Field of Study: Structural Engineering
Structural engineering programs prepare people to design and test materials used in buildings, dams, and bridges.
Structural engineering programs include topics such as:
- Load-bearing structures
- Strength of materials
- Earthquake safety standards
- Natural hazards
- Environmental impact
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree, students can transfer to a college or university for further study.
Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in structural engineering. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four or five years of full-time study.
A few universities offer graduate degrees in structural engineering. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.