Our undergraduate programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and prepare students for graduate study and/or professional practice.
Applicants for admission to either the civil engineering or environmental engineering programs must meet the minimum requirements of the University at Buffalo's Office of Undergraduate Education. Freshman applicants may be admitted directly into the civil engineering program, subject to review of their high school records.
High school preparation for engineering should include mathematics through trigonometry and solid geometry, and physics. A fourth year of high school mathematics (such as calculus or pre-calculus) is very useful, as well as a familiarity with computers. Previous study in chemistry, biology, and/or CAD/mechanical drawing are also advantageous.
UB students in academic good standing may be considered for admission to civil or environmental engineering. For details, see the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education.
Students who have attended an accredited community college, four-year college or university may begin their civil engineering studies with advanced standing. Normally, transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college can expect to complete the UB civil engineering curriculum within 2 to 2.5 additional years of study at UB. Graduates with associate's degrees from a technology program will receive a very limited amount of transfer credit and can expect to spend 3.5 to 4 additional years of study to complete the degree requirements. Transfer students with two years of pre-engineering study (at a four-year accredited school) can expect to complete the civil engineering degree in four additional semesters. For details, see the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education.
A flowsheet showing the required classes can be viewed on the SEAS website. Use this tool to help you understand the civil/environmental curriculum. For example, civil engineering students need to pass Mechanics of Solids (EAS 209) prior to the start of the junior year because it is a prerequisite for Structural Engineering I (CIE 323) and Civil Engineering Materials (CIE 327). Please note that prerequisites are strictly enforced.