Program Overview

Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Renewable Generation Technology. The program is designed for entry-level employment in the areas of wind, solar, geothermal, fuel cell, biomass, hydro and tidal generation. Graduates of the program will have the technical skills and knowledge needed to gain entry-level employment in this industry. Graduates will also possess the tools to stay abreast the expected developments in the renewable generation of electricity.

The Renewable Generation Technology program provides students an introduction to many sources of renewable power including wind, solar, fuel cells, and others.  The program includes basic operation principles as well as maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.

Students will take a number of required courses as well as 15 credits of general education courses. Topics taught in courses are electronics, mechanics, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers, motor control and many other areas that are commonly found in renewable and industrial generation plants.  This program will also include extensive troubleshooting of the systems that are taught. Required courses include Introduction to Energy Technology, Safety, Health & Environment, Mechanical Fundamentals, Plant Equipment & Systems, Print Reading, Applied Math, Electrical Fundamentals, Instrumentation & Control, Safe Work Practices, Advanced Mechanical, Hydraulic Fundamentals, Solar & Distributed Grid Systems, Applied Electronics, Automation & Control, Commercial Wind Systems, and Renewable Applications & Troubleshooting.

Graduates will have the knowledge in many areas to enter the workforce in the area of renewable systems or other industrial plants.  Graduates will be prepared to work in wind turbine "farms", solar generation facilities, commercial or industrial plants, or in any other industry where knowledge of many types of systems and control equipment is required.

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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

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    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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