B.S. Civil Engineering Technology

The Civil Engineering Technology Program at Georgia Southern University was established in 1973. The program is one of two programs in the department of construction management and civil engineering within the College of Science and Technology. A civil engineering technologist 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 orientation toward applications rather than theory – the distinctive feature of an engineering technology program – the CET curriculum provides its students with a broad exposure to three major areas within the discipline of civil engineering – environmental, structural, and transportation. A total of 133 semester hours are required to satisfy general and professional requirements (see Curriculum for details). Professional Registration: In Georgia and approximately 30 other states in the U.S., the BS-CET 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 CET curriculum.


The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology degree program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Graduation Requirements
  • The requirements of the core curriculum and the CE program must be satisfied.
  • A minimum of 133 hours is required for graduation.
  • At least 30 semester hours of approved civil engineering technology courses must be taken at Georgia Southern University.
  • A minimum of 30 hours of upper-division credits must be earned at Georgia Southern University.
  • The total institution cumulative GPA of all courses applying to the degree must be 2.0.

The Civil Engineering Technology curriculum at Georgia Southern University is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to enter the field of civil engineering as practitioners, while meeting all the requirements to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. To earn that degree, the student will complete a course of study that is divided into nine academic areas. Six of those areas, called the Core Curriculum, are common to all undergraduate degree programs. The core curriculum covers the topics of mathematics, science, English, humanities and social sciences. Another area, called the Additional Requirements, contains courses on health and physical activities, and university orientation. The other two areas include courses that are related to the civil engineering technology discipline. One area includes the engineering science courses (designated by prefix TENS) that form the foundations for the specific CET courses, while the other area includes courses specific to the CET degree (designated by prefix TCET).


The Civil Engineering Technology Program resides in the 30,000-square-foot Carruth Building and has extensive teaching and laboratory facilities in both the Carruth Building and the 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 CET majors:

  • Construction Materials Laboratory
  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  • Environmental Science Laboratory
  • Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • Materials Science Laboratory
  • Transportation Laboratory
Vision Statement:

The Civil Engineering program is committed to become a regionally recognized high-quality program chosen by students who enjoy the practical application of engineering solutions. We will continuously strive to empower students by effectively motivating them and facilitating the acquisition of modern technical knowledge under the guidance of qualified and experienced faculty members. We envision our community of scholars to be inspirational, hardworking, to lead by example, with integrity, strong ethical standards and instilling in our students a genuine appreciation of a more sustainable and responsible future.

Mission statement:

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.

Program Educational Objectives:
  1. Successful Career:  Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Georgia Southern University will be successfully employed in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.
  2. Professional Development:  Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Georgia Southern University will exhibit the commitment for pursuit of professional development through activities such as attaining professional licensure, actively participating in professional societies, and/or pursuing advanced studies.
  3. Effective Communication and Team Work:  Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Georgia Southern University will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and work in a team environment.
Program Student Outcomes:

Students completing the Civil Engineering program will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Transfer Credits
  • Credits for core courses are transferable across all schools within the University System of Georgia. Please see the Registrar’s web page for the link to “Transfer Courses”.
  • University Orientation course (FYE 1410) is still required, which is unique to Georgia Southern University, for those students who transfer less than 30 semester credit hours.
  • Any major-specific requirements will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and /or the major department, and appropriate credit will be assigned.
  • Students who transfer from outside of the University System of Georgia will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and/or the major department, and the appropriate transfer credit will be assigned.

Last updated: 3/18/2014

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