Department of

Structural Engineering

Major Requirements

General Requirements

For graduation each student must satisfy general-education course requirements determined by the student’s college, as well as the major requirements determined by the department. The six colleges at UCSD require widely different general-education courses, and the number of such courses differs from one college to another. Each student should choose his or her college carefully, considering the special nature of the college and the breadth of general education.

The Structural Engineering B.S. program allows for general elective (GE) courses so that students can fulfill their college requirements. Students must develop a program that includes a total of at least twenty-four units in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, not including subjects such as accounting, industrial management, finance, or personnel administration. It should be noted, however, that some colleges may require more than the thirteen GE courses indicated in the curriculum table. Accordingly, students in these colleges may take longer to graduate than the indicated four-year schedule. Students must consult with their college to determine which GE courses to take.

Major Requirements

Specific course requirements for the major are outlined in a table herein. In addition to the required technical courses specifically indicated, a suggested scheduling of humanities and social science courses (GE) are distributed in the curricula for students to use to meet college general-education requirements. To graduate, students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0, and the department requires at least a C- grade in each course required for the major.  All courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade, including all lower division math and science courses.

Deviations from the program of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee prior to taking alternative courses. In cases where a student needs to take a course outside UCSD, prior departmental approval is essential. Technical Elective (TE) courses are restricted to meet ABET standards. Courses such as SE 195, SE 197 and SE 198 are not allowed as technical electives in meeting the upper-division major requirements. SE 199 can be used as a technical elective only under restrictive conditions. Policies regarding these conditions may be found in the Undergraduate Handbook available on this website.

Students with different academic preparations may vary the scheduling of lower-division courses such as math, physics and chemistry, but should consult the department prior to doing so. Deviations in scheduling lower-division Structural Engineering courses are discouraged due to scheduling constraints. It is strongly advised that students taking courses outside UCSD seek prior approval from the appropriate departments before doing so. A tentative schedule of course offerings is available from the department each spring quarter for the following academic year.

Structural Engineering

All courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade, including all lower division math and science courses.  

  Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Freshman Year Math 20A Math 20B Math 20C
  SE 1 GE SE 3
  Chem 6A Phys 2A Phys 2B/2BL
  Gen Ed Gen Ed Gen Ed
Sophomore Year Math 20D Math 18 Math 20E
  SE 101A SE 101B SE 9
  Phys 2C/2CL SE 110A SE 110B
  Gen Ed Gen Ed SE 105
Junior Year SE 101C SE 115 SE 131A
  SE 125 SE 102 SE 130B
  SE 130A Focus Sequence Focus Sequence
  Gen Ed Gen Ed Gen Ed
Senior Year SE 131B Capstone Class Capstone Class
  Focus Sequence Focus Sequence Technical Elective
  Technical Elective Technical Elective Gen Ed
  Gen Ed Gen Ed Gen Ed

Gen Ed: General education/college requirement.

Focus sequence courses: Students must take one full focus sequence (FS) in either Civil Structures, Aerospace Structures, Structural Health Monitoring/Non-Destructive Evaluation (SHM/NDE) or Geotechnical Engineering.  See the link below for additional information on the Focus Sequence requirements.

Technical elective course: Students must take three technical elective (TE) courses chosen from a preapproved list.  See the link below for the preapproved list of TEs.

Capstone Classes: Most students take either SE 140A/B or SE 143A/B depending on their chosen focus sequence with the exception of students completing the Structural Health Monitoring/Non-Destructive Evaluation (SHM/NDE) focus sequence.

Preapproved Technical Electives

Focus Sequences


ATTENTION students who entered UC San Diego prior to Fall 2016:

You are required to transition to the new curriculum above.  Click on "Transition Plans" and find the plan that most closely matches your plan to graduation.  This is meant as a GUIDE ONLY.  Please visit the undergraduate student advising office to develop a specific plan to graduation.


Transition Plans


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