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USD to offer bachelor's degree in medical biology this fall

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a bachelor’s degree in medical biology that will be offered to students enrolling at the University of South Dakota beginning this fall.

According to Matthew Moen, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at USD, the B.S. in medical biology is a stepping stone for students hoping to attend medical school or a graduate program in health sciences.

“Medical biology is a logical major for students wishing to attend the Sanford School of Medicine,” said Moen, “and its addition only strengthens USD’s regional reputation as a center of learning and discovery in the life sciences and medicine.”

The new medical biology degree is designed to prepare USD students for admission into medical school and other health care professional programs, including dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy and podiatry. The program’s curriculum will also reflect the latest national trends in medical education and is a collaborative effort between the Sanford School of Medicine and USD’s College of Arts & Sciences.

“It is exciting to have faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine working together to offer this opportunity to students interested in obtaining the best preparation for careers in the medical profession,” added Ron Lindahl, Ph.D., executive dean of the Sanford School of Medicine.

Please visit for more information about the B.S. in medical biology major or for a complete listing of all undergraduate majors at the University of South Dakota.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News