What is Civil Engineering?
Civil engineering is the oldest of the engineering disciplines and involves the planning, design, and construction of facilities essential to modern life.
What is Construction Engineering?
In this major, the traditional areas of civil engineering and construction are combined to produce graduates who are able to work effectively in all aspects of the construction industry.
What can I do with this degree when I graduate?
Graduates can look forward to employment by construction companies, city & county construction departments, state & federal transportation organizations (such as the Georgia Department of Transportation), and civil engineering consulting & design firms. Graduates have the qualifications to enter careers in construction related fields, as well including construction engineering design, construction operations and management, construction planning and cost estimating. Typical job titles for graduates may include construction engineer, project engineer, project supervisor, construction manager, and design engineer.
Graduates can look forward to employment by construction companies; city and county engineering departments; state and federal transportation organizations (such as the Georgia Department of Transportation); and civil engineering consulting and design firms. Graduates have the qualifications to enter careers in areas such as, but not limited to, transportation engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resource engineering, and construction engineering related fields including construction engineering design, construction operations and management, construction planning and cost estimating. Typical job titles for graduates may include construction engineer/manager, project engineer/supervisor, planner, consulting engineer, design engineer, and design engineer.
Is this an engineering degree or an engineering technology degree?
It is an engineering degree designed according to the accreditation requirements of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the accreditation agency for engineering programs in the United Sates.
Is CE & CnE degree accredited now?
Yes, for Construction Engineering, but Not yet for Civil Engineering.
Does this mean CE is not accredited at all?
Definitely not! Southern Polytechnic State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and all degrees must adhere to their accreditation requirements. In addition, application will be made for accreditation of the Civil Engineering degree by ABET as early as possible. ABET will not accept the application for accreditation of a new program until the program has graduates.
How does that affect Professional Licensing in Georgia?
Georgia like other states requires applicants to graduate from an ABET accredited program or equivalent. Until ABET accreditation is received, CE program should be viewed as the equivalent. Also, the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (BPELS) has already reviewed the engineering curricula at SPSU and voted to accept them as satisfying the requirement. The Board’s decision allows SPSU engineering students to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which is the first step towards professional licensure as an engineer.
So does that mean that when I graduate from the CCE programs, I should only have to wait four years to take the PE exam, unlike seven years with Engineering Technology degree?
Assuming your experience satisfies the licensing board and you’ve met all other licensing criteria in place at the time you apply, then YES.
I’m already enrolled as a student at SPSU. How do I change majors?
To change your majors, you may go to the SPSU internet site and follow the instructions or you can stop by the office of CCE (M-160) and pickup a change of major form. Fill it out and leave it for us to process.
What if I’ve graduate from SPSU with a ET degree and want to come back and get the CE degree?
Former students can return and take the prescribed requisite courses to satisfy the degree. Please consult with the CCE program director.
What if I've graduated from SPSU with a CET degree and want to come back and get the CE or CnE degree?
Former students can return and take the requisite courses to satisfy the degree.
If you graduated from SPSU's CET program AND have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering
exam (E.I.T.) then you only have to take those courses which are unique to the degree.
That's about 30 semester hours of courses. Please consult with the CCE program director.
More questions? Who do I contact?
Contact the Office of CCE at 678-915-4220 or Office of SoE at 678-915-7540.