
  • genetics, radiology

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research opportunities at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 240 employers in 39 states. Students recently conducted research for the Department of Defense, the Evidence Section of the Rapid City Police Department, and local bio-ethanol producers. 

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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your science knowledge to humanitarian efforts with Engineers & Scientists Abroad. Mines students have completed projects in Suriname, Chile, Mongolia, Haiti, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, and Tanzania.

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Not just academic experts and researchers, faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences consult with industry and government on important regional, national, and global projects.

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