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About the Bulletin

The Undergraduate & Graduate Bulletins contain information about academic programs and student services offered by North Dakota State University. It also contains general University and  undergraduate and graduate academic policies and degree requirements. This bulletin (or catalog) is published online only.  The bulletin is intended to complement other university information including specific materials supplied by schools, colleges, departments, and programs.

  • The information in the Undergraduate Bulletin applies to all undergraduate and professional students at the university. Some academic policies also apply to graduate students. Additional information for graduate students is available in the Graduate Bulletin . Information in the individual college sections applies to students enrolled in those specific degree programs of study.
  • The academic policies and information contained within this bulletin are effective for the 2017-2018 academic year, beginning on August 21, 2017 and ending on August 3, 2018.
  • The undergraduate curricula within the bulletin are effective for students who entered NDSU or who declared a program of study during the 2017-2018 academic year. Continuing and returning students follow the curriculum in place at the time their program of study was officially declared with the University.
  • Questions about undergraduate academic policies and curriculum guides may be directed to the Office of Registration and Records.  Questions about graduate programs and policies can be directed to the Graduate College.
  • It is important for students to be familiar with all the information that applies to them, including policies and procedures related to registration, academic progress and degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged, and may be required by the department to consult their advisers at least once each semester to ensure they are completing requirements applicable to their degree and major programs.
  • All new, current and returning students should become well acquainted with the regulations regarding student academic and behavioral codes of conduct.
  • Information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 , as amended, is available online or in the Office of Registration and Records.

State Board of Higher Education Policy - Section 450

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education policy, Section 450: Institutional Reports, Catalogs, Bulletins :  "Institutions shall publish electronic and/or hard copies of catalogs and bulletins for the purpose of furnishing prospective students and other interested persons with information about the institutions. Announcements contained in such printed or electronic material are subject to change without notice, and may not be regarded in the nature of binding obligations on the institutions and the State."

Reservation of Rights

Every effort has been made to provide accurate and current information; however, the right is reserved to change any of the rules and regulations of the university at any time, including those relating to admission, instruction, and graduation. The right to withdraw curricula and specific courses, change or discontinue programs, alter course content, change the calendar, and to impose or increase tuition and fees similarly is reserved. In some cases, requirements for programs and prerequisites for courses offered are effective even if they are not listed in this bulletin. All such changes are effective at such times as the proper authorities determine, and may apply not only to prospective students but also to those who already are enrolled in the university.

Non-discrimination Policy

North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, expression/identity, gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a U.S. veteran. Direct inquiries to the Office of the Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator , Old Main 201, (701) 231-7708.