Structural engineering is the field of civil engineering that deals predominantly with structural systems in the built environment. It has become increasingly specialized in recent years and advanced study is nearly always required for more interesting and challenging employment opportunities and advancement in the workplace. A graduate degree prepares students to meet these increasing challenges. The emphasis of both the teaching and research activities at Clemson University provides an especially good foundation for those individuals intending to practice as structural engineers in areas subjected to high winds and earthquakes.
The department offers graduate courses in advanced analysis, mechanics, and design. In addition, courses such as wind engineering, earthquake engineering, reliability, and forensic engineering are offered in support of the activity in the natural hazards area.