B.Sc. On Campus

Environmental Physical Science

Black Hills State University

48 months
9723 USD/year
11742 USD/year
8672 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Enjoy science? Love the outdoors? Want to make a positive difference in the world? Then a degree in Environmental Physical Science at Black Hills State University is for you. What better place is there to study than in the unique natural laboratory of the Black Hills?


EPS is unique to Black Hills State University: It’s a rigorous, broad science degree with an emphasis in geology and real-world, hands-on experience and research. Coursework will address issues such as ground and surface water quality and management; soil testing; land-use planning; and natural hazard mitigation.

Geological and environmental sciences are growth sectors with many opportunities at the entry-level, and even more after graduate school.

Smaller classes and a small program mean more research and internship opportunities for the students, more field experiences, and stronger relationships between students and faculty.

Faculty work with students to choose classes, internships, and research experiences that are tailored to best suit students’ career goals.

At Black Hills State University, the Environmental Physical Science program at Black Hills State University includes the identification, study, and treatment of a variety of environmental problems. The program addresses ground and surface water quality and management, waste treatment, land-use planning, soil testing, containment chemistry and monitoring, hazardous waste disposal, land reclamation and energy management and production.

The School of Natural Sciences at BHSU is committed to quality undergraduate programs in the natural sciences, with an emphasis on involving students in research and internship experiences.

Why earn an environmental physical science degree from BHSU?

  • Experiential Learning: BHSU provides opportunities to work directly with excellent faculty on research projects.
  • Premier Location: BHSU is located 20 miles from the Sanford Underground Research Facility. This close proximity to Sanford Lab combined with a high level of interest among faculty and staff creates opportunities for collaborative projects in the sciences .
  • Employability: Environmental positions exist in the private sector through consulting, chemical, petroleum and other manufacturing corporations. Positions are also available with state and federal government agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey Water Resource Division, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Geology 
  • Historical Geology 
  • Mineralogy/Petrology
  • Calculus 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Complete the following high school courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra or higher level)
  • 3 years of laboratory science
  • 3 years of social science
  • 1 year of fine arts

Students must meet one of the following admissions requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6
  • Minimum composite ACT of 18 (SAT score of 970 or above)
  • Rank in the top 60% of high school class

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9723 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9723 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11742 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    8672 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8672 USD per year during 48 months.

WY, CO, MT, ND, NE, IA Residents (In-State Tuition): $ 8,672

Living costs for Spearfish

1144 - 1990 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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