- Offered as:
Construction engineering focuses on the design and construction processes required to produce facilities and systems that are essential to modern life and infrastructure. The program covers many aspects of the built environment, such as bridges, roads, harbors, airports, industrial facilities, and many others.
Students are given a thorough preparation in the fundamental engineering and design principles for structures, materials, and systems, along with the practical business and management concepts necessary for construction professionals.
Specialization tracks are available in:
- Foundations/Heavy Civil
- Environmental Facilities
- Strengths of the program
- Strong, broad-based instruction in engineering, construction, and business through the specific expertise of several WSU departments.
- A combination of management and engineering that is tailored specifically for construction professionals, leading to licensure as a Professional Engineer.
- Opportunities for students to participate in experience-based learning.
- Join other science, math, and engineering students in WSU Pullman’s Stephenson residence hall—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
- Requirements and featured courses
The curriculum is organized into two parts. A collection of math, science, introductory business/construction management, and engineering fundamentals courses, along with university requirements, make up the first two years. The final two years consist of the professional construction engineering curriculum, in which students may choose a specialization track.
In addition, students are required to complete a professional/leadership experience and take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which is the first step to licensure as a Professional Engineer.
A few of the engineering/construction courses you can take:
Mechanics of Materials
Introduction to Structural Engineering
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
Estimating 1 and 2
Planning and Scheduling
Human Productivity in Construction
Law and the Legal Environment of Business
Construction Administration and Documentation
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Construction Cost Accounting
Reinforced Concrete Design
Structural Steel Design
Earthwork and Equipment
Civil Engineering Materials Lab
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Transfer information
To certify your major in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, you will need to complete specific prerequisite courses. Use our list of transfer equivalencies to make sure you take the right transfer courses at your current college.
Also check out the University's transfer student guide for more information on transferring to WSU.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can offer, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For engineering students
The Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture offers more than 300 scholarships a year to students in their first and second years of study. Incoming freshmen and transfer students have the opportunity to receive scholarship money from the college that will be contiued by the school or department.
- Campus organizations and activities
Being at the intersection of civil engineering and construction management, students in construction engineering are equally welcome within the Associated Students of Construction Management (ASCM) and the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Both organizations provide connections to professionals in the field, regional and national conferences and competitions, and social activities.
The WSU Developing Sustainable Communities does community-based, sustainable engineering projects around the world.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Latino Engineers & Scientists (SOLES), and Emerging Green Builders (EGB) all have active chapters on campus.
- Suggested preparation, strengths, and interests
A major in construction engineering could be a great fit if you:
- Enjoy solving problems and putting ideas into action
- Are curious about how structures are designed and built
- Have an interest in design, construction, and management
- Want to work in a collaborative and integrated environment
To prepare academically, you should:
- Take prerequisite courses for college admission
- Take math through trigonometry and be ready to pursue calculus
- Take science courses, especially physical/earth sciences
The paradigm shift within the modern heavy civil construction industry, with a major focus on the design/build concept, requires that onsite construction managers be equipped with the fundamental technical background in engineering principles to participate in the design, as well as knowledge of estimating, scheduling, contracts, and methods of construction.
The construction engineering major's unique combination of engineering and management principles prepares graduates to excel in the large and rapidly expanding construction industry.
WSU graduates are typically recruited to positions in building construction and heavy civil construction, working for general contractors or subcontractors. Other opportunities include careers with architectural and engineering firms, government agencies, utility companies, and oil and natural resource industries.