The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from four public universities to meet emerging workforce and community development needs across the state.
South Dakota State University had the following requests approved:
- A new minor in engineering management will provide students with enhanced skills in production strategy, project management, engineering systems management and cost analysis. The 18 credit-hour minor will appeal to students enrolled in engineering, applied science and technology disciplines. This minor will be available through online delivery.
- A new undergraduate certificate in preconstruction planning offers foundational skills in plan layout and development, construction materials and commercial building methods, along with an understanding of building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The 12 credit-hour certificate is stackable to degrees in construction technology and construction management at SDSU, and will be available online.
- Students pursuing the doctor of philosophy degree in computational science and statistics at SDSU will be required to select a specialization in either data science, mathematics or statistics to complete their academic preparation leading to a distinct career path. Officials expect these specializations to further assist in recruiting high-quality graduate students into the Ph.D. program.