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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Rapid City, SD, United States
The Geology program offered by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology takes advantage of the proximity of the Black Hills through a rigorous field-based education that provides students a unique blend of hands-on experiences with strong theoretical foundations.
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Overview

A graduate from the Geology program offered by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is expected to:

  • Apply scientific and mathematical knowledge to problems in the geosciences
  • Analyze and interpret geological and other scientific data
  • Work professionally with a team
  • Collect geological data (from the literature, field, or laboratory) to answer a scientific question
  • Follow the ethical standards of the geoscience profession
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Apply geological knowledge to global systems and human societies
  • Investigate geological problems using appropriate technology 

Choosing a career focus

Many different career opportunities are open to students in the geosciences. Students complete a core of geology courses to solidly prepare them for careers in the geosciences. Additional electives are chosen to focus on a particular career path and best prepare the student for employment or graduate school. Students may focus in one of five career paths or select electives from two or more career paths, depending on their interests.

GEOL focus areas include: 

  • Energy and Mineral Resources: exploration and development of energy and mineral resources. Graduate may explore for and assist with extracting these resources.
  • Environmental Geology: protection and management of natural resources. Graduates may work for environmental firms, or could do environmental work for petroleum and mineral companies. Many government agencies also hire graduates with these skills.
  • Geomathematics: applications of mathematics, statistics, and numerical methods to quantify geologic phenomena. Prepares students for graduate studies. These skills are in high demand for employment in academic, industrial, and government research sectors.
  • Geospatial Technology: managing spatial data using GIS, GPS, and remote sensing. Graduates may work in traditional petroleum, mining, or environmental companies, for government agencies, or within the geospatial industry that provides and manages maps and imagery to the world.
  • Paleontology: study of ancient organisms and environments. Graduates in this focus area will often attend graduate school to develop research and teaching careers, but career opportunities also are available in museums, governmental agencies, or with consulting firms that survey and preserve fossil resources. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • General Chemistry
  • Composition I 
  • Physical Geology 
  • Physical Geology Laboratory 
  • Explorations in Geology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    68

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    520

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completed online application and the State of South Dakota application fee of $20.00. 
  • Academic credentials (translated into English). 
  • SAT or ACT scores - Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 590 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT.
  • Evaluation of academic credentials
  • Financial information documenting ability to pay. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15080 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Rapid City

  • 860 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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