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BSC and UND announce collaborative engineering bachelor’s degree

Published: Jan 26 2021
Bismarck State College (BSC) and the University of North Dakota (UND) have created a collaborative engineering program resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from UND earned on the BSC campus. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, leadership from the two institutions signed an agreement that will create a pathway for students to complete their engineering bachelor’s degree in Bismarck.
 
Students in this four-year engineering program option will benefit from BSC's strong pre-engineering program as well as UND's 31-year history of distance education in engineering. After completing their associate degree from BSC, students will transition into the UND distance program to complete their ABET-accredited bachelor's degree with local support from both BSC and UND.

“As a polytechnic institution, our mission is to create career pathways for students and create economic opportunity for business. This partnership exemplifies both of those goals. It provides a high-quality collaborative program to students in a convenient, timely, flexible and cost-effective manner right here in Bismarck,” says BSC President Doug Jensen. “It makes an engineering degree more feasible for those aspiring to be an engineer and builds the talent needed in the business community.”
 
The BSC/UND collaborative engineering program includes Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
 
“I am thrilled to sign this program agreement that will connect academic programs offered by BSC and UND. Both institutions are focused on academic excellence, and this new agreement will enable BSC students to readily earn both their associate degree and ultimately their bachelor’s degree in engineering. This is an amazing program that will allow both institutions to contribute to developing well-educated graduates and technical leaders for the State of North Dakota,” says UND President Andrew Armacost.
 
Both campuses will maintain compliance with state and national accreditation guidelines and the collaboration will benefit the engineering workforce needs of the region and beyond by providing high-quality engineering graduates.
 
New students interested in this engineering degree pathway can apply for the Fall 2021 semester at bismarckstate.edu/apply. Current BSC pre-engineering students should apply at UND.edu.

*Photo: BSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Daniel Leingang (left), BSC President Douglas Jensen (middle) and Dean of UND College of Engineering & Mines Brian Tande (right) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on engineering education delivery, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Bismarck. UND President Andrew Armacost joined the signing event via interactive video.