Civil Engineering - BS, Structural Engineering Track

The Structural Engineering track to fulfill the BS in Civil Engineering degree provides coursework in the areas of structural mechanics and structural analysis that equip the student to analyze and design the frameworks that support buildings, bridges, offshore installations and civil infrastructure projects.  This track is appropriate for those with strong analytical and computing skills wishing to apply them in the design of engineered facilities.   Structural engineers create simulation models of structural systems and use them to properly proportion the beams, columns and floor systems found in buildings and other civil projects to safely resist the forces found in their environment.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33

A grade of C or better is required.


Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.


Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.


BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CVEN 207Introduction to the Civil Engineering Profession 1
CVEN 221Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 3
STAT 211Principles of Statistics I 3
COMM 205 or ENGL 210Communication for Technical Professions or Technical and Business Writing 3
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CVEN 250Introduction to Graphics and Visualization Applications in Civil Engineering Design 2
CVEN 302Computer Applications in Engineering and Construction 3
CVEN 303Civil Engineering Measurement 3
CVEN 305Mechanics of Materials 3
CVEN 306Materials Engineering for Civil Engineers 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
CVEN 311Fluid Dynamics 3
CVEN 322Civil Engineering Systems 3
CVEN 345Theory of Structures 3
CVEN 363Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 3
Technical elective 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
CVEN 399Mid-Curriculum Professional Development 0
Select one of the following: 3
Engineering Thermodynamics  
Principles of Electrical Engineering  
Principles of Thermodynamics  
Technical elective 59
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
CVEN 424Civil Engineering Professional Practice 62
Technical elective 512
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 63
Technical elective 59
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 95

A total of 33 hours of technical electives is required. Technical electives are divided into four categories: science courses, breadth courses, focus courses, and capstone design courses. The choice of courses to be taken in each of the four categories depends on the track chosen and must be made in consultation with the student’s advisor and/or the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Student Services Office. Capstone design courses must include more than one civil engineering context.


All students must take at least two courses in their major that are designated as writing intensive (W). ENGR 482/PHIL 482 and CVEN 424 taken at Texas A&M satisfy this requirement. Other CVEN courses may be approved as W courses at a later date. A grade of C or better is required in these courses.

A grade of C or better is required in all science, mathematics and engineering courses taken to satisfy degree requirements.

Total Program Hours 128

Structural Engineering Track - Technical Electives

Technical electives for the BS in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering Track are composed of a SCIENCE course (3 semester credit hours), a MATH course (3 semester credit hours), BREADTH courses (15 semester credit hours), FOCUS courses (9 semester credit hours), and a CAPSTONE DESIGN course (3 semester credit hours), as delineated below, for a total of 33 semester credit hours. A substitution for any course in the track must be approved in writing by the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Student Services Office, CE Building, Room 141. 

SCIENCE Course (3 Semester Credit Hours Required)
Choose 3 Semester Credit Hours From:
Weather and Climate
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution
Introduction to Bioenvironmental Sciences
Essentials in Biology
Planet Earth
Geology for Civil Engineers
Introduction to Environmental Geoscience
Physical Oceanography
Fundamentals of Ecology
Conservation of Natural Resources
MATH Course (3 Semester Credit Hours Required)
MATH 304Linear Algebra 13
or MATH 311   or Topics in Applied Mathematics I 
BREADTH Courses (15 Semester Credit Hours Required)
CVEN 342Materials of Construction3
or CVEN 343   or Portland Cement Concrete Materials for Civil Engineers 
CVEN 349Civil Engineering Project Management3
CVEN 365Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering3
Choose 6 Semester Credit Hours From:
Environmental Engineering
Transportation Engineering
Water Resources Engineering
FOCUS Courses (9 Semester Credit Hours Required)
CVEN 444Structural Concrete Design3
CVEN 445Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis3
CVEN 446Structural Steel Design3
CAPSTONE DESIGN Course (3 Semester Credit Hours Required)
CVEN 483Analysis and Design of Structures3

MATH 304 is preferred.