College of Arts and Sciences


Our majors and courses are cross disciplinary.  Students learn to use tools from different disciplines to help them understand the world around them.

Hands-on Learning
From science labs to internships and practicums to the campus Undergraduate Research Symposium, the College of Arts and Sciences provides students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities.

Community Based and Globally Engaged
Our faculty are engaged in community-based research that connects with global issues and is internationally recognized.


Discover the world in the College of Arts and Sciences!  We are the foundation to your education at WSU Tri-Cities.  The College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Tri-Cities provides opportunities for you to explore the world in programs ranging from Biology to Fine Arts, from Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences to Digital Technology and Culture, from Chemistry to History.  We are the place where students learn about the region in which they live – its natural beauty, its dynamic and complicated history, and its scientific wonders.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the place to learn about the science, history and social impact of our two current most important social crises – global pandemics and systemic racial inequalities. In the College of Arts and Sciences, we aspire towards a more equitable and just society through our research, our teaching and our service. Choosing a major in the College of Arts and Sciences will engage you with broad ideas and big questions and provide the critical thinking and communication skills to prepare you for the opportunities and challenges of our diverse and evolving community and world.


Get to know your fellow Cougs!

Kyle Kopta

Digital Technology & Culture Major

Growing up, I took a strong interest in art of all kinds. In school I took any class I could that studied design, video, or drawing. I graduated high school in 2017 with a certificate in Multimedia Arts, and I knew I wanted to pursue art and design as a career. I was drawn to the DTC program here at WSU Tri-Cities because it allowed me to fully explore and research all of these subjects that I had a passion for, and the College of Arts and Sciences as a whole has given me the tools to become a well-rounded artist and professional. Since attending WSU Tri-Cities, I have had the privilege to work with ASWSUTC, the Marketing and Communications office, and several community organizations that have awarded me more opportunities than I could have imagined.

Megan Brauner

Megan Brauner

Biology alum
Currently in PhD program at Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage

During my time at WSU Tri-Cities, I not only acquired a valuable education, but I formed lasting relationships between fellow students, faculty, and staff. I joined Dr. Tanya Cheeke’s soil microbial ecology laboratory where my passion for microbiology and biological sciences began. Through the various opportunities such as research credit and the Chancellor’s Summer Scholar Program, I was able to work on an independent research project. Along with research, I had the opportunity to interact with biology faculty members in the classroom and laboratory. Their commitment to student success helped me succeed in upper division biology courses. I enjoyed studying with friends and getting help in the tutoring center from students and faculty. Being a Cougar at WSU Tri-Cities made me an ideal candidate for various graduate programs. After graduating from WSU, I accepted an offer for graduate school at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Go Cougs!


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