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Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering(128 Hours)

Students may certify in the Civil Engineering degree program either in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, on the Pullman campus, or in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, on the Tri-Cities campus, The certification criteria are identical and independently applied by the two academic units. Students should consult with their advisor at their campus of residence for approved alternative course sequences and choices as well as allowed substitutions vis-à-vis the schedule of studies listed below. Please see the following specific policies for each academic unit.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pullman

At least 50 of the total hours required for this degree must be in 300-400-level courses. None of the courses listed below may be taken on a pass, fail basis and a grade of C or better in all CE courses used to fulfill major requirements is required for graduation.

Certification Requirements:

Students who will be completing at least 45 semester hours of course work at the end of the semester including CE 211, MATH 171, 172, and PHYSICS 201 or equivalents are eligible to apply for certification into the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The number of students certified into the department depends upon the available resources and facilities. The best qualified students, based on cumulative GPA and grades in the prerequisite courses listed above, as well as all math , science and engineering courses taken to date, will be certified into the department until the carrying capacity is reached.

Experiential Requirement

Students within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering must complete one of the following experiential requirements:

1. An internship of at least eight weeks duration, with at least one credit of CE 495.
2. A research position of at least eight weeks duration under the supervision of a departmental faculty member or approved mentor, with at least one credit of CE 499.
3. Study abroad for six or more credit hours. International students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will meet this requirement through their study in the United States.
4. Participation in a recognized ROTC program. Veterans in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will have met this requirement through their prior service in the armed forces.
5. A leadership or service experience of at least one semester, subject to departmental approval, with at least one credit of CE 499.


School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Tri-Cities

1. The School Engineering and Applied Sciences will establish the total number of students to be certified into the Civil Engineering degree program on the Tri-Cities campus. At least 50 of the total hours required for this degree program must be in 300-400-level courses. None of the courses listed below may be taken on a pass, fail basis and a grade of C or better in all CE courses used to fulfill major requirements is required for graduation.
2. Students who will be completing at least 45 semester hours of course work at the end of the semester including CE 211, MATH 171, 172, and PHYSICS 201 or equivalents are eligible to apply for certification into School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
3. Students should consult with their advisor about their readiness for certification and then apply for certification as early as possible in their studies after completion of the needed certification courses.
4. Certification applications are accepted on a rolling basis online, under the Certification tab at https://tricities.wsu.edu/engineering/seas-advising-gateway/ for the Civil Engineering program, and normally processed within two weeks of the date of submittal.
5. Any further questions should be addressed through scheduling an individual meeting with your advisor at https://tricities.wsu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/advising-form.

Experiential Requirement

Students within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete one of the following experiential requirements:

1. An internship of at least eight weeks duration, with at least one credit of CE 495.
2. A research position of at least eight weeks duration under the supervision of a departmental faculty member or approved mentor, with at least one credit of CE 499.
3. Study abroad for six or more credit hours. International students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will meet this requirement through their study in the United States.
4. Participation in a recognized ROTC program. Veterans in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will have met this requirement through their prior service in the armed forces.
5. A leadership or service experience of at least one semester, subject to departmental approval, with at least one credit of CE 499.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
ENGR 1202
MATH 171 [QUAN]14
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 102 [BSCI] or MBIOS 101 [BSCI]4
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 17214
MATH 2202
Second Year
First TermHours
CE 21113
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] or Humanities [HUM]23
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 273 2
PHYSICS 201 [PSCI]14
Second TermHours
C E 2153
CHEM 106, GEOLOGY 102, or PHYSICS 20234
E E 2212
ME 2123
ME 2201
STAT 360 or 3703
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
CE 3022
CE 3153
CE 317 [M] 3
CE Breadth Electives4,56
CST M 2542
Second TermHours
CE 3032
CE Breadth Electives4,56
ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] or COM 400 [COMM]23
MATH 3153
MSE 201 or ME 3013
Fourth Year
First TermHours
CE 463 3
CE 480 [M]1
CE Electives5,69
CE Laboratory Elective73
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
Second TermHours
CE 465 [CAPS] [M]83
CE 4661
CE Electives5,69
Humanities [HUM] or upper-division CE Elective2,93
Complete Experiential Requirement
Exit Interview

Footnotes

1Classes that must be completed prior to certification.
2To fulfill their upper-division CE elective and technical writing requirements, students can choose one of the following course combinations: COM 400 and an upper-division CE elective; ENGLISH 402 and COM 102; ENGLISH 402 and H D 205.
3CHEM 106 strongly recommended for students emphasizing environmental engineering; GEOLOGY 102 strongly recommended for students emphasizing structural, geotechnical, or infrastructure engineering.
4CE Breadth Electives: Choose three courses from CE 322, 330, 341 and 351 and one other upper-division CE elective not including 495, 499 or any course used to fulfill a major requirement.
5CE Electives and CE Breadth Electives: One course must be chosen from CE 341, 401, 403, 405, 433, 436, 450, 472, 473, or 476, which are designated as having a sustainability component.
6CE Elective courses: The 18-credit hours for elective courses must be distributed such that at least three courses, not including the lab, are designated as having design emphasis. Those design courses must be selected such that at least one is chosen from two different areas of study, which include Environmental (CE 401, 402, 403, 415, 418, 419, and 442); Geotechnical (CE 400, 425, and 435); Hydraulics (CE 416,450, 451, 456, 460, and 475); Structural (CE 414, 430, 431, 433, 434, and 436); Sustainability (CE 405, 456, and 472); and Transportation/Pavement (CE 400, 472, 473, and 476); Other approved courses include: 4 credits of CE 488, 498, CST M 356, 462, 466, or as approved by advisor.
7CE Laboratory Elective: Choose one from CE 400, 415, or 416.
8Course to be taken in final semester. With permission of advisor, student may substitute ENGR 421 or 431 for CE 465.
9Upper-division CE Elective – any CE Elective or CE Breadth Elective not used to fulfill major requirements, or as approved by advisor. CE 495 and 499 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
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