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Science, Technology, and Society Degree

Program Offerings

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

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. Students 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.

The Science, Technology, and Society program prepares students for admission to law school or graduate school, and for careers in public policy, science communications and writing, environmental sciences, science and technology business, education, the military, or law enforcement.

What does a science, technology and society graduate do?

A degree in Science, Technology and Society prepares students for additional study in law school, public policy, and community development programs as well as accelerated teacher certification programs. STS graduates are also prepared for communications jobs in the fields of technology and science.

First-Year Courses

• Biology
• Chemistry
• English Composition
• Math or Computer Science elective

Course Curriculum

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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




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