Civil Engineering offers a wide array of curricular and extracurricular opportunities for its cadets.  From class and laboratory selection and experiences, research, special programs and internship opportunities, to professional activities and memberships, volunteer work and academic field trips, the opportunities are endless. 

Field Trips

Frequent field trips in many civil engineering courses provide access to real-world engineering activities. Trips are taken to construction sites, manufacturing plants, waste water treatment plants, sites in the local Rockbridge County area and some as far away as Washington DC.

Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) is one of the main programs started by the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) in an effort to encourage cadets to learn by conducting scholarly inquiry under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The event showcases the conclusions of cadets' research in all disciplines.

The results of this research are presented in the form of both posters (informal demonstrations) and papers (more formal short lectures) as part of a special day of events. A total of $5,000 in cash prizes is divided evenly between science, engineering, and liberal arts.

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.


The VMI Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) serves as the focal point of professional activities for our cadets.


Cadets in the Introduction to Civil Engineering course, use a trebuchet--a 15th Century siege machine-- to toss pumpkins to demonstrate the principles of dynamics, calculating distance and velocity.