Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering (CE) is the oldest of the engineering professions, broadest in scope, and parent of all other branches of engineering.

The CE curriculum at VMI includes a traditional array of course that allows cadets to pursue different subdisciplines after graduation. Cadets that successfully complete the curriculum receive an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

The Civil Engineering program prepares students who, within a few years of graduation, attain:

  1. Responsible positions as practicing engineers in industry, the military, government, or other fields using their broad-based civil engineering background.
  2. Additional postsecondary education from graduate schools, work training programs, military service schools, or other areas such as business schools.
  3. Personal and professional growth by continuing the process of life-long learning.
  4. Professional engineering licensure with recognition of professional and ethical responsibilities to society and the engineering community.

High School Preparation

Prepare by taking the full college preparatory program augmented by as many math and science courses as your schedule permits. Courses in pre-calculus are particularly important.  Engineering drawing (drafting) and computer programming courses are recommended, but they should not be taken in lieu of basic math and science courses.


The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission's General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Check out some Civil and Environmental Engineering cadets here.

Degrees and Programs

Major(s): Civil Engineering

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Civil Engineering is unique in its offering of sub-disciplines rather than traditional minors. Because of the degree’s broad scope, cadets are required to take courses in all sub-discipline areas.


Course Plan for the B.S. in Civil Engineering

Download our Civil Engineering Curriculum Synopsis to learn more about required courses, prerequisites, and elective options within the department.


CEE in the News

Find out more about the department's cadets and faculty in recent VMI news.

Institute and Corps Sgt. Maj. Tom Sowers and Col. Tom Timmes ’92

All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team Announced: Two from VMI Recognized

Col. Tom Timmes ’92, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Institute and Corps Sgt. Maj. Tom Sowers, were recognized recently by Jim Schaus, Southern Conference league commissioner for being named members of the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team for AY22-23.

Cadet Carter Hugate '24 holds VMI flag at Army Airborne School

Cadet Successfully Completes Army Airborne School

Carter Hugate ’24, a civil engineering major from Chesterfield, Virginia, is the second cadet to qualify for and successfully complete the Army Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia.

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