Programs

Whether you're itching to hit the workforce, save money and transfer on, or take classes for fun, BSC can help you meet your educational goals. Our Career & Technical programs (including 12 energy-specific options), great selection of liberal arts transfer offerings, 4-year programs on campus and continuing education classes will get you to your beyond!
 
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Programs Offered At BSC

Accounting

The future looks good for accounting majors with good analytical skills. BSC students gain a basic understanding of the world of business and industry, and the technology that enables today's accounting practice. The program offers courses toward the first two years of a bachelor's degree.

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Administrative Assistant

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Available Online

Students are prepared for administrative support staff positions in several industries. All students work with the latest computer technology and a variety of software applications. In addition to classroom study, students gain on-the-job experience through a cooperative education/internship program.


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Agriculture Industry and Technology (Agronomy)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The two-year Agriculture Industry and Technology program prepares students for careers in agronomy. Hands-on engagement is infused throughout the curriculum, and students benefit from cooperative education internships.

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Agriculture, Technology, Food & Natural Resources

Agriculture, Technology, Food and Natural Resources offers a strong foundation for students planning to continue their agricultural education at a four-year college in a wide array of fields including agribusiness, animal/range science, biotechnology, food safety and more.

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Art-Visual

At BSC, students learn how to create art that communicates ideas, thoughts and feelings. Students work in two- and three-dimensional art and general design to develop understanding of the visual language needed to analyze and apply aesthetic knowledge. Graduates earn an Associate in Arts and may transfer as an art major to a four-year institution.

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Automotive Collision Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The 11-month program trains students in all eight instructional areas certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, an evaluation board of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). A class of 18 students begins in the fall.

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Automotive Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

In Automotive Technology, students gain the classroom and hands-on knowledge to repair automotive, mechanical, and electrical systems. Using the latest diagnostic technology, they hone their skills on training vehicles and by working with highly qualified instructors.

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BAS in Energy Management

Available Online

BSC has the only Bachelor of Applied Science in energy management in the nation. Offered entirely online, the four-year degree is designed for people employed in the energy industry, who are interested in advancing their career.

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Biology

The Biology program provides the first two years of core classes toward a bachelor's degree for students pursuing a career in any of the biological sciences. The program also is an important foundation for related career fields such as medicine and biological and environmental engineering, as well as agriculture and wildlife management. An optional internship is available.

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Business Administration

Business administration students receive an education in the world of business and commerce. Accounting, economics, marketing, law and ethics and statistics form the foundation for study. BSC's cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University allow students to pursue a bachelor's degree in this area on the BSC campus.

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Business Education

The BSC Business Education program curriculum is designed for teaching business education in high school. Students can complete the first two years of foundation courses and then pursue a bachelor's degree on campus through BSC's cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University.

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Carpentry (Residential)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Students in the BSC Carpentry nine-month program learn all aspects of residential carpentry by building a single-family home in Bismarck. From blueprint reading to cabinetry, drywall and more, graduates are well versed in their trade and prepared for entry-level carpentry jobs.

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Chemistry

Chemistry forms the basis of all biological and physical science study, including pre-medicine, pharmacy and chemical engineering. BSC's program provides the first two years of core classes toward a bachelor degree for students planning a career in chemistry or related field.

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Computer Science

The BSC Computer Science program provides students with the skills needed to analyze a problem and design and implement a solution to meet the ever-changing demands of industry. Students study computer program design, practicing a variety of high-level programming languages, as well as technology troubleshooting.

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Criminal Justice (Technical)

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Available Online

The Criminal Justice two-year program is comprised of professional and general education courses designed to give students a broad exposure to criminal justice theory and process. Curriculum offers a balanced approach to law enforcement and corrections and focuses on the fundamentals of the field, bypassing general college requirements for the Associate in Arts degree. Students are exposed to contemporary issues and problems, along with sound philosophical insights for understanding society and the ideals of the United States justice system.

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Criminal Justice (Transfer)

This Criminal Justice program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university. Goal is to acquire basic understanding of the criminal justice field. Criminal justice courses provide a working knowledge of the various bureaucratic structures and systems with sociology and psychology courses aiding in the understanding of human behavior. Major concentration options include law enforcement, courts, corrections and security.

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Cybersecurity & Computer Networks

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Available Online

This degree program combines system administration fundamentals with a foundation in cybersecurity concepts. Classes focus on best practices to implement, administer, and secure operating systems and computer networks.

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Digital Audio Production

Available On Campus

This program teaches the technical engineers producing the music imagined by musicians and composers. The first of its kind in North Dakota, Digital Audio Production trains students to work in professional recording and production environments. Students learn digital audio software, as well as musical theory and the music business.

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Economics

Studying economics helps students apply an analytical approach to thinking that will enhance future studies and endeavors. Students learn to express data and information in many ways. Besides general education courses, the curriculum focuses on business law and accounting, statistics, and how micro- and macroeconomics principles function under economic structures, policies and capital markets.

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Education - Early Childhood

A degree in Early Childhood Education prepares students for administration and teaching positions in childcare, preschool, Head Start and after-school programs. BSC offers coursework for transfer to an early childhood education program at a four-year institution.

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Education - Elementary

Elementary and kindergarten teachers introduce children to the basics of math, language, social studies, science and the arts. Students concentrate on general education classes the first year and add courses in children's literature, math and music for elementary teachers, and art/design sophomore year.

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Education - Secondary

A career in Secondary Education offers the reward of making a permanent difference in the lives of children and adults. Students concentrate on general education classes the first year and add courses in their selected major during sophomore year to meet requirements in that specialty.

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Electric Power Technology

Available Online

The online Electric Power Technology program is designed for current and future electric utility workers. The program provides students with a core set of skills and competencies and a broad knowledge of the industry. Students choose a specialization area: Line Construction, Metering or Substation and System Design.

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Electrical Transmission Systems Technology

Available Online

Students learn about the electrical power system in North America, including basic electricity, generation, distribution and transmission, with strong emphasis on system operations. North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) continuing education hours are offered with college credit.

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Electronics Technology

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Available Online
Limited Enrollment

This one-year program provides a basic electronics background. Taught in BSC's well-equipped modern laboratory, coursework includes two semesters of digital electronics and classes in alternating current and direct current analysis, solidstate devices and active devices. On campus courses start in the fall.

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Electronics/Telecommunications Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The Electronics & Telecommunications Technology program provides students with a good basic electronics background with specialization in analog and digital telecommunications, copper and fiber optic media, radio communications, and digital electronics. The program is intense and directly applicable to the job market.

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Energy Services & Renewable Technician

Available On Campus
Available Online
Limited Enrollment

BSC’s Energy Service & Renewable Technician program will prepare graduates for field service technician careers in the rapidly expanding energy industry. Students will study the technical processes through theory and hands-on activities with technician and operational skills utilized in renewable generation and conventional energy facilities.

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Engineering

The Engineering program provides basic curriculum in science, mathematics and other courses required by most engineering schools. Students focus on analysis, problem solving and real-life application of engineering principles. The program can be completed in two or three years, depending on preparation in math, physics and chemistry.

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Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology prepares students for employment as engineering technicians in engineering and construction related industries. Students learn computer aided design (CAD) and Global Information Systems (GIS), industry and laboratory testing procedures, surveying techniques, structural analysis and construction management.

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English

Mastery of the written word is essential for communication in today's global world. Demand is high for those who can read perceptively and write clearly. BSC English courses provide the opportunity for students to explore ideas and to strengthen their writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

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Farm & Ranch Management (Agribusiness)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The Agribusiness Management option is for students who plan on pursuing a business management and/or sales related position with an agribusiness. Curriculum is designed to prepare students to be successful managers and to acquire the knowledge and ability to deal with the challenges in today's agriculture industries.

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Farm & Ranch Management (Farm & Ranch)

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Limited Enrollment

The Farm and Ranch Management option is for those who plan on managing a crop or livestock production operation. Students are trained to make sound scientific and business decisions with a thorough understanding of the latest developments in technology and agricultural production.

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Farm Management Education

Designed to meet the Farm Service Agency borrower training requirements, this program offers a study of the farming business. Participants receive instruction in goal setting, planning, records/accounting and business analysis. Students must be actively engaged in farming or a beginning farmer to enroll.

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Foreign Language

BSC offers a Spanish program that helps students experience the thrill of being able to communicate information, feelings and ideas in another language. Faculty implement traditional teaching methods and the latest technology to develop foreign language skills required for day-to-day tasks and for fostering a global perspective.

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Geographic Informations Systems Technician

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Available Online

BSC's GIS program offers students the opportunity to enter into one of the fastest growing careers in the U.S. Three program options give students flexibility as they learn about cartography, scale, metadata and database management.

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Graphic Design and Communications

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Students in Graphic Design and Communications gain an education that allows them to put their design and multimedia skills to work in any design field. Study includes classroom and lab instruction in a Mac-equipped studio, where students learn layout, typography, print media and reproduction, Web design and digital photography.

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at BSC prepares students to handle the newest technology in this rapidly expanding field. Much of the program is devoted to work in the modern, well-equipped lab, where students master installation and repair procedures, use and care of basic tools and equipment, and how to operate by EPA standards and safety standards set by OSHA regulations.

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History

Studying the past makes history relevant to the present. BSC's History curriculum prepares students for careers in teaching, graduate studies in history, civil service careers, pre-professional training for other professions, museum/archival work, journalism, and other allied fields.

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Human Services/Eligibility Worker

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The Human Services program provides training in basic helping skills and the overview of service delivery and administration needed for entry-level employment in human service agencies. At graduation students are job ready.

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Information Processing Specialist

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Available Online

Students in the Information Processing Specialist program gain highly marketable skills to meet ever-changing technology in business and industry, including knowledge of the most relevant software, troubleshooting and communication. Each student engages in an internship at a local business and leadership development through Phi Beta Lambda. Both the two-year and one-year programs can be completed online.

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Instrumentation & Control Technology

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Available Online
Limited Enrollment

On-campus and online
Limited enrollment

The Instrumentation & Control program prepares students to be an instrument technician. The program combines theory and hands-on training with state-of-the-art instruments, working processes and computerized control systems. Students learn to install, test, calibrate and maintain instruments that measure, indicate and control variables such as pressure, flow, level, density, temperature, force, vibration and chemical composition.

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Lineworker (Electrical)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

BSC's Lineworker program educates students to become skilled apprentice lineworkers. Instruction time is divided between classroom study and indoor and outdoor laboratory work. Classes are held and skills practiced at the Lineworker program campus north of Mandan.

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Management (Technical)

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Available Online

Management is a necessary part of all business and organizational functions. Managers are leaders, deciders and facilitators. BSC's program develops background for management positions is all areas of business and industry. Curriculum includes general education and business courses, many of which may be transferred to a four-year school.

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Management (Transfer)

The Management curriculum affords students the opportunity to obtain rewarding employment in the business field. Curriculum is available in an online format as well as on campus. The area of study is a combination of general education and business courses, many of which may be transferred to a four-year baccalaureate school.

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Management Entrepreneurship Option

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Students in BSC's Management Entrepreneurship program will obtain the skills, tools and experiences necessary to assist in the creation and management of a new business venture. The backbone of this curriculum focuses on satisfactorily completing a business plan and financial analysis. Study involves a combination of general education, business and marketing coursework.

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Mass Communications (Technical)

Available On Campus

BSC's Mass Communications program provides traditional training in the foundations of writing and reporting as well as video and audio broadcast, electronic publishing and digital content. Students gain hands-on experience through the Mystic Media channels -- The Mystician, MystiCast and The MYX.

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Mass Communications (Transfer)

BSC's Mass Communications program provides traditional training in the foundations of writing and reporting as well as video and audio broadcast, electronic publishing and digital content. Students gain hands-on experience through the Mystic Media channels -- The Mystician, MystiCast and The MYX.

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Mathematics

The Mathematics program provides students with a solid foundation in mathematics, university physics, probability and statistics. Students focus on analysis, problem solving, and real-life application of mathematical principles.

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Mechanical Maintenance Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The first of its kind regionally, the Mechanical Maintenance program prepares graduates to install, maintain and repair turbines, compressors, pumps, valves and other industrial production and processing equipment. High-demand jobs are found in the power or process industry, manufacturing, institutions such as schools and other enterprises that have complex, industrial machinery and equipment.

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Medical Laboratory Scientist

A medical laboratory scientist has extensive knowledge of laboratory tests and data. This demanding and rigorous field requires three years of academic studies and one year at an accredited school of medical laboratory science. BSC's pre-professional courses provide the necessary scientific background for transfer.

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Medical Laboratory Technician

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Limited Enrollment

The mission of the BSC Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

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Military Science

Military Science courses offer students a solid understanding of the complex interactions between leaders and others in organizations. Students learn how to train, motivate and counsel personnel, as well as develop teams and teamwork focused on accomplishing specific goals and tasks.

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Music

BSC's music program provides core curriculum for music teachers and professional performers with coursework in music theory, vocal methods, applied music, conducting, piano and more. Performance ensembles are open to all students. Students may earn a four-year degree in music on the BSC campus. Several music scholarships are available.

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Nuclear Power Technology

Available Online

Designed for current and future nuclear power employees, students gain fundamental skills and knowledge needed for many positions in the nuclear industry. Developed in collaboration with EPCE nuclear industry partners, the BSC's Nuclear Power Technology program is approved by the Nuclear Energy Institute.

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Nursing

Nurses are in high demand in North Dakota and throughout the United States. BSC offers several nursing options including a one-year certificate, two-year Associate in Applied Science, or Associate in Science with transfer option to a baccalaureate program -- all of which prepare students for the workforce upon completion.

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Paramedic Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Paramedic Technology, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, and Advanced EMT course, prepare students to become entry-level Emergency Medical Services providers. BSC affiliates with St. Alexius Medical Center, Metro Area Ambulance Service, and other medical entities to provide hospital, clinical and field internship training, plus classroom, laboratory and Internet course education.

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Petroleum Engineering Technology

Available On Campus

The Petroleum Engineering Technology program at BSC trains students for highly technical jobs that support engineers, geologists and geophysicists working in the petroleum industry. Study focuses on data analysis and computer skills in geographic information systems (GIS) applications, PETRA, Microsoft ACCESS and EXCEL, and industry software.

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Petroleum Production Technology

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Available Online

Students in Petroleum Production Technology gain a broad background in the safe and responsible operations and maintenance of equipment used in the oil extraction and services industry. Graduates are prepared for a high paying career and exciting employment opportunities throughout the world.

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Philosophy

Those pursuing a philosophy major should be interested in history and the study of ideas through time. Philosophers pursue the eternal questions that must be considered and reconsidered in each culture and time. The study of philosophy focuses on truth and knowledge, ethics, social and political theory and organization, logic and critical thinking, and the nature of reality.

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Phlebotomy Technician

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Limited Enrollment

The mission of the Phlebotomy Technician program at BSC is to provide a high quality, learning centered education in phlebotomy theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

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Physical Education

BSC's Physical Education program provides the first two years of study toward a bachelor's degree with or without a teaching credential. Curriculum includes four semesters of athletics and specialized coursework in injury care/prevention, first aid, health, and electives in officiating, dance and wellness.

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Physics

Physics explores the nature of matter and energy and provides, together with mathematics and chemistry, the foundation of work in all fields of physical science and engineering. It also has applications in biology and medical science. BSC students take the first two years of core math, chemistry, physics and computer programming courses toward a baccalaureate degree.

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Political Science

The Political Science program at BSC helps students gain knowledge and understanding of politics and political events on all levels of government. The study of political science is an excellent background for law, foreign affairs, government service, politics, journalism and related fields.

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Power Plant Technology

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The fully-accredited Power Plant program is one of BSC's renowned energy programs. It provides students with a strong education in the responsibilities of plant operators, the necessary mechanical and chemical technology, and the work and safety environment necessary for this shift-oriented position.

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Pre-Chiropractic

The Pre-Chiropractic program at BSC provides the first two years of required classes for students planning a career as a chiropractic practitioner. Study includes general chemistry and biology, organic chemistry, college physics, algebra trigonometry and statistics.

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Pre-Dentistry

BSC offers students entering the dentistry field the ability to complete some of the prescribed prerequisites needed to apply to a dentistry program. Coursework contains general education classes with emphasis on the sciences.

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Pre-Medical

BSC students planning to attend medical school are advised to major in biology with health care emphasis. This course of study best prepares students to take the MCAT exam at the end of their junior year.

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Pre-Occupational Therapy

The Pre-Occupational Therapy program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes for students planning a career as an occupational therapist. An occupational therapist is a member of the healthcare team responsible for helping individuals across the lifespan perform tasks of daily living, work and leisure, all of which are referred to as meaningful occupations.

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Pre-Optometry

The Pre-Optometry program at BSC provides core classes toward a bachelor's degree for students planning a career in optometry. Because optometry schools differ in their requirements, BSC offers an extended associate degree program and a variety of courses required by optometry schools.

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Pre-Pharmacy

The Pre-Pharmacy program provides the first two years of core classes for students planning a career in pharmacy. BSC's curriculum is based on the suggested pre-professional curriculum of North Dakota State University's School of Pharmacy.

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Pre-Physical Therapy

The Pre-Physical Therapy program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes for students planning a career as a physical therapist. Physical therapists use techniques to help injured or sick people improve or restore their movement and manage their pain, often reducing the need for surgery or long-term prescription medication. As licensed health care professionals, they are an important part of rehabilitation for patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

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Pre-Radiologic Technology

The Pre-Radiologic Technology program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes toward a bachelor's degree for students planning a career in radiologic technology. Students study human biology, anatomy and physiology, introductory chemistry and microbiology, college physics, and algebra and trigonometry.

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Pre-Respiratory Therapy

The Pre-Respiratory Therapy program provides the first two years of core classes toward a bachelor's degree for students planning a career as a respiratory therapist. Study includes general biology, microbiology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, college physics, algebra and ethics.

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Pre-Veterinary

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program provides the first two years of core classes for students planning a career in veterinary medicine and is not a degree in itself. Most North Dakota residents apply to veterinary colleges in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon or California due to North Dakota's admission agreements with these states.

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Process Plant Technology

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A career in Process Plant Technology provides excellent pay and employability for years to come. Students learn the technical and safety aspects of plant operations, responsibilities of plant operators, and the mechanical and chemical technology needed for working in related industrial operations.

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Psychology

BSC's psychology curriculum enhances knowledge and understanding of human behavior for students pursuing a four-year degree in a psychology or those interested in studying human and animal behaviors. Students can earn a four-year degree in psychology on the BSC campus through a cooperative agreement with Minot State University.

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Religion

Religion is an inter-disciplinary field with its foundation in the humanities. The study of religion helps develop the essential skills of critical thinking, analytical writing, public speaking, and cross-cultural communication. BSC offers the first two years of coursework toward a bachelor's degree in a religious studies specialty.

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Social Work

Social Work is a profession that helps individuals, families, organizations, groups or communities engage resources to alleviate human problems. BSC offers core courses toward a bachelor's degree in social work. Students take courses in psychology, ethics, statistics, government, cultural diversity, social welfare, human services, relationships/self esteem and professional writing.

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Sociology

Sociology explores how people create and maintain society, develop culture and organize the patterns of their lives in families, groups and institutions. BSC offers students the first two years of study toward a bachelor's degree in sociology, anthropology or social and criminal justice.

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Speech Communication

The ability to communicate effectively is essential to all careers, particularly in the practice of law, politics, public relations, broadcasting, business and teaching. The BSC Speech Communication curriculum provides a balance between speech theory and practice, as well as core and selected communications courses toward the first two years of a bachelor's degree.

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Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that has many academic, professional, and personal benefits. Studying abroad provides a great resume builder, is a valuable experience, aides in the development of cross-cultural communication skills, increases cultural awareness, provides leadership skills and independence, and establishes connections throughout the world.

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Surgical Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Surgical Technology is a job readiness program for students interested in the exciting environment of the operating room. Surgical technologists possess an expertise in the theory and application of sterile technique. Their combined knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and surgical instrumentation allows them to aid a physician's performance.

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Technical Studies

Available On Campus

Technical Studies addresses the need for business and industry to attract highly trained workers with a variety of skills and to retain current workers. This custom-designed program is intended for employed individuals to combine elements of two to three disciplines in a meaningful and logical sequence to meet their career goals, to advance a career or to increase job responsibility.

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Theatre Arts

The BSC Theatre Arts program provides freedom to experiment and the encouragement to learn, as well as the first two years toward a four-year degree in theater. A major is not required for participation in either of the two study options -- performance or technical theater. Opportunities include three major productions, BSC Drama Club, student-directed plays and regional competition.

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Undecided/Liberal Arts

BSC's suggested liberal arts curriculum is a good beginning for students still deciding on a career choice or educational major. The suggested coursework helps students investigate several academic areas known collectively as the arts and sciences. The 61-credit program includes two years of foreign language, English composition, speech, history and math. Students may choose 21 credits in elective courses to explore more options.

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Water & Wastewater Technology

Available Online

The Certificate in Water and Wastewater Technology is designed for entry-level employment in water and wastewater treatment facilities. Students attend online training for two semesters and a brief internship or BSC hands-on lab, allowing them to enter the workforce within one year.

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Web Page Development and Design

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Available Online

In this ever-changing, high-demand field, BSC's Web Page Development and Design program offers students training in Web languages, Adobe Creative Suite software, Search Engine Optimization and e-commerce development. Enrollment options include a one-year Certificate or two-year degree.

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Welding

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The one-year Welding program provides students with basic skills for an entry-level job or apprenticeship program. Students spend most time in BSC's modern, well-equipped lab practicing different welding techniques: oxyacetylene, gas tungsten arc, flux cored arc, shielded metal arc, and gas metal arc. In shielded metal arc welding, students develop skills needed to pass the Certified Welder test of the American Welding Society.

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