Why SD Mines for Pre-Health Studies

With rigorous academics and real-world experience, the education at Mines will equip you with an unparalleled scientific foundation—the key to competitive graduate entrance exam scores and the cornerstone of a health profession career.

Mines science and engineering majors develop comprehensive and creative solutions to complex problems. Computer science majors use big data to map the spread of disease with an eye towards epidemiology. As an orthopedic surgeon, a mechanical engineer understands the body as a machine, seeing how parts work within the whole. Chemical engineering majors view the whole cycle of care, from internships making dialysis cartridges to treating patients with kidney failure.

Additionally, the atmosphere at Mines is collaborative not cutthroat. Teamwork on competitive engineering teams and senior design projects mimics the real world where collaboration plays a vital role. 


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

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 relationship with hospitals both regionally and afar ensure you’ll gain hands-on experience and a competitive edge.


Research at 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.

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 professional medical career, 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 Universityof Health Sciences
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Kansas City University
  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine