Guide to Dual Credit Success

About Dual Credit

Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in college courses at South Dakota State University and earn credits toward their high school diploma while starting on their requirements for a degree from SDSU.

Benefits

  • Accelerate your SDSU education​​​​​​
  • Lower tuition cost
  • Simplify the transition from high school

Getting Started

Do I Qualify?

High school juniors and seniors within South Dakota are eligible to participate in the dual credit program if they meet any of the following requirements:

1. High school junior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota who meets one of the following requirements:

    a. earn an ACT composite score of 24 reflective of the 70% percentile; or

    b. rank in upper one-third of their graduating class; or

    c. earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale;

OR

2. High school senior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota who meets one of the following requirements:

    a. earn an ACT composite score of 21 reflective of the 50% percentile; or

    b. rank in the upper one-half of their graduating class; or

    c. earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale;

OR

3. High School junior or senior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota meeting Undergraduate admissions requirements:

    a. ACT score of 18 (or 21 for USD & SDSM&T); and

    b. Successful completion of coursework Requirements

         •  Four Years of English

         •  Three years of advanced mathematics

         •  Three years of laboratory science

         •  Three years of social studies

         •  One year of fine arts

OR

4. Take one of the assessments below and meet the required score(s):

    a. Smarter Balanced – Score Level 3 or higher on the English Language Arts AND Mathematics 11th Grade Assessments.

    b. Accuplacer Next Generation (Writing – Score 263 or higher AND QAS (Math) – Score 255 or higher)

    c. 10th Grade ACT Aspire Summative Assessment – (Score 434 or higher)

 

Note: Home-schooled students must meet ACT requirements or #4 requirements

How Do I Apply?

New students or students who took a fall or spring semester off

Students continually enrolled in program - did not take off a fall or spring semester

  • View application video
  • Complete online application
    • Complete Docusign paperwork – available once you finalize your application.
    • You will input your name and email address and the names and email addresses of your parent/guardian and School Official. Click on Begin Signing to complete paperwork.
    • OR print required paperwork, sign and attain signatures from your parent/guardian and your high school.
  • Complete Docusign continuing registration form
    • You will input your Name and email address and the names and email addresses of your parent/guardian and School Official. Click on Begin Signing to complete the form.
  • OR complete continuing registration form
    • Print form, sign and attain signatures from your parent/guardian and your high school.

Schedule the Accuplacer exam (if needed) *

  • Students have three options for taking the Accuplacer exam: 1) test at South Dakota State University, 2) test at another authorized Accuplacer testing site, or 3) take the exam with “Examity”, an online proctoring company

Check email for enrollment confirmation

  • An email will be sent to you using the email address you provide on your application so be sure it is one you check often
  • Contents of email
    • Enrollment Confirmation
    • Important Dates
    • HSDC Checklist
    • HSDC Facebook Group
    • SDSU Student Accounts
    • Textbook information
    • Payment information
    • Parking information
    • Disability Services
    • Tech Support

Application Availability

  • Spring semester
    • November 1
  • Summer semester
    • February 1
  • Fall semester
    • April 1

For the fall and spring terms, students may enroll in available courses until the close of business on the first day of each term.

Multiple terms are offered during the summer session at each Regental institution, and students may enroll in available courses until the close of business on the first day of each respective term. 

*Registration in English and math courses will require placement via ACT/SAT and/or Accuplacer.

System Specifications

Below are the suggested minimum specifications for student laptop systems and netbooks, as well as a list of approved mobile devices, as determined by the Office of Information Technology. Please note that while SDSU strongly encourages students to meet these minimum specifications, there is not a requirement per se.

Notebook

Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-Core
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 160 GB
Operating System: Windows 7 for PCs, OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard for Macs
Ethernet Network Card
802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless
DVD/CD-RW drive
Minimum of 2 USB ports

Netbook

Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.60 GHz)
Memory: 2 GB
Operating System: Windows 7

Software

SDSU will provide the required antivirus software when you come in the Fall, so there is no need to purchase any separately.

The University Bookstore offers tremendous discounted pricing for both Microsoft Office and Adobe products, so stop in!

Supported Mobile Devices:

IOS
Blackberry
Android
Windows

 

Courses

Students are able to choose from a number of on-campus and online general education courses.

Dual credit courses are offered by South Dakota State University’s world renowned faculty members and follow SDSU’s processes for admissions, registration, billing and grade reporting.

FALL COURSES  SPRING COURSES  SUMMER COURSES


Course Planning

Placement Policies

Students wishing to take Math or English courses must meet the ACT requirements or successfully complete a placement exam. Refer to the links below for placement tables:

- English Placement

- Math Placement

If a student has not taken the ACT, the College Board Accuplacer is then used to determine their placement into Engl 101 or Math 102. Please visit the Academic Testing Center’s website for more information about the Accuplacer or to schedule an appointment to take the exam.

Types of college credit

Elective Credits are college credits applied to graduation and account for any courses 100-level and above that do not meet a specific (general education, major, college, etc.) graduation requirement.

Major or Program Credits are the college courses that are required of the particular major or program the student intends to complete. These courses typically fall within the major or field of study, with the number of credits required determined by that major or program.

System General Education Requirements (SGRs) are courses approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents (SD BOR) to impart common knowledge and intellectual concepts to students and to develop in them the skills and attitudes that an organization’s faculty believe every educated person should possess. All students completing an undergraduate degree through a SD BOR institution must successfully complete coursework to fulfill the identified general education goals in written communication, oral communication, social sciences, humanities and arts/diversity, mathematics, natural sciences. Click here to view the list of SGRs.

What typically fulfills the requirements for an undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University?

Most undergraduate programs require a student to complete a minimum of 120 credits at the 100 course level or above. Some programs (i.e., Engineering) require a minimum of 130 credits. Students will complete approximately 30 credits in system general education and institutional graduation requirements. Many academic programs require at least 63 credits in major or program requirements. Please note that this number varies by academic program; careful understanding and planning of major or program requirements is necessary. Programs vary greatly in the amount of elective coursework with an average of about 27 credits; this provides students an opportunity to explore other fields of study and interests and to add a minor or even a second major. The chart illustrates how credits are typically distributed within an undergraduate degree.

A large number of incoming credits does not in itself guarantee a shorter path to a degree!

The curricular requirements of many programs are linked to the requirements and standards of professional accreditation. How (and whether) a student’s credits apply to degree requirements will determine the student’s time to degree. Although credits from this dual credit program will count at SDSU (transfer of credits outside the SDBOR; including Technical Institutes are subject to established transfer polices), those credits may not help to fulfill the particular requirements for a specific degree. For example, though a student may earn a substantial number of credits in a foreign language by satisfactory completion of the language placement test (and though satisfactory testing and the resulting credits in a foreign language certainly represent an admirable level of academic achievement), those credits will not significantly advance progress toward a degree if the student’s program does not require 1) foreign language proficiency and/or 2) elective course work.

What General Education courses should I take?

Based on the student’s desired area of study, SDSU has identified five options that will guide them in choosing the courses that will help them get started on their chosen academic path.

  1. Option 1: Agricultural & Natural Science
  2. Option 2: Education, Social Sciences and Management
  3. Option 3: Engineering, Technology & Math
  4. Option 4: Health Sciences
  5. Option 5: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design

As the student begins choosing courses that will satisfy SGR Goal 3 and 4, they must remember to take two courses in each of these goals and they must be in different disciplines unless they are taking a foreign language.

Example: HIST 121 and HIST 122 satisfy SGR Goal 4 but the course disciplines are the same (HIST); therefore, the student cannot use both of these courses to meet SGR Goal 4.  However, if they choose to satisfy this requirement by taking SPAN 101, they would be able to take SPAN 102 because it is a foreign language.

Option 1: Agricultural & Natural Sciences

Majors in this option offer a wide range of degree programs aimed at preparing graduates to meet the many challenges of feeding and sustaining a rapidly growing global population.

Examples of careers in this option include:

•  Soil conservationist

•  Wildlife biologist

•  Dairy product development specialist

•  Biotechnologist

•  Livestock nutritionist

•  Forensic scientist

•  Applied research and product development

•  Drug discovery

•  Patient attorney

•  Medical doctor

•  Toxicology

•  Industrial chemist

•  Chemical information management specialist

•  Quality control/quality assurance

•  Pharmaceutical sales

•  Environmental health

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

  Agricultural Science

•  Agronomy

•  Animal Science

•  Biochemistry

•  Biology

•  Chemistry

•  Dairy Manufacturing

•  Dairy Production

•  Ecology and Environmental Science

•  Food Science

• Geographic Information Sciences

• Geography

• Horticulture

• Microbiology

• Natural Resource Law Enforcement

• Physics

• Pre-Veterinary Medicine

• Rangeland Ecology and Management

• Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at 605-688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

Student Choice

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra**

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

BIOL 101/101L Biology Survey I and Lab; or

BIOL 151/151L General Biology I and Lab;

CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey and Lab; or

CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry I and Lab;

GEOG 131/131L Physical Geography: Weather and Climate and Lab; or

GEOG 132/132L Physical Geography: Natural Landscapes and Lab;

PHYS 101/101L Survey of Physics and Lab; or

PHYS 111/111L Introduction to Physics I and Lab

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 2: Education, Social Sciences & Management

Majors in this option offer a wide range of degree programs aimed at preparing graduates to meet the many challenges of feeding and sustaining a rapidly growing global population.

Examples of careers in this option include:

  • soil conservationist
  • wildlife biologist
  • dairy product development specialist
  • biotechnologist
  • livestock nutritionist
  • forensic scientist
  • applied research and product development
  • drug discovery

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

• Agricultural and Resource Economics

• Agricultural Business

• Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership

• Apparel Merchandising

• Consumer Affairs

• Early Childhood Education

• Economics

• Entrepreneurial Studies

• Family and Consumer Sciences Education

• Global Studies

• Hospitality Management

• Human Development and Family Studies

• Interdisciplinary Studies

• Physical Education Teacher Education

• Political Science

• Psychology

• Sociology

• Sport, Recreation and Park Management

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at 605-688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

Economics/Business Focus

 

 

Teacher Education Focus

 

Social Sciences Focus

 

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics; or

ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics

 

HDFS 210 Lifespan Development

 

PSYC 101 General Psychology; or

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology; or

POLS 100 American Government;

or GLST 201 Global Studies I

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra**

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

Student Choice

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 3: Engineering, Technology & Math

Ready for a rewarding career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? We prepare our students for the future through a rigorous, practical education focused on problem-solving in one of many STEM majors.

Students can also enhance their degree with many options for real-life work experience right here in Brookings or nearby. Most of our students complete part-time work in their major before graduation at nearby engineering and manufacturing companies who are eager to hire our students and graduates.

Examples of careers in this option include:

  • Agricultural Technician
  • Civil Drafter
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mathematician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Surveyor
  • Transportation Engineer

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

• Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

• Agricultural Systems Technology

• Aviation

• Biotechnology

• Civil Engineering

• Computer Science

• Construction Management

• Electrical Engineering

• Electronics Engineering Technology

• Mathematics

• Mechanical Engineering

• Operations Management

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at 605-688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II; or

ENGL 277 Technical Writing in Engineering

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH**

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey and Lab; or

CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry I and Lab;

PHYS 111/111L Introduction to Physics I and Lab; or

PHYS 211/211L University Physics I and Lab

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 4: Health Sciences

The Health Science option provides undergraduate programs in Athletic Training, Nutrition & Dietetics, Exercise Science, Health Education, and Physical Education. The integration of academic programs, which focus on nutrition, health, recreation, exercise, and human performance, provides students and faculty with unique opportunities to collaborate and to promote interaction among students in different majors with a common focus on promoting health through proper nutrition and physical activity.

Examples of careers in this option include:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Nurse Pharmacist

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Education
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Pre-Professional Interest Areas

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at 605-688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

HDFS 210 Lifespan Development; or

PSYC 101 General Psychology

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

BIOL 151/151L General Biology I and Lab;

CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey and Lab; or

CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry I and Lab;

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 5: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design

Students in the majors in this option will be provided the intellectual fabric and foundation for transforming student passion and creativity into a lifetime of discovery and opportunities for success. Students thrive in an atmosphere of engaged teaching and learning, interdisciplinary research, and partnerships in meaningful service.

Examples of careers in this option include:

• Photographer

• Interior designer

• Publisher

• Graphic designer

•  Architect

• Translator

• Broadcast journalist

• Museum curator

• Musician

• Stage Manager

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

•  Advertising

•  American Indian Studies

•  Architecture

•  English

•  French Studies

•  German

•  Graphic Design

•  History & History Education

•  Interdisciplinary Studies

• Interior Design

• Journalism

• Landscape Architecture

• Music & Music Education

• Spanish

• Speech Communication

• Studio Arts & Art Education

• Theatre

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at 605-688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I; and

ENGL 201 Composition II; or

ENGL 283 Introduction to Creative Writing

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

Student Choice

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

ART 111 Drawing I; or

ARTH 100 Art Appreciation; or

HIST 111 World Civilizations I; or

HIST 121 Western Civilization I; or

MCOM 151 Introduction to Mass Communication;

MUS 100 Music Appreciation; or

THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra; or

MATH 103 Quantitative Literacy

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

Student Choice

** Enrollment based on placement

NOTE: If you know what major(s) you plan to pursue, check the Academic Advising Guide Sheets at catalog.sdstate.edu for specific SGR requirements for your intended program.


BOR System General Education Requirements (SGRs, 30 credits)

Students entering South Dakota State University must meet the 30 credit Board of Regents (BOR) SGRs as part of the total General Education Requirement. Only General Education courses qualify for the Reduced Tuition Dual Credit program.

A course that counts toward a General Education System Requirement at one of the Regental campuses will count toward the same General Education goal at another campus, regardless of whether or not the campus offers that course.


Who should I contact for more information?

College Contacts

College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

College of Education and Human Sciences

College of Natural Sciences

College of Nursing

College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions

Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering

Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College

 

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