Why South Dakota Mines for Pre-Health?

With rigorous academics and real-world experience, the education at South Dakota Mines will equip you with an unparalleled scientific foundation—the key to competitive graduate entrance exam scores and the cornerstone of a career in health care. Our science and engineering majors develop skills for solving complex problems with comprehensive and creative solutions. At South Dakota Mines, students have the freedom and flexibility to tailor their time to meet the needs of their interest in a career in health care. For instance, a computer science major could use big data to map the spread of disease as a cross over into the field of epidemiology. A mechanical engineering major wanting to become an orthopedic surgeon would have the ability to understand the body as a machine, seeing how parts work within a whole. A chemical engineering major could view the whole cycle of care, from internships making dialysis cartridges to treating patients with kidney failure. Students seeking a more traditional background can major in biology or chemistry.

The campus culture here at Mines is collaborative, not cutthroat. We promote teamwork by allowing our students to participate in competitive engineering teams and senior design projects that mimic the real world where collaboration plays a vital role. Through coursework and co-curricular activities, our students develop the skills and competencies that will make them excellent additions to future health care teams.


The real world happens beyond the classroom. So should your education.
Each year over 500 Mines students land paid internships at organizations such as Avera Research Institute, Microsoft, NASA, Amazon, Ford, and Sanford Health.

Our pre-health 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 relationships with hospitals both regionally and afar ensure that students gain hands-on experiences and a competitive edge as they prepare for applying to professional programs.


Students at South Dakota Mines have access to research opportunities both on and off campus. Unlike other universities, freshmen can conduct research alongside the best in the field, paired with personal attention from professors teaching small groups of students.

The chemical and biological sciences building recently underwent a $6 million renovation and expansion to become a state-of-the-art facility.


Mines also offer a wealth of resources to help you prepare for a career in health care, including tutoring, advising, the Future Health Science Professionals Club, and our signature professional development program – Mines Advantage.

We also support student diversity through the Veterans Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Ivanhoe International Center, and the Women in Science & Engineering Center.

Where Our Graduates Go

Mines students are accepted to health profession programs nationwide, including:

  • University of South Dakota
  • South Dakota State University 
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Dakota
  • Eastern Washington University 
  • Arizona School of Health Sciences  
  • University of the Pacific
  • Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Kansas City University
  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine