WSU Tri-Cities

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What degrees can I get at WSU Tri-Cities?
    WSU Tri-Cities has six academic programs offering a total of 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degrees. Academic Offerings
    • Bachelor’s degrees: Business Administration, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Digital Technology & Culture, Elementary Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Science, History, Humanities, Integrated Plant Sciences (Viticulture & Enology), Mechanical Engineering, Nursing (including R.N. to B.S.), Psychology, Science, and Social Sciences.
    • Master’s degrees: Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education* (Counseling, Educational Leadership, specialties in Literacy, English Language Learners, Curriculum & Instruction), Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science & Natural Resource Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing.
    • Doctoral degrees are officially offered through the Pullman campus, however, Tri-Cities faculty participate in the graduate programs by offering classes and supervising grad students. The Ph.D. programs generally available through WSU Tri-Cities are Computer Science, Educational Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Electrical Engineering, Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering.

      *Education also offers add-on endorsements, principal and program administration certification, and teacher professional certificates.
  2. How do I get to campus?
    • If you’re familiar with the Tri-Cities, simply drive north on George Washington Way all the way through Richland and pass Hanford High.
    • If you’re going to the East Building, West Building, or the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) — turn right onto Sprout Road, go all the way down Sprout toward the river, turn left into campus on Crimson Way, and find a parking spot.
    • If you’re heading to the Consolidated Information Center (CIC), stay on George Washington Way, turn right at the light onto University Drive, turn right onto Crimson Way, then turn left into the CIC parking lot.

      More specific directions and building maps are located here.
  3. How do I get a campus tour?
    • Sign up for an in-depth Discover tour
    • The Admissions office also gives an open tour every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the top of the West Building stairs, in Room 201.
    • Or arrange a customized tour by contacting the Admissions office at 509-372-7250 or
  4. How do I find out what’s happening on campus?
    Check out the campus events calendar
  5. How do I register for classes?
    Once you have applied and been accepted, you register for classes through your myWSU online account. Meet with your academic adviser before signing up, to make sure you’re taking the right classes in the right order, so you graduate on schedule!
  6. On my course schedule, it says my class meets in TWST 138. What does that mean?
    • TWST is how the Registrar’s computer system indicates Tri-Cities campus, West Building, Room 138.
    • TEST is the East Building, which is connected to the West Building via a breezeway.
    • TCIC is the Consolidated Information Center (called the CIC).
    • TBSL is the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (called “bessel”)
  7. Does WSU Tri-Cities have athletic teams?
    All WSU athletic programs are at the Pullman campus, although sometimes a team will come to the Tri-Cities for a special game or practice.

    We do have Cougar spirit at WSU Tri-Cities, with lots of crimson and gray! And there are some intramural activities and informal outdoor facilities, including soccer, volleyball and basketball — plus we are right along the Columbia River and a side trail to the Sacajawea Heritage Trail, so it’s a great place to take a run or walk and clear your head.
  8. What will my diploma say?
    All diplomas earned within the WSU system — whether in Pullman, on a regional campus, or online — say Washington State University.
  9. I’m not a student, but I want to get involved. What can I do?
    • Come to an event.
    • Make a donation to support campus programs or provide a scholarship by calling the Development office at 509-372-7264 or visiting
    • Offer an internship or be a mentor through our Career Services office.
    • Extend the Cougar Card discount program at your business.
  10. What are those blue light pole in the parking lot?
    The blue emergency poles are part of our safety plan. A big button on each pole puts you in immediate contact with a 24/7 emergency dispatch center.

WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354, 509-372-7000