Bridges, tunnels, and pipelines: Construction companies are clamoring for skilled and knowledgeable graduates to design and build the projects that are the lifelines of our cities and towns. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s aging infrastructure needs $3.6 trillion in investment by 2020. Washington State University has placed 100 percent of our construction management graduates in the construction industry for the past ten years, and those programs are still not filling Northwest industry demands.

To meet industry needs, next fall Washington State University will offer the only Construction Engineering degree in the Pacific Northwest. Designed with input from Fortune 500 company leaders, WSU’s Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering provides graduates with the specialized skills that are critical to success in the heavy/civil construction industry.

The collaboration between WSU’s civil engineering and construction management programs is unique in higher education in the U.S., offering crossover courses that meet industry needs. WSU’s civil engineering program has a reputation for providing job-ready graduates and provides a comprehensive design curriculum while WSU’s construction management program is a leader in the commercial building industry.

Graduates from the program will be able to enter the contracting industry with the ability to obtain a Professional Engineer license.

Students in construction engineering will take core engineering courses as well as courses in heavy/civil construction administration; heavy/civil estimating; earthwork and equipment; human factors/management; delivery systems; and planning and scheduling.

Classes start August 2016. Scholarships and financial aid are available.