Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
The Civil Engineering Program at Georgia Southern University is a new program established in the fall of 2011. The program is housed in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management Department in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology.
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 waste water 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 the major areas within the discipline of civil engineering: environmental, geotechnical, structural, and transportation. A total of 132 semester hours are required to satisfy general and professional requirements (see Curriculum for details). Professional Registration: 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 requirements of the core curriculum and the CE program must be satisfied.
- A minimum of 132 hours is required for graduation.
- At least 30 semester hours of approved civil engineering courses must be taken at Georgia Southern University.
- The total institution cumulative GPA of all courses applying to the degree must be 2.0.
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. To see the complete curriculum, please refer to the following link.
The Civil Engineering Program mainly resides in the Engineering Building but it also has other teaching and laboratory facilities in the Carruth 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:
- Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
- Soil Mechanics Laboratory
- Environmental Science Laboratory
- Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
- Materials Science Laboratory
- Transportation Laboratory
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.
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:
- Successful Career: Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Georgia Southern University will be successfully employed in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.
- 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.
- 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:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. 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
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice