Feb 27, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physical Science Major B.BS.PHSC

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The Physical Science major is a collaborative major shared by Black Hills State University and Dakota State University.  Courses not offered at BHSU will be available through DSU via online and DDN delivery methods.

The Physical Science major is designed to offer students unique educational experiences not offered by traditional physical science majors, through 12 credit hours of research, internship, special topics classes, and seminar.  Students have the opportunity to interact directly with the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab (DUSEL) or with other organizations such as the EROS Data Center, NASA, the US Forest Service, the McNenny State Fish Hatchery, County Weed & Pest Programs, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Land Management.  These educational experiences will provide students with long-term career benefits through the development of unique skills and perspectives and through professional networking.


Required Core

Select one from the following (1-3 credits):

Select 12 credits from the following list:

Select one (1) math course from the following:

Select six (6) courses with lab from the following:

 May not duplicate from above.

System Gen Ed Requirements (SGRs) - 30 semester hours

  • ENGL 101
  • ENGL 201
  • SPCM - Gen Ed - Speech (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science (2 classes from different subjects) - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities (2 classes from different subjects or a foreign language sequence) - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Sciences & Lab (2 classes/corresponding labs) - 6-8 semester hours

Electives required

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

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