SD Mines Adds Business Management in Technology Degree

SD Mines Adds Business Management in Technology Degree

Business Management knowledge is incredibly important as engineers and researchers develop plans for entrepreneurship. Resources are available to tenants at the Ascent Innovation Center, however, the background knowledge now available to future generations of students will be an exciting addition to their schooling. 


RAPID CITY, SD  – In response to industry’s call for graduates with both STEM and business education, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is adding a new undergraduate degree for fall of 2019 – Business Management in Technology.

Business Management in Technology is an integration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with management and business classes. The new major is being offered in collaboration with Black Hills State University in Spearfish, however the degree will be issued by SD Mines upon graduation.

Students will take business courses from BHSU either online or at the BHSU center in Rapid City. The STEM classes will be offered by SD Mines on its campus. Some of the required curriculum will include calculus, business statistics, chemistry, physics and managerial communications.   

“For years, industry has been requesting more business education for students coming out of the SD Mines programs,” saysLance Roberts, head of the SD Mines Department of Mining Engineering and Management. “Industry wants experts in engineering and science who also have skills in business. At our twice annual Career Fair on campus, this topic comes up often. The new Business Management in Technology degree will fill that need.”

Careers in the area of business management in technology might include technical sales (for instance working for Caterpillar in sales); manager of large, multidisciplinary engineering and science projects; manager of a technical business; business owner and financial manager of STEM-related projects.   

“We’re excited to add the Business Management in Technology degree at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology,” says Mines President Jim Rankin. “This new program will give students a broad knowledge and skill set in both the business world and the STEM world. It will really set them up for success in their future careers.”

For more information about the Business Management in Technology at SD Mines, click here.


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