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Math, Science, & Tech

The Department of Math, Science and Technology prepares students for a variety of careers in STEM fields.

Oglala Lakota College’s Department of Math, Science, and Technology offers a variety of degree programs that prepare students for careers and advanced degrees in STEM Fields upon graduation. Intertwining expert knowledge of related subject matter with the inspirational culture of the Lakota people, the Department of Math, Science, and Technology works diligently to provide hands-on learning opportunities and experiences that better the quality of life for those within our tribal communities.

Through OLC’s Math, Science, and Technology degree programs, students have the opportunity to grow throughout their tenure, alongside renowned faculty who are committed to ensuring the greater success of OLC’s students upon graduation. Whether you’re looking to develop the skills you need to dive head-first into a STEM-related field of work upon graduation, or are looking to build the platform you need to excel in a continued education setting, you’re sure to leave OLC with all the skills you need to succeed in your respective career field.

A.A.S. Information Technology

Our vision is to provide the Pine Ridge and surrounding areas quality InformationTechnology professionals with a background and foundation in operating systems and networking.

Information Technology Department graduates will demonstrate a technical networking mind to fulfill the Information Technology needs of the Oglala Lakota People.

The student learning outcomes describe the knowledge, skills and core competencies of Information Technology graduates of Oglala Lakota College. Our goal in Information Technology is tograduate students who demonstrate a technical networking mind as network managers to fulfill the Information Technology needs of the Oglala Lakota People.

The Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology is a two-year terminal degree that provides its recipients with knowledge and skills to become a successful IT technician.

B.S. Information Technology

Our vision is to provide the Pine Ridge and surrounding areas quality Information Technology professionals with a background with a foundation in operating systems and networking. Information Technology Department graduates will demonstrate a technical networking mind to fulfill the Information Technology needs of the Oglala Lakota People. 

When an IT student accumulates 28-43 credit hours, the student must submit an application to the MST department for a BS IT Degree. When accepted, the student will join a cohort and be assigned an IT faculty member who will be the student's adviser. 

A.A.  Pre-Engineering

In collaboration with the South Dakota Board of Regents, Oglala Lakota College’s Associate of Arts in Pre-Engineering degree program prepares students to transfer into accredited engineering and science baccalaureate programs in the state of South Dakota. Whether you’re looking to pursue a major in civil, geological, mechanical, chemical, electrical, or computer engineering upon graduation, you’ll have the tools and skills you need to succeed, no matter where you transfer to. (2 year program)

Students pursuing an A.A. in Pre-Engineering have the opportunity to transfer course credits to ABET-accredited science and engineering programs at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T), as well as South Dakota State University (SDSU).

B.S. Natural Science

By pursuing a B.S. in Natural Science from Oglala Lakota College, you’ll spend time expanding your knowledge on the disciplines of mathematics, physical, and biological sciences to collaboratively solve multi-faceted environmental issues in conservation biology, earth science, and natural resources. With a B.S. in Natural Science, you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in careers related to natural science, as well as prepare yourself to pursue further educational paths related to the subject matter.

In addition to classroom learning, OLC students pursuing a degree in Natural Science have the opportunity to explore and learn from research-based experiences in the field or lab. Directly impacting our tribal communities, these research opportunities provide for the better well-being of the Lakota people and its sacred resources. (4 year program)

A.A. Life Science

Explore the important connections linking health-related issues and the environment as you prepare for a future career in Nursing or Secondary Education with an A.A. in Life Science at Oglala Lakota College. In this program, students have the opportunity to dive deep into the foundational principles and methodology spanning across subject matters including biology, chemistry, Lakota studies, and more. With a degree in Life Science you can expect to establish and enrich a greater knowledge of the various areas of life science, which form to provide the base necessary to transfer into accredited Nursing and Secondary Education baccalaureate programs at OLC and elsewhere. (2 year program)

Bachelor of Science in Natural Science

Bachelor of Science in Natural Science
Conservation Biology
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Fall Spring
Engl 103 LSoc 103 100-level Science Elective Bio 143 LSci 203 Bio 223 Bio 303 Math 163 Humanities Elective Biol 453 Conservation Biology Elective
SpCm 103 Range 103 Math 123 Math 154 Chem 231 Chem 241
NSci 253 GIS 313 Biol 463 Bio 463
Lak 103 Eng 113 Bio 153 Bio 161 Chem 233 Chem 243
Conservation Biology Elective Literature Elective Conservation Biology Elective Conservation Biology Elective
MIS 113 Physics 113 Bio 151 Bio 163 Lak 233 Sci 273
NSci 393 Bio 413 Conservation Biology Elective NSci 493


Lakota Elective
Social Science Elective





12 cr. 12 cr. 13 cr. 11 cr. 13 cr. 10 cr. 3 cr. 12 cr. 12 cr. 12 cr. 12 cr.
Download BS in Natural Science - Conservation Biology Plan of Study

Bachelor of Science in Natural Science
Earth Science
Pre-College Courses Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5

Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
Math 083/093 Engl 103 Lak 233
Geol 153
LSci 203
Physics 113
GIS 213
GIS 313
NSci Watershed Assessment Techniques
Nsci 463
Math 103 Lak 103
Engl 113
Bio 153
NSci 253
Sci 273
Geol 213
NSci 363 Chem 323
NSci 493
RW 083/093 Math 134
Math 154
Bio 151 Bio 223
Chem 243
Earth Science Elective
Nsci 393
Earth Science Elective
Earth Science Elective

MIS 113 Geol 143
Math 163
Chem 233
Chem 241
LSoc 103
Earth Science Elective
Humanities Elective
Humanities


100-level Science Elective SpCm 103
Chem 231
Math 123
Literature Elective
Lakota Elective






Earth Science Elective
Earth Science Elective





13 cr. 16 cr. 13 cr. 16 cr. 13 cr. 15 cr. 15 cr. 12 cr. 12 cr.
Download BS in Natural Science - Earth Science Plan of Study

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Pre-College Courses
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4


Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
Math 083a RW 083b
MIS 113
Psy 103
Sci 113
IT 273
IT 383
SoSc 313
IT 493a
IT 493b
Math 083b
RW 083b Engl 103
Engl 113
IT 153
IT 133
IT 323
IT 363
Free IT 423
Math 093
RW 093
Sci Elective
Hum Elective
IT 203
Free
IT 313
IT 373
IT 413
IT 443
Math 103
Math 134
Lit Elective
Math 154
Math 263
IT 243
IT 303
Lak Elec
IT 403
IT 473


SpCm 103
Lak 103
Lak 233
LSoc 103
Lak Elec
IT 333
Free
IT 453
Download BS in Information Technology Plan of Study

Associate of Arts in Pre-Engineering

Associate of Arts in Pre-Engineering
Pre-College Courses Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
RW 083/093 MIS 113
Engl 113
SpCm 103
Humanities Elective
Social Science Elective
Math 083/093 Math 154
Lak 103
Lsoc 103 or
LHist 203/213
Approved Professional Elective Lakota Elective
Math 103 Engl 103
Math 163
Chem 243
Math 214
Math 224
Phys 113
Math 123
Chem 233
Chem 241
Physics 214
Phys 223/1

Engr 101
Chem 231
Math 194
Approved Professional Elective Approved Professional Elective

Engr 111

Approved Professional Elective



15 cr. 16 cr. 17 cr. 17 cr. 16 cr.
Download AA in Pre-Engineering Plan of Study

Associate of Arts in Life Science

Associate of Arts in Life Science
Pre-College Courses
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
Math 093
RW 093
Lak 103
Math 154
Lakota Elective
Bio 204
Bio 234
Math 103

Engl 103
Engl 113
Bio 153
Bio 224
MIS 113
Math 134
SpCm 103
Psy 103
Bio 151
Bio 163
Science Elective


100 Science
LSoc 103
Chem 233
Bio 161
Science Elective Lab




Chem 231
Lak Elective





Humanities Elective




12 cr. 13 cr. 14 cr. 12 cr. 11 cr.
Download AA in Life Science Plan of Study

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