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South Dakota School of Mines Adds Petroleum Minor

Posted on: 06/20/2014
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology announced that it is adding a minor in petroleum systems as part of its broader initiative to focus on the booming energy industry. The Rapid City school is equidistant from three of the largest energy-producing regions in the U.S.: the Williston Basin to the north, the Powder River Basin to the northwest and the Denver Basin directly south. The college also announced in April that it was launching a Shale Research Institute with the help of Rapid City-based engineering consultant RESPEC.

The new minor in petroleum systems will be available to all university students beginning in the fall, pending approval from the state Board of Regents. Coursework will include drilling and production engineering, fluid mechanics and a field course. The school said it likely will add a staff member to support the program, and is looking for someone "renowned throughout industry and higher education."

The school is also developing a graduate certificate in petroleum systems, which will be open to both graduate students and professionals.

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