Piedmont and Georgia Tech team up for engineering dual degree
Students seeking an engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology can now complete much of their undergraduate course work at Piedmont College in Demorest.
The two colleges recently completed an agreement that allows engineering students to study for three years at Piedmont and then complete their engineering degree in two years at Georgia Tech, said Dr. Steven Nimmo, Dean of the Piedmont School of Arts and Sciences. At the end of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in engineering physics from Piedmont and a B.S. degree in engineering from Georgia Tech.
Nimmo said the initial program will concentrate on students studying mechanical engineering, although the agreement will also cover civil, electrical, and industrial engineering.
At Piedmont, students will take the regular general education classes required for a B.S. degree, including English, languages, science, social sciences and math. Students also take advanced math and science courses, including additional calculus, physics and pre-engineering courses. At Georgia Tech’s Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, they will then study more specialized engineering courses, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, manufacturing processes, and engineering economics.
Mechanical engineering is the largest undergraduate program at Georgia Tech, and graduates work in a variety of industries, including transportation, telecommunications, electronics, bioengineering, and manufacturing. The degree is also an entry into other fields outside of engineering including business, law and medicine.
Nimmo said the dual-degree program with Piedmont is convenient for students who live in northeast Georgia, and it is also ideal for any students who want to take advantage of Piedmont’s smaller classes, which usually include 20 to 25 students who get more one-on-one instruction from the professors. Laboratory work can also be customized to the type of engineering that students are interested in, Nimmo said.
“This program is effective now, and we are recruiting students to begin in 2011,” Nimmo said. “I think this is an outstanding opportunity that offers many of the top students in northeast Georgia a different path to earn an engineering degree from Georgia Tech.”