Board of Regents approve new programs at state universities

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA) - The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University have new course offerings.

The state Board of Regents approved several programs to “meet emerging economic development and workforce trends across the state,” a release stated.

The new offerings at SDSM&T include a master of science degree in nanoscience and nanoengineering. The school already has a doctoral program in this area of study.

“Nanoscience and nanoengineering focus on specialized training to visualize, manipulate, and delineate the laws of science that govern all forms of matter on the scale of one-billionth of a meter, which is roughly one hundred-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. This area of study is a particular emphasis for future research and related economic development spinoffs across South Dakota,” the regent’s release stated.

A new certificate in esports is also being offered at the School of Mines.

At BHSU, there will be an associate degree in business administration; at the Spearfish campus and at BHSU-Rapid City. The two-year degree works on business skills such as accounting, economics, management and marketing. The course work also can to toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Also at BHSU will be a new minor in creative writing. According to the regents, this 18 credit-hour minor helps prepare students for work as teachers, copy writers, technical writers, editors and public relations. It will be taught in Spearfish, Rapid City and online.

There are also additions at other schools.

Dakota State University adds a certificate in mathematical foundations of cryptography.

At the University of South Dakota, there is a new minor in sport management; certificate in professional writing; and three new specializations – finance, large data sets and professional writing.