Apply to our bachelor's programs as an incoming freshman, as a sophomore at UB, or as a transfer
Applicants for admission to either the civil engineering or environmental engineering programs must meet the minimum requirements of the University at Buffalo's Division of Undergraduate Education. Freshman applicants may be admitted directly into the civil engineering program, subject to review of their high school records.
High school preparation for engineering should include mathematics through trigonometry and solid geometry, and physics. A fourth year of high school mathematics (such as calculus or pre-calculus) is very useful, as well as a familiarity with computers. Previous study in chemistry, biology, and/or CAD/mechanical drawing are also advantageous.
Applications for admission to the fall term (first semester) should be completed prior to March 15 and applications for admission to the spring term (second semester) must be completed prior to December 1. Additional information about the admissions process can be obtained from the University Admissions Office and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Office of Undergraduate Education.
UB students in academic good standing may be considered for admission to civil or environmental engineering. For details, see the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education.
Students who have attended an accredited community college, four-year college or university may begin their civil engineering studies with advanced standing. Normally, transfer students who completed an Engineering Science program at a community college can expect to complete the UB civil engineering curriculum within 2 to 2.5 additional years of study at UB. Graduates with Associate's Degrees from a technology program will receive a very limited amount of transfer credit and can expect to spend 3.5 to 4 additional years of study to complete the degree requirements. Transfer students with two years of pre-engineering study (at a four-year accredited school) can expect to complete the civil engineering degree in four additional semesters. For details, see the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education.
A flowsheet showing the required classes can be viewed on the SEAS website. Use this tool to help you understand the civil/environmental curriculum. For example, civil engineering students need to pass Mechanics of Solids (EAS 209) prior to the start of the junior year because it is a prerequisite for Structures I (CIE 323) and Civil Engineering Materials (CIE 327). Please note that prerequisites are strictly enforced. Consequently, if you plan to transfer as a junior and if you have not passed EAS 209, it can be taken at UB over the summer or at other academic institutions (check course articulations through www.taurus.buffalo.edu).