SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University in Brookings will deepen its science program by offering a doctorate degree in biochemistry.
The Board of Regents says state job growth in that field is outpacing the nation, so the panel approved the school's request for the degree at its meeting in Spearfish.
The university has offered a biochemistry track within its doctoral program in chemistry since 2005. But the school says it has been more difficult to recruit students to a chemistry program who want a biochemistry degree.
State economic development officials have identified biosciences as a targeted area for job development. The Regents says the number of such employers has grown 55 percent between 2001 and 2009.