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master's degrees offered by the Spearfish uni versity. "This is Black Hills State's first master's


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he South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a master of science degree in integrative genomics at Black Hills State University, signaling a new direction for


degree in the sciences," Regents President Harvey C. Jewett said. "The deep underground lab project at Homestake is right down the road, and there will be excellent opportunities there for genomics research. At a time when there is substantial state interest in expanding research and graduate education at South Dakota public universities, this degree is an excellent fit for our system and for BHSU in particular," he said. Black Hills State already offers master's


degree programs in education and business. The genomics degree will help recruit students for graduate level study in a technology rich area of emerging science, Jewett said. "This program is likely to have significant benefits forBHSU, with minimalrisktoexistingsystem programs," Jewett said. Integrative genomics is a new area of bio


logical research that seeks to place the func tional significance of an organism's many genes into an ecological and evolutionary con


BHSU now offers graduate degree in science


text. In a practical sense, integrative genomics allows scientists to understand the success story that each species represents. According to Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the


College of Arts and Science at BHSU, the new master's degree in integrative genomics is one of only a handful nationwide. This is a field that is breaking new ground in


biology because it can help us understand the interplay between genetics and the ecology and evolution of organisms, Downing says. She added that a unique feature of the new


degree is the option to do either research leading to a thesis or an internship with a biotechnology company. The two tracks afford students more choices from building a stronger foundation for success in a doctoral program to gaining busi ness training and experience for a career in biotechnology. This new graduate degree expands the mis


Dr. Cynthia Anderson (left), asso- ciate director of the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources at BHSU, reviews pro- cedures with Laurelin Cottingham, a senior from Rapid City. Science students now have the option of pursuing a master's degree in integrative genomics.


sion for the College of Arts and Sciences, which opens the door to exciting new possibilities for Black Hills State University, Downing says. The new degree will be offered starting this


fall. Five students are expected to enroll in the first year, with an average of four students grad uating each year once the program is fully oper ational.


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