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South Dakota State University    
 
    
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Degrees and Associated Majors


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Degree Definitions

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Associate Degree

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree is typically a two-year transfer degree, which indicates the completion of a student’s lower division general education requirements and forms the foundation for baccalaureate degree programs. Up to 16 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level may be required. More than 16 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level may be required if specified by an accrediting agency.

An Associate of Science (AS) degree is a terminal degree. However, it is transferable when a specific degree articulation agreement exists between a given AS degree and a specific baccalaureate degree. (BOR Policy 2:26.) Up to 16 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level may be required. More than 16 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level may be required if specified by an accrediting agency.

At South Dakota State University, the associate’s degree programs are:

  •  Associate of Science (A.S.) in General Agriculture
  •  Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Studies

Bachelor’s Degree

The bachelor’s degree is awarded to a student by a university for satisfactory completion of a prescribed course of study ranging from 120-138 credits.  It is verified by a diploma and transcript signifying a measure of achievement. The bachelor’s degree enables a student to acquire a certain amount of general learning and to also become proficient in a particular field of study or a profession. The curricular structure of a bachelor’s degree program includes a system general education core curriculum, institutional graduation requirements, support courses, major courses, and electives.

At South Dakota State University, the bachelor’s degrees offered are:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)

Master’s Degree1

In broad terms, the master’s degree indicates that the recipient has mastered a program of advanced, specialized study in a particular field. Normally, degree titles indicate one of two major categories. The Master of Arts and Master of Science are academic degrees designed to provide an introduction to scholarship activities and research. These degrees often serve the needs of individuals teaching in public schools or community colleges and/or preparation for further graduate study. The second category leads to professional master’s degrees, such as the M.Ed. or MBA. While similar to the M.A. and M.S., these programs tend to emphasize professional practice.

1 Council of Graduate Schools. Master’s Education: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators. A Policy Statement, 1994, pp. 1-5.

At South Dakota State University, the master’s degrees offered are:

  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) 
  • Master of Science (M.S.)

Doctoral Degree2

The Doctor of Philosophy program (Ph.D.) is designed to prepare a student to become a scholar, that is, to discover, integrate, and apply knowledge, as well as communicate and disseminate it. A well-prepared doctoral graduate will have developed the ability to understand and evaluate critically the literature of the field and to apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at the frontiers of knowledge. The graduate will also have an appropriate awareness of and commitment to the ethical practices appropriate to the field.

The professional doctoral degree is earned by two or more years of professional study past the baccalaureate degree. This degree prepares an individual for entry into the practice of a recognized profession. Examples of professional doctorates are the M.D., Pharm.D., JD, DVM, and Ed.D. degrees.

2 Council of Graduate Schools. The Doctor of Philosophy Degree, 1990, p.1.

At South Dakota State University, the doctoral degrees offered are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Major

An academic major or primary area of study within a degree program enables students to make an in-depth inquiry into a discipline or a professional field of study. It is organized around a specific set of goals and objectives that are accomplished through an ordered series of courses, whose connections define an internal structure and whose sequence advances levels of knowledge and understanding. A major introduces students to a discipline or field of study and related area through a foundation of theory and method. A major that focuses on a specific discipline draws its courses predominantly from one department. A major that encompasses a professional field of study or is interdisciplinary usually obtains its courses from more than one department.

The number of credit hours required for a major and its organizational structure will vary, depending on whether it aims at disciplinary or professional preparation. Variations are due to the demands of accrediting agencies, certification requirements, professional competence and expectations. Undergraduate majors require both discipline specific and support courses. In the Regental system majors typically consist of 47-89 semester credit hours with the mean at 68.5 hours. Credits required for the major are supported by the general education core and electives and together meet the total degree requirement.

Minor

An academic minor within a degree program enables a student to make an inquiry into a discipline or field of study beyond the major or to investigate a particular content theme. It too should be organized around a specific set of objectives that are achieved through a series of courses. Minors are intended to provide limited competency in the subject. Course offerings in a minor may be centered in a specific department or drawn from several departments as in the case of a topical or thematic focus. Some specific requirements are included. Regental undergraduate minors typically consist of 18-24 semester credit hours. Flexibility typically is achieved by offering the student a choice from among a group of courses to complete the credits.

Specialization

A specialization is a designated plan of study, within an existing degree program. It provides a student an alternative to the primary format of the major or it may be one of several tracks within a broad major. It contains courses within the discipline(s) of the existing program. It is specified in the institutional catalog and is designated on the transcript.

Specializations at South Dakota State University

Emphasis

An emphasis is a concentration within a major and is accomplished by individual student choices within a plan of study. For example, within a major on adult health the student may focus on the older adult. An emphasis is not regarded as a separate program. It may be described in the catalog, but not detailed as a specific plan of study. It is not specified on a transcript.

Degrees and Associated Majors

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SDSU offers degrees the from the following colleges. Listed below are the major areas of study organized by college.

 

Agriculture and Biological Sciences

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Associate of Science in Agriculture
  General Agriculture 
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  Agricultural and Resource Economics 
  Agricultural Business 
  Agricultural Education Communication and Leadership 
  Agricultural Systems Technology 
  Agronomy 
  Animal Science 
  Dairy Manufacturing  
  Dairy Production 
  General Agriculture 
  Horticulture 
  Landscape Architecture 
  Range Science 
Bachelor of Science in Biological Science
  Biology 
  Biotechnology 
  Ecology and Environmental Science 
  Microbiology 
  Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences 

Arts and Sciences

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Associate of Arts in Arts and Sciences
  General Studies 
Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences
  Advertising 
  Architectural Studies 
  Art Education 
  Economics 
  English 
  French Studies 
  German 
  Global Studies 
  Graphic Design 
  History 
  Journalism 
  Music 
  Political Science 
  Spanish 
  Studio Arts 
Bachelor of General Studies
  General Studies 
Bachelor of Music Education
  Music Education 
Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences
  Advertising 
  Architectural Studies 
  Art Education 
  Biochemistry 
  Chemistry 
  Economics 
  Entrepreneurial Studies 
  Geographic Information Sciences 
  Geography 
  Graphic Design 
  History 
  Interdisciplinary Studies 
  Journalism 
  Medical Laboratory Science 
  Physics 
  Political Science 
  Psychology 
  Sociology 
  Speech Communication 
  Studio Arts    
  Theatre 

Education and Human Sciences

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Bachelor of Science
  Apparel Merchandising 
  Athletic Training 
  Aviation 
  Consumer Affairs 
  Dietetics 
  Early Childhood Education  
  Exercise Science 
  Family and Consumer Sciences Education 
  Health Education 
  Hospitality Management 
  Human Development and Family Studies 
  Interior Design 
  Nutrition and Food Science 
  Physical Education Teacher Education 
  Sport, Recreation and Park Management 

Engineering

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Bachelor of Science
  Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering 
  Civil Engineering 
  Computer Science 
  Construction Management 
  Electrical Engineering 
  Electronics Technology 
  Mathematics 
  Mechanical Engineering 
  Operations Management 

Nursing

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Bachelor of Science
  Accelerated Nursing
  Nursing 
  RN Upward Mobility

Pharmacy

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Bachelor of Science
  Pharmaceutical Sciences 

Graduate School *

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Master of Architecture
Master of Arts
Master of Education
Master of Science
Doctor of Nursing Practice  
Doctor of Pharmacy  
Doctor of Philosophy
   
* See Graduate School Catalog for information about majors and degrees  

Majors Sorted by General Degree Type

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Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  General Studies 
Associate of Science in Agriculture (A.S.)
  General Agriculture 
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  Advertising 
  Architectural Studies 
  Art Education 
  Economics 
  English 
  French Studies 
  German 
  Global Studies 
  Graphic Design 
  History 
  Journalism 
  Music 
  Political Science 
  Spanish 
  Studio Arts 
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)
  General Studies   
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)
  Music Education 
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  Accelerated Nursing
  Advertising 
  Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering 
  Agricultural and Resource Economics 
  Agricultural Business 
  Agricultural Education Communication and Leadership 
  Agricultural Systems Technology 
  Agronomy 
  Animal Science 
  Apparel Merchandising 
  Architectural Studies 
  Art Education 
  Athletic Training 
  Aviation 
  Biochemistry 
  Biology  (Biol Sci)
  Biotechnology  (Biol Sci)
  Chemistry 
  Civil Engineering 
  Computer Science 
  Construction Management 
  Consumer Affairs 
  Dairy Manufacturing  
  Dairy Production 
  Dietetics 
  Early Childhood Education 
  Ecology and Environmental Science 
  Economics 
  Electrical Engineering 
  Entrepreneurial Studies 
  Exercise Science 
  Family and Consumer Sciences Education 
  General Agriculture 
  Geographic Information Sciences 
  Geography 
  Global Studies 
  Health Education 
  History 
  Horticulture 
  Hospitality Management 
  Human Development and Family Studies 
  Interdisciplinary Studies 
  Interior Design 
  Journalism 
  Landscape Architecture 
  Mathematics  (ENGR)
  Mechanical Engineering 
  Medical Laboratory Science 
  Microbiology  (Biol Sci)
  Nursing 
  Nutrition and Food Science 
  Operations Management 
  Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  Physics 
  Physical Education Teacher Education 
  Political Science 
  Psychology 
  Range Science 
  RN Upward Mobility
  Sociology 
  Speech Communication    
  Studio Arts  
  Sport, Recreation and Park Management 
  Theatre 
  Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences 
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)*
Master of Arts (M.A.)*
Master of Education (M.Ed.)*
Master of Science (M.S.)*
Doctor of Nursing Practice*  
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)*  
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)*

* See Graduate School Catalog for further detail about 
certificate programs, major specializations, emphasis,
minors


PROGRAM OF STUDY   ADMINISTERED BY
Accounting  (minor)   ABS/AG, A&S
Advertising  (B.A., B.S., minor )   A&S
Aerospace Studies  (minor)   A&S
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering  (B.S., M.S.)   ENGR
Agricultural and Resource Economics  (B.S.)   ABS/AG
Agricultural Business  (B.S., minor )   ABS/AG
Agricultural and Environmental Law  (certificate)   ABS/AG
Agricultural Education Communication and Leadership  (B.S.)   ABS/AG
  *Agricultural Education     
  *Communication     
  *Leadership     
Agricultural Engineering (Ph.D.)   GRAD
Agricultural Marketing  (minor)   ABS/AG
Agricultural Systems Technology  (B.S.)   ABS/AG
Agronomy  (B.S., minor)   ABS/AG
American Indian Studies  (minor)   A&S
Animal Science (B.S., M.S, Ph.D., minor    ABS/AG
  *Business and Production     
  *Science     
Animation  (certificate)   A&S
Apparel Merchandising  (B.S.)   EHS
Architectural Studies  (B.A., B.S.)   A&S
Architecture (M.Arch.)   GRAD
Art Education  (B.A., B.S.)   A&S
Art History  (certificate)   A&S
Athletic Training  (B.S., M.S)   EHS
Aviation (B.S., minor )   EHS
  *Aviation Education     
  *Aviation Maintenance Management     
Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology (graduate certificate)   GRAD
Biochemistry  (B.S.)   A&S
Biological Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)   GRAD
Biology (E) (B.S., minor )   ABS/BS
  *Pre-Professional     
  *Secondary Education     
Biomedical Engineering  (minor)   ENGR
Biotechnology  (B.S., minor )   ABS/BS
Botany  (minor)   ABS/BS
Ceramics  (certificate)   A&S
Chemistry  ACS Certified (E) (B.S., M.S., Ph.D., minor)   A&S, GRAD
Civil Engineering  (B.S., M.S.)   ENGR
Communication Studies and Journalism (M.S)   GRAD
Computational Science and Statistics (Ph.D.)   GRAD
Computer Applications  (certificate)   ENGR
Computer Science  (E) (B.S., M.S., minor)   ENGR
Construction Management  (B.S.)   ENGR
Consumer Affairs (B.S.)   EHS
  *Consumer Services Management     
  *Family Financial Management     
Counseling and Human Resource Development (M.S.)   GRAD
Criminal Justice  (minor)   A&S
Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)   GRAD
Dairy Manufacturing  (B.S.)   ABS/AG
  *Microbiology     
Dairy Production  (B.S.)   ABS/AG
Dance  (minor)   A&S
Dietetics  (B.S., M.S.)   GRAD
Early Childhood Education (E) (B.S.)   EHS
  *Cooperative Program with DSU or NSU     
  *Early Childhood Birth to Age 5     
  *Early Childhood Birth to Age 8     
Ecology and Environmental Science  (B.S.)   ABS/BS
Economics  (E) (B.A., B.S., M.S, minor )   ABS, A&S
  *Business Economics     
Educational Administration (M.Ed.)   GRAD
Electrical Engineering  (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)   ENGR, GRAD
English  (E) (B.A., M.A., minor )   A&S
  *English Education     
  *Writing     
Entrepreneurial Studies  (B.S., minor)    A&S
Entrepreneurship  (certificate)   A&S
Equine Studies  (minor)   ABS
Exercise Science  (B.S.)   EHS
Family and Consumer Sciences Education  (E) (B.S.)   EHS
Food Safety  (minor)   EHS
French Studies  (E) (B.A., minor )   A&S
  *Teaching     
General Agriculture  (A.S, B.S.)   ABS/AG
General Studies  (A.A., B.G.S.)   UC, A&C
Geographic Information Sciences  (B.S., certificate , minor )   A&S, ENGR, GRAD
Geography  (E) (B.S., M.S., minor )   A&S
Geospatial Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)   GRAD
German  (E) (B.A., minor )   A&S
  *Teaching     
Gerontology  (minor)   EHS & NURS, GRAD
Global Studies  (B.A., minor )   A&S
Graphic Design  (B.A., B.S., certificate )   A&S
Health Education  (B.S., minor )   EHS
Health Science  (minor)   NURS
History  (E) (B.A., B.S., minor )   A&S
  *Teaching     
Honors College (distinction)    HC
Horticulture  (B.S., minor )   ABS/Ag
Hospitality Management  (B.S.)   EHS
Human Development and Family Studies  (B.S., minor )   EHS
Human Sciences (M.S)   GRAD
Informatics  (minor)   ENGR
Interdisciplinary Studies  (B.S.)   A&S
Interior Design  (B.S., minor )   EHS
Journalism  (E) (B.A., B.S., minor )   A&S
Landscape Architecture  (B.S.)   ABS/AG
Leadership  (minor)   EHS
Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations  (minor)   EHS
Marketing  (minor)   A&S
Mathematics  (E) (B.S., M.S., minor )   ENGR
  *Teaching     
Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)   ENGR
Medical Laboratory Science  (B.S.)   A&S
Microbiology  (E) (B.S., minor    ABS/BS
Military Science  (minor)   A&S
Music (B.A., minor )   A&S
  *Music Studies     
  *Music Entrepreneurship     
Music Education  (B.M.E.)   A&S
Nuclear Engineering  (minor)   ENGR
Nursing  (B.S., M.S., D.N.P., Ph.D.)   NURS, GRAD
Nursing, Accelerated (B.S.)   NURS
Nursing, RN Upward Mobility (B.S.)     NURS
Nutrition  (minor)   EHS
Nutrition and Food Science  (B.S.)   EHS
Nutrition, Exercise and Food Science (M.S., Ph.D.)   GRAD
Operations Management  (B.S., M.S.)   ENGR, GRAD
Painting  (certificate)   A&S
Peace and Conflict Studies  (minor)   A&S
Pest Management  (minor)   ABS
Pharmaceutical Sciences  (B.S., Ph.D.)   PHARM
Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)   PHARM
Philosophy  (minor)   A&S
Physical Education  (minor)   EHS
Physical Education Teacher Education  (B.S.)   EHS
Physics  (E) (B.S., minor )   ENGR, GRAD
  *Science Teaching     
Plant Science (M.S., Ph.D.)   GRAD
Political Science  (E) (B.A., B.S., minor)   A&S
Printmaking  (certificate)   A&S
Professional Writing  (minor)   A&S
Psychology  (E) (B.S., minor )   A&S
  *Teaching     
Range Science  (B.S., minor )   ABS/AG
Recreation Administration  (minor)   EHS
Rehabilitation Services  (minor)   EHS
Religion  (minor)   A&S
Sculpture  (certificate)   A&S
Secondary Education  (certificate)   EHS
Sociology  (E) (B.S., M.S., Ph.D., minor )   A&S/GRAD
  *Human Resources     
  *Human Services     
  *Teaching     
Software Engineering  (minor)   ENGR
Soil Science (minor , certification )   ABS/AG
Spanish  (E) (B.A., minor)    A&S
  *Teaching     
Speech Communication  (E) (B.S.)   A&S
  *Speech Education     
Sport and Recreation Studies (M.S.)   GRAD
Sport, Recreation and Park Management  (B.S.)   EHS
Statistics (M.S., minor )   GRAD/ENGR
Studio Arts  (B.A., B.S., minor    A&S
  Animation  Certificate    
  Art History  Certificate    
  Ceramics  Certificate    
  Painting  Certificate    
  Printmaking  Certificate    
  Sculpture  Certificate    
Sustainable Energy Systems  (minor)   ENGR
Swine Science  (certificate)   ABS/AG
Theatre  (B.S.)   A&S
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences  (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)   ABS/BS
Women’s Studies  (minor)   A&S

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF STUDY   ADMINISTERED BY  
Pre-Chiropractic     ABS/Biology and Microbiology  
Pre-Dental    ABS/Biology and Microbiology  
Pre-Law    A&S/History and Political Science  
Pre-Medicine    ABS/Biology and Microbiology  
Pre-Ministerial    A&S/History and Political Science  
Pre-Mortuary    ABS/Biology and Microbiology  
Pre-Occupational Therapy    EHS/Health and Nutritional Sciences  
Pre-Optometry    ABS/Biology and Microbiology    
Pre-Physical Therapy    EHS/Health and Nutritional Sciences  
Pre-Physician Assistant    ABS/Biology and Microbiology  
Pre-Veterinary Medicine    ABS/Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences  

Key to Units Administering Individual Curriculums

A&S   College of Arts and Sciences 
ABS/AG   College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences , Agriculture Curriculum
ABS/BS   College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences , Biological Science Curriculum
ENGR   College of Engineering 
EHS   College of Education and Human Sciences 
HC   Honors College 
GRAD   Graduate School
NURS   College of Nursing 
PHARM   College of Pharmacy 
UC   University College 
*   Specialization (area within a major)
(E)   Education Curriculum available with these majors 

Organizational Structure of SDSU

Select the College or Department to view majors, minors, and certificates offered.

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Office of Academic Affairs

College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences 

College of Arts and Sciences 

College of Education and Human Sciences 

College of Engineering 

College of Nursing 

College of Pharmacy 

Graduate School

Honors College 

Office of Continuing and Extended Education 

University College