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Pre-Professional Health Sciences (IS-HLTH)

(Interdisciplinary Sciences)

What is an IS-HLTH major?

The IS-HLTH curriculum combines chemical, physical, and biological sciences with social sciences, humanities and communications to prepare students for admission to a variety of medical and professional schools. Working with an IS advisor, you’ll select the courses best suited for advanced study in your chosen career field. Small classes, the opportunity to interact with faculty, and our campus-wide focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills will also help prepare you for post-graduate programs.

Students can also observe working health professionals, volunteer in the community, and complete relevant minors such as applied biological sciences from Mines and psychology from other SD Board of Regents schools.

Salary Information Not Available, Pre-Health Graduates Go On To:

  • University of SD Sanford School of Medicine
  • University of ND School of Medicine
  • University of MN Medical, Dental School
  • Pacific University Physical Therapy Program
  • University of CO Physical Therapy Program
  • University of SD Physician Assistant Program
  • University of SD Physical, Occupational Therapy Programs
  • University of Mary Physical Therapy Program
  • RC Regional Hospital Radiography Program
  • Eastern Washington University Physical Therapy Program
  • AZ School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program
  • Briar Cliff University Physical Therapy Program


  • physician or physician assistant
  • physical, occupational therapist
  • dentist
  • optometrist
  • medical radiographer/x-ray technician
  • public health official
  • chiropractor

Pre-Health Pathways Program

Students can pursue any degree at SD Mines and participate in our Pre-Health Pathways program designed to prepare students for propfessional studies in the healthcare career they are planning. Learn More.

Internships & Co-ops

76 percent of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 200 employers in 30 states. Students gain field experience in medicine, dentistry, and physical and occupational therapy by shadowing professionals in their chosen field and interning with health agencies such as hospitals, hospice, and assisted living centers.

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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your 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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