Course Number
Next Offered
Spring 2024
Primary Program
Civil Engineering
Homewood Campus
Course Format
Onsite, Virtual Live

From earthquakes to wind events, lateral forces constitute some of the most extreme loading conditions for which new and existing building structures must be analyzed and designed to resist. This course provides a fundamental yet practical introduction to the development and application of earthquake and wind loadings on building structures, the dynamic response and behavior of structures to lateral forces, and the bases and requirements for ductile design and detailing of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry lateral force resisting elements. The course will build on these analysis and design fundamentals to examine the technical considerations and methodologies for evaluating the lateral force resisting systems of existing, oftentimes monumental, building structures, and for designing and implementing repairs and retrofits to these lateral systems, including the application of Performance Based Design. This course is co-listed with 560.615.

Course Offerings


Lateral Forces: Analysis and Design of Building Structures

01/22/2024 - 04/26/2024
Mon 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hodson 315
Notes: This course uses the Virtual Live format. It combines the face-to-face class held at the Homewood Campus (section .01VL) with remote students participating online through live web-conferencing. You may choose to attend in-person/on-site or remotely or both. Students who wish to enroll and attend in Virtual Live courses in-person/on-site at the Homewood Campus, COVID-19 and Flu vaccination compliance is mandatory for enrollment in this course. All students must upload proof of vaccination or request and receive an exemption in the Vaccination Management System ( prior to the start of class.
Spring 2024
Course Format
Virtual Live
Homewood Campus
Course Materials