Structural engineers focus on the design and physical integrity of buildings and other large structures, assuring they are safe and stable. They frequently work with architects and contractors. In addition to new construction, they often inspect and design plans for maintenance or renovation of existing structures.

The minor in structural engineering is designed especially for students in the following majors:

  • Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials
  • Geology
  • Physics

This minor is not available to civil engineering majors.


The 19-credit minor requires the following:

CIV ENG 335Soil Mechanics3
CIV ENG 360Introduction to Structural Analysis3
CIV ENG 372Introduction to Structural Design4
CIV ENG 571Design of Concrete Structures3
or CIV ENG 572 Design of Steel Structures
Select two electives (see below)6
Total Credits19


CIV ENG 401Intermediate Strength of Materials3
CIV ENG 431Materials of Construction3
CIV ENG 456Foundation Engineering3
CIV ENG 463Introduction to Finite Elements3
CIV ENG 502Experimental Stress Analysis3
CIV ENG 560Intermediate Structural Analysis3
CIV ENG 571Design of Concrete Structures3
CIV ENG 572Design of Steel Structures3
CIV ENG 573Design of Masonry and Wood Structures3
CIV ENG 574Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures3
CIV ENG 579Earthquake Engineering3
ARCH 321Building Technology I3
ARCH 421Building Technology III3
ARCH 422Building Technology IV3

More information on the minor may be obtained from the CEAS Office of Student Services: (414) 229-4667, EMS Room E386.