RETP – Engineering Studies
The purpose of the Engineering Studies Programs at Georgia Southern University is as follows: (1) to increase the accessibility to an engineering education in the State of Georgia; (2) to provide the coursework required during the first two years of the curricula for the engineering degree programs offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology and other engineering schools; and (3) to develop study habits and engineering problem-solving capability for students to be successful in their junior and senior engineering courses as well as in their professional careers.
The Engineering Studies Program supports the Regents Engineering Transfer Program (RETP). This program allows students at colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia to study for two years at their home institution, then transfer to Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Southern Polytechnic or the University of Georgia to complete their engineering degrees.
Download the Engineering Studies admissions requirements.
Academic advisement is very important for the Engineering Studies student because he/she does not take the usual core curriculum of Georgia Southern University first and then begin the courses required for the engineering major. From the very beginning, students in the transfer program take courses in math, science, and engineering each term. The other requirements of the University System Core Curriculum are spread throughout the entire four to five years of the engineering course of study, with only the two Freshman English composition courses, one course in U.S. History, and an American Government course required while at GSU.
The Engineering Studies Transfer Program does not include the four-year engineering degree programs that are offered at Georgia Southern. Students who pursue one of these degree programs are advised by the faculty of those programs and follow an advisement plan distinctly different from that of the engineering studies curriculum.
Beginning Math Level Guidelines
Probably the most important decision that an engineering student will face at the beginning of their college career is where to begin the math sequence. The first math course for which credit is given toward the engineering degree is Calculus I. Under the semester system, students will take a sequence of three four-credit-hour calculus courses, one special three- credit-hour linear algebra for engineers course, and one three-credit-hour differential equations course. All math courses should be completed at Georgia Southern before transferring to an engineering school to complete the degree. Some students may require additional preparation in math before beginning with the Calculus I course. In that case, the student would begin with either college algebra or pre-calculus. However, these courses will be considered preparatory in nature and do not count toward the engineering degree. Students who do not begin with Calculus I should consider attending the summer session at Georgia Southern following the freshman year or else plan on taking more than two years to complete the Engineering Studies Program course of study.
Program Contact Information
CEIT Student Services Center
Phone: (912) 478-4877