Jun 16, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 ARCHIVED 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 ARCHIVED [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts and Sciences





Pre-Professional Programs

Degrees and advisement are available for students who wish to pursue pre-professional programs in the following areas:

  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Mortuary Science
  • Optometry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician’s Assistant

Entry into professional schools of law, medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, osteopathy, and other related professions requires a strong undergraduate background.

The Biology for Information Systems major is an excellent pathway to professional programs in medicine and other health fields. That major spans the disciplines of biology and provides a strong foundation in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, plus supporting courses in Business and Information Systems or in Applied Health Technology. A student successful in this program would have an excellent chance to be accepted in a wide range of professional schools.

The Physical Science major, another excellent choice as a pre-medical program, has a strong biology component and provides students all of the courses required for admission to medical school. It emphasizes Chemistry or Physics supported by strength in Computer Science and Mathematics as well as Biology, plus training in either Business Management or additional Computer Science. The unique nature of the program should make graduates stand out as medical school applicants.

Because it provides an outstanding background in writing, reading, and electronic communication, English for New Media provides a strong background for a range of advanced study in fields such as Law, Library Science, Literature, and Technical Communication.

Students who have questions should contact their advisors or the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Kari Forbes-Boyte, Professor and Dean

Dale Droge, Professor and Academic Coordinator

Bruce Feistner, Associate Professor and Director of Respiratory Care Program


Richard Avery, Susan Conover, Donna Hazelwood, Scott Mackenzie, Jeffrey Palmer

Associate Professors:

Kristel Bakker, Glenn Berman, Justin Blessinger, Robert Jackson, Thomas Jones, Kurt Kemper, Alan Montgomery, Maureen Murphy, John Nelson, Mary Reinesch, Joseph Staudenbaur, Daniel Weinstein

Assistant Professors:

Stacey Berry, Nathan Edwards, Bradley Hesser, Jeffrey Howard, Viki Johnson, Carmela Lanza, Daniel Mortenson, Linn Nelson, Jill Olson, Heather Rissler, Andrew Shiers, Valorie Stalcup, Barbara Szczerbinska, Giles Timms


Lois Campbell, Sandra Champion, Rich Hennies, John Hollingsworth, Deana Hueners-Nelson, Kim Jones, Kelly MacLeod, D. Scott Richardson,


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a variety of programs and courses leading to successful careers. Computer technology is integrated throughout all majors. The College offers the majority of the general education courses that serve as background for all degrees. Faculty in the arts, English, and social sciences are principally located in Beadle Hall. Math and science faculty are located in the C. Ruth Habeger Science Center. The clinical faculty in Respiratory Care are located at Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls and Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.

The disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are Academic Skills, Art, Art Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Game Design, Digital Arts & Design, English, Geography, History, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Physical Science, Respiratory Care, Sociology, Spanish, Speech, and Theatre.

In addition to degree programs, the College of Arts and Sciences offers majors, minors, and courses which qualify students to apply for admission to professional schools and programs such as chiropractic medicine, dentistry, library science, medicine, mortuary science, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physicians assistant, and occupational therapy. The courses and majors required to apply successfully to enter these and related professional programs are specific yet varied, therefore, students wishing to enter such programs should consult with their College advisor at an early date in order to design the most helpful program of study.

Center of Excellence Honors Program

The Dakota State University Center of Excellence Honors Program targets high achieving students; successful completion of the program requirements by the student will result in the student being designated “Center of Excellence Honors Graduate.” This designation will appear on the student’s transcripts, diplomas, and the commencement program. The full program can be found in the General Studies  section of this catalog.