- Offered as:
- Specialization track in Civil Engineering
Construction engineering involves the planning, design, construction, and operation of large facilities and systems that are essential to modern life and infrastructure, such as bridges roads, and tunnels. Students who study construction engineering will gain skills in understanding cost, contracts, scheduling, methodology, and materials, along with technical knowledge and design expertise. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s aging infrastructure needs $3.6 trillion in investment by 2020, which will demand the expertise of trained construction engineers. WSU’s construction engineering track is designed to meet employment needs in the heavy civil engineering industries.
- Strengths of the program
- 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 Civil Engineering program has a reputation for providing job-ready graduates and provides a comprehensive design curriculum. WSU’s Construction Management program is a leader in the commercial building industry.
- The construction track within civil engineering has been designed to supplement traditional civil engineering design and analysis with relevant courses that are appropriate for construction management.
- A separate Construction Engineering degree is currently under development. Commencing in Fall 2016, it will be the first Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited Construction Engineering degree in the Pacific Northwest.
- Featured courses
In addition to the core courses that provide a foundation in civil engineering, you can specialize in construction engineering by taking courses like these:
- Planning and Scheduling
- Heavy / Civil Estimating
- Earthwork and Equipment
Note: 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. 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.
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 continued by the school or department.
- 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.
- Campus organizations and activities
WSU’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers provides valuable opportunities to interact and network with civil engineering professionals through monthly meetings and regional or national conferences. The WSU chapter has won numerous awards in concrete canoe and bridge building contests at regional ASCE competitions.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has an active chapter on campus.
WSU’s student chapter of Associated Students of Construction Management is dedicated to the advancement of student interest in the construction industry. ASCM provides networking opportunities, company visits and interviews, and social gatherings that aim to foster career success for its members. WSU’s chapter of ASCM has frequently taken top places in the group’s annual construction management competition.
- Suggested preparation for incoming students
- High school mathematics through trigonometry and calculus and high school sciences are essential for success in the undergraduate program.
- Strengths include enjoyment of solving problems and putting your ideas into action, curiosity about how things work and how to make them better, interest in improving the environment, social awareness, and a desire to help people live better.
There is a dramatic need for trained construction managers in the heavy civil construction industry who are educated in building new infrastructure and /or repairing existing systems. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s aging infrastructure needs $3.6 trillion in investment by 2020, which will demand the expertise of trained construction engineers. WSU has placed 100 percent of its construction management graduates in the construction industry for the past ten years, and those programs still do not fill the Northwest industry needs, especially in the state of Washington.