Department of Engineering
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Engineering Studies

The Engineering Studies Program at Armstrong provides several unique opportunities for engineering students. Through the program, students build a solid foundation in humanities, mathematics, sciences, and engineering. Learning takes place in a friendly, small college environment, where students can obtain individual help from and maintain close contact with professors outside their classes. Students completing the Armstrong engineering transfer program have been very successful transferring to various engineering schools, including Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Auburn, Clemson, the University of Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mercer University, North Carolina State, and the University of South Carolina.

The principal goal of Armstrong’s Engineering Studies Program is to provide students with a solid foundation in the engineering fundamentals typically offered in the first two years of most accredited four-year engineering programs. Students can obtain an associate of science degree with a concentration in engineering and, subsequently, transfer to most universities to obtain their bachelor’s degree in engineering. Armstrong has two articulated programs that guarantee automatic transfer to Georgia Southern University or the Georgia Institute of Technology, provided certain GPA requirements are met.

RETP Program

The Regents’ Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) is an articulated program between Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, and Armstrong State University. In this program, students complete their first two years of engineering coursework at Armstrong, and those who successfully complete the program and who meet specific GPA transfer requirements are admitted to either Georgia Tech or Georgia Southern as rising juniors. Note that the RETP GPA requirements for receiving institutions differ. RETP students who attend Georgia Tech can complete bachelor of science degrees in aerospace, biomedical, chemical and biomolecular, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, materials science, or nuclear and radiological engineering at Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus. RETP students transferring to Georgia Southern can complete bachelor of science degrees in civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern engineering degrees are also accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Georgia Tech is consistently ranked amongst the best universities in the United States and the world. For over a decade, Georgia Tech has been ranked amongst the top ten public universities in the United States.

Georgia Southern University was recently ranked as one of the top 10 most popular universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and was also named as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes magazine, whose ranking includes the top 20 percent of colleges and universities based on the “student’s point of view.”

Learn more about the RETP program and curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Despite difficult general employment conditions and a sluggish rate of job creation in the United States (2012), signs indicate that engineers remain highly sought-after professionals both here and abroad. The employment growth in engineering through 2018 is expected to be highest among biomedical engineers, followed by environmental engineers, civil engineers, petroleum engineers, mining and geological engineers, industrial engineers, agricultural engineers, nuclear engineers, aerospace engineers, health and safety engineers, and materials engineers — all of which will increase at the same pace or faster than the national average.

Engineering Fields

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Radiological Engineering

Program Features

The cooperative education program offers students the opportunity to gain practical, on-the-job training with both local and national engineering firms while pursuing their engineering education. Cooperative education students usually alternate periods of course enrollment with periods of employment that allows them to reinforce classroom study with industry experience while earning wages.

The Armstrong Engineering Society encourages students to form networks and develop friendships while expanding their knowledge of engineering. It is an opportunity for engineering students to be involved in community outreach projects as well as become more aware of the various opportunities in engineering that Savannah has to offer. We encourage our students to join professional societies related to their engineering discipline.