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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Clarkston, Dunwoody

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Engineering Pathway, A.S.

What Is Engineering?

Engineering is the creative application of scientific principles to the design, development, construction or operation of structures, machines, apparatus, manufacturing processes or works, using them singly or in combination. Engineering also entails forecasting their behavior under specific operating conditions.

Why Study Engineering?

Engineering transforms scientific discoveries into products that improve the way the world works and make our lives safer, healthier and more productive. Engineering is an attractive career option for those who enjoy building or repairing items or designing new products, games or tools. Industry demand is high, with job prospects in branches of engineering continuing to grow. Civil, environmental, biomedical and software specialties are leading the pack. An additional draw is reflected in surveys that consistently indicate engineers enjoy high levels of job satisfaction.

Perimeter College provides a strong foundation for students wanting to pursue engineering and the college’s Regents Engineering Transfer Program paves the way for its students to continue their studies at respected universities.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Pathway Details

The Engineering pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

Activities at Clubs and Initiatives

Multiple clubs, events and initiatives are available to Engineering students. Activities include:

  • CLACEC A Cardboard Boat Regatta coordinated by the Clarkston (Campus) Computing and Engineering Club.
  • Dunwoody Engineering Club (Raspberry Pi and Arduino and Circuit Soldering Presentation Party).
  • Construction of a Zonodome by STREAM Initiative.

Perimeter College also offers the Regents’ Engineering Pathways initiative to ease engineering students’ entry into bachelor’s programs.

The University System of Georgia’s Regents’ Engineering Pathways (REP) program was originally established in 1986 as the Regents Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) to expand the availability of engineering education opportunities at a select number of USG institutions. The program later expanded to all USG institutions.

In its current structure, students complete two or more years of engineering pathway courses at participating University System of Georgia institutions and then transfer to Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University or the University of Georgia to complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

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Engineering is a versatile career choice. Engineers are trained to design products for manufacturing, plan and supervise building construction, build power plants for electricity production and determine the environmental impact of products and systems. They improve quality of life by strengthening health care, food safety and financial systems operation. Mechanical engineers design products, the machinery to manufacture those products, plants in which the products are made and systems that ensure the quality of the products. Construction engineers design, plan and supervise the construction of buildings, highways and all forms of transportation. Electrical engineers design and build power plants that produce electricity and create millions of electricity-dependent products. Environmental safety engineers determine the impact of products and systems on the environment. Other engineering fields include: aerospace, agricultural, architectural, automotive, chemical, civil, computers and gaming, industrial, marine and naval, materials, nuclear, product packaging, robotics and more. Engineering career opportunities can be found in a variety of industries:

    ·       Aerospace
    ·       Agriculture
    ·       Architecture
    ·       Automotive
    ·       Chemical
    ·       Computer-aided design/drafting/gaming
    ·       Construction
    ·       Defense systems
    ·       Energy
    ·       Environmental safety
    ·       Inventions and patents
    ·       Logistics
    ·       Machine designs
    ·       Medicine
    ·       Plant designs
    ·       Power generation
    ·       Research and development
    ·       Robotics
    ·       Transportation

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics


For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Department Chair of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. John King
[email protected]

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The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.