Civil Engineering : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The civil engineering B.S. degree is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and prepares students for graduate study and/or professional practice.

Acceptance Criteria

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog, /1112/academicprograms/eas.shtml.

Acceptance Information

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog, /1112/academicprograms/eas.shtml.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The BS curriculum includes math, science, and basic engineering courses in the freshman and sophomore years, required civil engineering courses in the junior and senior years, and technical elective courses in the senior year. Laboratories in civil engineering are included in two lab classes in the junior year. Students have considerable flexibility in the selection of technical elective courses, allowing them to specialize in one of the civil engineering sub-disciplines. Also available to interested students are several work-experience courses (internship, engineering co-op).

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 100+
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 50-100+
Upper level required courses is: 100-120
Upper level electives is: 25-100

In the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs hold office hours to answer students' questions about homework and exam preparation, grade homework (exams are usually graded by instructors), and manage lab assignments.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

We have 24 full-time faculty (all with PhD degrees) and approximately 10 adjunct faculty. The faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research, and service and has won many honors and awards, including:
  • Three SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • Four National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator awards
  • One Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards/Career Awards
  • One SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
  • One SUNY Distinguished Professor
  • Two ASCE Newmark Medals

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities


Summer internships are available as technical electives in the junior and senior years through the Engineering Career Institute. Please see /1112/academicprograms/eas.shtml for more information.

Extracurricular Activities

Our undergraduate students are engaged in many campus-wide activities and organizations. These, as well as other nationwide student organizations specific to engineering, include the following:

See the UB Student Association.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:38 EST