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Interdisciplinary Sciences: Science, Technology and Society Degree

Program Offerings

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

What is Interdisciplinary Sciences: Science, Technology and Society?

The Interdisciplinary Sciences degree with specialization in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) combines rigorous science coursework with a firm grounding in the social sciences, humanities, and liberal arts. The Science, Technology, and Society major provides flexibility in a range of fields and individualized design that allows students to shape the content of the degree to meet their own career goals. Working closely with advisors, STS students design a program that promotes science, analytical, communication, and leadership skills; and emphasizes job shadowing, internships, and undergraduate research experiences. Designed for students wishing to focus on careers relating to the environment and sustainability, or policy and the law, the Science, Technology, and Society program prepares students for admission to law school or graduate school, and for careers in public policy, science writing, environmental sciences, the law, science and technology firms, education, the military, or law enforcement.

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.

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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.

Careers

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

Employers

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
Americorps
CASA Program—7th District
City of Rapid City
Pennington County
Pennington County Emergency Management
Rapid City Police Department

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