Admission for Current UB Students

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UB students in academic good standing may be considered for admission to any of our undergraduate engineering or applied science majors.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to engineering or computer science as an approved major requires the following:

  1. Matriculated student with academic good standing at the University at Buffalo.
  2. The next step depends on your current UB major:
    • Current UB non-SEAS majors: Students with a major outside of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must submit the SEAS Supplemental Application. Students are strongly encouraged to submit an application by the end of May for fall admission and by early December for spring admission. Submission of an application by these suggested dates will allow ample time for processing and provide time for advisement before the start of the semester.
    • Current UB intended engineering or computer science majors: Intended SEAS majors are periodically reviewed for admission to the approved major and do not need to submit a SEAS Supplemental Application. These reviews occur at the end of each fall and spring semester.
  3. Completion of four required core courses (see below) with grades of C– or better and a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.5. Students are permitted to repeat at most two core courses one time.
    Note: An ‘R’ (resign) grade does not count as a repeat. Students are also permitted to repeat test and college credit originally earned while attending high school without penalty from this policy.
  4. The minimum overall cumulative GPA required for the major. The GPAs required for admission vary by academic year and requested major. The table below provides the GPA requirement for the 2019-20 academic year. Learn more about overall cumulative GPA requirements for previous academic years.
    Note: Students within an intended major are required to meet the GPA requirement for the academic year he/she was admitted to that intended major. Students are encouraged to review their admissions Progress Report to determine the requirement applicable to them.

Core Courses

Engineering Courses:

  1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153)
  2. Calculus 2 (MTH 142 or MTH 154)
  3. General Chemistry 1 (CHE 101, CHE 105, or CHE 107)
  4. General Physics 1 (PHY 107 or PHY 117)

Computer Science / Bioinformatics Courses:

  1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153; students applying for the BA computer science degree may complete MTH 121 or MTH 131)
  2. Introduction to Computer Science for Majors 1 (CSE 115)
  3. Introduction to Computer Science for Majors 2 (CSE 116)
  4. Discrete Structures (CSE 191 or MTH 191)

Overall GPA Requirements

Major Overall GPA
Aerospace, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering;
Computer Science (BA and BS); Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
2.8
Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental,
and Industrial Engineering; Engineering Physics
2.5

In addition to these specific requirements, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will consider a student's entire academic record in reaching an admission decision. Factors such as a history of repeating, resigning, or failing classes, or low grades in classes relevant to the student's desired discipline may result in conditional admission or denial of admission.

Students with legitimate extenuating circumstances may petition for exemption from the course repeat restriction. Specific examples include documented medical issues of the student or an immediate family member, the death of an immediate family member, a disability, military orders, or other significant personal hardships.

Code of Professional Conduct

Students who have acted in a manner that is inconsistent with the SEAS Code of Professional Conduct may be denied admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Overview of Intended Student SEAS Admissions Requirements

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