To help our students plan for completing and paying for a degree in four years, we provide these plan of study guides as well as a total cost for the total four-year, 120 credit hour program. 

A variety of common factors may affect completion in four years. For example, some students may need to enroll in Math and English courses to prepare for the required courses listed in the four-year plans; some students may pursue two majors; and many students change their major before they graduate. Students should always consult their advisors before completing their schedules.

The estimated costs are calculated for the full four years to complete the program based on the current year tuition and fee rates. Room and board, books and other living and incidental expenses are in addition to the costs listed. Estimates for those costs are available through the undergraduate Admissions Office . Other factors may impact estimated costs such as additional required courses, change of majors, and tuition and fee increases in future years approved by the Board of Regents. Prospective students should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for assistance. Current students should direct their questions to the Business Office at: 605-677-5613 or

Cost difference between programs is due to the use of laboratory or discipline fees collected to benefit the student. SDBOR policy 5:5:4 notes that program fees shall be used to purchase instructional equipment and supplies and pay other operating costs for high cost disciplines. The funds are also available to supplement salaries for faculty within the discipline. The dollars should be used such that they benefit the students enrolled in the discipline. The FY18 approved fee schedule may be accessed at:

*Total Program Tuition and Fees estimates for 2017-18 will be posted no later than July 30, 2017. Current approved tuition and fees may be found at:

Field of Study Program Guide Total Program Tuition and Fees 2016-17*
(Four years/120 credit hours)
College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology (B.A.) $34,268
Anthropology (B.S.) $34,748
Biology - Conservation and Biodiversity (B.S.) $35,988
Biology - Physiology, Cell and Molecular (B.S.) $36,428
Chemistry - American Chemical Society (ACS) (B.S.) $37,188
Chemistry - Coordinate (B.S.) $36,308
Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.A.) $34,388
Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.S.) $34,828
Communication Studies (B.A.) $34,268
Communication Studies (B.S.) $34,788
Computer Science (B.A.) $36,738
Computer Science (B.S.) $37,083
Criminal Justice (B.A.) $34,268
Criminal Justice (B.S.) $34,628
Earth Sciences (B.S.) $35,608
Economics (B.A.) $35,699
Economics (B.S.) $35,939
English (B.A.) $34,268
English (B.A., Creative Writing) $34,268
English (B.S.) $34,868
English (B.S., Creative Writing) $34,868
French and Francophone Studies (B.A.) $34,268
German (B.A.) $34,268
History (B.A.) $34,268
History (B.S.) $34,628
International Studies (B.A.) $34,268
Mathematics (B.S.) $36,408
Media & Journalism (B.A., Journalism) $34,268
Media & Journalism (B.S., Journalism) $34,868
Media & Journalism (B.A., Strategic Communication) $34,268
Media & Journalism (B.S., Strategic Communication) $34,908
Medical Biology (B.S.) $36,868
Native American Studies (B.A.) $34,388
Native American Studies (B.A., Lakota Studies) $34,268
Philosophy (B.A.) $34,268
Philosophy (B.A., Ethics, Law, and Society) $34,268
Philosophy (B.S.) $34,748
Philosophy (B.S., Ethics, Law, and Society) $34,748
Physics (B.S.) $38,248
Physics (B.S., Applied Physics) $38,008
Political Science (B.A.) $34,268
Political Science (B.S.) $34,868
Psychology (B.A.) $34,268
Psychology (B.S.) $34,428
Sociology (B.A.) $34,188
Sociology (B.S.) $34,668
Spanish (B.A.) $34,268
Sport Marketing & Media (B.A.) $34,268
Sport Marketing & Media (B.S.) $34,908
Sustainability (B.A., Natural Sciences) $35,028
Sustainability (B.S., Natural Sciences) $35,268
Sustainability (B.A., Social Sciences) $34,388
Sustainability (B.S., Social Sciences) $34,748
Beacom School of Business
Accounting (B.B.A.) $36,405
Business Administration (B.B.A.) $36,290
Economics (B.B.A.) $36,233
Finance (B.B.A.) $36,290
Health Services Administration (B.B.A.) $36,405
Human Resources Management (B.B.A.) $36,290
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (B.B.A.) $36,290
Management (B.B.A.) $36,290
Marketing (B.B.A.) $37,872
Operation Analytics (B.B.A.) $36,319
School of Education
Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.) $35,073
Elementary Education & Early Childhood Emphasis (B.S.Ed.) $36,231
Elementary Education & Kindergarten Education Emphasis (B.S.Ed.) $35,103
Elementary & Special Education (B.S.Ed.) $36,794
Kinesiology (Exercise Science) (B.S.) $34,108
Kinesiology (Sport Management) (B.S.) $34,268
Secondary Education & Biology Education (B.S.Ed.) $36,058
Secondary Education & English Education (B.S.Ed.) $34,778
Secondary Education & History Education (B.S.Ed.) $34,778
Secondary Education & Mathematics Education (B.S.Ed.) $36,278
Secondary Education & Physical Education (B.S.Ed.) $34,778
Secondary Education & Spanish Education (B.S.Ed.) $34,608
Secondary Education & Speech Communication Education (B.S.Ed.) $34,778
College of Fine Arts
Art (B.F.A.) $35,438
Art Education (B.F.A.) $37,758
Music Education (B.M.) $38,115
Music Performance (B.M.) $35,633
Musical Arts (B.M.A.) $35,473
Theatre (B.F.A., Acting) $35,298
Theatre (B.F.A., Design/Technology) $35,393
Theatre (B.F.A., Musical Theatre) $35,463
Theatre (B.F.A., Theatre) $35,790
School of Health Sciences
Addiction Studies (B.S.) $34,268
Dental Hygiene (B.S.) $37,504
Health Sciences (B.S.) $34,401
Health Sciences (B.S., Paramedic) $34,108
Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.) $42,784
Nursing (B.S.N.) $40,215
Social Work (B.S.) $33,422