Undergraduate Admission

About the program:

The Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego offers a unique B.S. degree program (as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs) to educate and prepare students to assume responsibility and be leaders in the field. It offers a holistic education and training in engineering fundamentals with specializations in civil structures, aerospace structures, geotechnical engineering, and structural health monitoring and world-class faculty with expertise in mechanical, aerospace, and civil engineering.

Traditionally, Structural Engineering is one of many disciplines in a civil engineering program. However, structural engineers do not design and analyze only buildings and bridges, but also aircraft structures, ship hulls, marine structures, automobile bodies, and essentially any structures that carry loads to ensure their safety, serviceability, cost-efficiency, and sustainability.

Structural engineers assume a great responsibility for the safety of people in where they live, work, and entertain, and what they travel in during every day life, and when natural or man-made hazards strike, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, automobile collisions, and explosions.

Prospective students are encouraged to review the Structural Engineering Undergraduate Handbook to learn more about the program's mission and objectives, requirements, courses, and academic enrichment opportunities.

New Freshman Admission:

Students will be selected according to the UC San Diego Office of Undergraduate Admissions Holistic Review scores, taking into consideration the number of slots available in the Structural Engineering Department.

Due to high demand, ALL engineering majors, including Structural Engineering, at the Jacobs School have been designated as oversubscribed and have been granted capped status.

Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major.  This is due to the fact that the number of students interested in structural engineering undergraduate programs exceeds the resources available to accommodate this demand.  Providing a quality program is of the highest priority to the Department of Structural Engineering.

For more detailed information on UC San Diego’s application and admissions process, please visit http://admissions.ucsd.edu/freshmen/index.html.

Double Majors: It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Structural Engineering supports that policy.

New Transfer Admission:

Students will be selected by the UC San Diego Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on the students’ community college GPA, and taking into consideration the number of slots available in the Structural Engineering Department. Additionally, transfer students should have completed courses equivalent to UC San Diego’s Math 18, Math 20A-D; Physics 2A–C, 2BL, 2CL; and Chemistry 6A.

Due to high demand, ALL engineering majors, including Structural Engineering, at the Jacobs School have been designated as oversubscribed and have been granted capped status.

Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major.  This is due to the fact that the number of students interested in structural engineering undergraduate programs exceeds the resources available to accommodate this demand.  Providing a quality program is of the highest priority to the Department of Structural Engineering.

For more detailed information on UC San Diego’s application and admissions process, please visit https://admissions.ucsd.edu/transfer/index.html.

Double Majors: It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Structural Engineering supports that policy.

Potential transfer students who have specific questions related to the Structural Engineering major and required major classes can contact the Structural Engineering Student Affairs department at se-sa@ucsd.edu.  

Continuing Student Admission (Change of Major):

Info Session:  Students interested in learning more about the SE major and the application process are invited to the Structural Engineering Major Info session on Wed 10/16/19 from 5-6pm in SME 248.  

RSVP:  https://forms.gle/sMGuBdNfjRD3PZVo6

Change of major applications to Structural Engineering are open and reviewed each quarter.  Due to high demand, ALL engineering majors, including Structural Engineering, at the Jacobs School have been designated as oversubscribed and have been granted capped status.

Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major. 

Continuing students are not eligible to apply after 6 quarters (2 years), for freshman, and after 3 quarters (1 year), for transfers, as time to graduation would be delayed. Continuing students who wish to be considered must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

1) Complete at least two quarters in residence at UC San Diego,

2) Complete the required screening courses (see below)

 

               Students who entered UCSD as a FRESHMAN:

- Completion of at least Math 20A-C, Chem 6A, and Phys 2A, 2B (effective 6/18/19 Phys 2BL was removed from the required screening courses - it is still required for the major so we recommend students take it if it works with their schedule, but it is not required to apply to the major)

- If applying after 4 quarters at UCSD, students will need to have completed the requirements above AND Math 20D and Phys 2C, 2CL

- If applying after 5 quarters at UCSD, students will need to have completed the requirements above AND Math 18

- If applying after 6 quarters at UCSD, students will need to have completed the requirements above AND Math 20E

                 Students who entered UCSD as a TRANSFER:

- Completion of all the following lower division major requirements: Math 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E, 18; Chem 6A; Phys 2A, 2B, 2C, 2CL (effective 6/18/19 Phys 2BL was removed from the required screening courses - it is still required for the major so we recommend students take it if it works with their schedule, but it is not required to apply to the major)

How to apply to change your major to SE:

  • Upon completion of the above required courses, students may apply.

  • Applications will be opened each quarter during the following dates:

    • Fall: September 23rd, 2019 - October 4th, 2019

    • Winter: December 19th, 2019 - January 5th, 2020

    • Spring: March 26th, 2020 - April 9th, 2020

    • Summer: June 18th, 2020 - July 2nd, 2020

  • Apply here:  MyJSOE MAJOR CHANGE APPLICATION
  • Continuing students’ (change of major) applications will be approved, starting with the student having the highest GPA in the required courses, until the target enrollment number is reached.
  • Double Majors: It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Structural Engineering supports that policy.