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Science, Technology, and Society Degree

What is Science, Technology, and Society?

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) degree at South Dakota Mines combines rigorous science coursework with a firm grounding in the social sciences, humanities, and liberal arts.

STS students at Mines learn to connect scientific and technological innovations to real-world problems in order to analyze the societal impact of those innovations.

The degree offers two tracks - environment and sustainability or policy and law.

What does a science, technology and society graduate do?

The Science, Technology, and Society at Mines program prepares students for admission to law school or graduate school as well as careers and placement in public policy, science communications and writing, environmental sciences, science and technology business, education, accelerated teacher certification programs, the military, or law enforcement.

Courses for this Degree

• History and Philosophy of Science
• Computers in Society
• Current Bioethical Issues
• Bioethics
• Criminology
• Licit and Illicit Drugs
• Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
• Theories of Personality
• Science Fiction
• Introduction to Ethics

Course Curriculum

Catalog Links: Science, Technology, and Society

Internships and Co-ops

At South Dakota Mines, 77% of students land internships or co-ops in their fields, earning an average salary of $20.00/hour. Students in the Science, Technology, and Society program have interned with:
• Law firms
• State Bar Associations
• City councils
• Senator Mike Rounds' Office

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Science, Technology and Society program earned a starting salary of $40,000 in academic year 2019-20. The placement rate in jobs or graduate school is 83%.


With a Science, Technology and Society degree from Mines, you will have the opportunity to work in such fields as:
• Community and government
• Science and technology
• Military
• Law enforcement
• Education - science and math teachers
• Science lobbyists


Graduates have accepted positions with the following agencies/businesses following graduation:

• Monument Health
• US Air Force
• Northwestern Mutual
• Freeport McMoRan
• Indian Health Service
• SD Department of Labor
• C-Lock Technologies
• ART Technology
• Americorps
• Police Departments - Rapid City, Long Beach, Costa Mesa

Law Schools: Gonzaga University; University of South Dakota; California Western University

Program Offerings

• Associates of arts degree in General Studies, AA
• Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Society, BS
• Minor: Science, Technology, and Society
• Certificate: Esports




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