The University Of North Dakota - Online & Distance Education

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  • February 1 (Summer)
  • February 1 (Fall)
  • September 1 (Spring)

Degree Info

135 Credits
6+ Years to Complete
Online
Recorded Lectures with On-Campus Labs
ABET Accredited

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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor's Degree
Begins every Fall (August), Spring (January) & Summer (May)

FAQ's

Do distance students follow the same curriculum as on-campus students?

Yes! UND’s online courses and distance learning programs mirror those offered on-campus. In general, as a distance student, you will follow the same curriculum, experience similar lectures, and have comparable deadlines for completing assignments and exams as on-campus students.

Your transcript and diploma will look the same as for a student who graduated from UND by taking traditional, on-campus courses.

Do you offer course waivers for previous work experience in the field of engineering?

Yes! If you have previous work experience and extensive knowledge in the field of engineering, you may complete the “Engineering 102: Professional Assessment and Evaluation” (formerly Engr 100). This 1-credit course will help you:

In order to take the Engineering 102 Course, you must be admitted to UND, have engineering work experience, and have completed English 110, Chemistry I, Physics I and II, and Calculus I, II, and III.

After you complete your comprehensive portfolio through the “Engineering 102: Professional Development Course,” your academic advisor will assess the contents of your portfolio and develop an individualized curriculum plan based on your demonstration of knowledge and experience in the field of engineering.

For civil engineering, you may be qualified to waive the following courses through Engr 102:

If you have questions regarding this opportunity, please contact UND Online & Distance Education.

Can I use financial aid for online courses?

Yes. Semester-based, online courses are eligible for most federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.

Semester-based, online courses are NOT eligible for any tuition waiver programs at the University of North Dakota (i.e., Cultural Diversity, International, Employee, Graduate), except as required by statute.

In order to be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application UND requires to determine eligibility for all federal and state financial aid. Refer to the UND Student Financial Aid Office for more information.

Do I have to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to UND?

The answer depends on your age and/or the number of college credits you may have previously earned.

If you are 25 years of age or older, you are not required to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. Or, if you are a transfer student who has earned 24 or more completed, transferable college-level credits from an accredited institution, you do not need to take the ACT or SAT.

However, if you are under the age of 25 or you have fewer than 24 completed, transferable college-level credits, you are required to take the ACT or SAT to be fully admitted to UND.

Will my credits transfer to UND?

In general, if you have college-level credits from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education, all attempted credits will transfer to UND.

There are certain exceptions to this rule. Those exceptions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Academic departments will determine if the transferred credits will apply to your specific major and degree program. To graduate from the University of North Dakota, at least 60 credits must be from a 4-year, regionally accredited college or university. The last 30 credits must be taken from UND. Depending on your degree program, you may be required to complete specific courses through UND.

For more information about transferring to UND, including Transfer Program Agreements and Course Equivalencies from other institutions, refer to the Transfer Student Information from the UND Office of the Registrar.

How will I know if my transferred credits applied to my degree program?

Step 1: After you have submitted your application, the UND Registrar's Office will evaluate your transcript to determine which courses will transfer to UND, approximately a 2-week process. In general, if you have college-level credits from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, all attempted credits will transfer to UND. The academic department for your major will determine if the transferred credits will apply to your specific degree program.

Step 2: After the UND Registrar's Office completes the evaluation and you have been officially admitted to the University, a credit summary will be sent to you with your admissions packet. This summary includes the credits that transferred, the institution of origin, and your transfer GPA. All of your previous undergraduate work will be recorded as semester credits (converted from quarter or other systems as necessary) on your permanent, official transcript.

Step 3: Once you have received your admissions packet, you will need to contact your advisor within your academic department to determine how your transferred credits will apply to your degree program at UND. Please note that it may take 2 to 4 weeks for the academic department to review your transcripts, so plan accordingly. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some courses that are accepted by UND may not satisfy the specific requirements for your degree program.

For more information about transferring to UND, including Transfer Program Agreements and Course Equivalencies from other institutions, refer to the Transfer Student Information from the UND Office of the Registrar.

Do I need to apply to the UND College of Engineering & Mines?

Yes. After you are admitted to UND and prior to taking upper division (300 level or above) engineering courses, you must be admitted to the professional engineering degree program at the UND College of Engineering & Mines. Your advisor will assist you with this separate application process (not required for Chemical Engineering majors). Refer to Apply to Professional Degree Programs for more information.

When do I register for courses?

After you are admitted to UND (full admission or non-degree seeking), you will receive specific information about how and when you can register for courses. In general, registration for courses opens:

Fall Semester – Early April

Spring Semester – Early November

Summer Semester – Early April

How can I complete UND's required Essential Studies (general education) courses?

To graduate with a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota, you are required to complete 39 credits of Essential Studies (general education) courses.

These courses are designed to:

To complete the Essential Studies requirements, you have 2 main options:

  1. Take semester-based OR enroll anytime, independent study courses from UND.

  2. Take general education courses from a regionally accredited institution of higher education at a location near you. Prior to taking general education course from another institution, you should check with UND Online & Distance Education to make sure the credits will transfer and apply to your degree program.

How long will it take to complete my bachelor’s degree in engineering?

The answer is “it depends.” The actual time it will take you to complete your engineering degree will depend on:

Keep in mind that it takes a full-time student (4 to 5 courses per semester) at least 4 years to complete their bachelor’s degree. So, if you have no previous college or engineering work experience, and you take courses on a part-time basis (2 courses per semester), it may take you at least 8 to 10 years to complete your degree.

A distance engineering student once commented, “I'll be close to 50 when I graduate with my engineering degree through distance education.” 

His colleague turned to him and said, “Well, you could be 50 and have a degree, or you could be 50 and not have a degree.”

It really is never too late to get started!

Does UND offer support services for online and distance students?

Yes! We know that you will have different needs as a distance student, so we work hard to provide you the support services you need, such as:

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Must Be Admitted By:

  • February 1 (Summer)
  • February 1 (Fall)
  • September 1 (Spring)