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Civil Engineering BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 09.08 CIVIL-CONSTR-TRANSP-ENG, CIP: 14.0801 Civil Engineering, General)

Completing the Civil Engineering BS Program

Academic Requirements

Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes) to be in good standing and graduate with an undergraduate degree.  To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Review Policy

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Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements. SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can typically expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four years of study at the university to complete the requirements.

Residency Requirement

Students seeking an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo.

Prerequisite Courses

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Science admissions policies listed above.

Required Courses

CHE 107/CHE 127 General Chemistry for Engineers + Lab I or CHE 101/CHE 113 General Chemistry + Lab I Or CHE 105 Honors General Chemistry I
CIE 177 Introduction to Civil Engineering CAD*
CIE 308 Engineering Statistics**
CIE 323 Structural Analysis
CIE 324 Introduction to Structural Design
CIE 327 Civil Engineering Materials
CIE 334 Soil Mechanics
CIE 340 Environmental Engineering
CIE 343 Hydraulics and Hydrology
CIE 354 Fluid Mechanics
CIE 415 Professional Practice Issues
CIE 435 Foundation Engineering
CIE 439 Transportation System Analysis
EAS 199 UB Seminar
EAS 202 Engineering Impact on Society
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids
EAS 230 Engineering Computations***
EAS 360 Communication Literacy 2
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab****
One earth science elective
One engineering elective
One Geographic Information Systems (GIS) elective
One liberal arts and sciences elective
Four civil engineering technical electives (one with design)
Capstone Design

*Students are permitted to use MAE 177 or EAS 999TR 177 (general graphics for transfer students) to satisfy this requirement. However, CIE 177 is strongly preferred for Civil Engineering majors. The MAE 177 or EAS 999TR 177 should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with these courses already completed. View our Graphics Requirement website for more information on graphics alternatives and self-study packages.

**Students are permitted to take EAS 305 in lieu of CIE 308, however CIE 308 is strongly preferred for Civil Engineering majors. The EAS 305 option should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with EAS 305 already completed or when significant extenuating circumstances prevent a student from completing CIE 308 in a timely manner. In the latter case, students should consult the department before enrolling in EAS 305.

***Students are permitted to take alternative programming courses CSE 115 or EAS 240 in lieu of EAS 230, however EAS 230 is strongly preferred for Civil Engineering majors. The alternative programming courses should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with CSE 115, EAS 240, or EAS 999TRCP (general programming for transfer students) already completed. View our Computer Programming Requirement website for more information on the programming alternatives and self-study packages. ****Students are permitted to use PHY 151 and PHY 152 in lieu of PHY 158, however PHY 158 is preferred for engineering majors.

Civil Engineering Technical Electives

Four technical electives are required. Any 3+ credit CIE 300+ or CIE 400+ course that is not one of the required courses listed above. At least one of the technical electives must be CIE 428, CIE 429, CIE 436, CIE 442, CIE 475, or CIE 476 (technical elective with design). Senior-level courses outside civil engineering may also be taken as technical electives with prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students are also permitted to take one EAS 400+ course.

Only three credits of the informal courses (CIE 496, CIE 498, CIE 499, or EAS 496) can be counted as a technical elective toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

Capstone Design One of the following courses may be taken as a capstone design course. A course cannot be used to count both as a technical elective and as a capstone design course. For each capstone design course, the corresponding pre-requisites, typically CIE 415 and a design technical elective must be met.

  • CIE 416 Civil Engineering Capstone Design
  • CIE 449 Environmental Engineering Design
  • EAS 494 Interdisciplinary Senior Design

Earth Science Electives

Engineering Electives

GIS Electives

  • GEO 281 Web-based Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Electives

Departmental Honors Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Civil Engineering BS degree
Credits Required for Major111
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  17
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 128

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jun 29, 2022 13:26:20