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. Coursework emphasizes algebra, calculus, chemistry and university physics with electives in surveying, statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, and others. 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 North Dakota University System (NDUS) General Education Requirements Transfer Agreement (GERTA) was established by the State Board of Higher Education to ease student transfers within the university system. With this in mind, students who are planning on transferring into engineering programs at the University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University will likely meet junior standing status as transfer students provided they graduate with an A.S. degree. However, the individual programs within these institutions may still have other essential program requirements above and beyond GERTA (such as accreditation course requirements) so students are encouraged to consult the program requirements of their transfer institution and visit with engineering advisors at BSC before registering for classes.
Students planning on transferring elsewhere are strongly encouraged to consult the curriculum of their transfer institutions and modify the BSC 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.