Geology, B.Sc. | South Dakota School of Mines and Technology | Rapid City, United States
48 months
14860 USD/year
14860 USD/year
10440 USD/year
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The Geology program at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology takes advantage of the proximity of the Black Hills through a rigorous field and lab-based education that provides students a unique blend of hands-on experiences with strong theoretical foundations. 


Choosing a career focus

Many different career opportunities are open to students in the Geology program at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Geology majors at South Dakota Mines complete a core of geology courses to solidly prepare them for careers in the geosciences. 

Additional program (courses with a GEOL or GEOE prefix) and advisor-approved electives (from courses available across campus, including GEOL and GEOE courses) can be chosen to focus on one or more career paths to best prepare students for employment or graduate school. Professional placement for geology graduates has averaged 88% over the last 5 years.

What does a geologist do?

Geologists analyze the processes that have shaped the Earth, using rocks, minerals, and fossils to reconstruct that history. They study how the Earth was formed, how it has developed, and how life has evolved in reaction to tectonic and climatic changes.

Some duties a professional geologist might do on the job include:

  • Plan and carry out field studies to collect data and samples
  • Use a variety of data sources, such as satellite images, geophysical data, rock samples, and geologic maps to locate natural resources
  • Conduct laboratory tests on samples collected in the field
  • Make geologic maps and cross-sections
  • Prepare written scientific reports
  • Present their findings to clients, colleagues, and the public

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Geology, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering 
  • Physical Geology 
  • General Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Mineralogy and Crystallography/Lab 
  • Search for Our Past
  • Probability and Statistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

No deadline for admission. However, all international applicants should submit their documents at least three months prior to the start of the semester.


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application and the State of South Dakota application fee of $20.00. 
  • Academic credentials (translated into English). This includes high school transcripts and transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended.
  • English proficiency
  • SAT or ACT scores - Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 520 on the SAT or 20 on the ACT. If the SAT or ACT is not readily available in your country, alternatives will be considered.
  • Evaluation of academic credentials may be required- Check with the Ivanhoe International Center first before sending documents.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14860 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    14860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14860 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10440 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Rapid City

860 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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