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University of West Georgia

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The Engineering Studies Program at the University of West Georgia offers students a number of exciting and attractive options.

The tangible and real benefits of starting your engineering program at UWG include our smaller, more personalized classes in a pleasant environment close to Atlanta, courses taught by real professors skilled in teaching, and lower costs at a medium-sized university closer to home.

We have 3 basic plans:

RETP (Regents Engineering Transfer Program) or 2+2 with Georgia Tech. This plan allows students to spend two years at UWG in a specially designed engineering track before transferring to Georgia Tech. Basic math, science and engineering courses plus core curriculum courses are taken at UWG and then the student transfers to Georgia Tech for the remaining two years. At the completion of the program, a BS in engineering is awarded by Georgia Tech in one of the following:

While at UWG, RETP students enjoy many of the advantages of Tech students: they have equal access to engineering majors at Tech, can participate in the highly successful Co-op program, and they are invited every spring for campus tours, information sessions, and meetings with advisors in their engineering major. At that meeting, the students who will be transferring to Tech the coming Fall Semester can preregister for their classes.

Admission to the Program

1. If qualified, you can enter the RETP program when you first enroll at UWG. The minimum requirements are: (a) a combined SAT score of at least 1090 (including a minimum of 560 on the math and 440 on the verbal portions); and (b) a high school GPA of at least 3.0; OR (c) have been admitted to an engineering program at Georgia Tech.

2. If you do not meet the initial admission criteria, you may enter the RETP after the end of your freshman year by: (a) completing the first chemistry and first physics courses and Calculus I and II with grades of 3.0 (B) or higher; and (b) attaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

3. Finally, students who complete the courses included in the first two years of the desired Tech engineering program with a GPA of 2.7 or higher in those courses may be admitted to the RETP at the discretion of the Georgia Tech RETP coordinator. Also, to be eligible for the RETP, you must be a legal resident of Georgia.

Dual Degree or 3+2. This program allows a student in approximately 5 academic years to obtain both a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (advisor: Dr. Julie Talbot -, or Chemistry  (advisor: Dr. Sharmistha Basu-Dutt from UWG and an engineering degree from an approved engineering school: Georgia Tech, Mercer, Auburn or Southern Tech. Three years are spent at UWG taking the basic core and major courses. Then the student transfers to the engineering school for the remainder of the program. After approximately one more year, the student has enough credits to graduate from UWG with a BS in Chemistry, or Physics. An additional year completes the requirements for the engineering degree, which is awarded by the engineering school.

Triple Degree or 3+3. A new program with the School of Textile and Fiber Engineering at Georgia Tech has been initiated by which a student can attend UWG for 3 years, majoring in physics, and then attend Georgia Tech for 3 years and receive 3 degrees: a BS in Physics from UWG, a BS in Textile Engineering from Tech AND an MS from Tech in Textile and Fiber Engineering.

Additional Information: The Engineering Studies Program at UWG is under the direction of Dr. Sharmistha Basu-Dutt, Coordinator of the Engineering Studies Program. For further information or to arrange a visit, contact Dr. Sharmistha Basu-Dutt ( she also advises the chemistry-dual degree and RETP students. If interested in the physics-dual degree program contact Dr. Julie Talbot (

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