The Washington State University Catalog

Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering (128 Credits)

Admission to the Major Criteria

Students may be admitted to 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. There are different admissions benchmarks for incoming students based on their academic standing.

Incoming Freshmen who are ready to take MATH 171 (Calculus 1) or higher are admitted to the major upon making their intentions known to the department. To remain in the major the student must initially pass MATH 171, MATH 172, PHYSICS 201/211, and CE 211 with a grade of C or better and a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5. Subsequently the student must maintain good academic standing (i.e. 2.0 or higher GPA each term and 2.0 or higher cumulative CE GPA).

Incoming Freshmen who are not ready to take MATH 171 (Calculus 1) are admitted to the major upon completing MATH 171, MATH 172, PHYSICS 201/211, and CE 211 with a grade of C or better while earning a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or better; and making their intention know to the department. Subsequently, to remain in the major the student must maintain good academic standing (i.e. 2.0 or higher GPA each term and 2.0 or higher cumulative CE GPA).

Incoming transfer students are admitted to the major upon completing MATH 171, MATH 172, PHYSICS 201/211, and CE 211 with a grade of C or better while earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at their previous institution; and making their intention know to the department. Subsequently, to remain in the major the student must maintain good academic standing (i.e. 2.0 or higher GPA each term and 2.0 or higher cumulative CE GPA).

Current WSU students seeking to change their major are admitted to the major upon completing MATH 171, MATH 172, PHYSICS 201/211, and CE 211 with a grade of C or better; while earning a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or better; and making their intention know to the department. Subsequently, to remain in the major the student must maintain good academic standing (i.e. 2.0 or higher GPA each term and 2.0 or higher cumulative CE GPA).

The admission to major benchmarks are the same on all campuses, but the application process may vary. Students should consult with their advisor about their readiness for admission to the major and apply during the semester in which admission requirements will be met.

The admission to the major is only valid for the current campus of residence. Should a student decide to change campus after admission to the major, they will need to reapply for admission to the major for the campus to which they transfer.

Students who are deficient under the University’s Academic Regulations or whose GPA in CE courses falls below 2.0 are subject to loss of eligibility of major. The undergraduate studies committee on each campus will determine the probation conditions for academically deficient students. Students must meet the conditions of their probation during the following semester to remain admitted to the major. Students failing to meet their probationary conditions during the following semester are released from the major.

Experiential Requirement


To earn a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, students 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 Department of Civil Environmental Engineering or 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.

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. A grade of C or higher in all CE courses used to fulfill major requirements is required for graduation.

Students should consult with their advisor at their campus of residence for approved alternative course sequences and choices as well as allowed substitutions to the schedule of studies listed below. Transfer credit used to satisfy CE course graduation requirements in the major is limited to lower-division credit. All upper-division CE courses must be taken at WSU. However, an exception may be made if a student receives less than a C grade in one CE course during their last semester at WSU. With approval of the department chair, a student can make up that one course only at a different institution.
First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
ENGR 1202
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI]3
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 1724
MATH 2202
Second Year
First TermCredits
CE 2113
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] or Humanities [HUM]13
CST M 2542
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 273 2
PHYSICS 2013
PHYSICS 2111
Second TermCredits
CE 2032
CE 2153
CHEM 106, PHYSICS 202/212, or SOE 10224
ME 2123
ME 2201
STAT 360 or 3703
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
CE 3022
CE 3153
CE 317 [M] 4
CE 3303
CE 3413
Second TermCredits
CE 320, MSE 201, or ME 3013
CE 3212
CE 3223
CE 3513
ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] or COM 400 [COMM]13
MATH 3153
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
CE 463 3
CE 480 [M]1
CE Electives39
CE Laboratory Elective43
Second TermCredits
CE 465 [CAPS] [M]54
CE Electives39
Humanities [HUM] or upper-division CE Elective1,63
Complete Experiential Requirement70 - 1
Exit Interview

Footnotes
1To fulfill their upper-division CE elective and technical writing requirements, students can choose one of the following course combinations: COM 400 and a 300-400-level CE elective; COM 400 and COM 102; COM 400 and H D 205; ENGLISH 402 and COM 102; ENGLISH 402 and H D 205. A Humanities [HUM] course is required to fulfill UCORE requirements.
2CHEM 106 strongly recommended for students emphasizing environmental engineering; SOE 102 strongly recommended for students emphasizing structural, geotechnical, or infrastructure engineering.
3CE Elective courses: The 18 credits for elective courses must be distributed such that at least one course, not including the lab, 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, 3 credits of 498, CST M 462, 466, or as approved by advisor. Of the 18 credits for elective courses, at least three courses designated as having a design emphasis, not including the lab, must be chosen. Eligible design courses include: CE 400, 403, 419, 425, 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 442, 450, 451, 456, 460, 473, 474, or 476.
4CE Laboratory Elective: Choose one from CE 400, 415, or 416.
5Course to be taken in final semester. With permission of advisor, student may substitute ENGR 421 or 431 for CE 465.
6Upper-division CE Elective – any CE Elective not used to fulfill major requirements, or as approved by advisor. In addition, CE 495 and 499 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
7Experiential Requirement: Requires completion of one of the following: 1) one credit of CE 495 or 499; 2) six or more credits of study abroad; 3) military service or participation in recognized ROTC program.

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