Special Academic Programs
Regents Engineering Pathway
Qualified students seeking a bachelor of engineering degree may begin their college studies at Gordon State College through the Regents Engineering Pathway (RTP). Upon successful completion of the pre-engineering curriculum, students may transfer to the Georgia Institute of Technology to complete the degree requirements. It is expected that students in this program, like other Georgia Tech graduates, will normally require four to five and one-half years to complete the degree requirements, depending on their pre-college preparation, involvement in extracurricular activities, and engineering major.
There are three different methods for admission to the Regents Engineering Pathway at Gordon State College.
- Entering freshman students must have achieved at least:
- A combined SAT score of 1090;
- Minimum of 440 on the verbal portion of the SAT;
- Minimum of 560 on the math portion of the SAT; and
- 3.0 high school grade-point average in academic courses.
- Entering freshman students who do not meet the requirements above may still be admitted to this program, if they have been accepted for admission to an Engineering Program at Georgia Tech (based on high school academic performance). Such students must provide proof of the acceptance to Georgia Tech.
- Students who do not initially meet the requirements of either of the above methods may join the Regents Engineering Pathway at the end of their freshman year, if they meet the following requirements:
- Completion of Calculus I and Calculus II, with grades of at least “B”;
- Completion of Principles of Chemistry I and Calculus-Based Physics I, with grades of at least “B”; and
- A Gordon State College grade-point average of at least 3.0.
Gordon State College’s faculty members have worked closely with Georgia Tech’s faculty to assure a curriculum which is well-coordinated with that of Georgia Tech. Specific times each year have been established for students to visit the Georgia Tech campus and meet with representatives of their anticipated major.
Regents Engineering Pathway students who satisfactorily complete the pre-engineering curriculum and apply for transfer will be accepted to Georgia Tech. However, admission to the most popular majors, as for the other Georgia Tech students, will be based upon overall grade-point average, performance in the required prerequisite courses, and availability of student spaces.
The student who completes the designated RTP program of study, as well as the core curriculum requirements of Gordon State College, will have satisfied the requirements to graduate from Gordon State College with an Associate of Science degree with a focus in physics.
The programs of study for the Regents Engineering Pathway are listed on the following pages. Because these programs include a concentration of technical courses, as well as calculus and physics courses, the student may decide to devote one or two additional semesters to study at Gordon State College before transferring to Georgia Tech.
Other Engineering Pathway Programs
Enrollment in the Regents Engineering Pathway is limited to those students who meet the qualifications listed above and desire to go to Georgia Institute of Technology. However, students who do not meet the specific qualifications for RTP may still enroll in the pre-engineering program and take the course that will prepare them to enter the junior year at Georgia Tech or any other university that offers baccalaureate programs in engineering. As with the RTP students, these students should complete the programs which are outlined below:
Engineering Technology Programs
Several institutions in the University System of Georgia offer strong majors in engineering technology. Completing the Gordon State College Area F in pre-engineering will also prepare a student to transfer successfully to these programs.
Engineering Pathway Programs of Study
Students wishing to complete the RTP program (or generic pre-engineering) at Gordon State College and graduate from Gordon State College will complete the following courses while completing the Gordon State core curriculum.
* Student with credit for calculus because of strong scores on the AP calculus tests would not need to take this course.
The Honors Program of Gordon State College provides opportunities for academically talented and intellectually curious students to obtain an enhanced collegiate educational experience. The program encourages a small group of highly engaged students from diverse academic disciplines to participate in an enriched learning environment. Students in the Honors Program take alternate versions of regular classes that not only fulfill core curriculum requirements, but also focus on critical thinking skills, discussion, and individual research. Honors courses are not necessarily “harder” classes, but they are classes that provide students the chance to explore topics in a way that standard courses do not allow. Honors courses allow students to work with the best faculty on campus and facilitate the development of a sense of community with other like-minded students. Outside of the classroom, the Honors Program also provides a broad array of cultural experiences, specialized academic advising and mentoring, and additional opportunities for service learning and self-discovery.
Students in the Honors Program enjoy a number of special privileges:
- Small class sizes in Honors sections and the chance to develop camaraderie with other highly prepared and motivated students.
- Priority registration with the first choice of classes each semester.
- Honors classes created to stimulate and challenge intellectual development.
- Honors housing opportunities for students who desire academically focused living arrangements on campus.
- Special event trips each year to museums, theatres, and festivals.
- Service learning opportunities on campus and in the surrounding community.
- Student honors conferences at colleges and universities in the region.
- Special recognition at graduation, with designation on diploma and regalia.
Requirements for Admission into the Honors Program
For entering Freshmen (full-time or part-time students):
- *Minimum 1100 SAT (verbal and math composite) or 24 ACT (composite)
- *Minimum 3.2 GPA in high school college preparatory curriculum or required high school curriculum.
- Application with short essay
For later admission of transfer, full-time, or part-time students:
- Minimum 3.5 GPA in 12 or more hours of college-level courses
- Letter of recommendation from a Gordon State College full-time instructor
- Application with short essay
How Do I Apply?
All new and current students at Gordon State College are encouraged to consider the Honors Program. Applications are welcome on a year-round basis. To apply to the program, please review the application procedures at: http://www.gordonstate.edu/honors
Honors Application Deadlines:
- Fall application deadline: October 10th (for acceptance notification by October 31st)
- Spring Priority application deadline: March 1st (for acceptance notification by April 30th)
- Spring Final application deadline: May 1st (for acceptance notification by May 31st)
What is Required to Complete the Honors Program?
To earn the distinction of an Honors Program graduate, students must complete a minimum of 12 Honors credits as part of their coursework, one of which must be an Honors Colloquium. There are two ways to earn Honors credit:
1. Honors Sections
Each semester a minimum of 3 courses are offered as Honors sections. These classes can be found in the Schedule of Classes under Honors. These are Honors versions of core classes. The class size are smaller than regular sections, capped at 15 students. These classes are not designed as “harder” versions of the regular course; the goal is not to simply heap more work on students in Honors sections. Rather, they are intended to provide students with greater opportunities to engage with the course subject, with their professor, and with one another. Students may not self-register for Honors sections. They must contact the Honors Program Coordinator for approval, and upon approval the Coordinator will enroll them in the desired Honors section. It is not necessary to be admitted into the Honors Program in order to take an Honors section. All interested students are invited to inquire. Honors sections count the same for all students as regular sections. For instance, a student who completes ENGL 1102H has fulfilled the 1102 requirement under Area A of the Core. At least one Honors Colloquium will be offered each semester. As with regular Colloquium offerings, these are special topics classes. An Honors Colloquium will fulfill the Area B Colloquium requirement. Honors Colloquium courses are “capstone classes” of the Honors Program, and all Honors Program students are required to complete at least one.
2. Embedded Courses
A student may earn Honors credit by “embedding” a course. A student must create a “contract” with an instructor of a class for which a student wishes to receive Honors credit. The contract would involve additional work on the part of the student, which might mean completing an extra research assignment, a more complex scientific or mathematical or artistic exploration, a more challenging and complex version of an assignment already on the syllabus, class presentations, a service-learning requirement, or some combination of these. The goal is not to overload the student and instructor with add-ons, but to provide an Honors-level quality of experience for the “embedded” student in the class. A student who fulfills the terms of a contract will receive Honors credit for that class. As with Honors sections, it is not necessary to be admitted to the Honors Program in order to embed a course for Honors credit. Students wishing to embed a course who are not in the Honors Program should consult the Honors Program Coordinator for approval. Contracts must be completed and approved by the Honors Program Coordinator by the first week of the semester of the class under contract. Contract forms can be found on the Honors Program webpage. Students may embed a maximum of 6 hours of Honors credit to complete the 12-hour requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by taking 12 hours’ worth of Honors sections, or they may embed 6 hours and take 6 hours through Honors sections to complete the requirement, as long as one of the Honors sections is an Honors Colloquium. Students in Baccalaureate Programs at Gordon State College may appeal to the Honors Coordinator to embed 9 hours of Honors credit, but they must complete an Honors Colloquium.
Additional Baccalaureate Requirements:
In order to complete the Honors Program at Gordon State College with a baccalaureate degree, students must fulfill the following requirements in the areas of service and scholarship:
1. Service – service may be defined as either service to the College, to the Honors Program, and/or to the community. The student must devote a minimum of 20 hours of service during his/her membership in the Honors Program and may include:
a. Serving on the Student Honors Council.
b. Volunteering to help co-coordinate co-curricular activities of the Honors Program.
c. Participating in service activities in the community.
2. Scholarship - the scholarship requirement may be fulfilled by completing one of the following:
a. The student would acquire a faculty sponsor, write a research paper, and present this work at the Undergraduate Symposium at Gordon State College.
b. The student would acquire a faculty sponsor, write a research paper, and present this work at an approved professional/scholarly meeting.
c. The student would acquire a faculty sponsor, write a research paper, and submit this paper for publication in a professional/scholarly journal.
d. The student would acquire a faculty sponsor, write a senior thesis, and submit this thesis to a thesis committee in his/her discipline for approval.
In order to complete the Honors Program, all students must graduate with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Students who graduate having completed all of the above requirements that apply to the degree they seek will receive the distinction of the Honors Program seal on their diploma, and they will be recognized as Honors Program Graduates at graduation, and they also will be presented with a medallion at graduation to signify their achievement.
In its general sense, “academic literacy” is defined as the necessary skills, practices, and attitudes for successfully engaging oneself within the academic community and ensuring continued academic progress within a college or university setting. At Gordon State College, we identify the successful demonstration of academic skills, practices and attitudes as including:
- A working knowledge of the policies and procedures of the college
- An ability to locate and utilize Gordon State College resources to their fullest extent
- An appreciation of the college’s history and continued mission
- A willingness to interact with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body
- An understanding of the interconnectedness of knowledge and learning
- A positive, engaged attitude towards active learning
- An awareness of the unique and specific expectations of college
- A mature and respectful classroom presence
- An overall sense of connectedness to the Gordon State College community
The strengthening of academic literacy at Gordon State College should enable students to better navigate their way through the complete college experience, providing them with knowledge of the culture of academia, an understanding of its behavioral and technical requirements, the skills for success within the academic environment, and a sense of belonging to a community of educated individuals capable of making the best decisions for themselves and the larger culture of our state and country.
As part of our commitment to strengthening the potential for students to succeed at this institution and beyond, Gordon State College has developed a number of programs intended to enhance academic literacy skills. These include:
Learning Communities: This is a group of linked classes gathering a common group of students in order to facilitate cooperative learning and an appreciation of the interconnections among the assorted academic divisions comprising the core curriculum.
A First-Year Experience Course: This course is designed to acquaint first-year students with the Gordon State College campus, its resources and procedures, and with the practices and expectations of the larger academic community in order to better prepare students for college success and passage into their professional lives.