Board of Regents approves new USD associate degree, certificate programs

VERMILLION, S.D. – A new associate degree in integrated science, an undergraduate certificate in art specializations and a pair of certificate programs at the University Center- Sioux Falls are among the University of South Dakota programs approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. 

Aimed at meeting identified workforce development needs, the associate degree in integrated science will blend instruction in the fields of chemistry, biology and physics. Students will receive specialized training in regulatory affairs and biomedical technologies, preparing them for careers in the growing bio-tech sector in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. Set to start next fall, the two-year degree also provides a pathway for students to pursue further study at the bachelor degree level in biomedical engineering, medical laboratory science, and biology.

The undergraduate certificate in ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture offers an additional credential for students who major in art, but may also appeal to students from other degree fields who wish to gain additional expertise.

The Board also approved a new certificate in web design at University Center-Sioux Falls and will also bring an existing certificate program in graphic design to the off-campus center. Both are offered through the University of South Dakota.

Available next fall, the certificate in web design is developed for students interested in graphic design, media studies and business careers. Students will learn specialized skills in graphics, typography and design. Federal labor data project a 27 percent job growth nationally for web designers through 2024.

Also offered at the University Center – Sioux Falls and beginning next summer, USD’s undergraduate certificate in graphic design is aimed at students working in business, media and journalism and computer-related fields. The 12-hour certificate program stacks courses that can be seamlessly applied to an associate degree in general studies or to USD’s on-campus bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

Certificate programs usually require fewer credit hours to complete than a minor. They are developed by packaging a small set of courses that allow students to develop expertise within a focused area of study, addressing identified market and workforce development needs.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News