Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Civil Engineering BS

Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

212 Ketter Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4300
Professor Joseph F. Atkinson
Professor Christine A. Human
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ms. Eva McGovern
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
(HEGIS: 09.08 CIVIL-CONSTR-TRANSP-ENG, CIP: 14.0801 Civil Engineering, General)

Why study Civil Engineering BS at UB?

Civil engineers build societies. Their ability to translate complex ideas into concrete reality is the reason we have buildings, bridges, roads, railroads, subway systems, airports, water supply systems and jetliners. Ancient engineering projects include the Great Wall of China, roads of the Roman Empire, Mayan ruins or the Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge. Today, the public is familiar with civil engineering achievements such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam or New York City's water supply system. Accomplishments such as these illustrate the diversity, scale, grandeur and functionality that is civil engineering. Because they often work in the public arena, civil engineers require broad technical training and usually must be licensed as professional engineers. Faculty in our department are at the cutting edge of civil engineering research and have had key contributions in some of the major projects around the world.

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum is designed to meet several educational objectives. These broad statements describe what we expect our graduates to achieve within a few years of graduation. Our program educational objectives are:

  • Satisfy the requirements of their employers for professional practice in civil engineering, and
  • Continue their professional development in civil engineering, including professional licensure, continuing education, and/or graduate study.

In addition, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.

Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering houses state-of-the-art undergraduate laboratories in the areas of materials, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, and soil mechanics. The department also has undergraduate computing labs equipped with all the discipline-specific software students will use in the civil engineering program. In addition, the department is home to a world-class structural engineering and earthquake simulation laboratory, where many students participate in undergraduate research.

About Our Faculty

We have 30 full-time faculty members (all with PhD degrees) and approximately 5 adjunct faculty members. Faculty members are actively engaged in teaching, research and service and have won many honors and awards, including:

  • Two SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • One National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • Two National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
  • One Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Career Award
  • One IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award
  • One SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
  • Two SUNY Distinguished Professorships
  • Two ASCE Newmark Medals

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Civil Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Civil engineers can choose from a broad spectrum of opportunities in industry, governmental agencies, private consulting firms (in which civil engineers often participate as owners or partners), and construction companies as well as in research & development.

Alumni in Civil Engineering Have Found Employment in:

  • Computational engineering
  • Computer-aided design
  • Construction engineering and management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering and foundation design
  • Highway design and construction
  • Hydraulic and water resources engineering
  • Structural engineering and design
  • Transportation engineering

Companies who actively recruit UB civil engineering candidates for internships and/or full time positions are: Bergmann Associates, LPCiminelli, Clark Patterson Lee, Cannon Design, Erdman Anthony & Associates, Inc., Kiewit Construction, NYS Dept of Transportation, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Parsons Transportation Group, Turner Construction, TYLin International Group, URS Corporation, and Watts Engineers.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance into any of the programs offered by the department. New and transfer students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors as soon as possible to discuss their program of study; continuing students are required to meet with their advisors at least once each semester. The principal role of the faculty advisor is to assist students in choosing courses to complete their degree requirements in a timely fashion with a manageable workload.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education 410 Bonner Hall North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900 Phone: 716-645-2774School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website

Information specific to the civil engineering program can also be obtained by contacting the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sivaselvan (mvs@buffalo.edu), or the Undergraduate Coordinator, Ms. McGovern (meva@buffalo.edu).

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

  • The Richard E. Garman Undergraduate Scholarship recognizes superior academic achievement and potential for contributing to society through civil and environmental engineering.
  • The Lawrence M. and Caroline Ursitti Gentile Family Undergraduate Scholarship presented to students interested in concrete research or concrete structures. 3.0 GPA and financial need are required.
  • Paul Koessler Memorial Scholarship intended for students in the junior or senior year of the undergraduate Civil Engineering program, or in a graduate program focusing on Transportation or Structural Engineering.
  • The LPCiminelli Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student interested in construction.
  • ASCE Julian Snyder Endowment Fund Scholarship awarded for academic achievement and active participation in student activities.
Published: September 21, 2018 09:55:42 AM