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Requirements for Structural Engineering and Mechanics Applicants

Applicants to the Civil Engineering M.S. or Ph.D. programs in the area of structures should have a B.S. in civil engineering from an accredited institution; applicants with a B.S. in other areas will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For a full list of requirements, refer to the Graduate Handbook.

Minimum course requirements for environmental engineering applicants are listed below. Applicants who do not meet these minimum course requirements can still be admitted on a provisional basis until the coursework is completed elsewhere or as part of the graduate studies at Penn State.

Advanced mathematics typical of engineering undergraduate programs (calculus through partial differential equations):

  • MATH 140 – Calculus With Analytic Geometry I; and
  • MATH 141 – Calculus With Analytic Geometry II; and
  • MATH 251 – Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations

One lecture course and one laboratory course in chemistry:

  • CHEM 110 – Chemical Principles I; and
  • CHEM 111 – Experimental Chemistry

One year of mechanics (statics and strength of materials):

  • E MCH 211 – Statics; and
  • E MCH 213 – Strength of Materials

One course in fluid mechanics:

  • C E 360 – Fluid Mechanics

One introductory course each in geotechnical engineering, materials, and structures:

  • CE 335 – Engineering Mechanics of Soils; and
  • CE 336 – Materials Science for Civil Engineers; and
  • CE 340 – Structural Analysis

Laboratory experience in soils and materials:

  • CE 337 – Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
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The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084