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

Computer Engineering BS

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Computer engineering is where software meets hardware. It’s for people who want to understand the code and the circuits that make it possible for us to have smartphones, robots, driverless vehicles, computer networks, medical sensors and millions of other devices. In this program, you’ll get to work with your head and your hands as you discover how to be a translator, making software and hardware work together as efficiently as possible. It’s part computer science, part electrical engineering … and all pretty amazing.

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

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.800 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.


Computer 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 Computer Engineering 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

Computer Engineering Core (92-93 credits)

One Calculus-Based Probability Or Statistics Course (4 credits)

Computer Engineering Electives (12 credits minimum)

One 300 or 400-Level CSE Elective, and Three Additional 400-Level CSE Electives (12 credits minimum)

One of the 400-level CSE electives can be satisfied with a 400-level course in SEAS. To allow for experiential learning, the 400-level CSE electives can include up to 3 credits of only the following non-lecture based courses:


*Students are permitted to take alternative programming courses EAS 230  or EAS 240  in lieu of CSE 115 , however CSE 115  is strongly preferred for Computer Engineering majors. The alternative programming courses should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with EAS 230 , EAS 240 , or EAS 999TRCP  (general programming for transfer students) already completed. View our Computer Programming Requirement website for more information on the programming alternatives and self-study packages. 

**Students are permitted to take EE 178  in lieu of CSE 241 , however CSE 241  is strongly preferred for Computer Engineering majors. EE 178  should only be used if the student has already completed this course, or is considering a double major in Electrical Engineering.

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

Total Credits Required for Major: 108-109

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 125

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.

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: 18 or 19

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 14 or 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 125

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: 09.00 ENGINEERING UNCLASSIFIED, CIP14.0901 Computer Engineering, General)


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