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Regents approve academic offerings

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Students at South Dakota State University will have a few new academic options available to them, including two minors in land evaluation and in rural real estate and a specialization in geographic information sciences.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the new offerings at its meeting this week in Vermillion.

The minors in land valuation and rural real estate will appeal to students majoring in agriculture, business economics, construction management, geography and other fields. This 19-credit hour minor prepares graduates with skills in economics, finance, mathematics and law for careers in bank lending, real estate investment trusts, farm and estate succession planning, economic development and planning, insurance and construction management.

A specialization in geographic information sciences will be an option for students studying for the master of science degree in geography at SDSU. This specialized course of study prepares graduates to use and apply geographic information systems, cartography, remote sensing, global positioning systems and spatial statistics.