- Offered as:
- Specialization track in Civil Engineering
Water resources engineering, a specialization option in the civil engineering major, is the study of technologies that supply water. By designing, evaluating, and promoting appropriate technology, water resource engineers address the challenges of growing demand, declining quality, aging infrastructure, and increasing competition for limited water resources.
- Strengths of the program
- Study in the Albrook Hydraulics Lab, which has modeled dams for rivers throughout the world and currently studies fish passage and channel restoration issues for industry and government.
- Engage in practical research and community outreach through WSU’s Water Research Center, which has facilitated $5.9 million in innovative programs during the past five years.
- Programs can be tailored to fit your needs and interests to give you a strong foundation for a career in professional practice, research, or teaching.
- Learn fundamental engineering principles plus an intensive introduction to each of the specializations within civil engineering.
- WSU students often score in the highest percentile in the national Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step toward professional licensing.
- Benefit from the more than 30 laboratories in WSU’s department of civil and environmental engineering.
- Pursue research in hydrology, environmental science, fluid mechanics, modeling, numerical analysis, computational science, and other disciplines required by engineers, managers, and scientists.
- Join other science, math, and engineering students in the Stephenson residence hall—share courses with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s own computer lab.
- 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 provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For engineering students
In addition to general university scholarships, students are eligible for corporate and privately supported scholarships and achievement awards offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
Graduates in WSU's civil engineering program are actively sought by employers. In addition to traditional architectural and engineering firms, students may work with government agencies, utility companies, telecommunications businesses, oil and natural resource industries, consulting firms, aerospace manufacturing companies, and construction industries, as well as biotechnology and information technology firms.
Salaries are comparable to other traditional fields of engineering and very attractive. As in all areas of civil engineering, the job market has remained steady over the years because civil engineers are always needed to design, build, and rehabilitate the nation's infrastructure.