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Pre-Professional Health Sciences Degree

Program Offerings

Bachelor of science degree in Pre-Professional Health Sciences

What is Pre-Professional Health Sciences?

A strong background in science will prepare students in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences for entry into a variety of graduate and professional programs, including medical and dental schools, physical and occupational therapy programs, physician assistant and chiropractic programs, optometry and radiography programs. Volunteer work in the community and complementary coursework in the humanities and social sciences are included to help students meet the admissions requirements of these professional schools. Students planning to enter these professions should consult the programs of study for the schools of interest to them. Working closely with their advisor, they will select the courses needed to fulfill the graduation requirements for this degree and to meet the entrance requirements for the professional schools in the health sciences.

What does a pre-professional health scientist do?

Pre-professional health science students take rigorous science and math courses from across the curriculum to prepare for admission to graduate and professional programs.

First-Year Courses

• Biology I
• Chemistry I
• Math or Computer Science elective

Course Curriculum

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Internships and Co-ops

An average of 79 percent of South Dakota Mines students accept internships and/or co-ops, earning an average salary of $19.70/hour. Students land internships at organizations such as Microsoft, NASA, Amazon, Ford, and Sanford Health.

Pre-professional health science students intern at hospitals like MD Anderson Cancer Center and medical technology companies like Medtronic, work for local physicians, and shadow doctors in fields ranging from neurology to orthopedics and emergency room care. Our close relationship with hospitals both regionally and afar ensure you’ll gain hands-on experience and a competitive edge.

Career Outlook

The majority of Pre-Professional Health Sciences graduates go on to professional healthcare programs. Visit our Pre-Health Pathways website for information on the universities where our graduates are admitted based on professional study area.

Learn more about the medical professions our graduates have pursued -
No data available at this time, but many go on to graduate school or professional healthcare programs, including medical school.


• Medicine
• Dentistry
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant
• Chiropractic
• Optometry
• Occupational Therapy
• Orthotics/Prosthetics
• Public Health
• Veterinary Medicine
• Psychology
• Genetic Counseling
• Pathologists' Assistant
• Medical Laboratory Science
• Medical Radiography

• Accelerated Nursing


Pre-professional health sciences majors have accepted positions with the following agencies/businesses following graduation.
Government—National, State and Local:
Bureau of Land Management
Indian Health Service
National Weather Service
SD Department of Labor
U.S. Army
VA Five Corners Hospital
CASA Program—7th District
City of Rapid City
Pennington County
Pennington County Emergency Management
Rapid City Police Department

Business/Health Industry:
ART Technology
Black Hills Community Bank
C-Lock Technologies
Disney Company
Fugro Horizons
Rapid City Club for Boys
Silverado Gaming
Thrivent Financial
Iowa City VA Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, ND
Rapid Care
Rapid City Regional Hospital
Sturgis Clinic

Pre-Professional Health Sciences Research

Research at South Dakota Mines is not only groundbreaking but accessible from day one. Unlike other universities, freshmen conduct research alongside the best in the field, paired with personal attention from professors in classes taught by PhDs not TAs.




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