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-UY 2133
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-UY 2143
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-UY 3183
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: CE-UY 2143 or Equivalent.

Core Courses

The following two core courses are required: 

3 Credits Materials for the Built Environment CE-UY 3163
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 2133 or equivalent.
3 Credits Structural Engineering Capstone CE-UY 4813
This course is the senior capstone experience in structural engineering that requires students to demonstrate the skills acquired through their undergraduate civil engineering curriculum. Students work individually or in groups as determined by the instructor and other participating industry advisers. Students are responsible for periodic submissions, as well as interim and final final report including a final presentations.
Prerequisites: (CE-UY 4183 or equivalent) OR (CE-UY 3143 or equivalent) AND Senior Standing.

Elective Courses

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

3 Credits Dynamics of Extreme Events CE-UY 3123
This course is an introduction to the dynamics of extreme natural events and their impact on the built and human environments. The course is case based and data driven, covering scenarios including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, and heatwaves. The subject is introduced from points of view of characterization, forecasting, monitoring and condition assessment, as well as strategic planning to mitigate property and population impact. Methods used include mapping and analysis of global data resources and sensor networks and models for event prediction, as well as analytical methods and numerical simulations to understand the response of physical systems when subject to extreme conditions.
Prerequisite: PH-UY 1013 or equivalent with a grade of B or better; or PHYS-UA 11 or equivalent with a grade of B or better; or CE-UY 2133.
3 Credits Structural Analysis CE-UY 3133
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: MA-UY 2034 and CE-UY 2143 or equivalent.
3 Credits Reinforced Concrete Design CE-UY 4183
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. This course includes a group design project.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 3183 or equivalent.
3 Credits Steel Design CE-UY 3143
This 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 group design project
Prerequisite: CE-UY 3183 or equivalent.
3 Credits Timber and Masonry Structures CE-UY 4193
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. The course includes a group design project.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 2143
3 Credits Foundation Engineering CE-UY 4173
The course covers: site exploration; soil sampling; interpretation of boring logs; bearing capacity of footings; settlement of structures; lateral earth pressure; slope stability analysis: and design of retaining walls, braced excavations, sheet pile walls; and deep foundations.
Prerequisite: CE-UY 3153 or equivalent.