Dual Credit

Earn high school and college credit at the same time.

Dual Credit

High school students in North Dakota are now able to take dual-credit classes online through NDSU's Office of Teaching and Learning. Students from all other states may take these courses, but must enroll as an early-entry student.

We currently have 15 classes with more in development. These dual-credit classes are selected to offer exploratory experiences and to help students meet college course requirements. School districts, educators, and parents are encouraged to review the list of classes below to help students determine which classes fit with their student's high-school requirements as well as the student's area of interest. 

In keeping with university system policy, we are not offering classes that are currently available online, statewide through North Dakota community colleges. If you are looking for information as to whether or not your dual-credit classes from outside NDSU will transfer, you can check the NDSU Transfer Credit database.

All classes listed below meet NDSU's general education requirements, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about the difference between Honors Courses, AP Courses, and Dual-Credit Courses, according to North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction.  

If you are a school and are interested in adding any of these classes to your offerings, please complete the brief form using the button below.  

If you are a student or parent interested in learning more about dual-credit classes at NDSU, please email us using the button below.





Dual Credit Postcard
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Distribute this postcard to any student, parent, or school district who is interested in this program.


If you are a student in a North Dakota high school, who is enrolled in grades 10, 11, and 12 and have permission from your school's administrator, you are eligible to take dual-credit courses through NDSU. We recommend you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you are interested in dual credit you should first speak with your high-school counselor or teachers to determine your academic readiness to participate in a college-level class. Your high-school counselor or teacher will assist you in getting enrolled in a dual-credit course.

If you are from any other state and are interested in these dual-credit courses at NDSU, please check with your school counselor or teacher to determine if you are eligible. Requirements may vary for each state. If you are eligible, you will complete the same admission form but you would indicate that you are seeking early entry rather than dual credit at NDSU. View a list of available early-entry courses(100 & 200-level courses).


Courses by Semester

This is a list of dual-credit classes for the upcoming semesters, if you are looking for another type of course for dual credit you may also select from the 100- & 200-level courses in our list of early-entry classes. Your district must approve of the use of any early-entry course for dual credit at your school. View the full list of early-entry eligible classes.

Course Descriptions

This section provides an alphabetized list of all dual-credit courses offered at NDSU, a description of each course, instructor information, general education categories each class meets, number of credits, and videos about each class. Note that not all of the courses in this section are offered each semester. Refer to our courses by semester section to determine which courses are offered in the semester of your choice. Classes are added to this list as they are approved.

These dual-credit classes may also be taken as early-entry coursework. View the full list of early-entry eligible classes. (100 & 200-level course).

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Computer Applications

CSCI 114  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Pratap Kotala
General Education Category: S

General introduction to computer concepts, operating systems, the internet, word processing, spreadsheets, database management and presentation software. Credit awarded only for CSCI 114 or CSCI 116, not both.

Computer Science 1

CSCI 160  |  4 credits
Instructor: Dr. Pratap Kotala
General Education Category: S

Introduction to computer science including problem solving, algorithm development, and structured programming in a high-level language. Emphasis on design, coding, testing, and documentation of programs using accepted standards of style. Prereq: MATH 103.

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Earth through Time

GEOL 106  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Laabs
General Education Category: S & G

Introduction to the Earth through time; its origin, history, and evolution of animal and plant life.

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Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Management

ASM 115  |  3 credits
Instructor: Matthew Olhoft
General Education Category: Does not meet NDSU's general education requirements.

Overview of agricultural systems management; engines, machinery, structures, electricity, processing, and conservation (Math 103: Algebra would be a co-req).

Fundamentals of GIS

GEOG 105  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Bernhardt Saini-Eidukat
General Education Category: Does not meet NDSU's general education requirements.

Basics of integration and analyses of spatial data to visualize relationships, seek explanations, and develop solutions to problems. Emphases are placed on the nature of geographic information and the ways digital methods support geographic analyses and modeling.

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Human Biology

BIOL 126  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Booth
General Education Category: S

Consideration of selected problems in human biology.

Introduction to Anthropology

ANTH 111  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Kristen Fellows
General Education Category: B & D

Introductory overview to anthropology, the holistic study of humans and the diversity of the human experience over space and time. Covers the major fields of anthropology: cultural and biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, applied anthropology.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

ENTR 201  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Onnolee Nordstrom
General Education Category: Does not meet NDSU's general education requirements.

An introduction to the entrepreneurial process, evaluating the market feasibility of new product/business ideas, and launching an entrepreneurial venture. Students will develop an understanding of the business concept and business model. Develop a general understanding of the basic functional areas of business and have an opportunity to evaluate what entrepreneurship involves.

Introduction to Food Science and Technology

CFS 210  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Anuradha Vegi
General Education Category: S

Overview of food components, food quality, nutrition, processing, packaging, safety, sanitation laws, sensory evaluation, distribution, and utilization.

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Introduction to International Studies

INTL 110 |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Jeanne Hageman
General Education Category: B & G

An interdisciplinary course which introduces students to a variety of global topics, concepts, and perspectives.

Introduction to Precision Agriculture

PAG 115 |  2 credits
Instructor: Dr. Xin (Rex) Sun
General Education Category: A & D

This course is designed to introduce the student to principles of precision agriculture, crop and livestock production in precision agriculture, GIS, GPS, sensors, drones, data acquisition and management, Remote sensing. The course is offered in 2 one-hour lectures per week. (Pre-req would be Math 103: Algebra)

Life Span Development

HDFS 230  |  3 credits
Instructor: Ann Werlinger
General Education Category: B

Study of human growth and development throughout the life span.

Sustainability and Social Change in Fashion

ADHM 203  |  3 credits
Instructor: Sara Sunderlin
General Education Category: B & G

This course explores the interrelationship between environment, society, economy and culture as they pertain to the global fashion industry. Practical and conceptual issues will be discussed to develop sustainable practices in our daily and professional lives.

Tourism and International Travel Management

ADHM 141  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Hyeongjin Jeon
General Education Category: B & G

Application of management principles and theories to tourism with emphasis on tourism components, recreational activities, international travel, and social, economic, and environmental impacts of the global tourism industry. 

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Understanding Media and Social Change

COMM 112  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Melissa Vosen Callens
General Education Category: B

Exploration of the purpose, function, and impact of media on society.

World Regional Geography

GEOG 161  |  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Peter Oduor
General Education Category: B & G

Study of geographic processes shaping major world regions and inter-relationships in the global village; geographic bases and implications of current world events.

General Education Category List

This list describes what each general education category denotation means. Learn more about general education requirements


A ………………………….....……………………Humanities and Fine Art

B ……………………….......…………....Social and Behavioral Sciences

C ……………………………………………………………Communication

D ……………………………….…………………………Cultural Diversity

G ………………………………...……………………Global Perspectives

R ……………………………......…..……………Quantitative Reasoning

S ………………………………..........…………Science and Technology




Tuition and Fees

Total cost per credit for the 2022-2023 academic year is $153.96. Note: This is a substantially discounted tuition rate.

$148.42 = Tuition/Fees (per credit)
$5.50 = ConnectND Fee (per credit)
$.04 = NDSA Fee (per credit)

This tuition rate applies to individuals from any state taking these classes as dual credit or early entry.


Financial Assistance

Taking a dual-credit course should not be dependant on your ability to pay for tuition. Since dual-credit courses are not eligible for college financial aid that is traditionally applied for via the FAFSA form, we have compiled some alternative resources for you. Here you will find information on scholarships and other types of financial assistance that may be available to you.

Always check with the organizations listed here to ensure the assistance is still offered and whether or not you meet the eligibility requirements. 


North Dakota University System Scholarship

Learn how you can apply for the North Dakota University System (NDUS) Dual Credit Tuition Scholarship. This scholarship rewards you for having taken dual-credit coursework as a high school student. If you are entering a public, private, tribal or proprietary institution in North Dakota this year, please keep this scholarship in mind. 

Eligibility Requirements
For consideration for this scholarship, you must:

  • Have graduated from high school in North Dakota, or a high school in a bordering state under North Dakota Century Code (N.D.C.C.) chapter 15.1-29; or
  • Have graduated from a nonpublic high school in a bordering state while residing with a custodial parent in North Dakota; or
  • Have completed a program of home education under N.D.C.C. chapter 15.1-23; and
  • Have completed at least one dual-credit course provided by an NDUS institution while enrolled in high school or a program of home education; and
  • Be enrolled at an institution of higher education in North Dakota, and complete at least one semester, quarter or term at the institution.

You must apply for the scholarship with NDUS to be considered. A completed application includes the following documentation.

  • Copy of final high school or home school transcript listing the dual-credit course(s) completed.
  • Copy of the charges incurred for the dual-credit course(s) completed.
  • Copy of current college transcript showing completion of at least one semester, quarter or term of post-secondary enrollment.

Application periods and deadlines may be established by NDUS.

Award and Disbursement
Completed applications, which must include all supporting documentation, will be approved in the order they are received until funds are expended. NDUS will award Dual-Credit Tuition Scholarships throughout the academic year. Awards will not exceed 50% of the cost of the dual-credit course, rounded down to the nearest whole dollar, and may not exceed tuition and fees for the semester, quarter or term the scholarship applies.

The maximum award an individual can receive under this scholarship is $750.

Scholarship awards will be disbursed the following term to the institution you are enrolled at. Enrollment and current tuition and fee charges will be verified at the institution’s financial aid census date prior to disbursement being issued.

If you have questions, please contact the NDUS at ndfinaid@ndus.edu or 701-328-2964.

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Bank of North Dakota Financial Assistance Program

If you are a North Dakota high school or home school student, you may be eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Bank of North Dakota (BND). Financial reasons should not be a barrier to taking dual-credit courses. Please consider applying for this financial assistance opportunity.

This assistance is not a loan so you will NOT be asked to repay funds.

Eligibility Requirements
For consideration for this assistance, you must:

  • Be a current sophomore, junior or senior attending a North Dakota high school, or student completing a North Dakota home education program.
  • Receive authorization from your high school to take an approved dual credit course.
  • Qualify for free or reduced price lunch.
  • Submit application for assistance to BND during the course enrollment process.

Costs covered

  • Application fee (if applicable)
  • Tuition and fees
  • Books (with shipping costs, if applicable)
  • Assistance will be reduced by waivers or other assistance student receives.
  • Up to two courses per academic year.
  • Student may NOT receive assistance to retake a course.

Application Process
If you are attending a North Dakota high school or homeschool you should work with a school official and/or parent or guardian to complete the application. To verify eligibility, submit the first two pages of your parent or guardian’s federal tax return.

Important: Complete all fields for course(s) taken or processing will be delayed!

Submit your application for assistance to BND during the course enrollment process by the submission application deadlines.

  • Fall - January 31
  • Spring - June 30
  • Summer - September 30

Note: If the deadline date falls on a weekend, the Friday before that date is the deadline date.

Mail, fax or email completed application to:
Bank of North Dakota Dual Credit Assistance
PO Box 5509
Bismarck, ND 58506-5509

Fax: 701.328.5629 Email: cpcgrp@nd.gov

Award and Disbursement
After your application is received at BND, you will be sent notification of approval or denial for assistance. Your college campus will be notified to bill BND directly for the application fee, tuition, fees and books less waivers or other assistance. All assistance will be paid directly to the college campus through which the dual-credit course is being taken. In the event of an overpayment to the college, any funds will be returned to BND.

If you have questions, please contact BND at cpcgrp@nd.gov or 800-554-2717.

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Registration and Application Information

Fill out the FREE NDSU Application for Admission first, then fill out the Dual-Credit Course Registration form.

Application Process

Application forms for Spring Semester 2023 are due Thursday, January 5, 2023. Follow these steps for the dual-credit application process at NDSU.

  1. Go to the NDSU admission application page for Dual-Credit students (early entry students use this same form).
  2. Click “Sign Up” or sign in if you already have an account.
  3. Complete the FREE application for admission. —Be sure to select Dual Credit as your admit type (students from other states should select early entry).
  4. After you complete the course registration form (see next section) with your high school dual-credit coordinator, you will receive verification of your acceptance and enrollment in the class

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-488-NDSU or ndsu.admission@ndsu.edu.

For all other dual-credit questions, contact the Office of Teaching and Learning at 701-231-7015, or at ndsu.otl@ndsu.edu.




Registration forms for Spring Semester 2023 are due Tuesday, January 3rd. The following tips will help guide you through the registration process. 

  1. Contact your school’s dual-credit coordinator or school counselor first to seek approval for taking a dual-credit course.
  2. Identify the class or classes you wish to take. View classes >>
  3. Fill out the registration form and submit it using the links below.
  4. Registration forms need to be sent using our secure file transfer link below because the forms contain protected information. 
  5. To use secure file transfer, click the link below. Fill in your email address, a subject line, a brief message, attach your file or files, and then hit "send." Your message automatically reaches the individual who processes dual-credit registrations. 
  6. Determine eligibility for financial assistance through the Bank of North Dakota (BND), complete the BND registration form, and submit to your high school coordinator.
  7. Watch for an email from NDSU confirming your registration.
  8. Secure any needed course resources.
  9. Access course classroom site (Instructions and support videos are available here.).
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