Academics at BHSU Rapid City
Learn about the academic options at BHSU-RC


A.S. Networking and Security Admin 


  • Program designed to help students gain experience with installing firewalls and working with routers or switches along with the fundamentals of basic security, systems, and networking.
  • Housed at Dakota State University, students can enroll in this program as the first step in a 2+2 program in progression to receive a B.S. degree from DSU. Partnership with BHSU includes general education courses delivered through BHSU in Rapid City. DSU classes will be delivered asynchronously online with three face to face meetings each semester in Rapid City.
  • All students will be assigned an online academic advisor from the Beacom College at DSU. Students will also be assigned a BHSU-RC advisor while attending the Rapid City campus.
  • Credit for prior experience and transferring in courses for the major will be handled through the DSU Beacom College faculty on a student-by-student basis.

Job Titles: Graduates will have the skills necessary to work with information technology infrastructure required in today’s businesses, with job titles that include system administrator, network system engineer, system analyst, network analyst, network application developer and technical consultants.

BHSU-RC Face to Face Courses: MIS 105, MIS 150, 24 credits of gen eds required

Criminal Justice to Human Services - Justice Studies 2+2


  • This program is designed for students who have graduated with an A.A.S. Criminal Justice degree from Western Dakota Tech pursuing a B.S. degree through BHSU specifically in Human Services-Justice Studies.
  • A block of 60 credit hours will automatically transfer in to BHSU requirements.
  • Students will take an additional 60 credit hours from BHSU within the Human Services-Justice Studies curriculum and any remaining general education requirements.

Courses: Remaining General Education Courses include ENGL 201, College level math, two arts and Humanities, two natural sciences and labs, and Introductory Speech. Human Services core requirements. Justice Studies emphasis credits.

A.S. Agriculture Science


  • Agricultural Science offers students a practical introductory education in agriculture. The foundational understanding of agriculture allows graduates to qualify for career opportunities in production agriculture or entry level business and sales positions. Students within this program are able to transition into a bachelor's degree program at SDSU.
  • The two-year Agricultural Science program is designed for the student who does not find it advisable or possible to enter a regular four-year college program in Agriculture Science.
  • All courses from SDSU will be delivered via an online format.
  • Courses from BHSU can be taken face to face in Rapid City or online.

 A typical student in this Associate of Science program could be one who desires some education but not necessarily four years before returning to the farm or ranch.

Courses: 24 credits of gen eds required through BHSU

Contact: The SDSU contact in Rapid City is Moneik Stephens at or at 605-718-4145

South Dakota State University is committed to providing quality education no matter where our students live.  Just because you can’t attend classes at SDSU’s main campus in Brookings, SD doesn’t mean you can’t receive the benefits of an SDSU education and be a Jackrabbit.

By offering programs at BHSU-RC, SDSU extends the same quality education to students who want to earn their degree while living and working in their home community.  Simply put, SDSU is here to accommodate lives already full of responsibilities.  We provide access to change the future.  Your future. The next step is yours.  Check out our available programs at BHSU - Rapid City.

Bachelor Degrees

Master Degrees: Graduate Counseling and Human Development Program

The University of South Dakota (USD) is an academic leader in the state and region.  USD is South Dakota's designated liberal arts institution and its flagship university.  It offers more than 115 majors through its eight schools and colleges.  USD is home to the state's only Law School, Medical School, School of Health Sciences, and College of Fine Arts. The Beacom School of Business is South Dakota's only AACSB-accredited business school, and the College of Arts & Sciences is the regional center for liberal arts education.  The University has been continuously accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913.

The University of South Dakota, through BHSU-RC, provides undergraduate in Rapid City.  At BHSU-RC, USD offers programs and classes designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students in Rapid City and the surrounding area.

Bachelor's Degrees


Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.