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School Overview

Created in 1939, Bismarck State College is a community college that offers associate's degrees and workforce training in the form of technical certificates and diplomas. Unlike other community colleges, Bismarck State College also offers full bachelor's degrees: approximately 20 bachelor's degree and several graduate degrees are offered on campus through the college's collaboration with other institutions in the University of North Dakota University System. The college also has a robust online program. Online students can choose from 16 online programs, including the Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management.

Student Appeal

Bismarck State College offers a wide variety of educational options to fit online student's different goals and paths. First and second-year students often transfer to another institution for their bachelor's degrees upon completion of Bismarck State College's associate's degree programs, enhance their job skills with technical program certificates or diplomas, or gain bachelor's or graduate-level degrees. The college also makes an innovation statement with the goal of constantly adapting to new challenges and training tomorrow's leaders today. The college's National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center is nationally designated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

School Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electric Power Technology

    The Associate in Applied Science degree in Electric Power Technology was developed in collaboration with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE). Designed for future and current electric utility workers, the degree provides students with the core skills and competencies needed to work in the industry. Students complete core classes and then specialize in one of the following: Substation, Metering, Line Construction, or System Design.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electrical Transmission Systems Technology

    The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electrical Transmission Systems Technology program's goal is to satisfy the industry's demand for qualified system operators. System operators ensure that electrical transmission systems are correctly managed, delivered, safe, and reliable. Students learn about North America's electrical power system and system operations.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nuclear Power Technology

    Bismarck State College's Nuclear Power Technology program is approved by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and was established with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE). Designed for future and current nuclear power employees, the program prepares students for various positions in nuclear power technology, such as non-licensed operator, and health physics positions in nuclear generation systems.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Petroleum Production Technology

    The Associate in Applied Science degree in Petroleum Production Technology teaches students how to safely and responsibly operate and maintain the equipment that is used to extract oil. Job opportunities for trained technicians and operators are great for graduates because gas production and oil volumes and reserve estimates are increasing in the North Dakota region.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Power Plant Technology.

    The Associate in Applied Science degree in Power Plant Technology prepares students for entry-level jobs in facilities that generate electricity, such as water treatment facilities, fossil fuel power plants, and gas turbine facilities.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Process Plant Technology (PTEC)

    This program teaches students everything they need to know about process plant technology, preparing them for employment in operating gasification plants, refineries, petrochemical plants, ethanol plants, and natural gas processing plants.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Administrative Assistant

    This associate's degree prepares students to take administrative assistant positions in a variety of offices. Courses include Business English, Microsoft Database, Presentations, and Office Management.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Human Services

    The Associate in Applied Science in Human Services prepares students to work in agencies that help and serve people, such as group homes, schools, and social welfare agencies. Skills that students learn include case management, needs assessment, and advocacy. The program combines online courses with an internship.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Information Processing Specialist

    In two years, students receive training in database, keyboarding, word processing, electronic presentations, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, Internet research, creation of web pages, and operating systems. Upon completion of the program, students can work as information processing specialists in a wide variety of organizations, including government agencies, law offices, and banks.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Instrumentation & Control

    The Associate in Applied Science in Instrumentation & Control program prepares students for employment in the process technology, energy generation, chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries working with instrumentation and control systems.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Management

    This degree teaches students basic management knowledge and skills. Courses include Sales Management, Project Management, Introduction to Computers, and Accounting. Students with this degree may also transfer to another institution for a bachelor's degree in a related area.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Renewable Generation Technology

    Students with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Renewable Generation Technology have the skills and knowledge necessary to gain entry-level employment in the renewable energy industry. Courses focus on geothermal, wind, biomass, solar, fuel cell, hydro and tidal generation.

  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Web Page Development & Design

    In this program, students learn how to develop and design web pages using web languages such as XHTML, XML, and JavaScript. During the program, students take several Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) exams in their specific area of study. Upon passage of the exams, students receive the CIW designation.

  • Associate in Applied Science degree in Geographic Information Systems

    Geographic Information Systems is a multidisciplinary science that incorporates geography with technology. The Associate in Applied Science degree in Geographic Information Systems equips students with the knowledge and skills required to use GIS applications.

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Criminal Justice

    Students with an Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice may find employment as a detective, police officer, narcotics investigator, probation officer, and county sheriff. Students can also transfer to a bachelor's degree program. The program provides a broad understanding of the criminal justice system.

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management

    The only Bachelor of Applied Science Energy Management program in the country, this program examines the issues that supervisors and managers face in the energy industry. The eight-week program is offered from the National Energy Center of Excellence. Courses include Energy Production and the Environment, Energy Markets and Structures, and Managing Energy Facilities.

  • Certificate in Electric Power Technology Certificate in Electric Power Technology

    The Certificate in Electric Power Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Electric Power Technology but requires only 57 semester credit hours rather than 68 semester credit hours. The shorter certificate program is designed for working students who do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Certificate in Electrical Transmission Systems Technology Certificate in Electrical Transmission Systems Technology

    The Certificate in Electrical Transmission Systems Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Transmission Systems Technology but requires only 55 semester credit hours rather than 66 semester credit hours. The shorter certificate program is designed for working students who do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Certificate in Electronics Technology Certificate in Electronics Technology

    Students with a Certificate in Electronics Technology can help repair, install, and maintain complex electronic systems. The one-year program prepares students to be employed as electronic technicians in a wide variety of industries.

  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Technician Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Technician

    The Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Technician is designed to be a supplement to another course of study. Students take courses such as Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, GPS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and Advanced GIS Applications. The certificate requires 34 semester credit hours to complete,

  • Certificate in Nuclear Power Technology Certificate in Nuclear Power Technology

    The Certificate in Nuclear Power Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nuclear Power Technology but requires 56 semester credit hours rather than 67 semester credit hours. The shorter certificate program is designed for working students who do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Certificate in Petroleum Production Technology Certificate in Petroleum Production Technology

    The Certificate in Petroleum Production Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Petroleum Production Technology but requires 53 semester credit hours rather than 64 semester credit hours. The shorter certificate program is designed for working students who do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Certificate in Power Plant Technology Certificate in Power Plant Technology

    The Certificate in Power Plant Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Power Plant Technology but requires only 56 semester credit hours rather than 67 semester credit hours. The shorter certificate program is designed for working students who do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Certificate in Process Plant Technology (PTEC) Certificate in Process Plant Technology (PTEC)

    The Certificate in Process Plant Technology (PTEC) is similar to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Process Plant Technology (PTEC) but requires only 56 semester credit hours rather than 67 semester credit hours. The shorter certificate program is designed for working students who do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Certificate in Renewable Generation Technology Certificate in Renewable Generation Technology

    The Certificate in Renewable Generation Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Renewable Generation Technology but requires only 58 semester credit hours rather than 69 semester credit hours. The shorter certificate program is designed for working students who do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Diploma in Instrumentation & Control Diploma in Instrumentation & Control

    The Diploma in Instrumentation & Control is similar to the Associate in Applied Science in Instrumentation & Control but requires only 63 semester credit hours rather than 69 semester credit hours. The shorter diploma program is designed for students who do not plan on pursing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Diploma in Power Plant Technology Diploma in Power Plant Technology

    The Diploma in Power Plant Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Power Plant Technology but requires less semester credit hours to complete. The shorter diploma program is designed for students who do not plan on pursing a bachelor's degree in the future.

  • Diploma in Process Plant Technology (PTEC) Diploma in Process Plant Technology (PTEC)

    The Diploma in Process Plant Technology is similar to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Process Plant Technology but requires less semester credit hours to complete. The shorter diploma program is designed for students who do not plan on pursing a bachelor's degree in the future.

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