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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Science BS

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Engineering science gives you a chance to get a little bit of everything. It’s a flexible and multi-departmental degree that lets you see what you like-and get more of what you love. This program is ideal for people who want to learn how to be well-rounded problem-solvers, using experience from all different disciplines to make an impact on the environment, healthcare or nearly any field. If you’re having a hard time deciding which engineering major to choose, then pick engineering science-and do it all.

Visit the Engineering Science academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Engineering Education department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.000 required
  • Matriculated student with academic good standing at the University at Buffalo.
  • Satisfactory performance in a series of core courses (see below). There are two paths to meet this requirement.
    1. Standard: Completion of four core courses with a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.500.
    2. Fast-Track: Completion of at least two of the four core courses (graded on an A-F bases) with a combined core course grade point average of at least 3.000.

Engineering Core Courses:

  1.  Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153)
  2.  Calculus 2 (MTH 142 or MTH 154)
  3.  General Chemistry 1 (CHE 101, CHE 105, or CHE 107)
  4.  General Physics 1 (PHY 107 or PHY 117)


Current students wishing to pursue the Engineering Science BS must follow the instructions on the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application. See the complete School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Admissions Policies for details.

Course Requirements

Fluid Mechanics Elective: (3 or 4 credits)*

Breadth Requirement (12 credits)

Students must complete at least 12 credits within a minimum of four topical areas of study connected to engineering and the applied sciences.


Mechanics of Solids

Systems Programming and Data Structures

Depth Requirement (12 credits)

Complete four 300/400 level courses within either:

  • A specific engineering discipline (course prefix of BE, CE, CIE, CSE, EAS, EE, IE, MAE, or MDI), or
  • An established interdisciplinary theme area (e.g. clean energy, data science, nanotechnology). Theme areas are associated with a collection of related courses within a given area of study. Tutorial courses (e.g. 495, 496, 497, 498 and 499) are not permitted.

Technical Electives (6 credits)

Two Technical Electives (minimum 6 credits) completed at the 300 or 400-level within Engineering and Applied Sciences from the following prefixes: BE, CE, CIE, CSE, EAS, EE, IE, MAE or MDI. These technical elective requirements may be satisfied via tutorial courses (e.g., 495, 496, 497, 498, and 499).

Total Credits Required for Major: 105-107

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 124 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 122

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.


*Only one course from each elective list can be used to satisfy a degree requirement.

**Students are permitted to use PHY 151  and PHY 152  in lieu of PHY 158 , however PHY 158  is preferred for engineering majors.

Academic Requirements

Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes) to be in good standing and graduate with an undergraduate degree.  To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester. View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Review Policy

Transfer Credit Policy

Students seeking an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 14 or 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 19

Third Year Fall

  • Credits: 3
  • Fluid Mechanics Elective Credits: 3
  • Applied Probability/Statistics Elective Credits: 4
  • Breadth Area 2 Credits: 3
  • Breadth Area 3 Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

  • Credits: 3
  • Materials Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Depth Area 2 Credits: 3
  • Technical Elective Credits: 3
  • Ethics Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 124

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • 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.
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


(HEGIS: 09.01 ENGINEERING- GENERAL, CIP14.0101 Engineering, General)


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