Mines News

Release Date Thursday, December 13, 2018

SD Mines Offers New Biomedical Engineering Degree

The new undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at SD Mines is an excellent doorway to the medical research field. Shown here, former SD Mines biomedical engineering graduate student, Lauren Estridge-Zwanzig takes part in research on a new device to alleviate lower back pain.


South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is partnering with the University of South Dakota to offer a collaborative undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering. The new program, approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents, is an excellent option for students who seek a career that advances human health and well-being.

A biomedical engineering degree is an excellent doorway to the medical research field. Biomedical engineers help create cutting-edge technologies to diagnose and treat diseases. They also take part in the development of a wide array of medical equipment, devices, and therapies, including non-fouling catheters, advanced prostheses, implants, organs-on-a-chip, and more. Graduates from the program at SD Mines will gain hands-on laboratory experience along with data analysis, biomedical problem-solving, and foundational engineering and medical research skills.

“We’re excited to offer this new program to not only help meet the needs of the healthcare industry, but also to provide a high-quality and affordable education to students who want a successful career in the biomedical field,” says SD Mines President Jim Rankin.

Biomedical engineers are in high demand across the healthcare industry. The United States Department of Labor projects continued growth in the industry over the coming decade. The Bureau of Labor statistics points out that as the baby-boomer generation ages there will be an increasing need for new medical equipment and devices that will require the services of biomedical engineers.

SD Mines now offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in biomedical engineering. Those interested in the program can find more information here.


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Charles Michael Ray, 605-394-6082, Charles.Ray@sdsmt.edu

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