About Civil Engineering
The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology houses the department of Civil Engineering at Georgia Southern University. A civil engineer works in the oldest branch of engineering and is typically engaged in design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure, such as buildings, roads, bridges, airports, tunnels, water supply and wastewater disposal systems. With its emphasis on applications rather than theory – the distinctive feature of Georgia Southern’s engineering program – the CE curriculum provides its students with a broad exposure to four major areas within the discipline of civil engineering – environmental, structural, geotechnical and transportation.
In Georgia and other states in the U.S., the BS-CE degree along with the appropriate number of years of experience, and passing two 8-hour examinations (FE and PE), qualifies a graduate to become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). The FE exam can be taken while a senior enrolled in the CE curriculum.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology degree program is currently pursuing accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The Civil Engineering curriculum at Georgia Southern University is designed to prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science, consistent with the program educational objectives; apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data; design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context; explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure.
The Civil Engineering Program resides in the 30,000-square-foot Carruth Building and has extensive teaching and laboratory facilities in both the Carruth and Allen E. Paulson Engineering Building. All classrooms have modern equipment to facilitate the teaching-learning process. The computer laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software. The following laboratories are used by the CE majors:
- Construction Materials Laboratory
- Soil Mechanics Laboratory
- Environmental Science Laboratory
- Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
- Materials Science Laboratory
- Transportation Laboratory
The mission of the Civil Engineering program is to produce graduates with a strong foundation of mathematical, scientific, and technical skills capable of analyzing, designing and building practical engineering applications. As individuals or team members, graduates will be prepared to effectively communicate and work in a broad spectrum of civil projects. Graduates are fully aware of their ethical, social and environmental responsibilities, and do recognize the need for life-long learning and professional development. The Civil Engineering Program supports the university’s mission of bridging theory with practice, extending the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promoting student growth and life success.