The Department of Structural Engineering offers a unique engineering program leading to the B.S. degree in structural engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET). The B.S. program requires a minimum of 145 units, plus college requirements in humanities and social sciences. All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade.
All Structural Engineering programs of study have strong components in laboratory experimentation, numerical computation, and engineering design. Design is emphasized throughout the curricula by open-ended homework problems, by laboratory and computer courses which include student-initiated projects, and finally by senior design project courses which involve teams of students working to solve engineering design problems brought in from industry. The Structural Engineering programs are designed to prepare students receiving bachelor’s degrees for professional careers or for graduate education in their area of specialization. In addition, the programs can also be taken by students who intend to use their undergraduate engineering education as preparation for postgraduate professional training in non-technical fields such as business administration, law or medicine.
Structural Engineering is concerned with the design and analysis of civil, mechanical, aerospace, marine, naval, and offshore structures. Examples include bridges, dams, buildings, aircraft, spacecraft, ships, oil platforms, automobiles, and other transportation vehicles. This field requires a thorough knowledge of the behavior of solids (concrete, soils, rock, metals, plastics, and composite materials), fluid mechanics as it relates to structural loads, dynamics as it relates to structural response, mathematics for the generation of theoretical structural models and numerical analysis, and computer science for simulation purposes associated with computer-aided design, response analyses, and data acquisition. Basic understanding of materials behavior and structural performance is enhanced by laboratory courses involving static and dynamic stress failure tests of structural models, and response of structural systems. Undergraduate students can specialize in one of the following four focus sequences: (a) civil structures, (b) aerospace structures, (c) structural health monitoring/non-destructive evaluation (SHM/NDE), or (d) geotechnical engineering.
Please note: The Structural Engineering B.S. program has been declared "capped" for ALL students, effective Fall 2015. Any student interested in the Structural Engineering B.S. major will need to apply to the major after taking the required screening courses.
Additional information on how to apply to the SE major can be found in the Admissions section of the Undergraduate portion of this website.
Department of Structural Engineering Undergraduate Program Statistics:
Enrollment, Fall 2017: 517
Degrees Conferred, 2017-2018: 96