The Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) at Fort Valley State University invites you to become a part of our one of a kind program. CDEP has a tradition of recruiting exceptionally talented scholars for careers in the energy industry. We are proud to acknowledge that since 1997, FVSU-CDEP and its collaborating universities have graduated 42 engineers, 18 geoscientists, and 4 health physicists.

This Web site will give you a capsule description of the program and the dual degree scholarship opportunities CDEP has to offer. However, we welcome you to contact the CDEP office so that we may speak with you personally to answer any further questions you may have about the program.

“CDEPers” are an elite group of students and we are hopeful that you will choose to join us here at FVSU to further your educational pursuits.

Let CDEP Be Your Pipeline To Success!

CDEP was founded on July 1, 1983 by Dr. Isaac J. Crumbly at the Fort Valley State University with start-up funds from the U.S. Department of Energy. It is an innovative cooperative program between FVSU, the private and government sectors of the nation’s energy industry, and other partnering institutions. Although CDEP’s initial focus was targeted for the energy industry, the program has expanded to include other sectors of the nation’s workforce.

CDEP focuses on the recruitment and placement of academically talented minorities and females into professional level careers in the energy industry.

This objective is accomplished through the following methods:

  • Dual-degree programs in engineering, geosciences and health physics
  • Scholarships
  • Internships
  • Industry & Government participation
  • Career/Job Opportunities
  • Pre-College (MSEA)

Dual-Degree Programs

The FVSU-CDEP program has established 3+2 dual-degree programs with Georgia Tech, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Oklahoma, Penn State University, the University of Texas – Austin, and the University of Texas Pan American. The dual-degree programs operate by students enrolling for three years at FVSU and majoring in mathematics, chemistry or biology and then transferring to a partnering institution to continue their second degree option. After successful completion of both programs, students will receive two Bachelor of Science degrees: one degree from FVSU and the second degree from a collaborating university.


Students who participate in the mathematics/engineering dual-degree program spend three years at FVSU studying mathematics and then transfer to GT, UNLV or UTPA to complete the second degree in engineering.

Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering

Students interested in becoming a Geoscientist study mathematics or chemistry at FVSU for three years and continue for two years at OU, PSU or UT-Austin to pursue a degree in geosciences. Also, the geosciences program gives students the option of pursuing a 3+3 program that results in the graduate receiving a B.S. degree from FVSU and a M.S. degree from OU or PSU.

To complete a degree in Petroleum Engineering, students must major in mathematics at FVSU and then transfer to OU, PSU, or UT-Austin.

Health Physics

Students graduate with a B.S. degree in biology, chemistry or mathematics from FVSU and a second degree in health physics from UNLV.


To be considered for a competitive-based CDEP scholarship, students must complete a college-preparatory high school curriculum; have a combined math and critical thinking SAT score of 1100 (minimum 550 math) or an equivalent composite score of 26 on the ACT or above and a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.

These scholarships cover tuition, fees, room and board, and a supplemental book stipend. For Georgia students only, scholarships are coordinated with the HOPE Scholarship in that the tuition is paid by HOPE. Non-Georgia students’ tuition is paid directly by CDEP.

The scholarships cover the costs of matriculation at Fort Valley State University, Georgia Tech, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Oklahoma, Penn State University, the University of Texas - Austin and the University of Texas Pan American.

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