Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemical Engineering BS/MBA

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.500 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 Chemical 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

Chemical Engineering Core ( credits)

Two Chemical Engineering Technical Electives (6 credits)

These are 400-level courses with prefix CE that are not already required for the degree. Additionally, the following courses from Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) can be applied to fulfill the CE technical elective requirement: CIE 340 CIE 343 CIE 441 CIE 442 CIE 444 . These courses relate to environmental engineering, which is a field of interest in chemical engineering. You must obtain permission from CSEE to enroll in any of these courses. Students may also use 2 credits of EAS 496 + 1 credit of CE 496 as a technical elective. Students may participate in a given tutorial course (CE 406 , CE 496   CE 498 , or CE 499 ) multiple times. However, one instance only (maximum of 3 credits) of a given tutorial course may be used to satisfy technical elective requirements for the CE degree (2 x CE TE and 200+ TE). Students can participate in two different tutorial courses, e.g. CE 496  and CE 498 , and both would count toward the CE degree at 3 credits each. Note that CE 497  does not satisfy a technical elective requirement. As described within Departmental Honors Requirements, it is a component of the departmental honors program. Courses graded Pass/Fail (P/F) cannot count toward the CE degree requirements.

MBA Core (30 credits)

  • MGA 603 - Financial Accounting for Managers Credits: 2
  • MGB 610 - Organizational Behavior  Credits: 2
  • MGF 611 - Financial Analysis for Managers  Credits: 2
  • MGO 658 - Entrepreneurship Foundations  Credits: 2
  • MGG 635 - Management Communication  Credits: 2
  • MGM 615 - Marketing for Managers  Credits: 2
  • MGQ 608 - Statistical Analysis for Managers  Credits: 3 
  • MGA 605 - Accounting for Management Decision-Making Credits: 2
  • MGE 604 - Business Economics  Credits: 2
  • MGO 620 - Operations Management  Credits: 2
  • MGO 640 - Business Strategy  Credits: 2
  • MGS 605 - IT for Managers  Credits: 2
  • MGS 605 - Information Technology (IT) Managers Credits: 2
  • MGG 601 - Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Credits: 2
  • MGX ### - Internship Credits: 3

MBA Electives (18 credits)

Contact the School of Management for management elective options.


Students are limited to one instance/3 credits of any 496/498/499 course to count for degree requirements.

* Students are permitted to take BIO 201 /BIO 211  in lieu of CE 220 , however CE 220  is strongly preferred for Chemical Engineering majors. The BIO 201 /BIO 211  option should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with these courses already completed or when they are pursuing a pre-health major that requires BIO 201 /BIO 211 

**Students are permitted to take alternative programming courses EAS 240  or CSE 115  in lieu of EAS 230 , however EAS 230  is strongly preferred for Chemical Engineering majors. The alternative programming courses should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with EAS 240 CSE 115 , 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 use PHY 151  and PHY 152  in lieu of PHY 158 , however PHY 158  is preferred for engineering majors.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 108

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 173 credit hour total

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 125

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 48

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 173

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.

Students apply directly to the School of Management during their junior year to be admitted to the MBA Program. Students must meet all applicable admission criteria and deadlines to be accepted to the graduate portion of the combined degree.

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.

Students must satisfy a departmental residency requirement that stipulates that a maximum of five courses from another school may be used as substitutes for required (16 total) and elective (2 total) CE courses. CBE places no limits (beyond those already imposed by the University and School of Engineering) on the number of BIO, CHE, MTH, PHY, EAS, general technical electives, and general education transfer credits that are applied to BS degree requirements.

Program Honors

Eligible students must achieve a GPA of 3.200 or higher in all required chemical engineering courses. Requirements for honors also include 6 credits of individual work over two semesters supervised by a member of the faculty and participation in the department’s research fair. Student enrolls in either CE 496  or CE 498   during the first semester, which may be used to satisfy one of the CE technical elective requirements for the degree. During the second semester the student enrolls in CE 497 , which culminates in the completion and defense of an undergraduate thesis. The three credits obtained via participation in CE 497  are in addition to the standard requirement for the CE degree. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

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

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

  • CE Technical Elective 1 Credits: 3
  • MGB 610LEC - Organizational Behavior Credits: 2
  • MGQ 608LEC - Statistical Analysis for Mngrs Credits: 2
  • MGO 658LEC - Entrepreneurship Foundations Credits: 2
  • MGA 603LEC - Financial Acctg for Managers Credits: 2
  • MGF 611LEC - Fin Analysis for Managers Credits: 2
  • MGQ 635LEC - Management Communications Credits: 2
  • MGM 615LEC - Marketing for Managers Credits: 2

Total Credits: 17

Fourth Year Spring

  • CE Tech. Elective 2 Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1
  • MGO 640LEC - Business Strategy Credits: 2
  • MGO 620LEC - Operations Management Credits: 2
  • MGS 605LEC - IT for Managers Credits: 2
  • MGE 604LEC - Business Economics Credits: 2
  • MGA 605LEC - Acctg for Mgmt Decision Making Credits: 2

Total Credits: 17

Fourth Year Summer

  • MGX ### - Internship Credits: 3

Total Credits: 3

Fifth Year Fall

Total Credits: 18

Fifth Year Spring

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits Required: 173

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: 09.06 CHEMICAL ENG-PETROL REFN, CIP14.0701 Chemical Engineering)