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CCAF General Education Mobile (GEM) at NDSU


NDSU is honored to be one of the few colleges or universities accepted to participate in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM) program.

As a signatory of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding for Post-Secondary Educational Institutions (DoD MOU) NDSU complies with all requirements of Executive Order 13607 and the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Spouses and Other Family Members.

The GEM partnership empowers CCAF students to complete their General Education requirements as a single block, from the same institution allowing for faster completion of their Associate Degree.

NDSU is proud to offer:

  • Courses completed entirely online
  • No application fee

Unofficial Transcript Review See how your prior experience can help you finish your Bachelors degree. In order to see if there are addiditonal credits that can be used towards your bachelors degree, you can submit your JST/CCAF transcripts below and receive a free unofficial review within 72 hours. This is optional and not required to attend classes as a non-degree seeking student.

JST (Army, Marines, Coast Guard)

CCAF (Air Force and Space Force)


North Dakota State University offers a wide range of general education courses approved by the CCAF. These courses are 16 weeks in length.



Written Communication

English composition. Applicable written communication courses must satisfy the delivering institution’s writing and composition requirement for graduation. Not acceptable courses include business communication and technical writing.

ENGL 110- College Composition I (3)

ENGL 120- College Composition II (3)

Oral Communication

Speech/Public Speaking. Courses that prepare students to present effective public speeches to persuade, debate or argue in a clear, concise and logical manner. Emphasis on organization and delivery of public speeches. Not acceptable courses include group and interpersonal communication.

COMM 110- Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)



Intermediate Algebra or a college-level mathematics. Three semester hours of mathematics are required for graduation. However, if an acceptable General Education college-level mathematics course is applied as an applicable technical course, a natural science course may be substituted for mathematics. Not acceptable courses include: accounting; business, consumer, technical, or computer mathematics; beginning or elementary algebra; statistics (taught outside the mathematics department); history of mathematics; and mathematics for elementary and secondary teachers.

Math 104- Finite Mathematics (3)


Social Science

Courses from the following disciplines are acceptable: anthropology, archaeology, culture, economics, geography, government, history, political science, psychology and sociology designed to impart knowledge, develop skills, and identify goals concerning elements and institutions of human society

SOC 110- Introduction to Sociology (3)

SOC 235- Cultural Diversity (3)

SOC 214- Social Interaction (3)

PSYC 111- Introduction to Psychology (3)

PSYC 250- Developmental Psychology (3)

PSYC 270- Abnormal Psychology (3)

ECON 201- Principles of Microeconomics (3)

ECON 202- Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

HDFS230 - Life Span Development (3)


Courses in fine arts (criticism, appreciation, historical significance), foreign language, literature, philosophy and religion are acceptable. Not acceptable include applied courses that teach how to play a musical instrument, perform a dance routine, sculpt or draw an art form and sign language.

ART 110- Introduction to Art History (3)

MUSC 100- Music Appreciation (3)

MUSC 108- Roots of American Popular Music (3)

MUSC 109- World Music (3)

THEA 110- Introduction to Theatre Arts (3)

THEA 115- World Film (3)

Affordable In-State Tuition Rates

Get the North Dakota tuition rate of $383.08 per credit-  regardless of actual state of legal residency if you're one of the following:

  • Active duty military for more than 30 days (includes National Guard and Reserves if active duty for other than training purposes)
  • Member of National Guard or Reserves
  • Military veteran
  • Dependents (spouse or child of a service member) as listed above
  • Contracted ROTC cadets 

This tuition rate policy includes undergraduates, graduates, medical and law students enrolled in on-campus programs. Students enrolled in online programs pay a flat rate per credit regardless of military status or residency. You must indicate service member, veteran or military-affiliated on your application to receive these rates. If you did not indicate your affiliation on the application, you must apply for North Dakota residency.

Resources for Current Undergraduate Students

Online students at NDSU have access to the following academic support: (Please click for details).

Academic Calendar for Fall 2023

  • Aug 21 - Classes Begin at 4:00 PM

  • Aug 22 - First Full Day of Class

  • Aug 30 - Last Day to Add/Drop/Withdraw without record - full refund

  • Sep 4 - Labor Day - No Classes

  • Nov 10 - Veterans Day - No Classes

  • Nov 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break – No Classes

  • Dec 11-15 - Finals Week 

  • Dec 25 - Christmas Day Observed

  • Jan 01 - New Year’s Day Observed

  • Jan 08 - Classes Begin at 4:00 PM

    NDSU Academic Calendar

HAVE QUESTIONS about Military Education Benefits?... Please contact:

Military and Veterans Certification
112 Morrill Hall
NDSU Dept. 2801 / P.O. Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
701-231-7985 (local) / 800-608-6378 (toll free) /701-231-8959 (fax)

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Military and Veterans Certification
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7985 / Toll Free: +1 (800) 608-6378 / Fax: (701) 231-8959
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