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BS in Civil Engineering

Civil engineers build societies, from the landmarks that define who we are to the hidden infrastructure essential to our quality of life. Projects such as the Hoover Dam, the Tappen Zee Bridge, Boston's 'Big Dig,' the interstate highway system, and New York City's water supply system 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 as well as strong communication skills, and usually must be licensed as professional engineers.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates within a few years after graduation. The objectives of the Civil Engineering program are that graduates will:

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

To ensure our civil engineering students are prepared for future success in their careers, the department follows a formal procedure in the development of curriculum and the assessment of the program. 

The civil engineering curriculum includes math and science courses in the freshman and sophomore years, required civil engineering courses in the junior and senior years, and technical elective courses in the senior year. Civil engineering majors may pursue a general degree program or configure their electives to provide specialization in one of five sub-disciplines.

The UB civil engineering program is designed to support eventual licensure as a professional engineer (PE). It is strongly recommended that all students consider professional registration as part of their career path. The first step towards obtaining a PE license is successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, usually taken during the senior year.