Structural Engineering

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Old Curriculum

Structural Engineering undergraduate curriculum prior to Fall 2016:


Fall                                                      Winter                                      Spring

Freshman Year

Math 20A                                            Math 20B                                 Math 20C

GE                                                       SE 1                                        SE 2/2L

Chem 6A                                           Phys 2A                                   Phys 2B/2BL

GE                                                       GE                                            GE

Sophomore Year

Math 20D                                            Math 20F                                 Math 20E

SE 101A                                             SE 101B                                  SE 101C

Phys 2C/2CL                                      SE 110A                                  SE 110B

GE                                                        SE 9                                        SE 102

Junior Year

SE 103                                              SE 115                                     MAE 170

SE 121                                             SE 130A                                    SE 130B

GE                                                    GE                                             GE

GE                                                    GE                                             TE

Senior Year

SE 125                                             SE 120                                      SE 140

FS                                                     SE 131                                       TE

TE                                                        FS                                           FS

GE                                                       GE                                           FS

GE is a general education/college requirement.

TE is a technical elective course.

FS is a focus sequence course.



Focus Sequences

Students enrolled in the Structural Engineering degree program (ABET accredited) should note that four course slots must be filled by focus sequence (FS) courses.  The department currently offers four focus sequences, as listed below, and students must complete one of the focus sequences of their choice.  Students should note that not all focus sequence courses will be offered every year.  Students should consult the department Undergraduate Affairs Office in the spring quarter of the year before they begin taking focus sequence classes to ensure that the appropriate courses will be offered.


 Focus Sequences.

Sequence Name

Courses in Sequence

Civil Structures (CS)

  • SE 150Design of Steel Structures
  • SE 151ADesign of Structural Concrete (RC)
  • SE 151BDesign of Structural Concrete (PC)
  • SE 152Seismic Design of Structures

Aerospace Structures


  • SE 160AAerospace Structural Mechanics I
  • SE 160BAerospace Structural Mechanics II
  • SE 142Design of Composite Structures
  • SE 171 Aerospace Structures Renewal                   

Geotechnical Engineering



  • SE 180 Earthquake Engineering
  • SE 181 Geotechnical Engineering
  • SE 182 Foundation Engineering
  • SE 184 Ground Improvement                         

Structural Health Monitoring and Non-destructive Evaluation


  • SE 163 Non-destructive Evaluation
  • SE 165 Structural Health Monitoring
  • SE 168 Structural System Testing & Model Correlation 

        *(SE 168 not offered in 2015-2016)      

  • SE 171 Aerospace Structures Renewal         



ATTENTION students who entered UC San Diego prior to Fall 2016:

You are required to transition to the new curriculum.  Click on "Transition Plans" below and find the plan that most closely matches your plan to graduation.  This is meant as a GUIDE ONLY.  Please visit the undergraduate student advising office to develop a specific plan to graduation.

Transition Plans


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