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Interdisplinary Sciences: Science, Technology and Society Degree

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of science degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences – Science, Technology and Society

What is Interdisplinary Sciences: Science, Technology and Society?

Not every science professional is a "scientist," but a strong science background is required or recommended for a variety of 21st century careers. Our Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences students may have a career goal in mind that requires a unique combination of science/mathematics coursework. They may be preparing for a future in medicine or other health sciences, in law or public policy, in the military or law enforcement, or in meteorology. Or they might be preparing for a graduate program that doesn't have a corresponding baccalaureate degree at SD Mines.
The Science, Technology and Society (IS-STS) specialization combines a strong science background with a firm grounding in environmental, social and science policy issues. Students pursue a science concentration or a minor in a science field, which is complemented by studies in areas such as political science, history, humanities, English, and philosophy. Working closely with your advisor, you can tailor a curriculum that provides a broad base of multidisciplinary knowledge and promotes strong analytical and communication skills.

What does a science, technology and society graduate do?

Coursework in the Interdisciplinary Sciences – Science, Technology and Society program prepares students for additional study in law school, public policy and community development programs as well as accelerated teacher certification programs.

Course Curriculum

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Internships and Co-ops

Through cooperative education (co-ops) and internships, School of Mines students have many opportunities to apply their education to "real world" work experiences. 77% of Mines graduates have at least one paid internship before they graduate, earning over $18 an hour. Students in the Interdisciplinary Sciences – Science, Technology and Society program have interned with:
• Law firms
• State Bar Association
• City council

Career Outlook

Average starting salary for SD Mines Interdisciplinary Sciences graduates is $41,660.


Potential careers for Interdisciplinary Sciences – Science, Technology and Society graduates include:
• Positions in community and government agencies
• Science and technology companies
• Military
• Law enforcement
• Education - science and math teachers
• Science lobbyists


Interdisciplinary 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 Cty Emergency Management
Rapid City Police Department



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