Structural Engineering Minor | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Structural Engineering Minor

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About The Minor

Structural engineering is one of the oldest recognized specializations within the civil engineering profession. Buildings, bridges, dams and tunnels are only a few examples of structures upon which our infrastructure is dependent. Structural engineers must have a strong understanding and be capable of both analyzing and designing structural elements and systems. This minor will prepare civil engineering students who intend to pursue a career in structural engineering, as well provide other students a foundation of understanding of structures or a platform from which to pursue further study. Students are required to take a total of 15 credits.

The minor is open to all undergraduate students. BS CE students are expected to be able to complete the minor within the required 129 credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce students to the field of structural engineering.
  • Apply science and engineering principles, to analyze and design safe structures.
  • Ensure all codes requirements are properly met.
  • Ability to use the techniques and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


3 Credits Engineering Mechanics CE-UY2133
This course covers the calculation of forces and moments, displacement and rotations, stresses and strains for simple structure subject to axial, shear, bending and torsional forces including basic principles of strain and stress for application design.
Prerequisite: PH-UY 1013 (grade of C or higher) and MA-UY 1024 or MA-UY 1324 or equivalent (grade of C or higher).
3 Credits Analysis of Determinate Structures CE-UY2143
This course offers in-depth coverage of the basic concepts of analysis of determinate structures, topics include elastic deflections of trusses, beams and frame structures. Influence lines for statically determinate structures, and behavior of short and tall columns. Stress and strain distribution in composite beams.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 2133 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
3 Credits Structural Engineering CE-UY3183
This course introduces the general principles of loads on buildings. It includes: steel design of tension member, beams, columns and beam column, and concrete design of beams, columns and footings.
Prerequisite for Brooklyn Engineering Students: CE-UY 2143 or Equivalent
Prerequisite for Abu Dhabi Students: ENGR-UH 3410

Core Courses

The following two core courses are required: 

3 Credits Materials for the Built Environment CE-UY3163
This course covers the mechanical behavior and durability of structural materials. Properties of steel, concrete, wood, asphalt and fiber composites are discussed. Material processing, optical metrology and stress analysis laboratories are conducted by students working independently and in groups on material preparation and evaluation topics.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 2123 or CE-UY 2133 or equivalent.
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Elective Courses

Nine credits of electives are required. The following electives are available: 

3 Credits Dynamics of Extreme Events CE-UY3123
This course is an introduction to extreme natural events and their impact on the built environment and communities. Students will be introduced to the methods used for anticipating extreme natural events and the design parameters for resilient infrastructure design.
The scenarios covered include earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and fire. Topics introduced include 1) basic concepts of seismicity, earthquake ground motion, and response of structures to earthquake excitation, 2) hurricanes, preparedness, and design principles for structures subject to strong winds and coastal surges, 3) coastal and river flooding and impact on critical infrastructure systems.
The fundamental concepts covered include a) methods for longterm event prediction and short term warning systems, b) estimation of acceptable risk used in limit state design codes, including loading and zoning, c) physical resilience and robustness.
Methods used include mapping and analysis of global data resources including sensor networks and geophysical models for event prediction, risk analysis, analytical solutions and numerical simulation to quantify and understand the response of structural systems subject to the loading conditions in the scenarios above.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 2133 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
3 Credits Structural Analysis CE-UY3133
This course offers in-depth coverage of structural analysis techniques. Topics: analysis of statically determinate structures; deflection calculations using energy methods; analysis of statically indeterminate structures using superposition; influence lines; and slope deflection, moment distribution and matrix analysis of structures. Computer applications are included.
Prerequisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: MA-UY 2034 and CE-UY 2143
Prerequisites for Abu Dhabi Students: MATH-UH 1024 and ENGR-UH 2211
3 Credits Reinforced Concrete Design CE-UY4183
This course offers a detailed treatment of reinforced concrete design: Material properties, American Concrete Institute (ACI) load factors and design strength; shear and diagonal tension in beams; reinforced concrete columns; two-way slabs; footings; shear walls; and torsion.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 3133 or equivalent.
3 Credits Steel Design CE-UY3143
The course examines structural design principles and techniques. Topics: Design of steel tension members, beams and columns; design of beam-columns; and design of bolted and welded connections for steel design. The course includes a design laboratory in which students, working in groups, develop design projects.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 3133 or equivalent.
3 Credits Timber and Masonry Structures CE-UY4193
The course covers: Properties and classification of structural lumber; design of timber connectors; design and construction of residential and industrial timber buildings; beams, frames, columns and trusses of sawn lumber and glued laminated construction; manufacture and properties of concrete masonry units; properties of mortar and grout; and design and construction of load-bearing, reinforced and unreinforced masonry structural elements.
Prerequisite for Brooklyn Students: CE-UY 2143 or CE-UY 3133 or equivalent
Prerequisite for Abu Dhabi Students: ENGR-UH 3410
3 Credits Foundation Engineering CE-UY4173
The course introduces the development of foundation engineering, including: site exploration; soil sampling; interpretation of boring logs; bearing capacity of footings; settlement of structures; lateral earth pressure; design of retaining walls, braced excavations and sheet pile walls; and design of deep foundations.
Prerequisite for Brooklyn Engineering Students: CE-UY 3153 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for Abu Dhabi Students: ENGR-AD 342.