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Structural Engineering

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

S. Mackertick, Ph.D.
W-236 Olmsted Building
Penn State Harrisburg
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6131
Fax: 717-948-6502

The primary goal is to provide advanced topics in the area of structural analysis and design.  The flexibility of the program allows participants to choose courses that will broaden their understanding and upgrade specific skills that are essential to their careers. The program is designed for structural and civil engineers and graduates of certain engineering technology programs who desire to keep current with design and analysis procedures.

 The 15-credit curriculum consists of five 3-credit courses: one course in analysis, three in structural design, and one elective. One engineering-related graduate-level course (3.0 cr.) taken at another regionally accredited institution may be considered toward the certificate. A “B” average (3.0) must be maintained in order to receive the certificate. Courses in which a grade of “D” or lower is received will not count toward certificate requirements.

 Participants who successfully complete the certificate program courses and then enroll in a graduate program may be eligible to transfer credits to that program (for example, the Master of Engineering in Engineering Science offered at Penn State Harrisburg) subject to the approval and the requirements of the specific program. However, successful completion of the certificate neither implies nor guarantees acceptance into a graduate degree program at Penn State.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Applicants are expected to have 3.0 GPA or above in the last two years of undergraduate work in civil engineering, architectural engineering, or a related engineering program. Prerequisites include basic undergraduate courses in mechanics, structural analysis, and structural design.


ANALYSIS COURSES (select one; 3 credits)

  • C E 447 Structural Analysis by Matrix Methods (3)
  • C E 540 Statically Indeterminate Structures (3)
  • C E 541 Structural Analysis (3)
  • E MCH 500 Solid Mechanics (3)
  • E MCH 527 Structural Dynamics (3)

STRUCTURAL DESIGN COURSES (select three; 9 credits)

  • C E 449 Advanced Structural Design (3)
  • C E 513 Advanced Foundation Engineering (3)
  • C E 544 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (3)
  • C E 545 Metal Structure Behavior and Design (3)
  • C E 546 Reinforced Concrete Slabs (3)
  • C E 548 Structural Design for Dynamic Loads (3)

ELECTIVES (select one; 3 credits)

  • C E 432 Construction Project Management (3)
  • C E 550 Engineering Construction Management (3)
  • E MCH 524A Mathematical Methods in Engineering (3)
  • CMPSC/MATH 451 Numerical Computations (3)
  • STAT 401 Experimental Methods (3)
  • An additional analysis course or structural design course may be used as the elective course.

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Effective Semester: Fall Semester 2012
Expiration Semester: Summer Semester 2017


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