Graduate Education

The Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences offers a MS degree in Chemical and Biological Sciences and a PhD in chemical and Biological Sciences.

The MS Chemical and Biological Sciences program curriculum is designed to address the growing demand for highly qualified professionals in the broad area of green and sustainable chemistry/biology and technologies and to support and complement current research foci in green and sustainable chemistry, environmental biological sciences, and human health. The program provides professional preparation for green jobs in industry, national labs, federal agencies, and universities and/or careers in research, development, and management. The program offers opportunities for advanced studies and research in renewable energy, sustainable chemistry, environmental science, human health, biotechnology, and biomaterials. The program offers thesis and non-thesis options. An accelerated master's program in Chemical and Biological Sciences, in which students can earn an MS in as little as one year after completion of their BS degree at South Dakota Mines, is available.

The PhD Chemical and Biological Sciences program provides advanced studies and research training that covers the applied aspects of chemistry and biology, including green chemistry, sustainable energy, environmental science, biotechnology, and biomedical health sciences. The program prepares students for a diverse range of career options in these high-demand technology fields. Furthermore, the program’s cross-disciplinary curriculum will prepare scientists and professionals with the skills needed to thrive in the increasingly multi-disciplinary nature of applied science. 

Students with a BS or MS in chemistry, biology, or related multidisciplinary fields are encouraged to apply. Financial assistance including graduate fellowship, graduate teaching assistantship (GTA), or graduate research assistantship (GRA) may be available to qualified graduate students. For questions regarding the graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences, please contact the graduate program coordinator Dr. Rajesh Sani (