Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

College Structure


The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing at Georgia Southern University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. At the undergraduate level, the College offers eleven Bachelor of Science degree programs: Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Construction; Construction Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Information Technology and Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Online; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Software Engineering. Computer Science and Information Technology are offered on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses.

The first three years of the Mechanical Engineering program is offered on the Armstrong campus and students must transition to the Statesboro campus to complete the MechE degree. The Regents’ Engineering Pathway (REP) Program, available on both the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses, is offered as an option for students to complete the first two years of their engineering curriculum at designated Georgia colleges and then transfer to Georgia Southern (or another engineering school in Georgia) based on the availability of a particular major, to complete their B.S. degree in engineering. Undergraduate students may now choose an Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (ABM) pathway for any of our M.S. degree programs – each program has its own timeline and requirements for selecting the ABM (or “4+1”) option.

At the graduate level, the College offers Master of Science degree programs in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Applied Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management). Thesis or non-thesis tracks are available within each program. For each of these MS degree programs, the College offers the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) option. The ABM provides a pathway to earn both a B.S. and an MS degree in five years, all of which are currently offered only on the Statesboro campus.

The M.S. in Applied Engineering degree program has two concentrations from which to choose: Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management. The program is under the purview of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, and is designed to give students the hands-on experience they will need to be problem-solvers and leaders in consumer, commercial and industrial engineering fields.

The M.S. in Civil Engineering degree program provides students with industry-ready skills coupled with innovative and cutting-edge research experience in their field of interest. The program serves both full-time students preparing for a career as a civil engineering professional, and currently employed professionals seeking an advanced education to augment their existing skills and background. The MSCE at Georgia Southern comprises technical coursework and thesis or non-thesis tracks in five main areas:

  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental/Water Resources Engineering
  • Transportation-Pavement/Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying-Geomatics

The M.S. in Computer Science degree program is available as a face-to-face, hybrid, or a fully-online program to allow those with degrees in traditional, non-computing fields to earn a master’s degree in computer science. The Georgia Southern MSCS program offers the only Data Mining and Data Warehousing concentrations in Georgia - one of only a handful of such master’s degrees in the world. The program is designed to prepare its students for a career in knowledge-based data systems, including software development, computer systems analysis, computer systems engineering, network engineering, database design, computer programming and software systems development. 

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering degree program is designed to meet the global need for engineers who possess leadership skills but also applications experience in consumer, commercial and industrial fields. MSEE graduates are innovators prepared to become responsible, strategic leaders and exceptional engineering professionals. Courses include analytical math and experimental research in areas such as autonomous systems, optical communications, wireless power, antennas and propagation, and energy harvesting. The program serves both the fulltime students preparing for careers in Electrical Engineering, as well as currently employed Electrical Engineering professionals seeking advanced education to augment their existing skills and background.

The M.S. in Information Technology degree program at Georgia Southern integrates state-of-the-art technology and interdisciplinary and conceptual science with hands-on, operational skills preparation. Students gain valuable knowledge and are placed in a unique position to make an immediate impact on their career and their employers. The MSIT program embraces the constantly changing IT industry, prepares graduates to analyze and manage IT networks and systems. Courses include IT management, data analytics, networking, data management and storage, and network security. Research conducted through the thesis or independent study project provides opportunity for individualized in-depth study within the concentration.

The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree program provides focused and specialized educational opportunities beyond the BS degree. Students select coursework concentrations in Energy Science, Mechatronics, and general Mechanical Engineering, while conducting in-depth research. The MSME degree prepares engineers to accept greater project responsibility while advancing more quickly in their chosen careers.


The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing will be a recognized leader in student-centric experiential learning, applied research in engineering and computing, and service to our communities.


The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing mission is to ensure student success by preparing them for lifelong learning, advance the engineering and computing disciplines, and support regional economic development. This will be accomplished by promoting excellence in faculty teaching and scholarship, fostering experiential learning, and partnering with regional stakeholders.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Cooperative Education

Co-ops allow students the opportunity to gain work experience related to their academic major while earning a salary. To participate in a cooperative education opportunity, a student must have completed at least 30 semester hours of instruction, have a grade point average of at least 2.5, and be willing to participate in a minimum of two alternating co-op work semesters. Work responsibilities and salaries are determined by the employer. Students should contact the Director of Industrial Relations, Dr. Reinhold Gerbsch, for further information.

Undergraduate Research

Involving undergraduate students in applied, hands-on research activities and projects is a primary focus of the College. College administration and faculty work diligently to provide students with abundant opportunities to engage in research under faculty supervision. Examples of each department’s current areas of research are included in the department brochures and web pages. The Dean’s Office and corporate sponsors fund student-led research projects which are showcased in the annual Student Research Symposium.



Academic advisement for majors in the College is conducted through the College’s Advisement Centers.


  • (Statesboro campus) IT Building, Room 1208, Telephone: (912) 478-4877
  • (Armstrong campus) Student Success Center 109, Telephone: (912) 344-2570


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit Graduate Academic Advisement .

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu.


Dr. Craig Harvey
Statesboro Campus
IT Building, Room 3400
P.O. Box 7995
(912) 478-7412
E-mail address: charvey@georgiasouthern.edu

Dr. David Williams
Associate Dean for Students and Curriculum
Statesboro Campus
IT Building, Room 3400
P.O. Box 7995
(912) 478-7483
E-mail address: dwilliams@georgiasouthern.edu

Dr. Ashraf Saad
Assistant Dean
Armstrong Campus
Science Center, Room 206
(912) 344-3084
E-mail address: asaad@georgiasouthern.edu