The strength of an institution lies in the quality of the faculty and academic programs. At WSU Tri-Cities you are invited to engage in rigorous and relevant coursework and experiential learning. We focus on hands-on, relevant, and team-based problem solving.
Here, you will work closely with a world-class group of faculty who will know you personally and are committed to your success from the day they enter the classroom to when your name is called at graduation.
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College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Digital technology and culture, an interdisciplinary degree program administered by the Department of English, combines studies in language and society, cognition and learning, design and visual communication, rhetoric, fine arts, and information science to prepare you for careers in a wide range of fields.
The English major provides a general liberal arts education emphasizing literature, critical thinking, and writing. Many courses provide direct experience and training in computer and other electronic tools and multi-media modes for research, writing, and publication.
The program of study is flexible and allows you to pursue electives, minors, and second majors in other departments, to focus on areas of special interest within the major, and to tailor your studies according to personal and professional interests.
Environmental science is the study of natural and modified environments and their interactions with biological (including human) systems. It is a multifaceted field that combines aspects of chemistry, biology, ecology, physics, statistics, and human behavior.
The environmental and ecosystem sciences major at WSU provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental science in an ecological context.
The program emphasizes strong scientific knowledge and hands-on experience. You’ll learn to assess beneficial and disruptive impacts on ecological systems and get hands-on experience in the methods used to analyze these complex systems.
History is the study of civilizations and events from a variety of perspectives. Studying history illuminates the human condition and develops historical understanding, enabling you to extend your experience, fortify your judgment, and develop a broad appreciation of your cultural heritage.
The study of history prepares you to understand the world in which you live, its historical development and inter-relatedness. It also helps you appreciate your place within the world. History majors learn to think broadly and historically, thereby gaining meaningful insights into human development over time.
Major: Humanities General Studies
Humanities courses introduce you to the record of human creativity and provide a basis for assessing its value and significance in human development. Your studies will allow you to learn about human culture through a variety of discipline, which improves your critical thinking and program solving skills.
The Humanities program is ideal if you want the flexibility to design your own program of study that will meet your academic and career goals.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mental processes that determine behavior. Psychology also applies the accumulated knowledge of this science to practical problems. Psychology can help you better understand themselves and others. Knowledge and application-based experimental and clinical methods are powerful tools offered at WSU Tri-Cities that are useful in a variety of career choices.
The field of psychology is both science-driven and practice-oriented and our department offers hands-on experience in both areas.
If you are interested in exploring the scientific aspects of psychology, then you can work on ground-breaking research with faculty in diverse areas, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, memory and thinking, social relationships, mood disturbances, adult/child clinical disorders and health psychology.
If you are interested in exploring the practice of psychology can become involved with both clinical practicum experiences and with peer teaching.
This division of the General Studies Program is for students who are interested in interdisciplinary programs in science or mathematics which offer broader options in course selections than are possible within single departments.
This degree also allows for specialization for professional programs in the health sciences, as well as medical school.
First-year students who are interested in pharmacy can sign up for the Save-A-Seat which will guarantee a seat in WSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.
This division of the General Studies Program is ideal for you if your primary interest is in social sciences. The program requires interdisciplinary programs and course selections, emphasizing the social, political, economic, and religious institutions of human society.
Social sciences courses introduce you to data used by various disciplines to test, explain, or create the concepts, theories, principles, and laws underlying those institutions. These courses may focus upon how social sciences use these constructs to evaluate issues and how such knowledge enhances the understanding of human behavior with society’s institutions.
Carson College of Business
Business administration is a wide-ranging field that touches virtually all parts of life, from work to home and leisure. Because business is conducted in so many settings — person-to-person, in large corporations, over the Internet — the business minor covers not only the basics of finance and accounting, but also marketing, business management, and current technology.
You will make internship and career connections through professors as well as WSU Tri-Cities’ involved advisory boards of alumni and established professionals. Outstanding professors take a personal interest in your goals and provide advice about career opportunities. Industry professionals and alumni are frequent guest speakers on contemporary business and economics topics.
As a student in the hospitality business management program, you will focus on management operations in the hospitality field, lodging, tourism, and food and beverage businesses. You will learn theoretical and applied methods, interpersonal skills, leadership aptitude, and teamwork strategies.
The hospitality business management bachelor’s degree prepares you to succeed as a business manager in the hospitality industry. By the time you graduate with a hospital degree, you will have achieved the following:
- Worked 1,000 hours in the hospitality industry, earning employer evaluation scores of 80% or higher.
- Applied hospitality business leadership skills to solve problems.
- Identified service issues and proposed solutions, considering the interests of stakeholders.
- Worked with a team to evaluate a hospitality operation, present findings, and propose solutions to perceived problems, considering implications for stakeholders.
- Deepened your understanding of different cultures and their associated business operations, preferably through studying abroad.
College of Education
Major: Elementary Education
The education curriculum provides the skills and knowledge to teach and guide school children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Students who successfully complete WSU Tri-Cities’ teacher preparation program and pass the WEST-E test are eligible to receive a Residency Teaching Certificate from the state of Washington.
The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the State Board of Education accredit the WSU Tri-Cities bachelor’s degree in education.
College of Engineering and Architecture
Major: Civil Engineering
The Civil Engineering degree expands upon a foundation in mathematics, science, and the fundamentals of engineering design and analysis. Faculty members bring real-world experience into the classroom and you will apply your knowledge – as well as your critical thinking and communication skills – to solve problems using state-of-the-art technology.
Major: Computer Science
Computer science is a discipline that provides a scientific foundation for a variety of practical skills including software engineering, computer system design, software system design, data base design and applications, distributed computing, network design and applications, computer graphics, scientific computation, and the use of specialized computer applications. The computer continues to have a dramatic effect on many aspects of contemporary society, and the demand for people who are trained to use computers and software systems will increase for the foreseeable future.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering is a diverse field of engineering study encompassing much of the underlying technology of our modern world. Electrical engineers lead the design of microelectronics, computers, communication networks, control systems and power generation and distribution. Aerospace and military systems include major subsystems conceived and designed by electrical engineers.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering program provides a broad education in mechanical engineering that prepares our students for successful professional practice and advanced studies.
Mechanical engineering is concerned with the use and economic conversion of energy from natural sources into other useful energy to provide power, light, heat, cooling, and transportation. In addition, design and production of machines to lighten the burden of human work; the creative planning, development, and operation of systems for using energy, machines, and resources; and the processing of materials into useful products are key elements in the major.
College of Nursing
The BSN program at the College of Nursing prepares students to deliver quality patient care and practice in all health care settings including acute care, critical care, outpatient care, public health, and mental health. Our graduates are highly qualified and prepared to meet the practice demands of evolving and complex health care systems.
The RN – B.S.N. program builds on the RN background and includes essential course work in assessment, research, leadership and management, ethics, and community health. Advanced practicum experiences bridge course work and theory with clinical practice.
Not sure what you want to study yet? Don’t worry – one of the benefits of attending a university is that it’s an environment that encourages you to choose from a wide variety of courses that will introduce you to new ideas about the world and yourself.
And you’re not alone. Many students think they know what they want to study when they go to college only to be introduced to a new concept that makes them re-evaluate their interests, strengths, and career goals.
The most important thing to know is that WSU Tri-Cities has resources to help you explore your options and discover the academic program that’s the best fit for you.
Last Updated: October 16, 2015