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Applied Biological Sciences Degree

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of science degree in Applied Biological Sciences
• Accelerated master’s in Biomedical Engineering (earn your bachelor’s and master’s in as little as five years)
• Master of science degree in Biomedical Engineering
• Doctor of philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering
• Minors in Applied Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Environmental Science

What is Applied Biological Sciences?

In the applied biological sciences program, students are trained in the broad area of biological sciences, preparing them for graduate school or careers in the health sciences, industry and government.

From the very start of their freshmen year, students begin rigorous training in the basic biological sciences with strong backgrounds in chemistry, math and physics. Students then choose a specialization – biomedical engineering, material sciences, applied and industrial microbiology or molecular biology.

What does a applied biological scientist do?

Applied biological sciences graduates work in industry, government agencies, go on to pursue master’s degrees, enter medical school, attend law school, lead academic research, teach and much more. This unique degree prepares students for any number of careers.

First-Year Courses

General chemistry
General biology
Intro to Applied Biological Sciences

Course Curriculum

Link to Catalog

Internships and Co-ops

77% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops and research. Applied biological sciences students enjoy internships with such businesses as:
• US Department of Defense
• Evidence section of the Rapid City Police Department

Career Outlook

The average starting salary for a graduate with an applied biomedical sciences degree is $36,000. The job placement rate for applied biological science graduates is 100 percent.


• Medicine
• Pharmacy
• Medical research
• Biomedical engineer
• Patent law
• Genetics
• Radiology
• Forensics
• Epidemiology, public health


Applied biological sciences graduates from SD Mines have gone on to work for organizations such as:
National Institutes of Health
US Food & Drug Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
The field of forensics

Applied Biological Sciences Research

Faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences conduct basic and applied research in diverse areas of chemistry and applied biological sciences. Participation in research is strongly encouraged at the undergraduate level. Current ABS research includes:
• Environmental Planning and Management
• Extremophilic bioprocessing
• Uranium Biotransformation
• Human Telomere Biology and Cancer
• DNA Structure and Function/Neurodegenerative Disease



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