The Engineering program at BSC 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. Coursework emphasizes algebra, calculus, chemistry and university physics with electives in surveying, statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials and geology. Students can complete the program in two or three years, depending on preparation in math, physics and chemistry.
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 two- or three-year option would meet all requirements for an Associate in Science degree.
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.
Those planning to transfer elsewhere are strongly encouraged to consult the catalog of their transfer institution and modify BSC's suggested engineering curriculum where necessary.
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.