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South Dakota State University Academics

South Dakota State University requires at least 120 credits to complete a bachelor's degree. If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program.

South Dakota State University does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, South Dakota State University has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 59% of students who started college at South Dakota State University finish the requirements for graduation within six years.

South Dakota State University offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Which Courses Do I Have To Take at South Dakota State University?

South Dakota State University has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students do not need to fulfull a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement. Students do not have to take a computer class.

Majors at South Dakota State University

When choosing a major, South Dakota State University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at South Dakota State University below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.

Students must choose one of the majors offered by the college. Self-designed majors are not allowed. South Dakota State University does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does South Dakota State University Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

South Dakota State University offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does South Dakota State University Offer Online Classes?

South Dakota State University has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does South Dakota State University Offer AP Credit?

South Dakota State University offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does South Dakota State University Have An Honors Program?

South Dakota State University offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.

Does South Dakota State University Require Internships?

South Dakota State University does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

South Dakota State University has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at South Dakota State University include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force branch unit on campus

Dual Degree Programs at South Dakota State University

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

South Dakota State University offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with Civil Engineering, Engineering and Mechanical Engineering - Economics, athletic training, computer science, data science, human biology, mathematics, statistics, architecture

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South Dakota State University Majors & Subject Areas

Agriculture, General
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Public Services, Other
Animal Sciences, General
Dairy Science
Food Science
Plant Sciences, General
Agronomy and Crop Science
Range Science and Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture
American Indian/Native American Studies
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Journalism, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Health Communication
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Secondary Education and Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Engineering, General
Agricultural Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Work and Family Studies
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Consumer Economics
Consumer Services and Advocacy
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Nutrition
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Family and Community Services
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
General Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Molecular Biology
Plant Molecular Biology
Microbiology, General
Mathematics, General
Computational Mathematics
Statistics, General
International/Global Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Community Organization and Advocacy
Economics, General
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Political Science and Government, General
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Flight Instructor
Digital Arts
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Music, General
Athletic Training/Trainer
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Public Health, General
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Nursing Science
Nursing Education
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Leadership
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
History, General

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