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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Core Curriculum

The Civil Engineering major is designed to prepare students for the next phase of their careers, whether that means engineering practice, management positions, or advanced graduate study.

Emphasizing fundamental principles in science and engineering, coupled with extensive hands-on laboratory experiences, Civil Engineering education at Vanderbilt provides a foundation for lifelong learning. The rich curriculum ensures a breadth of coverage for civil engineering areas including structural mechanics, transportation, geotechnical, environmental, and water resources experiences, equipping students with the tools necessary to be successful in virtually any area of civil engineering practice or graduate study.

Students working on bridge project

Elective courses provide additional opportunity for exploration of select areas of professional depth, while the senior capstone design course provides a meaningful, major engineering design experience for student-led design teams mentored by faculty and practicing professional engineers from the local community.

Specific details of the curriculum are found within the 2018-2019 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Catalog. Students may use electives to gain additional depth and expertise in Structural Engineering or Environmental and Infrastructure Sustainability Engineering or may use electives to gain broad expertise in civil engineering. It is recommended that students discuss specific courses selections with their academic adviser. Please click here for an illustration of sample curricula through each semester of study at Vanderbilt.