University of South Dakota - Bachelor's Degree

The University of South Dakota is the comprehensive liberal arts university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education.

  • Average Tuition USD 25,615

School Description

The University of South Dakota was founded in 1862 by the Dakota Territorial Legislature. It authorized the establishment of the University at Vermillion, making it the oldest post secondary institution in the Dakotas. The university has been accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools since 1913. Nine alumni have been selected as Rhodes Scholars; Ernest Lawrence, B.A. 1922, received the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Bachelor Programs

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Accountancy

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The curriculum focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Advertising

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Anthropology

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Applied Mathematical Sciences

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of mathematics and statistics to the solution of functional problems in fields such as engineering and the applied sciences. Includes instruction in natural phenomena modeling continuum mechanics, reaction-diffusion, wave propagation, dynamic systems, numerical analysis, controlled theory, asymptotic methods, variation, optimization theory, inverse problems, and applications to specific scientific and industrial topics.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Art History

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Biology

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Biomedical Engineering

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of biomedical and health systems and products such as integrated biomedical systems, instrumentation, medical information systems, artificial organs and prostheses, and health management and care delivery systems.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Biomedical Science

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general, program that focuses on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine, or a program in one or more of the biomedical sciences that is undifferentiated as to title. Includes instruction in any of the basic medical sciences at the research level; biological science research in biomedical faculties; and general studies encompassing a variety of the biomedical disciplines.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Business

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Business Administration

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Clinical Psychology

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of clinical psychology, involving the analysis, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of psychological disorders and behavioral pathologies. Includes instruction in clinical assessment and diagnosis, personality appraisal, psychopathology, clinical psychopharmacology, behavior modification, therapeutic intervention skills, patient interviewing, personalized and group therapy, child and adolescent therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, supervised clinical practice, ethical standards, and applicable regulations.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Communication

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 09.0100 - 09.0199.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Computer Science

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Criminal Justice

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of organization management and criminal justice to the administration of public law enforcement agencies and operations. Includes instruction in law enforcement history and theory, operational command leadership, administration of public police organizations, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Cultural Studies

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    An interdisciplinary program that focuses on the analysis and critique of culture in its varied forms, including values, ideas, belief systems, and expressive acts, and the relationship between cultural forms, everyday life, and structures of power. Includes instruction in anthropology, communications, history, literary studies, philosophy, political economy, and sociology, as well as recent theories and methodologies such as semiotics, deconstruction, postcolonial studies, gender theory, and ethnography.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Dance

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. Includes instruction in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Economics

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    English

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    English Composition

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Film Studies

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Finance

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    French

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of France, other Francophone countries inside and outside Europe, and the French colonial experience and the associated French minorities around the world.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Gender Studies

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the defined areas, regions, and countries of the world; defined minority groups within and across societies; and issues relevant to collective gender and group experience.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Graphic Design

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Health Administration

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. Includes instruction in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health law and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    History

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Human Resources

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups. Includes instruction in personnel and organization policy, human resource dynamics and flows, labor relations, sex roles, civil rights, human resources law and regulations, motivation and compensation systems, work systems, career management, employee testing and assessment, recruitment and selection, managing employee and job training programs, and the management of human resources programs and operations.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Humanities

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    International Relations

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of international politics and institutions, and the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Journalism

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Languages

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. Includes instruction in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioral linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Liberal Studies

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Management

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt in a rapidly changing, dynamic, and competitive global marketplace

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Marketing

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Mass Communication and Journalism

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the analysis and criticism of media institutions and media texts, how people experience and understand media content, and the roles of media in producing and transforming culture. Includes instruction in communications regulation, law, and policy; media history; media aesthetics, interpretation, and criticism; the social and cultural effects of mass media; cultural studies; the economics of media industries; visual and media literacy; and the psychology and behavioral aspects of media messages, interpretation, and utilization.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Media Studies

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on how messages in various media are produced, used, and interpreted within and across different contexts, channels, and cultures, and that prepare individuals to apply communication knowledge and skills professionally.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Medicine

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of medicine, involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses, injuries, and other disorders of the human body. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, examination and diagnosis, patient communications, medical ethics and law, professional standards, and rotations in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology, clinical pathology, anesthesiology, family medicine, and psychiatry.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Music

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Music Education

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Neuroscience

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the interdisciplinary scientific study of the molecular, structural, physiologic, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the brain and nervous system. Includes instruction in molecular and cellular neuroscience, brain science, anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, molecular and biochemical bases of information processing, behavioral neuroscience, biology of neuropsychiatric disorders, and applications to the clinical sciences and biomedical engineering.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Nursing

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Occupational Therapy

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to assist patients limited by physical, cognitive, psychosocial, mental, developmental, and learning disabilities, as well as adverse environmental conditions, to maximize their independence and maintain optimum health through a planned mix of acquired skills, performance motivation, environmental adaptations, assistive technologies, and physical agents. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, psychology, sociology, patient assessment and evaluation, standardized and non-standardized tests and measurements, assistive and rehabilitative technologies, ergonomics, environmental health, special education, vocational counseling, health education and promotion, and professional standards and ethics.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Performing Arts

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the creation and interpretation of works and performances that use auditory, kinesthetic, and visual phenomena to express ideas and emotions in various forms, subject to aesthetic criteria.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Philosophy

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Photography

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Physical Education

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on activities and principles that promote physical fitness, achieve and maintain athletic prowess, and accomplish related research and service goals. Includes instruction in human movement studies, motivation studies, rules and practice of specific sports, exercise and fitness principles and techniques, basic athletic injury prevention and treatment, and organizing and leading fitness and sports programs.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Physical Therapy

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to alleviate physical and functional impairments and limitations caused by injury or disease through the design and implementation of therapeutic interventions to promote fitness and health. Includes instruction in functional anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, neuroscience, pathological physiology, analysis of dysfunction, movement dynamics, physical growth process, management of musculoskeletal disorders, clinical evaluation and measurement, client assessment and supervision, care plan development and documentation, physical therapy modalities, rehabilitation psychology, physical therapy administration, and professional standards and ethics.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Physics

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Political Science

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Psychology

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Public Health

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares registered nurses to promote health and provide preventive and curative nursing services for groups or communities under the supervision of a public health agency. Includes instruction in community and rural health, family therapy and intervention, disease prevention, health education, and community health assessment.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Religious Education

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Social Work

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Spanish

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Sports Management

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the principles and practices of managing parks and other recreational and fitness facilities; providing recreational, leisure and fitness services; and the study of human fitness.

  • University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States

    Statistics

    USD 10,104 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of logical symbolic language and its applications.

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          • 1975-1980, Master of Arts, Counseling & Guidance; Bachelor of Science, Psychology and Sociology

            USD is a high quality state university!YYUSD is a small state institution of higher education where the student to professor ratio is small enough to truly make a difference in the quality of education that graduates have received compared to larger state universities.

          • 1979-1983, BS, Sociology

            USD Prepared MeYYUSD prepared me for what ended up being a successful 30+ year career in federal law enforcement. The CJ and Soc Programs at the time had the necessary curriculum to prepare me and others for a law enforcement career. The small university setting and the faculty were focused on the students and their future success. Go Yotes

          • 1979-1983, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

            Great Education ValueYYA great school that has more to offer than what you would expect from a small population state. There were many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities. The education I received prepared me to immediately jump right in to work situations that were, and still are, relevant.