Bismarck State College

1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

School Details

Students can complete associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs, from home through Bismarck State College’s online campus.


A large number of eLearning programs focus on energy technology programs, ranging from the Waste and Wastewater Technology certificate to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electric and Power Technology, or the Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management. Other online degrees in addition to the energy-related programs include, but are not limited to, studies in: business administration, computer support services, criminal justice, electronics, geographic information systems, management, web design, and human services.  

The online environment varies among programs, but most often features shorter intensive classes extending from 3 weeks to 8-week sessions that are offered throughout the entire year. Virtual courses are delivered via Pearson LearningStudio and typically include weekly assignments, quizzes, and tests. The Online Helpdesk provides technical support.

BSC has an open admissions policy. Students applying to BSC must submit:

  • BSC application for admission and application fee (fee waived for military personnel)
  • Prior transcripts, including high school, GED, college and/or military transcripts
  • Assessment scores for degree-seeking students and/or students enrolling in math or English

Students may qualify for prior learning credit as outlined by the American Council on Education (ACE), and Bismarck State recognizes possible AP, CLEP, military training, BSC challenge assessment credit, in addition to portfolio development credits. Bismarck State College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, and supports the following accredited distance education options for eligible military personnel.

  • Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (Energy Management, BAS)
  • Air Force General Education Mobile for general education credits
  • Army - 21P (Army Prime Power) for the AAS Power Plant Technology degree
  • Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership that supports the mobility of sailors in their efforts to obtain a relevant degree

Bismarck State College is a public, four-year institution of higher education that focuses primarily on associate’s degrees, and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State College was founded in 1939 as Bismarck Junior College. In 1984, the college became a part of the North Dakota system of Higher Education and in 1987, the school’s name changed to Bismarck State College.

Bismarck State College offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s programs, transfer opportunities, technical programs, and continuing education. Bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees are offered in cooperation with other North Dakota University System institutions. BSC specializes in energy education, with degrees including power and process plant technology, ethanol training, nuclear power technology, and electric power technology. The school’s mission states: “Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities.”


To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form using BSC’s school code: 002988. Students must apply to Bismarck State College as a degree seeking student to be eligible to receive financial aid. Types of aid offered at BSC include: Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Grant, North Dakota State Grant, eight scholarships, five student loans, and student employment.


Bismarck State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and School and is a member of the North Dakota University System.





School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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