Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Programs

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences will inspire you, open your mind, and prepare you to be an engaged global citizen. All across the college, you’ll find stimulating environments and opportunities to learn from professors who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise and contributions to industry, science, business, government, and society.

DEGREES AND MAJORS

FIND YOUR PASSION AT WSU TRI-CITIES

BIOLOGY

Bachelor of Arts

Introduction
Biology is the science of life. The study of biology encompasses molecular, cellular, and physiological processes, evolutionary diversity, ecological relationships, and global systems. Biologists study life from prehistoric times to organisms alive today and model how life may change in the future.

Opportunities
You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in biology, including molecular and cell biology, physiology and development of animals and plants, conservation biology, disease biology, genetics and genomics, taxonomy and systematics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Why choose the Biology program
Small class sizes in advanced courses will provide opportunities for one-on-one research with biology faculty, including field and laboratory experiences.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE

Bachelor of Arts

Introduction
The Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) program emphasizes creative production and critical exploration of digital technology across multiple contexts.

Opportunities
Students in DTC develop skills in web design, animation, graphic design, video production, augmented and virtual reality, and other emerging technology while integrating cultural, social, and historical perspectives, diverse methodologies, and inclusive frameworks.

Why choose the DTC program
The program encourages creative research, scholarship, and production that invites critical perspectives, integrates diverse knowledge systems, and encompasses progressive and innovative uses of technology.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOSYSTEM SCIENCES

Bachelor of Science, M.S., Ph.D.

Introduction
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.

Opportunities
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.

Why choose the Earth and Environmental Science program
The Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences major at WSU Tri-Cities provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental science in an ecological context.

ENGLISH

Bachelor of Arts

Introduction
The bachelor of arts in English provides students with a broad critical and cultural understanding of literature and literary studies, while at the same time emphasizing the writing and analytical skills that are crucial to success in the university, in professional and graduate school and in the workplace.

Opportunities
The program of study is flexible and allows English majors to focus on particular areas of intellectual interest, to pursue electives, minors and second majors in other departments, and to shape their academic careers in line with professional and personal interests.

Why choose the English program
The curriculum is designed for students who:

  • Desire a broad education emphasizing language and literature;
  • Wish to prepare for graduate studies in English or related fields; and
  • Intend to use the background and skills learned in the major as a foundation for careers in writing, editing, law or business.

 

HISTORY

Bachelor of Arts

Introduction
History is the ongoing effort to understand the diverse people, institutions, and cultures of the past. It is a continuous conversation between the present and the past.

Opportunities
History provides students the ability to think critically about current and past events; communicate clearly both in written and verbal forms, and gain experience in research in historical sources.

Why choose the History program
If you are curious about the past; if you want to learn more about the origins of some of the key issues of today; if you want to be able to make informed decisions about the future, then a degree in History may be right for you!

HUMANITIES

Bachelor of Arts

Introduction
Humanities offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human beings and their cultures, arts, literature, and history.

Opportunities
An emphasis is placed on the utilization of critical thinking skills and the development of articulate expression of ideas both verbally and in written form.

Why choose the Humanities program
If you are curious about a broad range of disciplines and are excited about the possibilities of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human cultures, literature and the arts, then a degree in the Humanities may be right for you!

PSYCHOLOGY

Bachelor of Science

Introduction
The Department of Psychology at WSU Tri-Cities offers a Bachelor of Science degree for students wishing to major in psychology at the undergraduate level. This degree emphasizes both the experimental and applied aspects of the discipline. 

Opportunities
The Psychology degree provides fundamental training in its basic areas (i.e., neuroscience and cognitive psychology, social and organizational psychology, and clinical/counseling psychology) as well as training in statistical analysis and scientific methodology.

Why choose the Psychology program
The degree is designed to prepare students for entry into the job market, immediately following graduation, in a wide variety of fields that utilize knowledge of human behavior and/or communication and interpersonal skills. Students are also prepared for post-baccalaureate graduate study and training in counseling, clinical, and experimental psychology. 

SCIENCE

Bachelor of Science, M.S.

Introduction
The General Science degree (Bachelor of Science in Science) is for students who are interested in interdisciplinary majors in biological sciences, physical sciences, or mathematics, which offer broader options in course selections than are possible within single departments.

Opportunities
The General Science degree allows for specialization for professional programs in the health sciences, including medical school. First-year students who are interested in pharmacy can sign up for the Save-A-Seat program, which will guarantee a seat in WSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Why choose the General Science program
If you have varied interests that may cut across the usual departmental boundaries and want to play a role in deciding on a suitable curriculum of study, then you should consider majoring in general biological sciences, general physical sciences, or general mathematics.

The general science degree will prepare you for a wide variety of opportunities after graduation ranging from professional and graduate school to entry into business and industry.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Bachelor of Arts

Introduction
The social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) offer students an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human origins, societies and institutions.

Opportunities
The social sciences provide students skills to research and study individuals, institutions, cultures and societies.

Why choose the Social Sciences program
If you are interested in approaching the study of humans and their institutions from a broad range of perspectives; if you enjoy learning about people and their social and political institutions, then a degree in the Social Sciences my be right for you!

MINORS AND CERTIFICATES

ANTHROPOLOGY MINOR

You may petition for the Anthropology Minor once you have completed 60 semester hours. A total of at least 18 semester hours in anthropology is required. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in each course contributing to the minor.

Requirements include:

Three of the following courses:

  • ANTH 101 (or 198) — General Anthropology
  • ANTH 203 — Peoples of the World
  • ANTH 230 — Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 260 — Introduction to Physical Anthropology

At least 9 credits must be 300 – 400 level work taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE MINOR

The Digital Technology and Culture minor requires 18 semester credits comprised of 5 required courses and 1 additional DTC course of the student’s choosing. A DTC minor can be declared after a student has completed 60 semester credits at Washington State University Tri-Cities and declared their major.

Requirements include:

  • DTC 101 — Introduction to Digital Technology & Culture
  • DTC 201 — Tools and Methods for Digital Technology
  • DTC 336 — Composition & Design
  • DTC 355 — Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics
  • DTC 375 — Language, Texts, & Technology
  • and one additional DTC course of the student’s choice

ENGLISH MINOR

You must complete a minimum of 18 hours in English courses (excluding 101 and 198), half of which must be 300/400-level.

ENGL 302 Introduction to English Studies is required.

FINE ART MINOR

A minor in art requires 18 hours including FINE ART 102 or FINE ART 103; FINE ART 110; and one course from FINE ART 201 or 202. The remaining 9 hours of electives must be in 300-400-level FINE ART courses taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE

The certificate of global leadership emphasizes leadership development, cross-cultural understanding, and global engagement. The University College and the Global Studies Program (part of the WSU Office of International programs) work together to offer this unique program.

Students in every major and from all colleges are welcome to participate in the Global Leadership Certificate program. You will work directly with the Director of Global Learning to create a course plan tailored to your education goals and requirements.

Requirements:

  • 12 credits from more than 200 courses with local/global perspectives
  • Leadership Development (1 credit) Learn the foundations of leadership, engage others in the community, and understand intercultural group dynamics
  • Experiential Learning (1 credit) This can be fulfilled through local/global immersion projects, education abroad, service learning, and on-campus, co-curricular activities such as the “Leadership Adventures” programming
  • Integrative Capstone Project (1 credit) The capstone project will allow you the opportunity to consider a variety of questions and issues related to the manner in which local and global forces impact your personal and professional lives

HISTORY MINOR

Students who have completed 60 semester hours may certify a minor.

Requirements include:

  • 2.0 WSU GPA
  • 18 hours of History courses; at least 9 hours must be upper-division
  • C or better grade in all courses

At least 9 of the 18 hours must be earned at Washington State University

HUMANITIES MINOR

The humanities minor is particularly appropriate for communication students with international interests, foreign languages majors seeking to broaden their studies beyond their major language, and history and business majors with interests in international arts and literature.  The student must complete a minimum of 18 hours in courses listed under “Humanities” of which at least half must be 300-400-level taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING CERTIFICATE

The Professional Writing Certificate can be earned through the Global Campus and/or on-campus offerings. Students must take three credits of Engl 498; students should take this course after the other four courses have been completed. The certificate requires 15 semester credits. All courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Requirements include:

  • ANTH 350 — Speech, Thought, and Culture
  • ENGL 301 — Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
  • ENGL 402 — Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 405 — Advanced Professional Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 498 — Internship (Cooperative learning experience in business, education, or industry in English-related jobs. Three credits required)

The university undergraduate certificate fee will apply.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING MINOR

The Professional Writing Minor requires 18 semester credits.

9 Required Semester Credits

  • ENGL 301 – Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
  • One of the following:
  • ENGL 402 – Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 403 – Technical and Professional Writing ESL
  • ENGL 461 — Theory and Practice in Technical and Professional Writing

9 Elective Semester Credits

  • ENGL 255 — English Grammar
  • ENGL 256 — Introduction to the Study of Language
  • ENGL 300 — Computers in English
  • ENGL 354 — Digital Storytelling
  • ENGL 401 — History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 405 — Advanced Professional Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 498 — Internship (3 credits)

 

PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WRITING CERTIFICATE

The Professional Writing Science and Technology Writing Certificate can be earned through the Global Campus and/or on-campus offerings. The certificate requires 15 semester credits. All courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Requirements include:

9 Required Semester Credits

  • ENGL 301 — Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
  • ENGL 402 — Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 495 — The Rhetoric of Science and Technology

6 Elective Semester Credits

  • ANIM SCI 280, 285
  • ANTH 260, 309
  • BIO110, 125, 135, 330, 393, 394, 401
  • BIO/WOMEN ST 407
  • CES 465
  • ENTOM 150
  • FS 201
  • HISTORY 381, 382
  • HORT 150
  • MATH 398
  • MBIOS 320
  • PHIL 350, 365, 370
  • PSYCH 320, 401, 403
  • PSYCH/WOMEN ST 324
  • SOC 333
  • SOE 210, 275, 285, 312, 335, 438
  • SOIL SCI 360
  • STAT 205

The university undergraduate certificate fee will apply.

SPANISH MINOR

The minor requires 17 credits, 9 of which must be at the 300-400 level. A minimum of 9 credits with a letter grade must be taken in residency at WSU, of which 3 must be at the 300-400 level. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Check with your advisor to determine how courses taken in Study Aboard programs or at other institutions can count toward the minor.

MEET THE PROFESSORS

Patty Wilde

Patty Wilde

Assistant Professor 
Department of English 

After observing a lack of female representation in traditional approaches to rhetorical history, Dr. Patty Wilde was motivated to research the communicative practices utilized by women of the past. Focusing primarily on the American Civil War, her scholarship analyzes the myriad ways that a diverse group of women circulated their views of this momentous event. Informed by these scholarly endeavors, Patty regularly teaches rhetoric and writing courses at WSU Tri-Cities. Since coming to campus in 2016, Patty has also served as the Director of Composition. In this capacity, she oversees programming for First-Year Writing courses, Technical and Professional Writing courses, the Professional Writing Certificate, and the Professional Science and Technology Writing Certificate. In 2017, she was awarded a research grant to study how dual enrollment impacts the development of student writing over time.