Pathways are a central component of the UB Curriculum. Students are required to complete both a Global and Thematic pathway. Each pathway requires a minimum of nine credit hours, typically satisfied by completing three courses of three or more credit hours.
The university provides a Path Finder Tool, a planning tool to aid in the selection of your pathway courses. This page provides additional resources to help guide engineering and computer science students with respect to course selection.
A typical engineering or computer science student will complete a Thematic pathway within one of the five Thematic tracks (Environment, Health, Humanity, Innovation, and Justice) and a Global pathway within the Global Reflections track (please note that engineering and computer science students are free to pursue either the International Experience or Language and Culture track for the Global pathway). These pathways are satisfied by completing three courses, with the first selected from a “List 1”, the second selected from a “List 2”, and the third selected from a “List 3”.
With this approach, students complete a total of six pathway courses. A typical engineering or computer science student will need to satisfy the following requirements via the pathways.
All of the pathways contain engineering courses within List 3. Computer Science BS courses are included in List 3 of the thematic pathways, and the List 3 class for the global pathway can be completed within required electives. Computer Science BA students can complete the List 3 class in both pathways within the required external concentration or electives. Selecting pathways that contain courses within the major requirements allows a student to connect ideas from their major with the UB Curriculum and allows a student to move through the pathways most expeditiously.
We recommend that engineering and computer science students select pathway courses as follows:
The following table provides the number of major courses that appear as List 3 courses for SEAS degree programs. More specifically, we list the number of courses that appear as requirements on the flowsheet and as List 3 courses within the pathway. By selecting a pathway that aligns with the major it is highly likely that a student will complete a List 3 course by simply following the standard program of study for the major.
When clicking on a green cell, the collection of List 3 courses that align with the major will be displayed. The pathway description is provided when clicking on a pathway title.
|Pathway||Type||ASE||BCS||BE||CE||CEN||CIE||CS BA||CS BS||EE||EGP||ENV||IE||ME|
|Communities, Populations and Spaces||Thematic||0|
|Conflict, Violence and Resolution||Thematic||0|
|Cultures, Art and Imagination||Thematic||0|
|Economy, Business and Society||Thematic||0|
|Environments, Technologies and Policy||Thematic||0|
|Equality, Power and Justice||Thematic||0|
|Global Cultures and Expression||Global||0||0||0||0|
|Global Economies and Organizations||Global||0||0||0||0|
|Global Politics and Power||Global||0||0||0||0|
|Health, Sexuality and Society||Thematic||0||0|