Structural Engineering Degree

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Overview

Structural Engineering is the area of study and employment that is responsible for ensuring the durability and longevity of a given system or structure. Considered a subfield of civil engineering, structural engineers make sure that the frames and designs presented can support the addition of pieces in order to complete the project while maintaining durability, or rather determine whether the foundation and skeleton of a structure or system can support the addition of material without collapse.

Education and Schools

A program in structural engineering will focus on the physics of architectural frames and foundations, allowing an individual to learn to identify flaws in design and planning to ensure that the proposed project is constructed and built to last. As a sub field of civil engineering, exposure to large projects relating to infrastructure are common, including sewer systems, freeways, roads and other public projects. A program will provide education in science, architecture, mathematics, and city planning.

A curriculum may include:

  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Engineering Principles
  • Design and Structure
  • Foundations and Frames

Individuals searching for structural engineering schools should look for civil engineering and engineering departments that maintain close to ties to local projects and government, have internship or research opportunities, and have modern facilities that are regularly updated and reviewed to ensure relevancy of education. Access to reviews and contact information for such departments are readily available and should be pursued as part of the vetting process for any individual wishing to find their intended school.

Organizations, such as the American Society for Engineering Education work for the advancement of engineering education through the promotion of proper teaching, providing resources for development, and working to advance the cause and understanding of the field among the population.

Employment Opportunities

Individuals will seek employment in public agencies or through private contractors. Individuals may seek entry level employment with a bachelor’s degree, but most supervisory and research positions require at minimum a master’s due to increasing complexity of the work. The demand for educated structural engineers is expected to increase proportionally to the number of public projects and infrastructure developments taking place over the next decade.

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Colleges That Offer Structural Engineering

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that may have structural engineering programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting online or a state. Popular schools are defined as the most number of graduates as reported by the latest published IPEDS survey.*

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C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, CA |

University of California - San Diego (UCSD) is a top-ranking academic and research institution in the University of California system.  It is situated along the Pacific Ocean on a campus of coastal woodlands.  UCSD offers hundreds of academic degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. It also offers many professional degrees.  Its academics cover a wide range of ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,530
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (858) 534-2230

Programs

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Structural Engineering (B,M,D)

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA |

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $50,277
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (213) 740-2311

Programs

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M)
  • Architectural Engineering (B,M)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M)

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL |

Illinois Institute of Technology provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Chicago, Illinois and operated as a private institution. Enrollment at Illinois Institute of Technology is nearly 7,800 per year. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:Legal Professions And Studies Engineering Business And Marketing ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $43,680
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (312) 567-3000

Programs

  • Engineering (M)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (M)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (M)
  • Architectural Engineering (M)

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA |

LU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Approximately seven thousand students are enrolled per year at LU. Here is a list of some of the popular programs LU offers:Business And Marketing Studies Engineering Psychology Physical ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $46,230
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (610) 758-3000

Programs

  • Biomedical Engineering (M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (M,D)
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (M,D)
  • Civil Engineering (M,D)

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, CA |

Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, a short distance from downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, California State University, Northridge was established in 1958 as a 4-year college and satellite campus to Los Angeles State College.  Cal State Northridge, or CSUN, is now one of the most popular universities in Southern California.  It is situated on 356 ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,569
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (818) 677-1200

Programs

  • Engineering (M)
  • Civil Engineering (M)
  • Structural Engineering (M)
  • Computer Engineering (M)

Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Harrisburg

Middletown, PA |

Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Harrisburg provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Middletown, Pennsylvania and publically funded. Enrollment at Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Harrisburg exceeds four thousand per year. Students can pick from a few areas of study, including:Education Business And Marketing Studies Engineering Psychology...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $14,610
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (717) 948-6250

Programs

  • Civil Engineering (B)
  • Structural Engineering (B)

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL |

The University of Central Florida is located in Orlando. It is a metropolitan research university of the State University System of Florida. History The University of Central Florida was founded on June 10, 1963. At that time it was known as Florida Technological University. Its goal was to train highly skilled individuals to work at the Kennedy Space Center. ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,368
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (407) 823-2000

Programs

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B)
  • Civil Engineering (B)
  • Structural Engineering (B)
  • Computer Engineering (B)

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI |

Milwaukee School of Engineering provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and operated as a private institution. Approximately 2,600 students are enrolled yearly at MSOE. Students may pick from several areas of study, including but not limited to:Engineering Health And Clinical Professions Business And Marketing Studies Engineering ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $36,540
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (800) 332-6763

Programs

  • Engineering (M)
  • Architectural Engineering (M)
  • Biomedical Engineering (M)
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (M)

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO |

Missouri University of Science and Technology, a public institution, offers an assortment of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Rolla, Missouri, the campus resides in a rural setting for students to study in. Missouri University of Science and Technology has a yearly student enrollment of about 7,200. Areas of study available at Missouri ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,048
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (573) 341-4111

Programs

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B)
  • Architectural Engineering (B)
  • Ceramic Sciences and Engineering (B)
  • Chemical Engineering (B)

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI |

Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in 200 departments across all campuses.U of M in Ann Arbor spans over 600 acres ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,856
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (734) 764-1817

Programs

  • Engineering (M)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (M)
  • Biomedical Engineering (M)
  • Chemical Engineering (M)

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI |

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Kalamazoo, is Michigan's fourth largest institution of higher education and research. It is designated a high-research-activity university by the Carnegie Foundation, and is ranked in the top 100 American universities by U.S. News & World Report. WMU offers more than 140 academic programs at the bachelor's degree level, and more than 65 at ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,029
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (269) 387-1000

Programs

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B)
  • Chemical Engineering (B)
  • Civil Engineering (B)
  • Structural Engineering (B)

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA |

Aside from being among the oldest members of the California State University system, SDSU is also the first and largest college in San Diego, California. It is now a highly-regarded research university, having come a long way from starting as an institute for teacher training under the name San Diego Normal College in 1897. There are currently almost 200 ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,976
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (619) 594-5200

Programs

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (D)
  • Civil Engineering (D)
  • Structural Engineering (D)

New York University

New York, NY |

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe. New sites are planned for Abu Dhabi in 2010 and Washington DC in 2012. History New York ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $47,750
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 998-1212

Programs

  • Biomedical Engineering (M)
  • Chemical Engineering (M)
  • Civil Engineering (M)
  • Structural Engineering (M)

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

Harrisburg, PA |

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) is one of six community colleges in Central Pennsylvania's Community College District. The other campuses in the district include locations in Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. The HACC also has a Virtual Campus for online or distance learning. The Virtual campus offers more than 150 online courses in a range of subjects, and also ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,500
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (717) 780-2300

Programs

  • Engineering (C,A)
  • Structural Engineering (C,A)

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Pomona, CA |

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (CPP), or "Cal Poly Pomona," is a public university situated barely 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two "Polytechnic" universities in the California State University System. It is one of just seven in the U.S., and has been ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,016
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (909) 869-7659

Programs

  • Engineering (M)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (M)
  • Chemical Engineering (M)
  • Civil Engineering (M)

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV |

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is the largest public college in the state, offering mostly two-year courses throughout its Charleston, Cheyenne, and Henderson main campuses as well as nine other learning centers in the Las Vegas area. CSN was founded in 1971 as the Clark County Community College, opening its doors to a mere 400 students at the ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $2,805
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (702) 651-5000

Programs

  • Civil Engineering (C,A)
  • Structural Engineering (C,A)

University of Akron

Akron, OH |

The University of Akron (UA), located in Ohio, is a public research university. UA offers 300 undergraduate academic degree programs and also many programs at the graduate levels. UA has many new or updated buildings on campus with modern amenities and high-technology classrooms.  In addition to its degree programs, UA offers workforce and career training, continuing education, distance training ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,509
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (330) 972-7111

Programs

  • Engineering (M)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (M)
  • Biomedical Engineering (M)
  • Chemical Engineering (M)

Seattle University

Seattle, WA |

Seattle U. is a nonprofit private institution located in Seattle, WA and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The Roman Catholic affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Enrollment at Seattle U. is nearly 7,800 yearly. Areas of study available at Seattle University include but are not ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $39,690
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (206) 296-6000

Programs

  • Engineering (M)
  • Civil Engineering (M)
  • Structural Engineering (M)
  • Computer Software Engineering (M)

Notes: The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.