Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering

CEE Undergraduates

The undergraduate Civil Engineering program offers a broad-based education in civil and environmental engineering fundamentals, coupled with development of leadership, management and communications skills to establish a foundation for lifelong learning and flexible career development.

This goal requires going beyond technical competence in a balanced education to develop future leaders in the fields of consulting, industry, business, law, government and research. (Please see the Department's Objectives and Outcomes statement.)

The Vanderbilt School of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering. Environmental Engineering is considered a sub-discipline within the Civil Engineering degree program.

Civil engineers must be able to face complex problems of modern society involving the development of physical facilities that serve the public while protecting the environment and preserving social values.  Challenges facing civil and environmental engineers concern:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Pollution control
  • Water resources development
  • Industrial development
  • Maintaining and advancing our nation's aging infrastructure
  • Exploring space

Addressing these challenges with today's limited resources requires innovative and original ideas from highly skill engineers.

The bachelor of engineering program in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

  • Student Organizations

    As elements of a lifelong learning experience, many students choose to actively participate in numerous activities related to the profession, including: 

    • American Nuclear Society
    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society
    • Engineers Without Borders (EWOB)
    • Institute of Transportation Engineers
    • Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR)
    • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    • Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break (ASB)
    Through active participation, students can further develop managerial, organizational, and leadership skills while leading their organizations in such activities as concrete canoe competitions, representing Vanderbilt at professional conferences, staging an eco-friendly fashion show, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, or expanding their global educational experiences through the design and construction of a vocational school for a town in Africa.
    For a complete listing of engineering societies, organizations and clubs within Vanderbilt School of Engineering, click here.
  • Research Opportunities

    The undergraduate program allows room for flexibility and custom-tailoring. Students planning for graduate studies and research may include individual topics and research courses. Students at all levels have the opportunity to work with faculty in the generation of new knowledge. Selected students may participate in the Engineering School Summer Research Program for Undergraduates. For a complete listing of more summer research opportunities, visit the Summer Opportunities page of this website.