Welcome to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences! Here you'll find answers to some of our more frequently asked questions.
At this time, student schedules and class information for fall 2020 are temporarily unavailable in the HUB Student Center. We are working diligently to make necessary changes to make sure our fall classes will be offered in a safe and healthy manner. Please be assured that the university is committed to providing the best academic and community experiences possible while protecting the health and safety of our community, and we thank you for your patience as the university moves through the implementation process. You will receive further information once the university has finalized the fall 2020 schedule. See UB’s Covid 19: Planning and Response Website for updates.
You are assigned an academic advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Education, UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), (716) 645-2775, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eventually, you will also have a faculty advisor who will help you with planning that becomes important in your junior and senior years.
We encourage all students to see an advisor each term to get information on the appropriate courses to take, and in some cases, advisement will be required. 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 2020-2021, so that you are accessing the correct version of the curriculum.
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, multiple course components, and course reserves 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 7.
Once classes start you will be able to make adjustments to your registration, but we recommend you drop-in to our office in 410 Bonner Hall for assistance, especially in your first term. As per the student calendar, there are deadlines to add/drop/resign classes.
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 7.
EAS 199 Engineering Principles has a seminar and lab section. CHE 107 General Chemistry I for Engineers has a lecture and recitation (CHE 127 is the required laboratory for CHE 107). Attendance at all components is required. CSE 115 has a required lecture, lab, and recitation section. Click here for definitions of the different course components.
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.
CHE 110 is a one semester augmentation to CHE 107 for students who are concerned about their readiness for science courses at UB. CHE 110 is also recommended for students who did not take high school chemistry, or did not perform well in chemistry in high school. Students entering CHE 107 are assumed to have working knowledge of the material from the New York State high school Regents Chemistry course, or an equivalent. For students who have not yet taken a Chemistry course, and students whose Chemistry Regents exam scores indicate a need for strengthened preparation, CHE 110 provides a bridge to help maximize chances of success upon enrolling in CHE 110.
Ten minutes is enough time for students without accessibility concerns to get from one class on the North Campus Academic Spine to another. Students are advised to allow approximately 20-30 minutes to travel between the Academic Spine and the Ellicott Complex (Millard Fillmore Academic Center - MFAC) on the North Campus, and one hour to travel between classes on the North Campus and South Campus.
There are a few things to take into consideration when determining the right amount of credits in a given term:
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.
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Project Lead The Way (PLTW) coursework is accepted as general elective credit (TR 999TR). PLTW coursework is a valuable preparatory experience for engineering programs, however this credit will not satisfy a specific engineering degree requirement. PLTW credit contributes to total credit hours required for degree, and will contribute to total credits earned when assigning enrollment appointments for future course registration.
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.
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The University's recommended standards 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 undergraduate engineering and computer science programs. Specialized software required for some classes is available through our computer labs (in person and remote) and is typically not installed on student-owned computers.
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.