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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

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President’s Message

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BHSU transforms lives through innovative academic programs and a dynamic learning community. BHSU is a growing university with nationally accredited programs. Our faculty are known for their dedication to students and are committed to assisting you in your academic pursuits.

We provide challenging and stimulating courses as well as quality student activities that allow for discovery and growth. We encourage our students to enhance their college experience through student internships, undergraduate research projects, study abroad programs, and service learning opportunities. We know that our students emerge with a greater degree of confidence and determination that helps them succeed throughout their lives.
You are to be commended for your decision to pursue your degree. Your college years provide you a chance to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds, to grow intellectually and socially, and to prepare for the rest of your life. Black Hills State University is your partner in this venture. Together, we will celebrate your successes, especially your ultimate goal–graduation. Earning a degree from BHSU will provide you with the opportunity to transform your life.

Kay Schallenkamp
President, Black Hills State University

The Campus


The BHSU campus is recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in the region. Founded in 1883, today the University campus in Spearfish consists of 123 acres and 21 main buildings in addition to Ida Henton Park and Lyle Hare Stadium.

The newest building on campus, the Life Sciences Laboratory, includes modern research laboratories and classrooms with clustered workstations for greater inquiry-based instruction and collaborative learning activities.

Clare and Josef Meier Hall, a state-of-the-art music and classroom building, was added in the center of campus in 2003. This magnificent building includes a 280-seat recital hall, choir and band rooms, classrooms, conference rooms, keyboard, listening and piano labs and faculty offices. 

A majority of the University’s academic programs and offices are housed in Jonas Hall, Woodburn Hall, and the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center contains a multitude of learning resources.  The university library is also the site of the mainframe computer that services the statewide library network.

Five residence halls and an eight-building apartment complex accommodate nearly 850 students. The newly remodeled David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union serves the social and recreational needs of the students, and was the first building in the state to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.  The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, which was completed in 1990, provides exceptional fitness facilities and an aquatics center, as well as classrooms and faculty offices.



Our academic programs are delivered through three colleges: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business and Natural Sciences, and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.  BHSU is accredited through: The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahigherlearning and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (30th North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago IL 60602-2504, 800-621-7440); The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20036 - 202-466-7496); International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (PO Box 25217, Overland Park, KS - 913.631.9154); accredits the university; and the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston VA 20190



Black Hills State University Mission Statement


The legislature established Black Hills State University as a liberal arts university to meet the needs of the State and region by providing undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Board implemented SDCL 13-59-1 by authorizing undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional education, to promote excellence in teaching and learning, to support research, scholarly and creative activities, and to provide service to the State of South Dakota and the region. Black Hills State University is the only multipurpose university in Western South Dakota.


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Degrees are authorized at the associate, baccalaureate, and masters levels.