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Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Patterson Hall, Room 132E
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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Welcome to the Department of Mathematical Sciences

As our world becomes increasingly connected by the internet, math is more important than ever. It provides the basis of every technology we have and helps us plan the technology of the future. 

At USD, our internationally recognized faculty represent a wide variety of research and teaching interests, including both pure and applied mathematics. As a mathematical sciences student, you'll benefit from small class sizes and hands-on research projects. You'll also have the opportunity to intern across the country or across the world, preparing you for a career in accounting, business, teaching and many more.

Join our community of researchers, future planners and problem solvers in the USD Department of Mathematical Sciences.


Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and more.
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Clark Bennett

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Jose Flores

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Catalin Georgescu

Associate Professor
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Kyle Greywall

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Nate Harding

Math Emporium Director
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Ashley Jairam

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Nan Jiang

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Shannon Kortan

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Ramiro LafuenteRodriguez

Assistant Professor
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Yuhlong Lio

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Kristen Maxon

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Gabriel Picioroaga

Associate Professor
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Sally Schmidt

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Betsy Spokas

Senior Secretary
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Nicholas Wulf


Known For Excellence

At USD, you'll find a high quality educational experience strengthened by our faculty's research and creative scholarship. See what makes our department exceptional.

Student Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to mathematical sciences students.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
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Academic Commons

Access the resources and assistance you need all in one convenient, centralized location. The Academic Commons is your one-stop shop for academic, technical and research support.

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Academic & Career Planning Center

Every step of your college journey, USD has the resources that will help you navigate the unknown. These resources ensure that you have every opportunity to be successful upon graduation.

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Academic Development and Faculty Affairs

As a community-based medical school, we rely on professionals from hospitals and clinics throughout South Dakota to help us educate our students. At the Sanford School of Medicine, our faculty members are not only educators, but mentors and researchers as well.

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Academic Affairs

Leading the way for academics at USD.

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Accounting & Finance

Accounting and finance are among the most needed skill sets in the business world. The Division of Accounting and Finance prepares students through hands-on-experience in and out of the classroom so they can lead successful financial careers in any field.

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Addiction Counseling & Prevention

A national leader in addiction counseling and prevention education for nearly 50 years, we emphasize state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches through community partnerships and hands-on experiences.

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Law Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to the USD Knudson School of Law. You've explored the possibilities for your degree — now it's time to get started on your application.

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Office for Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is a resource for campus community members, providing opportunities for all to feel welcome. Our top priority is to develop students into engaged and thoughtful leaders who are prepared to be successful in our increasingly global and complex world.

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Financial Affairs

Financial Affairs manages financial matters at the University of South Dakota, including oversight of Accounting, Budget & Finance and the Business Office.

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Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid works with students and parents to explore the many resources available to help make your college education even more affordable.

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Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment

The Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) supports the university community by providing information, services, and data analysis that inform and enhance strategic decision-making.

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Marketing Communications & University Relations

The Marketing Communication and University Relations department provides USD’s colleges, schools, departments and centers with strategic marketing direction and content creation to support and promote the image and mission of the University of South Dakota.

Center for Teaching & Learning

The Center for Teaching & Learning develops and supports a diverse and inclusive community dedicated to excellent teaching and learning, regardless of location, formality or modality.

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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports and expands competitive research and creative scholarship at USD. The office oversees USD's research function, assisting faculty and researchers, generating student opportunities, and establishing and administering policies governing the conduct of research and overseeing the management of research programs.

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Sioux Falls Student Support & Resources

Navigate your academic and professional journey at USD – Sioux Falls with the support and assistance of faculty, staff and fellow students who are here to guide you every step of the way.

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Parry Center

The Parry Center for Clinical Skills & Simulation is a state-of-the-art learning environment that allows collaboration among students and safely simulates real-patient experiences.

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Center for Brain and Behavior Research

The Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) provides outstanding training of research students and fellows, feeding the pipeline of creative independent scientists in the fields of neuroscience and behavioral science.

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Modern Languages & Linguistics

Connect with others, gain marketable skills and thrive in a culturally diverse world by learning a new language and exploring other cultures.

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Entrepreneurship, Management & Marketing

As the business world continues to grow and diversify, our students graduate with both a firm knowledge of business essentials and the experience they'll need to apply that knowledge to an exciting, ever-changing field.

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Economics & Decision Sciences

Analyzing and applying data is both one of the greatest opportunities and challenges modern business professionals face, and USD's Division of Economics and Decision is there to help you embrace that challenge head on.

Teaching and Research Laboratory

Located in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on USD's campus in Vermillion, the Teaching and Research Laboratory is a centralized location for occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology and sport management, and sports medicine programs. There are collaborative spaces for the various programs, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and clinical spaces that facilitate hands-on learning.

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The School of Education offers resources and support for you in the Center for Student and Professional Services (CSPS). Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you with resources to help you excel personally, academically and professionally.

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Continuing & Distance Education

We play the lead role in the development and coordination of programs and services related to online and off-campus programs and courses at USD.

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Teacher Residency & Education

The Division of Teacher Residency & Education is focused on preparing effective, responsive teachers who can meet the needs of all students in today's schools. Through unique features such as a robust yearlong residency, an emphasis on technology and curriculum that recognizes a variety of learners, our division offers an enriching education for the next generation of educators.

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Military & Veteran Student Services

Honoring military and veteran students and their families with social and academic support as they transition and complete higher education.

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Kinesiology & Sport Management

The Division of Kinesiology & Sport Management offers some of the most popular programs at USD. Home to state-of-the-art technology and nationally-recognized faculty, our division provides students with the networking connections, resources and research opportunities they need to progress in or launch careers in the business and science of movement and sport.

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Counseling & Psychology in Education

We'll train students to make a difference and impact the lives of others as mental health counselors, school psychologists, or human development and educational professionals.

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Anthropology & Sociology

Human behavior. Biology. Culture. Societies. Social change. Explore what brings us together and what makes us unique on biological and social levels through the Department of Anthropology & Sociology.

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Public Health & Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health and Health Sciences emphasizes collaborative learning, equipping students with a rich understanding of the health care field and preparing them to excel in careers such as advocating for health policy, promoting health through education, managing health data analytics and leading collaborative health care teams. The department offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels.

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Curriculum & Instruction

Preparing professional educators to be tomorrow’s leaders in teaching through developmental, integrative and reflective practices.

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USD Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic

At the USD audiology clinic, we know that a full evaluation of your hearing includes responses to tones, speech and assessment of other hearing complaints. We work with you to assess your hearing and discuss your hearing difficulties. We complete comprehensive evaluations for all ages, pediatric to aging adults and all stages of cognitive abilities.

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Scottish Rite Children's Clinic for Speech & Language Disorders

Serving the speech and language needs of children birth to age 21 at our Sioux Falls location.

Archaeology Laboratory

The USD Archaeology Laboratory (ARCHLAB) is the research facility for the anthropology program at USD, home to laboratories, curation facilities, a wet lab and more.

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South Dakota Area Health Education Center

We connect students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health.

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The Department of Art will provide you with unique and applicable real-world experience and connections that enable you to immerse yourself in an environment built for personal and creative discovery.

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Physician Assistant Studies

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies offers the only physician assistant studies program in South Dakota. Graduates of the program have experienced a 100% job placement rate, with many going on to practice in the state's rural areas. Our faculty provide expert training, preparing our students to become compassionate, competent physician assistants who are leaders and collaborators on the health care team.

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Center for Ultra-low Background Experiments at Dakota

USD's Center for Ultra-Low Background Experiments at Dakota (CUBED) fosters collaboration between scientists from across the country who perform extremely sensitive experiments requiring environments free from cosmic radiation.

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Basic Biomedical Sciences

Housed in the state's only medical school, the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences creates an environment of innovative and interdisciplinary research aimed at examining human disease.

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Behavioral Core

Behavioral assessment in animal models is often a necessary component for answering research questions effectively. The Behavioral Core provides a range of paradigms to measure discrete and varied forms of behavior, which can then be related to underlying physiological processes. Our modular equipment and software allow either automated or experimenter-based recording to facilitate rapid acquisition of data.

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Nolop Institute for Medical Biology

Established in honor of Keith Nolop, M.D., a 1975 USD biology graduate, the Nolop Institute for Medical Biology enhances the experience of outstanding undergraduate students majoring in medical biology at USD.

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Research, explore and experience the study of life from the molecule to large biomes in the Department of Biology.

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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering combines science, engineering and medicine to solve human health problems and improve quality of life. Biomedical engineers work with doctors to build medical devices that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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Lee Medical Building

The Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building serves as the home for the Sanford School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences.

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Government Research Bureau

The Government Research Bureau, established in 1939, has a distinguished history of conducting applied research on public policy and administrative issues affecting the State of South Dakota, local governments and American Indian Reservations and nonprofits. Technical expertise and modern and innovative analysis tools are used to assist state and local government officials in the areas of economic development and policy formation.

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Sioux Falls Business Office

The Sioux Falls Business Office provides support to the faculty and students of USD – Sioux Falls.

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Business Office

Providing financial services to our students and university departments.

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Sioux Falls Campus

Located in the heart of South Dakota's largest city, the Sioux Falls campus resides on the campus of Sanford Health and Sanford/USD Medical Center.

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Law Career Services

The Office of Career Services helps our students and graduates connect with meaningful law career and professional development opportunities. Through individual career counseling, job search strategy, professional development programming, resources and connections with employers, we will provide you with valuable opportunities to develop the necessary tools to thrive as a professional.

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Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center provides a wide range of confidential services to currently enrolled USD students at no cost. We offer individual and group counseling, as well as self-help tools and general health information, to help students take care of their mental health and access wellness during their time at USD.

Opportunity Center

The USD Opportunity Center offers a central connection point for campus resources that are designed specifically for student success.

Center for Disabilities

Advocating for increased self-determination, independence and a satisfying quality of life.

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Chiesman Center for Democracy

The Chiesman Center for Democracy promotes and supports democratic principles and active civic engagement.

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Farber Center

At the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, we prepare students for a lifetime of leadership as citizens of the community, state, nation and world.

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Delta Dental Oral Health Center

The Delta Dental Oral Health Center is a new community dental hygiene clinic at USD, named in honor of a $1 million gift from the Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation. Services are open to the public.

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Testing Center

The Testing Center at the University of South Dakota provides a variety of testing services for on-campus, off-campus and distance students.

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Gallagher Center

The Gallagher Center for Experiential Learning & Education Abroad (GC) houses resources for students like you who want to enrich their academic experiences while making themselves marketable after graduation.

Sioux Falls Testing Center

The USD – Sioux Falls Testing Center in provides a quiet, secure and comfortable environment for students to complete exams or study for the next big test.

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Vucurevich Children's Center

Providing a quality learning experience in a child-centered environment.

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South Dakota Oral History Center

The South Dakota Oral History Center collects and preserves voices of the people of the Northern Plains through a collection of more than 5500 interviews.

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USD Chemistry is a tight-knit community of scholars. Undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty work together in the classroom and the laboratory to solve some of today's biggest challenges in health, energy and the environment.

Federal Tax Clinic

Our federal tax clinic provides free legal representation to low-income people in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) while allowing law students to practice tax law.

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Sioux Falls Dental Clinic

Our dental hygiene clinics in Sioux Falls and Vermillion are open to the public. Students learn in the clinics under the close supervision of licensed dentists and licensed hygienists. Our services are offered at reduced rates; however, appointments generally take more time than traditional dental offices.

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Communication Studies

Communication is at the center of everything we do. Explore the role communication plays in our personal relationships, professional experiences and public leadership through the Department of Communication Studies.

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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Gain knowledge of communication disorders and their treatment and take part in world-class clinical experiences, outreach activities and research in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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Computer Science

Learn to develop and manage technology that changes the world in the Department of Computer Science.

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Neuroimaging Core

We support the training, use and analysis of structural and functional neuroimaging data.

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Imaging Core

The goal of the Basic Biomedical Sciences Imaging Core is to provide researchers with access to microscopy instrumentation. With a range of digital imaging microscopy systems, the Imaging Core offers various optical microscopes for slide and cellular biological imaging.

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Proteomics Core

The Proteomics Core facility is a collaborative research enterprise that provides state-of-the-art proteomics services to researchers from South Dakota and the surrounding region.

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Physiology Core

The Physiology Core Facility provides basic and biological researchers with a central resource for creating models of animal physiology and pathophysiology. While our main focus is exploring the effects of cardiovascular disease and cancer in rodents, we can provide support to any aspect of animal research.

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South Dakota Council on Economic Education (SDCEE) improves the quality and quantity of statewide economic and financial literacy education.

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Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)

The USD Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Cleanroom provides businesses and researchers with a facility to produce aseptic pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

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Dental Hygiene

The Department of Dental Hygiene provides students with enriching experiences in and beyond the classroom as they prepare for careers in oral health and oral disease prevention.

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Disability Services

Disability Services is committed to providing services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in all of the activities, programs and services at USD. Our services are available to students with a qualifying and documented learning, physical or psychological disability.

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Graduate Medical Education

Preparing physicians to become kind, skilled leaders dedicated to fulfilling the healthcare needs of our region.

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Office of Medical Education

To help prepare physicians for careers in the 21st century, we provide faculty support with curriculum design, instructional assistance, teaching skills, learner assessment and program evaluations. We support the functions and actions of the Medical Education Committee and ensure our educational program meets standards set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

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Educational Leadership

Preparing education leaders to be effective school administrators.

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Investigate and gain insight into how we understand ourselves and communicate through stories, poetry and other narratives. Cultivate your ability to read and write and think about complex issues with the Department of English.

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Sustainability & Environment

The field of sustainability invites us to examine the world we live in and imagine the possibilities for a brighter future. Find solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges through the Department of Sustainability & Environment.

Sioux Falls Technology Services

Your technology resource for USD - Sioux Falls.

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Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine teaches students to provide quality primary care.

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Head Start

Give your child a head start with free Pre-K resources for children under age 5.

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Health Services Management

Learn to apply business principles to the rapidly growing health care field with the Division of Health Services Management in the Beacom School of Business. Equipped with real-world research projects, internships with industry-changing companies and student leadership opportunities, you'll graduate prepared to lead the charge into the future of health care.

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Wegner Health Sciences Library

Supporting healthcare, education and research for the University of South Dakota and our partners.

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Student Health

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center provides discounted and free services for enrolled USD students.

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At the University of South Dakota, our Department of History houses numerous disciplines that exist at the intersection of curiosity, research, writing, storytelling and the human experience. Find the answers to your questions about people, events, institutions and values with the guidance and support of our exceptional faculty.

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Human Resources

Human Resources works to recruit and retain individuals who share our values and support our mission. Our over 1,200 employees represent a diverse group of educators, researchers, administrators and support staff. Human Resources provides support to cultivate the careers of all our employees through educational and professional development.

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I.D. Weeks Library

Discover the material and resources you need to further your education and research.

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Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides technology support for USD's students, faculty and staff.

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Missouri River Institute

Located along the free-flowing Missouri National Recreational River, the Missouri River Institute explores the natural and cultural resources of the river through its focus on research, education and outreach.

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Internal Medicine

Internal medicine helps prevent the onset of health care problems whenever possible and treats them effectively when they arise.

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International Office

The International Office is home base for USD's international students, who represent more than 50 countries. Our office staff supports students through the entire college experience — starting with the college search process and continuing through graduation. We occupy the Burr House, a former residential house that is now a welcoming office in a convenient campus location.

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Media & Journalism

Media connects us to each other and our world. Explore the art of storytelling and media marketing through the Department of Media & Journalism.

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Medical Laboratory Science

Our department prepares students to act as medical detectives on health care teams. With state-of-the-art facilities, NAACLS-accredited clinical partners, hands-on learning opportunities and expert instruction, we provide students with the robust education they need to become certified medical laboratory scientists.

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McKusick Law Library

A legal information center supporting the USD Knudson School of Law, the USD community, the State Bar, the judiciary and the public.

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Mathematical Sciences

Our renowned faculty will help you understand the wide field of mathematics and how it impacts our everyday lives.

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Military Science

The USD Department of Military Science will train you to be a leader in the field and on the job. Through our Reserve Officer Training Crops (ROTC), we educate and train students to commission as 2nd lieutenants in the United States Army to serve our state and country.

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Develop the skills necessary to be successful in your musical career while gaining lifelong friends and mentors. Whether you are interested in teaching, music performance or music history — or some combination of the three — the Department of Music will provide you with real-world experiences and connections to help you succeed.

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Native Student Services

We aim to provide unique opportunities for Native American students by finding answers you need, people to relate to and support for your future.

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The Department of Neurosciences provides sate-of-the-art teaching and appropriate role models for medical students, teaching our future physicians to diagnose and effectively treat common neurological conditions.

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Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, supporting the state's health care workforce and patient outcomes through quality education.

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Obstetrics & Gynecology

We educate students to provide compassionate health care for women.

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Occupational Therapy

Our department facilitates meaningful research and a robust education for future occupational therapists through the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and an occupational therapy pathway. With state-of-the-art facilities, a small student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on learning opportunities and more, the department prepares students to assist people in achieving their goals, maintaining or rebuilding their independence and participating in everyday activities. 

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Bridging basic and clinical science to improve the diagnosis, treatment and basic understanding of human disease.

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Gentle, honest, sympathetic and respectful children's care.

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Physical Therapy

Our department develops scholars, practitioners and life-long learners who provide evidence-based physical therapy services throughout patients' lives. Under the instruction and mentorship of expert faculty, our students gain the practical knowledge, hands-on experience and confidence they need to thrive as team members and leaders in physical therapy.

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Physics at USD is a community of faculty and students dedicated to excellent teaching and to performing research at the forefront of the field, including the search for dark matter.

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University Police

Ensuring a safe and secure environment for the students, staff and the university community.

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Political Science

Whether you are interested in a career in government and politics, law, the criminal justice system, international relations or a related field, the real-world experiences and connections you find in the Department of Political Science will help you get there.

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The Department of Psychiatry provides exceptional and quality care, opportunities and education in the field of psychiatry.

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Expand your understanding of the human mind and behavior as you develop strengths in research, critical thinking, advocacy and service.

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The Office of the Registrar serves as the institutional guardian for official academic information and records in supporting the faculty, staff and students of the University of South Dakota.

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Social Work

Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work, preparing students to be empathetic, trustworthy and capable social workers. Our faculty bring years of social work experience to the classroom and to their research, and they work to build and improve the field as they develop our future leaders here at USD.

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Providing surgical training and educational experiences for tomorrow's leaders.

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Whether you are interested in a career in acting, musical theatre, design technology or a related field, the real-world experiences and connections you find in the Department of Theatre will help you get there.


Our programs are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provide opportunities for increased access and success in college.

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Merten Hasse Mathematics Contest

The Department of Mathematical Sciences annually hosts the Merten Hasse Math Competition for area middle school and high school students. Students can qualify for several prizes, including a scholarship to USD.



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