Structural Engineering Concentration

Structural Engineering Concentration

Improve Building Safety, Strength and Stability

Stability doesn’t just mean support. For buildings and infrastructure, it’s the backbone of strength, safety, reliability and durability. It also translates to a longer-lasting structure that prioritizes its occupants and the surrounding community.

The structural engineering professional concentration trains you to design more stable and resilient buildings and infrastructure projects. Explore the relationship between structural design and mechanics to create structures that support specific loads. Further learn about materials and construction methods that lessen a project’s environmental impact.

Use your electives to gain a specialization in structural engineering and design. Upon completion, the structural engineering professional concentration will appear on your transcript.

This concentration is only available to civil engineering undergraduate students.

Why Study Structural Engineering at Clarkson?

Multiple engineering disciplines go into constructing a building. Of these, structural engineering determines how much load a project should support. Engineers then use this information to improve stability.

Those in this role additionally reference knowledge of:

  • Construction materials
  • Mechanics
  • Computer-aided design methods
  • Structural analytics
  • The properties and uses of concrete and steel

In turn, structural engineers become essential for designing:

  • Buildings
  • Bridges
  • Harbors and other off-shore fixtures
  • Waterways
  • Highways
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Boat and vehicle structures
  • Subway systems
  • Power plants
  • Pipelines

Structural engineering also helps promote sustainable design through multiple channels. Learn more about environmentally friendly building materials and more stable structural systems that minimize future repairs and upgrades.

What You'll Learn

  • Foundation engineering
  • Advanced structural analysis
  • Steel and reinforced concrete design
  • Construction materials
  • Composite methods and design
  • Structural damage, rehabilitation and repair

Review the full curriculum and requirements below.

Courses required for a concentration in structural engineering are listed below. The total number of credits required is 21.

Required Courses

  • CE420/520 Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CE415/515 Foundation Engineering
  • CE441 Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CE442 Steel Design
  • CE490 Senior Design


At least two of the following:

  • CE408 BIM and IPD
  • CE411 Construction Materials Engineering
  • CE448 Introduction to Architectural Engineering
  • CE452/552 Advanced Strength of Materials
  • CE453/553 Properties and Performance of Concrete Materials
  • CE501 Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Structures
  • CE512 Structural Dynamics
  • CE538 Finite Element Methods
  • CE541 Bridge Engineering
  • CE549 Experimental Methods in Structures
  • CE555 Structural Damage, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Repair

Or another course as designated by the CEE Department Chair.

Total Credits for Concentration: 21

Career preparation is integral to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s course offerings. This approach starts in the classroom through project- and challenge-based learning. It’s further integral to your capstone project and Professional Experience. Engage in one of more of the following:

Career Possibilities

Job statistics for civil engineering include opportunities for structural engineers and designers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates seven percent growth between 2021 and 2031. Potential job titles include:

  • Structural engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Project manager
  • Construction design engineer


Including those specializing in structural engineering, Clarkson’s civil engineering students have been recruited for positions with:

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • CHA Consulting
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • HUNT Engineers
  • John Deere
  • Kiewit
  • MassDOT
  • National Grid
  • Naval Nuclear Laboratory
  • NYS Parks & Recreation
  • Slate Hill Constructors
  • Target
  • Turner Construction
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Phone: 315-268-6529

Interested in learning more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural engineering professional concentration? Contact the Department today with your questions.

Achieve Your Purpose Here

Prepare for a career where you make infrastructure and buildings safer, more durable and more resilient. Interested in earning a BS in Civil Engineering with a structural engineering concentration? Take the next step now: