New Freshman FAQs

Welcome to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences! Here you'll find answers to some of our more frequently asked questions. 

My Advisor

Who is my advisor?

Office of Undergraduate Education, UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), (716) 645-2775, ubengineer@buffalo.edu.

We do not assign you a specific advisor; you have access to all of us! In fact, we also utilize the faculty as mentors so that you can discuss technical issues with an expert. If you would like to consistently see one particular advisor, all you need to do is request to see that advisor each time you make an appointment.

Do I have to see an advisor to register for future classes?

We encourage all students to see an advisor each term to get information on the appropriate courses to take. There are many important sequencing issues that you need to be aware of, including things like course requisites and once a year course offerings. 

Please see our course flowsheets for a better understanding of some these sequencing issues. Be sure to select the correct academic year, AY 2017-2018, so that you are accessing the correct version of the curriculum.

My Major/My Schedule

I viewed my schedule in HUB, but want to change a class or two. Do I have to talk to an advisor?

Classes in your schedule were selected by an academic advisor to fulfill specific requirements in your major and/or the UB Curriculum. In most cases the same schedule was also given to several other students so that it will be easier for you to meet and study with other SEAS majors. Changes to your schedule are possible, but will mean that this continuity will not be as effective for you. There may be issues regarding prerequisites, limited course offerings (sometimes courses look open when they aren’t), etc. that an advisor should give you input on. You will not be able to drop classes on your own, but your advisor may ask you to add a UB Curriculum course. You will need to submit schedule change requests through our online form no later than Friday, August 4.

I want to change my major. How do I do this and do I have to change my schedule?

If you are changing between two engineering majors and neither of these is computer engineering or engineering physics, you will not need to change your first-semester schedule. However, if you are switching to or from Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Engineering Physics, your requirements may change your first semester schedule. Use the details section of our New Freshman Schedule Change Request form to request a change in your major no later than Friday, August 4.

Why are EAS 199, CHE 107, and/or ENG 105 each listed multiple times in my schedule?

EAS 199 Engineering Principles has a seminar and lab section. CHE 107 General Chemistry I for Engineers has a lecture, recitation, and a lab. Attendance at all components is required. Although the room locations for the CHE 107 lab component are currently listed in your schedule as “Nsc Arr” (section ID ends with an “8”), a particular lab room will eventually be listed in your schedule.  ENG 105 is a 4 credit hour class with an extra hour of lecture once per week, immediately following its regularly scheduled time. 

How does the MTH 141 College Calc I online class work (section VT/VT1)?

Primary instructional materials, including lecture videos and homework, are released on a weekly schedule at the course website. Exams are taken in person at the times listed in the syllabus. They are proctored at UB or at instructor-approved testing centers on other college campuses. Additional instructional opportunities include:

• Weekly recitations which will be online, interactive, and held at scheduled times. Each meeting will also be recorded and posted on the course website for later viewing.

• Online review sessions before each exam.

• Office hours conducted through an online discussion board, with questions answered on an as-needed basis.

• In-person office hours held by the instructor and teaching assistants.

• Math help center and “The Math Place” on campus offer walk-in tutoring.

There is a sample lecture and support material available here: https://ubstream.buffalo.edu/Play/2735

Further questions?

Contact Dr. David Hemmer dhemmer@buffalo.edu or Dr. Michael Casper mjcasper@buffalo.edu

Units/Credit Hours

How many units/credits do I need to take this term?

There are a few things to take into consideration when determining the right amount of credits in a given term:

  • Timely progress to degree: To graduate in four years the typical SEAS student needs approximately 17 credit hours per term. However, if you prefer to take a lighter course load you may choose to take summer courses or take a little longer to graduate. Of course, if you have already earned transfer credit or other college credit that will meet a graduation requirement (in your major or perhaps for UB Curriculum) then you could choose a lighter course load at some point during your studies: early on if you are worried about the transition or later when the courses may become more challenging. 
  • Dean’s List: If you would like to be eligible for the University Dean’s List, you must take at least 15 credits per semester. 
  • Financial Aid: Students generally need at least 12 credits to be considered full-time and eligible for most forms of aid. Students who receive any New York State Grants or Scholarships must take a minimum of 12 degree-applicable credits (DACs) per semester.  This includes but is not limited to NY's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), STEM Scholarship, and Excelsior Scholarship.  In addition, students in the Excelsior Scholarship must complete a total of 30 DACs over the course of a year.  Freshmen can apply college credit earned in high school toward the 30 DAC minimum.  Please refer to http://financialaid.buffalo.edu/ for additional eligibility rules.  

Transfer Credits

Will the college credit I earned in high school through a local college/university count for anything?

If the school that you took classes at was an accredited institution these courses will probably transfer to UB for credit. Visit UB’s Transfer Articulation System (TAURUS) to find out exactly how your courses will transfer (what UB requirement they might satisfy). 

If you noted transfer credit on your orientation data form then we accounted for this in your fall schedule by avoiding any UB classes that would duplicate a requirement. Please note that if you have not already done so, you need to have the college/university granting college credit send an official college transcript to:

Office of Admissions
University at Buffalo
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260.

We have not verified receipt of any transfer credit at UB. You will need to confirm your transfer credit through later advising sessions during the academic year.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credits

Do I get credit for AP classes that I took in high school?

Please visit the Office of the Registrar's website. Here, you will find articulation for each AP exam offered. To earn credit as outlined in this chart you must have the College Board send an official score report to UB (SUNY Center Buffalo/School Code 2925). If you did not do this at the time you took the exam(s) or after you made the decision to attend UB, do so now! A high school transcript is not accepted as proof of AP credit.

According to the chart above and/or the UB Curriculum, I expect to earn credit for the calculus, chemistry, physics, or English class that is in my fall schedule. What are my options? What do you advise?

Please submit your inquiry via the Freshman Scheduled Change Request form no later than Friday, August 4 and let us help determine the best way to proceed.

Housing

I am coming to UB from outside the area and will need housing. Where can I get information?

Information can be obtained from Campus Living. You can also call them toll-free at 866-285-8806. In addition, if desired there is an Off-Campus Housing Office, phone number: 716-829-2224.

Technology

If I have my own computer to bring how do I connect it to UB’s systems?

Visit UB Information technology for more information.

What kind of computer should I buy?

Visit UB Information technology for more information.

What does my engineering department recommend for a computer?

The university recommended standards available are acceptable for all SEAS programs. You do not need to check with your academic department to inquire about particular specifications. This information is coming to you from the Dean’s Office on behalf of all engineering programs. Specialized software required for some engineering classes is available in the engineering computer labs and is typically not installed on student-owned computers.

What kind of calculator will I need for my classes?

While not required, some students prefer to use a graphing calculator in some classes. Our recommendation is to get a good scientific calculator with at least the following properties: Log and anti-log, Exponentials, Sin and Cos, and their inverses. However, most professors will not allow you to use them when taking tests, especially during your first two years.