Graduate Course Schedule

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Graduate Course Schedule

The Department of Civil Engineering course schedules are available here:


FALL 2019

  • Basic solid mechanics for structural engineers. Stress, strain and constitutive laws. Linear elasticity and viscoelasticity. Introduction to nonlinear mechanics. Static, dynamic and thermal stresses. Specialization of theory to one- and two-dimensional cases: plane stress and plane strain, rods, and beams. Work and energy principles; variational formulations.
  • Covers probabilistic computational modeling in civil engineering and mechanics: Monte Carlo simulation, sampling methods and variance reduction techniques, simulation of stochastic processes and fields, and expansion methods. Applications to stochastic finite element, uncertainty quantification, reliability analysis, and model verification and validation.
  • Matrix methods for the analysis of statistically indeterminate structures such as beams, plane and space trusses, and plane and space frames. Stiffness and flexibility methods. Linear elastic analysis and introduction to nonlinear analysis.
  • This course will cultivate broad knowledge of the use of engineering principles in the art of architecture. Fundamental definitions of architecture in the basic provision of shelter and social use are paired with aesthetics and cultural heritage. The course emphasizes structural frameworks and systems within the Civil Engineering curriculum, while expanding upon their critical intersections with the highly varied specialized components and systems of modern architecture, and the corresponding community of specialists that represent them. Topics include a historical view of the evolution of specialization in architecture, a quantitative review of loads and resistance systems, architectural and structural determinants of form, the function and aesthetics of building surface, and an introduction to environmental systems and their role in design sustainability. The class will include a trip to Fallingwater, the house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in western Pennsylvania, which stands as an iconic example of American architecture and a complex example of architectural engineering. 
  • This course will explore bridge design and analysis by studying local bridges of various forms, materials, and load demands. Topics include an overview of the history of bridge engineering, an introduction to the AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges, analysis techniques and load ratings, bridge details, and substructure design.
  • The renovation of existing buildings often holds many advantages over new construction, including greater economy, improved sustainability, and the maintenance of engineering heritage and architectural character in our built environment. Yet, the renovation of existing structures presents many challenges to structural engineers. These challenges include structural materials that are no longer in widespread use (e.g., unreinforced masonry arches and vaults, cast iron, and wrought iron) as well as structural materials for which analysis and design practices have changed significantly over the last half-century (e.g., wood, steel, and reinforced concrete). This course will examine structures made of a wide variety of materials and instruct the student how to evaluate their condition, determine their existing capacity, and design repairs and/or reinforcement. The investigation and analysis procedures learned from this course may then be applied to create economical and durable structural alterations that allow for the reuse of older buildings. Site visits near Homewood campus will supplement lectures.
  • Why do buildings deteriorate, and how do we address this problem? This course examines the deterioration (by human and nature) of building materials and systems. Through lectures and a field trip, students will learn how to set up and execute an investigation, study the symptoms, diagnose the problems, determine what kinds of tests are needed, design the necessary repairs, and maintain existing systems.
  • Many real-world problems can be modeled using network structures, and solved using tools from network theory. For this reason, network modeling plays a critical role in various disciplines ranging from physics and mathematics, to biology and computer science, and almost all areas of social science. This course will provide an introduction to network theory, network flow algorithms, modeling processes on networks and examples of empirical network applications spanning transport, health and energy systems.
  • Variational methods and mathematical foundations, Direct and Iterative solvers, 1-D Problems formulation and boundary conditions, Trusses, 2-D/ 3D Problems, Triangular elements, QUAD4 elements, Higher Order Elements, Element Pathology, Improving Element Convergence, Dynamic Problems.
  • Graduate students are expected to register for this course each semester. Both internal and outside speakers are included.
Engineering for Professionals Classes

Full-time graduate students in the Department of Civil Engineering may also take courses in Johns Hopkins’ Engineering for Professionals (EP) program.  For questions related to these courses or for help with registration, visit or contact Dr. Rachel Sangree (

FALL 2019

565.604          Structural Mechanics

565.731           Structural Dynamics

565.606          Geotechnical Engineering Principles

565.620          Advanced Steel Design

Graduate Job Opportunities

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