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What Electives should I take? (Structural Engineering)

  1. Aug 3, 2009 #1
    Hey guys, so if you've seen my other thread I've decided to stick with Civil Engineering. I'm going into my third year and I'm going to start taking my technical electives. I've already decided to make my degree a structural focus but there are so many electives I can take and I have to narrow it down to 5 additional classes plus a design course. As far as within structural I am interested in all aspects of it, but here are the possible electives plus some other non-structural ones I'm interested in...

    -Structural Theory II (Indeterminacy conditions for structures; slope deflection method, etc.)
    -Strength of Materials II (Unsymmetrical bending, shear centers, etc.)
    -Experimental Methods in Structural Dynamics
    -Advanced Structural Design
    -Timber Design
    -Prestressed Concrete Design
    -Computer Aided Structural Design
    -Flow Routing
    -Green Engineering (since everything's going green)
    -Soil Mechanics Lab
    -Soil Stabalization
    -Rock Mechanics and Design

    Any advice would be very beneficial and thank you as always
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 3, 2009 #2
    Well, I'm no Civ-E, but...

    If it were me in your situation, I would stick to classes that teach methods rather than specific content, unless I had a special interest in the content itself. Methods are generally applicable across content, whereas content may not teach methods applicable to other content and the content may be very focused.

    With my limited knowledge, I would say that based on my advice, the following courses sound most appealing to me:

    High priority:
    - Structural Theory II
    - Advanced Structural Design
    - Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering
    - Computer Aided Structural Design

    Medium priority:
    - Strength of Materials II
    - Green Engineering

    Low priority:
    (the rest)
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