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Release Date Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mines Adds Business Management in Technology Degree

RAPID CITY, SD (May 14, 2019) – In response to industry’s call for graduates with both STEM and business education, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is adding a new undergraduate degree for fall of 2019 – Business Management in Technology.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the new degree today. The new program will be available at SD Mines fall of 2019.   

Business Management in Technology is an integration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with management and business classes. The new major is being offered in collaboration with Black Hills State University in Spearfish, however the degree will be issued by SD Mines upon graduation.

Students will take business courses from BHSU either online or at the BHSU center in Rapid City. The STEM classes will be offered by SD Mines on its campus. Some of the required curriculum will include calculus, business statistics, chemistry, physics and managerial communications.   

“For years, industry has been requesting more business education for students coming out of the SD Mines programs,” says Lance Roberts, head of the SD Mines Department of Mining Engineering and Management. “Industry wants experts in engineering and science who also have skills in business. At our twice annual Career Fair on campus, this topic comes up often. The new Business Management in Technology degree will fill that need.” 

Careers in the area of business management in technology might include technical sales (for instance working for Caterpillar in sales); manager of large, multidisciplinary engineering and science projects; manager of a technical business; business owner and financial manager of STEM-related projects.   

“We’re excited to add the Business Management in Technology degree at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology,” says Mines President Jim Rankin. “This new program will give students a broad knowledge and skill set in both the business world and the STEM world. It will really set them up for success in their future careers.” For more information about the Business Management in Technology at SD Mines, click here.

The Board of Regents also approved the renaming of three bachelor of science degrees that were formerly grouped as specializations within the Interdisciplinary Sciences degree.  These include: a Pre-Professional Health Sciences degree, an Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences degree and a degree in Science, Technology and Society.   


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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