Earthquake Engineering

Graduate Certificate, Earthquake Engineering

The UAA School of Engineering offers a sequence of courses leading to a Graduate Certificate in Earthquake Engineering. This certificate program is intended to provide specialized education to enhance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of civil engineers to deal with earthquake resistant structural design. Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have specialized knowledge and skills applicable to various aspects of earthquake engineering issues.

Student Outcomes

Upon the completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate seismograms and perform site response analysis.
  2. Analyze earthquake characteristics and associated effects on structures, including linear and nonlinear responses.
  3. Apply the basic principles for seismic design and construction of structures in accordance with the provisions of International Building Codes.
  4. Understand the concepts of dynamic equations of motion and perform analysis for dynamic systems in civil engineering applications.
  5. Evaluate dynamic soil properties; analyze ground response and soil-structure interaction effects, and other geotechnical engineering problems.
  6. Evaluate the magnitude and distribution of seismic and other probable loads for strength, stress and load-resistant factor design.

Admission Requirements and Related Graduate Certificate Policies

See the beginning of this chapter for Graduate Certificates University Requirements. Admission to the Earthquake Engineering Graduate Certificate program requires that a student must have earned a Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline from an ABET, Inc., accredited institution in the United States or a foreign equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

See the beginning of this chapter for Graduate Certificates University Requirements.

Program Requirements

Complete the following requirements (15 credits):

  • CE A610 Engineering Seismology 3
  • CE A611 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering 3
  • CE A634 Structural Earthquake Engineering 3
  • CE A636 Multi-Story Building Structural Design (3) 3


  • CE A637 Earthquake Resistant Structural Design (3)
  • CE A639 Loads on Structures 3


Utpal Dutta, Associate Professor,

He Liu, Professor,

T. Bart Quimby, Professor,

Zhaohui Yang, Assistant Professor,