Bismarck State College

Program Overview

Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nuclear Power Technology (NUPT) and is designed for current and future nuclear power employees. Students gain fundamental skills and knowledge required for non-licensed operator, maintenance, chemistry and health physics along with a degree specialized for non-licensed operator and health physics positions in nuclear generation systems.

Nuclear power is a type of nuclear technology involving the controlled use of nuclear fission to release energy for the generation of electricity. Nuclear energy is produced by a controlled nuclear chain reaction, which creates heat, and which is used to boil water, produce steam, and drives a steam turbine. The turbine is used to generate electricity and to do mechanical work.

Students are required to take a number of core courses a well as complete general education requirements. Core courses include Overview of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Mathematical Fundamentals, Classical Physics, Engineering Drawings, Diagrams and Schematics, Mechanical Science, Nuclear Plant Chemistry, Electrical Science, Nuclear Physics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow & Thermodynamics, Instrumentation & Control, Science of Radiological Protection, Material Science, Reactor Theory, Nuclear Plant System Component Design & Function, Reactor Safety Design, and Conduct of Facility Operations. Students will have the opportunity to substitute some of their education for training by completing specific requirements at Exelon.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Official Transcripts

    School Overview

    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.”

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

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