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4-year BS & MS Human Biology

Stand out in medical school admission, save time & $$$

SDState’s Biology & Microbiology Department is excited to announce a new accelerated pathway for high caliber students to obtain both a Bachelors and Masters in Human Biology in only 4 years after high school graduation. Yes - a BS & MS just four years after HS graduation!

***If medical school isn’t your intended path – reach out to schedule an on-campus visit with our faculty and check out our degree explorer.

Why should you pursue both a BS & MS in Human Biology:

  • Give yourself a competitive advantage for medical school (M.D., D.O., D.D.S., P.A., O.D., D.C., etc.): Competition to medical school is steep and additional coursework in anatomy, physiology, cancer biology, cellular and molecular biology will help you stand out and prepare you to excel in medical school.
  • Traditionally obtaining both a B.S. and M.S. would include 6 years and this pathway saves you 2 years in obtaining both a B.S. and M.S. in Human Biology degrees.
  • Save thousands of $$: between South Dakota High School Dual Credit (HSDC) savings, new SDState Scholarships for HSDCand compared to other programs. 

What to do if you are interested:

  1. Enroll in the SD High School Dual Credit Program. Learn more by visiting with your High School counselor and reviewing the eligibility requirements here.
  2. If yes, then Apply for Dual Credit Admission by August 22nd (reduced tuition)
    1. Apply here
    2. Submit forms with parent & school officials signatures to Tracia Hogue here
  3. Apply for approval to enter the HSDC+3+1 Human Biology program here: TBD.
  4. Enroll in and complete 15 specific college credits prior to high school graduation to be eligible for the HSDC+3+1 B.S. & M.S. Human Biology Program. Work with Dr. Greg Heiberger, Tracia Hogue and your H.S. Counselor.
    1. General Biology I (BIOL 151 and Lab)
    2. General Biology II BIOL 153 and Lab
    3. General Psychology (PSYC 101)
    4. Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100)
    5. Medical Terminology (NURS 201)
    6. Take 2 additional courses prior to your first semester as a first time, full time Freshman at SDState:
      1. Introduction to Statistics (STAT 281)
      2. Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 220) or any course from SGR #4
  5. Click here for resources to help you ace those classes!