Field of Study: Structural Engineering and Mechanics

Student studying structural plans

Students pursuing the Structural Engineering field of study in the Civil and Environmental Engineering MS Program must take the following 10 course requirements for a total of 30 semester-hour units (SHUs):

  1. Fundamentals (choose three courses)
    • CEE-105 Finite Element Analysis (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-106 Structural Dynamics (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-123 Advanced Structural Systems Analysis (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-127 Structural Health Monitoring (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-227 Structural Reliability (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-293 Inelastic Composite Materials (3 SHUs)
  2. Structural Design (choose two courses)
    • CEE-124 Advanced Steel Design (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-125 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-129 Bridge Design and Rehabilitation (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-146 Foundation Engineering (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-293 Offshore Wind Structures (3 SHUs)
  3. Numerical Tools (choose one course)
    May be replaced by a technical elective with the consent of advisor.
    • ES-101 Numerical Methods (3 SHUs)
    • ME-100 Applied Mathematics for Engineers (3 SHUs)
    • MATH-165 Probability (3 SHUs)
    • MATH-166 Statistics (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-202 Environmental Statistics (3 SHUs)
  4. Professional Practice (choose one course)
    May be replaced by a technical elective with the consent of advisor.
  5. Seminars (One course — 0 SHUs per semester)
    • CEE-292 Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar
  6. Technical Electives: (three courses)
    Should be selected with the consent of academic advisor.

Note 1: A full-time student can complete this option (MS-non-thesis) in one year; however, three semesters are recommended.

Note 2: A full-time student may choose to complete a thesis as part of their degree program, in which case the program may take 1.5 to 2 years to complete, and MS thesis research (6 SHUs) may replace the equivalent number of two courses in Technical Electives.


Brian Brenner: Structural engineering, concrete design, bridge analysis and design, structural analysis/design

Eric Hines: Offshore wind engineering, structural engineering, earthquake engineering, steel design, concrete design, structural systems design

Daniel Kuchma: Offshore wind engineering, design, behavior, and modeling of concrete structures

Babak Moaveni: Structural health monitoring, system and damage identification of civil structures, model inference from measurements, uncertainty quantification and propagation in dynamic systems

Masoud Sanayei: Structural engineering, bridge structural health monitoring, environmentally-induced building floor vibrations, nondestructive testing of full-scale structures