- Offered as:
- Specialization track in Civil Engineering
As tomorrow's structural engineers, students will face the challenge of providing safe and economical structures for a changing society. They must simultaneously maintain and improve the aging infrastructure, increase the efficiency in utilization of construction materials, and plan for and design tomorrow's built environment.
- Strengths of the program
- Tailor your studies to fit your needs and interests: gain a strong foundation for a career in professional practice, research, or teaching.
- WSU's program incorporates structural engineering in the study of materials for civil structures, emphasizing the interdependence between construction materials and structures in which they are used.
- WSU’s Wood Materials & Engineering Laboratory holds over 30 patents and has been an international leader for 50 years in developing high-performance wood products for building.
- 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.
- You can join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
- Learn from a faculty that includes some of the country’s best scholars and professionals in the field.
- Featured courses
Some of the structural engineering courses you can take:
Structural Steel Design
Reinforced Concrete Design
Pre-stressed Concrete and Reinforced Masonry
Design of Timber Structures
Analysis of Indeterminate Structures (trusses, beams, frames)
Structural Design Laboratory
More information on the civil engineering major's structural engineering emphasis.
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.
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, 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 majors
The 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.
- Campus organizations and activities
WSU’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is consistently ranked among the nation's best. It 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 national ASCE competitions.
The WSU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders does community-based, sustainable engineering projects around the world.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has an active chapter on campus.
- 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.
Graduates in WSU's civil engineering program are actively sought by employers.
In addition to traditional architectural and engineering firms, a career in structural engineering may include work with government agencies, utility companies, telecommunications businesses, oil and natural resource industries, consulting firms, aerospace manufacturing companies, construction industries, and 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.