BS in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering student and professor review plans with shake table in background.

Civil engineers are responsible for some of the world's most critical infrastructure. UB's civil engineering program has produced professionals who are engaged in every area of the discipline. Our faculty, students and alumni have developed resilient buildings and structures, they have build and designed secure bridges and they have planned and enhanced various transportation systems. We also educate students in some of the emerging areas within the discipline like fire and wind engineering, among others.

Contact CSEE Undergraduate Office (Civil)

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Civil Engineering


Dr. Christine Human

225 Ketter Hall/410 Bonner Hall
chuman@buffalo.edu

Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
Ms. Éva McGovern

212E Ketter Hall
meva@buffalo.edu

The civil engineering curriculum includes math and science courses in the freshman and sophomore years, required civil engineering courses in the junior and senior years, and technical elective courses in the senior year. Civil engineering majors may pursue a general degree program or configure their electives to provide specialization in one of four sub-disciplines.

Senior year course selection

Careful selection of technical electives with design are important as students prepare for careers after graduation. Additionally, the technical elective with design will impact students' capstone design options in CIE 416.

The video below features program alumni who discuss their career choices, and senior year course selections.  The various specialization tracks are also discussed.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates within a few years after graduation. The overall objective of the civil engineering program is that graduates will apply broad technical skills to develop solutions that protect the health, safety, and quality of life of the public. Specific PEOs are that graduates will:

  • Serve ethically with recognition of the diverse needs of society and the profession
  • Become leaders in their profession
  • Understand and advance the mission of their employer
  • Continue their professional development, including professional licensure, continuing education and/or graduate study

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. They relate to the knowledge, skills and behaviors students acquire as they progress through the program.

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The BS degree in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For information on why accreditation matters, click here