Earthquake Engineering

General Information

The efficient and permanent way of reducing earthquake risk in our country to acceptable levels is providing advanced

training and education for practicing engineers and researchers. There is an increased demand towards well trained

earthquake engineering experts in the world. There are also valid reasons for the need of well trained individuals in

Turkey. Besides fulfilling Turkey's own needs, Turkish engineers who are involved in important international projects

need to be aware of the current knowledge in earthquake engineering, in order to maintain their involvement. The primary

objective is to have the graduate students who will be studying earthquake engineering gain the overall conceptual

knowledge first, and then focus on a special topic.



The primary objectives of Earthquake Engineering Program are as follows:

  • To provide a graduate level comprehensive earthquake engineering education.
  • To develop an internationally recognized education and research program.
  • To have engineers who are able to carry out interdisciplinary applications.
  • To have academicians and researchers with doctoral degree for new universities and institutions.
  • To carry out joint research projects with international institutions, especially within the framework of EU programs.


Research Areas

The major research areas of Earthquake Engineering program are listed below:

  • Performance-based earthquake engineering
  • Seismic performance assessment and performance-based earthquake resistant building design.
  • Seismic behavior of soils, foundations and dams. 
  • Investigation of stability, collapse and liquefaction of soil. 
  • Soil-structure interaction.
  • Experimental investigation of earthquake behavior and dynamic capacity of structural members and soil.
  • Evaluation of earthquake safety and development of strengthening procedures for existing structures.
  • Seismic safety assessment of building stocks in urban areas that are exposed to earthquake hazard.
  • Development of post earthquake damage assessment procedures.
  • Evaluation and use of strong ground motions in the design of engineering structures .
  • Stochastic modeling of earthquake occurrence and seismic hazard analysis.
  • Assessment and reduction of seismic risk to lifeline networks.




First Semester Second Semester

EQS 503 Seismology
CE 5601 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

or CE 526 Finite Element Method
CE 568 Soil Dynamics

EQS 501 Earthquake Disaster Policies

or EQS 508 Principles of Disaster Risk Reduction
2 elective courses

Third Semester Fourth Semester
CE 518 (Ethics with Credit)
EQS 590 Seminar (0-2) NC
EQS 500 M.S. Thesis (0-2) NC

Students who have taken any of the compulsory courses earlier will take elective courses instead.

M.S. Program (with Thesis)

4 compulsory courses
4 elective courses
EQS 590 Seminar (0-2) NC
EQS 500 M. S. Thesis (0-2) NC
8 course Minimum 24 credits


Courses for Earthquake Engineering

  • Deficiency Courses

    These are the courses that should be taken from the following list as required by the graduate student advisor.
    • Structural Analysis (CE 384)
    • Foundation Engineering (CE 366)
    • Reinforced Concrete Fundamentals (CE 382)
    • Statistical Methods for Engineers (ES 303)
    • Computing Methods in Engineering (ES 305)
    • Advanced Structural Analysis (CE 483)
    • Structural Design: Concrete Structures (CE 486)
  • Compulsory Courses
    • EQS 501 Earthquake Disaster Policies
    • EQS 503 Seismology
    • CE 529 Structural Dynamics
    • CE 568 Soil Dynamics
    • EQS 590 Seminar
    • Elective Courses

Earthquake Studies Program Courses
      • Funfamentals of Earthquake Studies (EQS 505)
      • Ionospheric Effects as the Precursors of the Earthquake (EQS 507)
Department of Civil Engineering Courses
      • Introduction to Soil Dynamics (CE 467)
      • Prestressed Concrete (CE 484)
      • Introduction to Structural Earthquake Engineering (CE 490)
      • Space Geodesy I (CE 509)
      • Advanced Geodesy (CE 513)
      • Nonlinear Procedures in Finite Element Analysis (CE 522)
      • Finite Element Method (CE 526)
      • Theory of Elasticity (CE 527)
      • Structural Stability (CE 528)
      • Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Members and Structures (CE 581)
      • Earthquake Engineering (CE 586)
      • Structural Optimization (CE 587)
      • Structural Reliability (CE 589)
      • Space Technology in Geodesy and Geodynamics (CE 707)
      • Geodetic Monitoring of Geodynamical Phenomenon (CE 708)
      • Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics (CE 721)
      • Engineering Decision and Risk Analysis (CE 735)
      • Highway and Railroad Infrastructures (CE 767)
      • Performance Based Seismic Design (CE 786)
      • Structural Health Monitoring (CE 802)
      • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (CE 5601)
      • Seismic Hazard Assessment (CE 5603)
      • Analysis and Design of Structural Masonary (CE 5804)
      • Condition and Vulnerability Assessment of Buildings (CE 5801)
      • Seismic Base Isolation (CE 5803)
      • Characteristics of Earthquake Ground Motions (CE 7013)
      • Engineering Seismology (CE7014)
      • Nonlinear Structural Analysis (CE 7016)
Department of Engineering Sciences Courses
      • Analytical Methods in Engineering I (ES 501)
      • Analytical Methods in Engineering II (ES 502)
      • Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations (ES 504)
      • Variational Methods in Engineering (ES 505)
      • Boundary Element Method (ES 507)
      • Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations (ES 510)
      • Theory of Continuous Media I (ES 525)
      • Wave Propagation in Solids (ES 528)
      • Energy Methods (ES 536)
      • Soil-Structure Interaction Analysis (ES 538)
      • Stochastic Methods in Engineering Mechanics (ES 552)
Department of Mathematics Courses
      • Numerical Analysis I (MATH 581)
      • Numerical Analysis II (MATH 582)
Department of Geological Engineering Courses
      • Global Tectonics (GEOE 501)
      • Elements of Seismology (GEOE 527)
      • Geographis Information Systems in Earth Sciences (GEOE 557)
      • Advanced Seismology and Seismic Instrumentation (GEOE 607)
      • Neotectonics (GEOE 621)
Geodetic and Geographic Information Technologies Program
      • GIS and RS in Disaster Management (GGIT 532)

Note: Number of alternative elective courses can be increased.