WSU Tri-Cities is located in the nucleus of a community of engineering and science contractors, agencies, and business that welcome interaction and collaboration with students. Faculty are able to engage students in relevant and rigorous research experiences that inform their classroom experience and prepare them to enter the workforce.
Our students will find caring professors who will help them learn and apply their knowledge in laboratories. Students will thrive in small classes, internships, and corporate project opportunities. WSU Tri-Cities is committed to providing experience-enhanced programs that educate students in and out of the classroom, prepare them for leadership roles, and foster success.
The WSU Tri-Cities engineering programs are accredited by EAC-ABET and the computer science programs are accredited by CAC-ABET. These are the acknowledged accreditation commissions in the United States.
Jared Beauchene doesn’t graduate until May 2016, but he already has a full-time engineering job lined up at AREVA following graduation. Beauchene learned of an internship opportunity at AREVA a few years ago through a friend after seeing a posting in the Career Development Office. “I learned valuable skills about working in the industry, as well as building relationships that will help me throughout my career,” he said. Read more…
Degrees and Majors
Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Tri-Cities offers five bachelor degrees. All the programs prepare students to enter the workforce or graduate and professional programs.
No matter what your major is, you’ll find innovation, academic quality, and opportunities for hands-on experiences. You’ll learn from professors who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise and transformational contributions to industry, science, business, government, and society.
More importantly, you’ll work with mentors and researchers who are committed to providing a broad knowledge of the world and cultures that will prepare you for a career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minors and Certificates
Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits to expand your perspective and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.
Check with your academic advisor for information on how to certify in any of the minors or certificates available at WSU Tri-Cities.
Three courses must be at the 300-400-level computer sciences, courses excluding computer skills and literacy courses. All prerequisites for minor courses must be met.
The minor program must be approved by an academic advisor.
Electrical Engineering Minor
The electrical engineering minor requires 18 semester hours of courses in electrical engineering, 9 of which must be 300-400-level and taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.