- Offered as:
- Specialization track in Civil Engineering
Infrastructure engineering at WSU is an area of specialization in the civil engineering major.
The field of infrastructure engineering combines transportation, geotechnical, and materials engineering. It deals with understanding and improving the capacity of soil to support the weight of our nation’s infrastructure and the various human and material design aspects of transportation facilities including traffic, geometrics, planning, pavements, and materials. Other examples of infrastructure engineering include preventing excessive settlement of new buildings or roadways, ensuring that tunnels retain their integrity, and maintaining the stability of earthen dams and embankments.
- Strengths of the program
- Study geotechnical engineering with the closely related field of pavement engineering, learning the secrets of soil’s behavior and strength to support pavements and vehicle loads.
- WSU's $1 million geotechnical/pavement labs include devices for determining soil shear-strength and obtaining dynamic soil properties, and drill rig and bore-hole recording equipment.
- Students can tailor their programs to fit their needs and interests while developing 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 country on the national Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step toward professional licensing.
- The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has more than 30 laboratories, and the faculty includes some of the country’s best scholars and professionals in the field.
- Join other science, math, and engineering students in the Gannon-Goldsworthy residence hall—share courses with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s own computer lab.
- Requirements and core courses
In addition to the core courses that provide a foundation in civil engineering, you can specialize in infrastructure engineering by taking courses like these:
Introduction to Transportation Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
Highway Materials Engineering
Soil and Site Improvement
Find more information on the infrastructure engineering program at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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 students in infrastructure and transportation engineering
In addition to University-wide scholarships, 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 strengths, interests, and preparation
High school mathematics through trigonometry and calculus and high school sciences are essential for success in college engineering programs.
Your strengths and interests
You may enjoy engineering if you:
- Enjoy solving problems and putting ideas into action
- Are curious about how things work and how to make them better
- Are interested in improving the environment
- Are socially aware and interested in helping people live better
- Careers in transportation engineering
Graduates in WSU's civil engineering program are actively sought by employers.
In addition to traditional architectural and engineering firms, infrastructure engineering graduates may 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.