BS in Civil Engineering

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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

Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
Ms. Éva McGovern

212E Ketter Hall

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 five sub-disciplines.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates within a few years after graduation. The objectives of the Civil Engineering program are that graduates will:

  • Satisfy the requirements of their employers for professional practice in civil engineering
  • Continue their professional development in civil engineering, including professional licensure, continuing education, and/or graduate study

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes descrinbe 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.

View the student outcomes here

  • Outcome 1: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Outcome 2: an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Outcome 3: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Outcome 4: an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Outcome 5: an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Outcome 6: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Outcome 7: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The BS degree in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET, With an ABET-accredited BS degree, graduates will have enhanced career opportunities and may eventually apply for registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).