Degree Designations, Options, and Special Programs

CEE and Georgia Tech offer a number of programs designed to expand educational and access opportunities for our students:

Degree Designations


Special Programs


Cooperative Education Program (COOP) – Undergraduates in Civil and Environmental Engineering may participate in Georgia Tech's Cooperative Education Program. This coop program is a five-year academic program in which students alternate semesters of full-time student and semesters of full-time work. Georgia Tech's program is currently the largest optional cooperative education program in the United States, with about 3,000 students participating. It is ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report's "Top Ten" programs for three consecutive years. As an integral part of students' overall education, COOP allows students to take on increasing levels of responsibilities and to use their job knowledge and classroom learning to make meaningful contributions to an organization. These students alternate work and study on a semester basis with over 700 employers throughout the United States, as well as with several overseas employers.

Engineering Communications Program – the CEE/MSE communications program implements a new model of engineering education, one that directly links communication skills with course content. It does so by meaningfully integrating instruction on written, visual and oral communication into the engineering curriculum.

Georgia Tech Environmental Engineering Research Internship Program (GTEERIP) – GTEERIP is an outreach program developed in 2005 by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Georgia Institute of Technology and Laurus Educational Consulting (LEC) in Korea to provide prospective college students with hands-on research experience in the field of environmental science and engineering. Students perform relatively independent research projects, write technical reports, and present their study outcomes at the end of this five-week program. The program is co-directed by Dr. Jaehong Kim at School of CEE and Jimi Jung at LEC. In 2005 and 2006, Drs. Joseph Hughes and Ching-Hua Huang along with Dr. Kim participated in the program as faculty advisors, educating total twelve high school students. For more information about GTEERIP, contact Dr. Jaehong Kim.

International Plan – The International Plan is a challenging and coherent undergraduate academic program that develops global competencies within the context of a student's major. It is a degree-long program that integrates international studies and experiences into any participating major at Georgia Tech. It helps to prepare Georgia Tech graduates professionally and personally for successful lives in the twenty-first century. The International Plan is not intended to replace current international programs; it supplements them. Existing study abroad opportunities continue to be offered. It is also not intended to be an add-on to the current degree programs. It is intended to be another curriculum path to earn a degree in which international competence is integrated into the program of study. The International Plan can be completed within the normal timeframe of four years of undergraduate study.  The program is operated by Georgia Tech’s Office of International Education (OIE).

Joint BS/MS Degree Program – Students will be eligible to apply for the Joint BS/MS Degree Program ONLY AFTER completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech and appropriate progress in their degree program.  This typically occurs at the end of freshman year.  Interested students should apply for the program at least three semesters prior to graduation in order to take graduate-level courses prior to receiving their BS degree. Students must have a Georgia Tech GPA of 3.5 or higher for admission into the program.  Requirements for Joint BS/MS degree programs vary based on the degree type. Complete details are available at:

Regents’ Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) – The RETP is a cooperative program between Georgia Tech and seventeen other colleges within the University System of Georgia. For the first two years, students in this program attend one of the participating institutions, where they take all of the mathematics and science and many of the engineering courses required in the first two years of the Georgia Tech engineering curricula. Upon successful completion of the RETP requirements at the RETP institution, students are admitted to Georgia Tech to work toward completion of a bachelor of science in engineering degree. By enrolling in RETP, students may attend a college close to home, thereby decreasing the cost of their education and easing the adjustment to college life. At the same time, RETP students enjoy many of the following advantages of Tech students: they have equal access to engineering majors at Tech, they can participate in the co-op program, and they are invited to the Tech campus once a year for campus tours, information sessions, and meetings with advisors in their engineering major.

Research Option – The Research Option is intended for students who seek a concentrated research experience, culminating in an undergraduate thesis, integrated into their undergraduate studies. The purpose of this program is to prepare students who plan to go on to graduate research after their BS degree. This option includes three or four semesters of focused research in the student’s junior and senior years. For an undergraduate to fulfill the Research Option, the student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. complete 9 credit hours of Undergraduate Research CEE 4698 or CEE 4699
  2. complete LCC 4700 “Writing an Undergraduate Thesis” and
  3. write and submit an undergraduate research thesis that is approved two faculty members. Completing this program gives students a "Research Option" designation on their transcripts.

Study Abroad Programs – The Office of International Education (OIE) is staffed with professionals that provide guidance about the various international study abroad opportunities offered at Georgia Tech. Students may pursue semester-long or year-long international programs as well as international summer programs through OIE’s Study Abroad Program.  If students choose a program that offers civil or environmental engineering courses, CEE will work with the students to determine how the credits will apply to their degree.