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Acquire the ability to perform design tasks for building structures.

Structural Engineering: Building Design—Graduate Certificate

Structural Engineering: Building Design

Study advanced connections, complex structures, and system-level building design.

Learn advanced techniques to evaluate structures as a building engineer. Design building components and systems in structural steel, reinforced and prestressed concrete, masonry, and/or timber. This flexible certificate will allow you to study high-level design topics spanning multiple material systems or focus within a single material system.

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 3202 - Structural Analysis

Introduction to structural concepts and techniques for analyzing trusses, determinate and indeterminate beams, and frame structures. Apply concepts from statics and mechanics of materials to determine internal forces and deflections of structural members and systems, including loads and load paths.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (ENG 2120 or MEEM 2150) and (MA 2320(C) or MA 2321(C) or MA 2330(C))

CEE 4201 - Matrix Structural Analysis

Analysis of trusses and frames by the direct stiffness method. Use of a typical commercial computer code is stressed as a tool for complex structures. Introduces three-dimensional structures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3202

Take 9 credits of elective courses.

There are no required courses. Only one course at the 4000-level can be applied toward this graduate-level certificate. For students taking a 4-credit 4000 level course, only 3 of 4 credits will be applied. Students are responsible to ensure that they are able to meet the prerequisite requirements for the courses that they wish to take.

Choose one of the following.

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

CEE 4233 - Structural Timber Design

Introduction to the use of wood as a structural engineering material. Includes design of beams, columns, nailed and bolted connection, glulam members, including tapered beams, tapered and curved beam, and design of wood shear walls and diaphragms.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3202 or CMG 3250

CEE 4244 - Loads for Civil Structures

The course focuses on the theory and building code requirements for civil structural loadings that are used in design. The loads and load combinations will include dead loads, occupancy live loads, snow loads, wind loads, and seismic loads.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3202

Choose two of the following.

CEE 5201 - Advanced Structural Analysis

The study of nonlinear structural analysis techniques, especially energy methods, applied to elastic buckling analysis, large deflections of beams, second-order effects in frames, plastic analysis of steel structures, and yield analysis of concrete beams and slabs.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4201

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

CEE 5233 - Advanced Structural Timber Design

Advanced design of timber structures, including arches and traditional timber frames, advanced shear wall design, advanced connection design, including timber connectors, and advanced analysis and behavior of wood, including cumulative damage modeling.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4233

The minimum completion time is three semesters.

Here are typical schedules.

Option 1: Steel Concentration

Fall Spring
CEE 4223 CEE 5201
Summer  
CEE 5223  

Option 2: Cementitious Materials Concentration

  Spring
  CEE 4213
Summer Fall
CEE 5213 CEE 5212

Option 3: Advanced Building Systems Concentration

Summer Fall
CEE 5223 CEE 5212
  Spring
  CEE 4233

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

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

Design building components and connections for gravity and lateral loads with a range of structural materials using current building code specifications and standards.

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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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