Dec 04, 2020  
2020-2021 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 SDSM&T Academic Catalog

Pre-Professional Health Sciences, BS


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Contact Information

Dr. Sara Elizabeth Rácz
Interim Biology Program Coordinator
Lecturer
Department of Chemistry, Biology and Health Sciences
Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry 3316
Office Phone:  (605) 394-2260
Email: Sara.Racz@sdsmt.edu
Department Website: https://www.sdsmt.edu/cbh/

The Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences (ABS) offers a Bachelors of Science degree in Pre-professional Health Sciences. The degree is a science degree requiring core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math while allowing multidisciplinary electives and support courses from other areas such as psychology, sociology, and humanities. Students work closely with an advisor to design an individualized plan of study that will provide an excellent preparation for entry into competitive graduate and professional schools in high demand areas of health care.

For detailed information about this major or department please go to the department website.

Health Sciences Curriculum/Checklist


The sequence of courses taken will depend on the academic preparation and career objectives of incoming students.  Students should consult with their advisor for a more personalized course of study based on career goals within the health sciences program. 

Freshman Year


First Semester


Total 16

Second Semester


Total: 17

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total: 17 or 18

Second Semester


Total: 16-18

Junior Year


First Semester


  • Credits: (3-0) 3 (Goal 2)*
  • Free Electives Credits: 3-6
  • Upper Level (300/400) Humanities or Social Sciences Elective(s) Credits: 3-6
  • Upper Level (300/400) Science Elective(s) Credits: 3-6
Total: 15-18

Second Semester


Total: 15-18

Senior Year


First Semester


  • Credits: 1 to 3
  • Free Electives Credits: 6-12
  • Upper Level (300/400) Science Elective(s) Credits: 3-6
Total: 16-18

Second Semester


  • Free Electives Credits: as needed to meet 120 hours
  • Upper Level (300/400) Science Elective(s) (if needed) Credits: 3
Total: 12-16

120 credits required for graduation


Curriculum Notes


*Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the General Education Requirements  section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements. PPHS majors should consult their advisor to tailor an individualized curriculum based on their areas of interest and academic preparedness.

Math Requirement: 7 credits (MATH 123 and 281 or 381)

Physics Requirement: 7 credits (100 or 200 level PHYS courses)

Chemistry Requirement: 8 credits (CHEM 112, 112L, 114, 114L)

Biology Requirement: 26 credits (BIOL 111, 151, 151L, 153, 153L, 221, 221L, 326, 326L, 331, 331L, 371, 371L, and 490)

Upper Level Humanities/Social Science: 6 Credits Social Science, 3-6 credits Humanities

Upper Level Science Electives: 12 credits (Choose from Biology, Chemistry, or Department approved science course.)

Free Electives: Variable credits hours sufficient to equal 120 hours required for graduation (any courses selected by student and advisor.)

Total 120 credits required for the Bachelors of Science in Pre-professional Health Sciences.

Suggested Pre-Professional Health Sciences Upper Level Program Electives


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