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Use modern methods to analyze and design bridges.

Structural Engineering: Bridge Analysis and Design—Graduate Certificate

Structural Engineering: Bridge Analysis and Design

Upgrade your technical skills to meet the specialized needs of the structural bridge design industry.

Apply advanced techniques to evaluate the design and construction of bridges of many material types. Skills learned as part of this certificate focus on design, analysis, construction, and operation of bridges and support structures. This is useful for career advancement of structural engineers in the technical track at large and small engineering firms. Also benefiting from this certificate would be working professionals, particularly those already holding undergraduate engineering degrees, who want to expand their skills to evaluate and design bridge structures. Provisions of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specification are introduced and used for the design bridge structures.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Admissions requirement Civil engineering, structural engineering, or related degree.
Contact Angela Keranen
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and prerequisite skills.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

CEE 4213 - Structural Concrete Design

Introduction to design of reinforced concrete structural components. Analyze and design reinforced concrete beams, columns, and footings. Understand material behavior, limit state criteria, and practical detailing considerations. Application of the ACI 318 to cast-in-place and precast systems.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3202

CEE 4223 - Steel Design I

Behavior and design of structural steel members using both ASD and LRDF approaches. Covers material behavior, external loads, and the design of tension, compression, and flexural members (rolled, built-up, and composite), and simple welded and bolted connections.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3202

Take a 3 credit required course.

CEE 5261 - Bridge Design and Construction

Introduction to design and behavior of short and medium span bridges. Topics include aesthetics, preliminary design and layout, design of prestresses and plate girders bridges, deck design, foundation design. Project may alternate between structural steel and prestressed concrete member design.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4213 and CEE 4223

Take 6 credits of elective courses.

Students who have already taken the required course CEE 5261, or its equivalent, may take 9 credits from the elective course list to complete the certificate requirements.

CEE 5212 - Prestressed Concrete Design

Theory of prestressed and post-tensioned members. Covers analysis and design of prestressed concrete beams, slabs, box girders, and bridge girders by elastic and ultimate strength methods. Precast and cast-in-place system construction techniques will be included.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4213

CEE 5213 - Concrete and Masonry Building Systems

Design of reinforced concrete two-way slabs and reinforced masonry systems for buildings. Includes design of bearing walls, shear walls, lintels, pilasters, slender columns, torsional beams and connections. A design project may be included during the semester.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4213

CEE 5223 - Steel Design II

Additional topics in steel design including beam-columns, floor vibrations, diaphragms, buckling behavior of thin elements, torsional buckling, and beam and column bracing. Includes an introduction to cold-formed steel design.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4223

The minimum completion time is three semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Summer Fall
CEE 5213 or CEE 5223 CEE 5212
Summer  
CEE 5261  

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

Apply advanced engineering skills necessary for the design, analysis, construction, and inspection of small- and medium-span bridges.

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Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Theresa Ahlborn, PE

Theresa Ahlborn, PE

Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Ahlborn teaches structural timber design, bridge design and construction, prestressed concrete design, and concrete and masonry building systems.

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William Bulleit, PE

William Bulleit, PE

Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Bulleit's teaching interests include structural analysis, finite element analysis, structural dynamics, structural reliability, timber design, reinforced concrete design, and prestressed concrete design.

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Qingli Dai

Qingli Dai

Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Dai teaches matrix structural analysis, advanced concrete materials, and finite element analysis.

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Yousef Darestani

Yousef Darestani

Research Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Darestani teaches courses in structural analysis and structural reliability.

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Daniel Dowden, PE, SE

Daniel Dowden, PE, SE

Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Stephen Morse, PE

Stephen Morse, PE

Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Morse teaches sustainability and civil engineering practice, loads for civil structures, and structural dynamics.

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R. Swartz, PE

R. Swartz, PE

Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Swartz teaches on topics of steel design, structural timber design, continuous-system modeling, and advanced structural analysis.

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