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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.



Students interested in Engineering Technology will find information here.


The associate in science curriculum for Engineering Transfer is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete baccalaureate degree programs in engineering. The two-to-three year program provides a functional curriculum of engineering, mathematics, communication, and science required by most engineering schools. Multidisciplinary elective course options prepare students for a wide variety of engineering majors. 


Engineers should have an analytical mind, creativity, capacity for detail, ability to work as part of a team, and possess good oral and written skills. High school students should study physics, chemistry, and as much math as possible. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and computer programming is helpful.


Students completing the suggested curriculum for either the 2 Year Plan or 3 Year Plan would meet all requirements for an Associate in Science degree. The 2 Year Plan is best suited for students who have a) completed introductory science courses and pre-calculus prior to enrolling in the program, and b) have the schedule flexibility and capacity to take the suggested courses on the 2 Year Plan advising worksheet. All other students should consider the 3 Year Plan. All students are encouraged to consult the catalog of their transfer institution and with their advisor concerning any modifications to the suggested curriculum appropriate to their unique education and transfer requirements.

The General Education Requirements Transfer Agreement (GERTA) was established by the State Board of Higher Education to ease student transfers within the North Dakota University System. Students planning to transfer into engineering programs at the University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University will likely meet junior standing status provided they graduate with an Associate in Science. However, programs within these institutions may have other requirements beyond GERTA (such as accreditation requirements). Students should review individual program requisites and consult with BSC engineering advisors before registering for classes.

Bismarck State College has many cooperative, articulation, or transfer agreements with postsecondary institutions both inside and outside of the North Dakota University System. Some of these agreements are established to allow students to remain on campus as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In all cases, students seeking to transfer after completing a degree at BSC should consult the academic catalog of their destination college and work with their academic advisor to plan for this transition.

Career Opportunities

Work activities of engineers may include research, design, sales, manufacturing, testing, installation, development, teaching, consulting, business and management.

Career possibilities include engineer (several fields), professional engineer, research and design engineer.



Jennifer Kessler • Jack Science Center 124A

David Sagsveen • NECE 311A