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Civil Engineering

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Civil engineers help communities solve problems. Civil engineering involves designing and maintaining crucial infrastructure, preserving the natural environment, and improving the quality of life for all. Those working in civil engineering use a combination of math and science to assist in the planning of water systems, electric energy generation, highways, railroads, buildings and bridges.  


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Making a difference
At WSU Tri-Cities, civil engineering students have the opportunity to work on research projects that make a tangible difference in the community. Students solve real-world problems inside and outside of the classroom.

Professor Yonas Demissie is studying the the impact of climate change

National Research
Associate Professor Yonas Demissie is studying the the impact of climate change on military infrastructure and the consequences of increased nitrates and phosphors from farming practices in the Midwest.

Group of civil engineering students working on cement project

Real-world experience
A team of students at WSU Tri-Cities developed an ultra-high-performance cementitious composite grout. The grout has the potential to be used in a variety of applications, such as bridge construction.

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You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in civil engineering, which could include:

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Groundwater
  • Engineering administration
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Physicochemical water and wastewater treatment
  • Geotechnical engineering 
  • Environmental engineering
  • Decision-making for sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • Open channel flow


Civil engineering faculty members bring real-world experience into the classroom while students apply this knowledge to solve problems using the latest technology. 

The WSU Tri-Cities civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET – 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. 


  • Environmental engineering
  • Construction management
  • Surveying
  • Mathematics
  • Fluid mechanics 


Career outcomes in civil engineering
WSU Tri-Cities civil engineering graduates exceed state and national passing rates on the national Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Students are well-equipped for a multitude of careers in the industry. 

WSU Tri-Cities and Pullman alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and estimated salary:


Estimated salary of civil engineering alumni

Jobs held by WSU civil engineering graduates:
Civil Engineer | Industrial Engineer Mechanical Engineer | Environmental EngineerElectrical Engineer

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