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Degree Plan - Bachelor of Science in Structural Analysis and Design Option in Engineering Technology

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The Structural Analysis and Design Option in Engineering Technology degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown is a distinctive program in the College of Sciences and Technology. The focus of the program is the application of computer technology, modern materials and construction techniques to the overall design of structures, which includes project planning, costs estimates, and management of the project. 


The graduates of Structural Analysis and Design are capable of:

    1. Perform standard analysis and design of structural systems following codes and modern practices.
    2. Determine deformations and stresses in structural systems under the action forces: gravity, wind, fire, earth pressure and flood.
    3. Apply basic technical concepts to identify, analyze and solve technical problems involving structural, geotechnical, and material behavior under forces and fire.
    4. Select appropriate engineering materials and practices.
    5. Employ productivity software to solve technical problems.
    6. Utilize modern surveying methods for land measurement and/or construction layout.
    7. Utilize graphic techniques to produce engineering documents.
    8. Conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering materials.
    9. Estimate material quantities for technical projects.
    10. Plan and prepare design and construction documents, such as specifications, contracts, change orders, engineering drawings, and construction schedules.
    11. Perform economic analyzes and cost estimates related to design, construction, operations, and maintenance of systems in the civil technical specialties.
    12. Work effectively on teams.
    13. Ability to communicate effectively.
    14. Engagement in lifelong learning.
    15. Ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
    16. Respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
    17. Commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.  


The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


Graduates of this program are qualified to apply their knowledge in a number of structural design, construction, and other related positions. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in a wide range of industries:

  • city, county, and state public works departments
  • state highway departments
  • engineering and construction design firms
  • chemical production
  • fabrication companies
  • geological testing firms
  • sales
  • material testing
  • soil testing
  • quality control


  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Science 20 hours minimum
  • Engineering Technology 20 hours minimum




We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.


Academic Year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016
Enrollment (Majors )

Numbers indicate the number of students reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Data is obtained from Fact Sheets and Fact Books at UHD Institutional Research


The B.S.E.T. in Control Instrumentation Engineering Technology and the B.S.E.T. in Structural Analysis and Design Option in Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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