Areas of Specialization - Structural Engineering

The Structures specialty area within Louisiana State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was developed to train students in the discipline required to improve the infrastructure systems serving the State of Louisiana and the nation. This program is designed to produce graduates who are well educated in fundamental disciplines, have a sound knowledge of relevant basic engineering practices, can adapt to change, are familiar with state-of-the-art developments in the field, and have the vision and insight needed to implement creative and cost effective solutions to growing demands. Graduate studies in Structures provide the framework for a new generation of professionals who are well prepared to plan, design, build, and maintain our vital infrastructure systems far into the 21st century.

Graduate students enrolled in the program come from around the country and abroad, and also from the large population of practicing engineers in the public and private sectors of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. These students bring with them a variety of training and work-related backgrounds, a diversity that enriches the educational environment. In addition, the seminar series coordinated by the faculty regularly brings visiting researchers and professionals to LSU, exposing students to a variety of intellectual perspectives.


Fields of Study and Research

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a M.S. and Ph.D. degree with specialization in Structures and Mechanics. The Department's offerings are enhanced by access to the facilities and resources of the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC).

The Master's degree is designed as a broad-based curriculum that covers all aspects of Structures. The Doctoral degree is designed as an in-depth specialty degree that permits students to choose specific areas of concentration to pursue at significantly greater depth.



Requirements and Course Work

Core Course Requirements

MS and Ph.D core course requirements for Structures: CE 4440 and CE 7405


Major Field Courses

CE 4400 -- Principles of Steel Design
CE 4410 -- Principles of Reinforced Concrete
CE 4420 -- Principles of Prestressed Concrete
CE 4430 -- Structural Engineering
CE 4435 -- Indeterminate Structural Analysis
CE 4440 -- Advanced Mechanics of Materials
CE 4445 -- Hurricane Engineering
CE 4450 -- Finite Element Methods
CE 4460 -- Design of Bridges
CE 7405 -- Statically Indeterminate Structures
CE 7409 -- Advanced Concrete Theory
CE 7410 -- Structural Reliability
CE 7420 -- Limit Analysis and Design
CE 7425 -- Advanced Bridge Engineering
CE 7430 -- Structural Design for Dynamic Loads
CE 7435 -- Random Vibrations
CE 7455 -- Finite Element Method in Engineering
CE 7460 -- Theory of Plates
CE 7475 -- Solid Mechanics
CE 7480 -- Plasticity and Viscoelasticity : Theory and Applications
CE 7485 -- Mechanics of Composite Materials
CE 7490 -- Damage Mechanics in Metals and Metal Matrix Composites


Related Field Courses

CE 4300 -- Geotechnical Engineering II (Shallow Foundations)
CE 4310 -- Geotechnical Engineering III (Deep Foundations)
CSC 7101 -- Programming Languages Structures
CSC 7300 -- Algorithm Design and Analysis
EXST 7004 -- Experimental Statistics I
EXST 7014 -- Experimental Statistics II
EXST 7060 -- Probability and Statistics
MATH 4036 -- Complex Variables
MATH 4038 -- Mathematical Methods in Engineering
MATH 4065 -- Numerical Analysis I
MATH 4066 -- Numerical Analysis II
MATH 4340 -- Partial Differential Equations
MATH 7320 -- Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 7350 -- Complex Analysis
ME 4733 -- Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials


Articulation Courses

MATH 1550 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 1552 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
MATH 2057 -- Multidimensional Calculus
MATH 2065 -- Elementary Differential Equations
CE 2200 -- Fluid Mechanics
CE 2450 -- Statics
CE 3400 -- Mechanics of Materials
CE 3415 -- Structural Analysis I
CE 4410 -- Principles of Reinforced Concrete