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 MCAT 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. Last summer over 500 Mines students landed paid internships at organizations like Microsoft, ExxonMobil, NASA, Amazon, and Ford.

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 new Applied Biological Sciences major is Mines’ fastest-growing program, housed in a building currently undergoing a $6 million renovation and expanding alongside other degrees and state-of-the-art facilities campus-wide.


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 admitted to medical schools come from all majors. With 98 percent placement, our graduates have been accepted to programs nationwide, including:

  • University of South Dakota Schools of Medicine and Physical Occupational Therapy;
  • Universities of Minnesota and North Dakota;
  • Eastern Washington University Physical Therapy,
  • Arizona School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy;
  • and Rapid City Regional Hospital Radiology Program