Pathways are a central component of the UB Curriculum. Students are required to complete both a Global and Thematic pathway. Each pathway requires a minimum of nine credit hours, typically satisfied by completing three courses of three or more credit hours.
The university provides a Path Finder Tool, a planning tool to aid in the selection of your pathway courses. This page provides additional resources to help guide engineering and computer science students with respect to course selection.
A typical engineering or computer science student will complete a Thematic pathway within one of the five Thematic tracks (Environment, Health, Humanity, Innovation, and Justice) and a Global pathway within the Global Reflections track (please note that engineering and computer science students are free to pursue either the International Experience or Language and Culture track for the Global pathway). These pathways are satisfied by completing three courses, with the first selected from a “List 1”, the second selected from a “List 2”, and the third selected from a “List 3”.
With this approach, students complete a total of six pathway courses. A typical engineering or computer science student will need to satisfy the following requirements via the pathways.
Many of the pathways contain engineering and/or computer science courses within List 3. Selecting pathways that contain courses within the major allows a student to connect ideas from their major with the UB Curriculum and allows a student to move through the pathways most expeditiously.
We recommend that engineering and computer science students select pathway courses as follows:
The following table provides the number of major courses that appear as List 3 courses for SEAS degree programs. More specifically, we list the number of courses that appear as requirements on the flowsheet and as List 3 courses within the pathway. By selecting a pathway that aligns with the major it is highly likely that a student will complete a List 3 course by simply following the standard program of study for the major.
When clicking on a green cell, the collection of List 3 courses that align with the major will be displayed. The pathway description is provided when clicking on a pathway title.
|Pathway||Type||ASE||BCS||BE||CE||CEN||CIE||CS BA||CS BS||EE||EGP||ENV||IE||ME|
|Ancient Civilizations - Global Pathway||Global||0||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||1||1||1||1||0|
|Business, Economy and Society||Thematic||1||2||1||1||2||2||3||1||2||1||1||5||2|
|Business, Economy and Society - Global Pathway||Global||1||2||1||1||2||2||3||1||2||1||1||5||2|
|Cities and Societies||Thematic||0||0||0||0||0||3||1||0||1||0||3||0||0|
|Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences||Thematic||1||0||1||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||2|
|Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global Pathway||Global||1||0||1||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||2|
|Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes Innovation||Thematic||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Design & The Built Environment||Thematic||3||3||0||1||6||4||3||3||1||0||2||3||5|
|Environment and Sustainability||Thematic||2||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||2|
|Global Conflicts - Global Pathway||Global||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||1||0||0|
|Global South - Global Pathway||Global||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Health, Medicine, and Society||Thematic||0||2||3||2||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Media, Innovation, Entrepreneurship||Thematic||0||1||0||0||1||1||3||1||1||0||1||1||0|
|Milestones in Western Culture & Arts||Thematic||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global Pathway||Global||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Myth, Language and Culture||Thematic||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||0||2||0|
|Myth, Language and Culture - Global Pathway||Global||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||0||2||0|
|Place, Space and Time||Thematic||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Place, Space and Time - Global Pathway||Global||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Social Justice in a Changing World||Thematic||0||0||1||0||0||2||1||1||1||1||2||0||0|
|Social Problems & Social Policies||Thematic||0||1||1||2||1||2||0||2||1||0||1||0||0|
|Spectacular Worlds - Global Pathway||Global||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|War, Violence & Society||Thematic||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||0|