Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering at WSU Tri-Cities

Build and maintain the infrastructure of our society

Civil Engineers help communities plan and solve problems, improving the quality of life for everyone while preserving and protecting the environment. Civil Engineers design and maintain crucial infrastructure, including facilities for water and wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, and electric energy generation. They build highways, railroads, airports, buildings, and bridges.

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program at Washington State University Tri-Cities expands upon a foundation in mathematics, science, and the fundamentals of engineering design and analysis — along with critical thinking and communication skills. Faculty members bring real-world experience into the classroom. Students apply their knowledge to solve problems using state-of-the-art technology.

Graduates from WSU’s Engineering programs consistently exceed state and national passing rates on the national Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Graduates are ready for careers in a global society and are actively sought by government and industry.

Careers in Civil Engineering

  • Civil: Civil Engineer, Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Structural Engineer, City Engineer, Civil Engineering Manager, Design Engineer, Railroad Design Consultant, Research Hydraulic Engineer

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  • Environmental: Air Pollution Control Engineer; Chief, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch; Environmental Analyst; Environmental Engineer; Environmental Remediation Specialist; Global Director Air and Climate Change; Hazardous Substances Engineer; Marine Engineer CPVEC (Marine Engineer Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance); Regulatory Environmental Compliance Manager; Sanitary Engineer

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Accreditation Information

WSU’s civil engineering program is ABET accredited — the most prestigious accreditation awarded to a civil engineering program. Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession.