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Civil Engineering BS/MBA - Academic Experience

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

Academic Opportunities

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences students have numerous opportunities to participate in research, experiential learning programs, student clubs and organizations, and extracurricular activities that complement and enhance their educational experience.

Experiential Learning

SEAS Experiential Learning Programs (ELP) help students gain engineering experience that complements the classroom. A major focus is hands-on projects sourced from industry and the community, and self-defined projects. The ELP continuum includes 4 major elements: Tinkering, Intramurals, Internships/Co-Ops and Senior Design.

Students should participate in work experience classes and research opportunities. Independent study, internships, and co-op experiences are available. Students can obtain internships and job experiences through UB's Career Design Center. The Experiential Learning Network (ELN) is a clearing house for undergraduate research opportunities.

Internships/Co-ops Students are encouraged to obtain relevant work experience before completing their program. UB's Career Design Center offers a number of resources to assist students in securing internships. An internship course is available through the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Technical elective credit may be given for this experience following the junior year.

Study Abroad

Engineering today is a global profession. Students can pursue educational opportunities in other countries while maintaining their course of study and timeline to graduation. A summer Engineering Study Abroad Program provides students with the opportunity to travel with a UB faculty member to Troyes, France. UB is also a member of the Global Exchange program for engineering students. All programs are run by UB Study Abroad Programs.

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Extracurricular Activities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is home to more than thirty engineering clubs. In addition to networking with professors and professionals, engineering clubs actively carry out research projects, compete in competitions, and participate in community events. Most notably, the engineering clubs participate in the National Engineers Week in February of each year, where each club competes in events such as a paper bridge competition, rocket launches, Battle Bots and more.

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Many civil engineering students are active in the UB student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The club aims to encourage the development of a professional consciousness and to afford an opportunity for civil engineering students to practice working together effectively. Students participate in the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, the AISC Steel Bridge Competition and the EERI Seismic Design Competition. Students interested in the construction industry can join the student chapter of AGC (Associated General Contractors of America).

Honors and Awards

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences students regularly receive accolades for their research activities, participation in national competitions, design projects, internships and more. They participate in the Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honor societies, and are frequent recipients of nationally-competitive scholarships and awards.

Departmental Honors

The department gives out several academic awards, but does not support a departmental honors designation.

Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:58:43